Ultimate Seattle Bucket List (101 Things to Do in Seattle WA)

Ultimate Seattle Bucket List (101 Things to Do in Seattle WA)

On our first trip up to Seattle, thanks to the magic of connecting through instagram, we met up and stayed with the Mandagies. They’re Washington natives and have been living in Seattle for over six years, so we got their help in putting together our Seattle bucket list.

One of the reasons we decided to move to Portland was how close it was to a plethora of outdoor destinations and also only a 3 hour drive from Seattle.

Your Ultimate Seattle Bucket List - 101 Things to Do in Seattle Washington

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Last Updated: October 4, 2019.  Originally Created: February 2, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SEATTLE BUCKET LIST (101 THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE WA)

Tourist Attractions

  1. Pike Place Market
  2. Stick a piece of chewed gum on the gum wall
  3. Take photos with the Fremont Troll
  4. Go Visit the Original Up House
  5. Take Skyline Pictures at Kerry Park
  6. See the Salmon Ladder at the Ballard Locks
  7. Go up to the Space Needle Observation Deck
  8.  Smith Tower Observation Deck
  9. Go up (higher) in the Columbia Tower Observation Deck
  10. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel
  11. Read at the Famous Seattle Public Library
  12. Park at Hamilton Viewpoint for Skyline Pictures
  13. Take Photos at Jose Rizal Park at Night
  14. Ride the Seattle Center Monorail
  15. Go to the very first Starbucks (near Pike Place)
  16. Visit the Starbucks Reserve & Roastery in Capitol Hill
  17. Take a Tour at Theo’s Chocolate Factory (Free choco!) Pro Tip: You can go dumpster diving in Theo’s Chocolate scrap chocolate bin
  18. Take the Pioneer Square Underground Tour
  19. Visit the Woodland Park Zoo
  20. Play with marine life at the Seattle Aquarium
  21. Study Harry Potter Spells in Suzzallo Library
  22. Take a Ferry to the Olympics! (Do the Seattle > Bremerton or Edmonds > Kingston)
  23. Japanese Garden at the WA Arboretum

MUSEUMS + MEMORIALS + MONUMENTS

  1. Visit the Chihuly Glass Sculpture Museum
  2. MoPOP / Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP)
  3. Boat Rides at the Center For Wooden Boats (free and Sundays only! Get there early in the summer; the spots fill up fast)
  4. Seattle Museum of Art
  5. Living Computers
  6. Seattle Pinball Museum
  7. Explore the Pacific Science Center

Urban Parks

  1. Gasworks Park (have a picnic in the day or watch fire dancers at night)
  2. Visit the Lighthouse at Discovery Park
  3. Bonfire at Golden Gardens Park
  4. Rollerblade around Greenlake
  5. Rollerblade around Alki Beach
  6. Bike around Seward Park
  7. Bike The Burke-Gilman Trail from SPU to Matthew’s Beach
  8. Rent a canoe or paddle boat at the WAC
  9. Go SUPing at Ballard Surf
  10. Go Swimming at Madrona Beach
  11. Walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park
  12. Visit the Greenhouse in Volunteer Park
  13. Rent Kayaks and go around Lake Union / Lake Washington
  14. Take a tour of the University of Washington campus
  15. Discovery Park Loop
  16. Magnuson Park

Shopping

  1. Visit the REI Flagship Store
  2. Shop at the Nordstrom Flagship store downtown
  3. Get fresh produce at the Ballard Farmer’s Market
  4. Shop The Goodwill Outlet
  5. Shop at Seattle’s Antique Market
  6. Go shopping at University Village
  7. Get Asian Treats at Uwajimaya Grocery Store

Food

  1. Get a “Seattle Dog” in Capitol Hill
  2. Go out to the Bars in Capitol Hill (favorite spots: “Cider” and “The Unicorn”)
  3. Chuck’s Hop Shop (Esther + Jacob’s fave beer spot)
  4. Cafe Juanita (Kirkland, $, Italian)
  5. Salare (Ravenna, $, New American)
  6. Il Corvo (Pioneer Square, $, Italian)
  7. Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max (Columbia City, $, Hawaiian)
  8. Tsukushinbo (International District, $, Japanese)
  9. Taylor Shellfish Farms (Capitol Hill, $, Seafood)

Coffee

  1. Herkimer Coffee (U District)
  2. Slate Coffee (U District)
  3. Cafe Allegro (U District)
  4. Milstead (Fremont)
  5. Miir (Wallingford/Fremont)
  6. Storyville (Pike Place + Queen Anne)
  7. Cherry Street Coffee
  8. General Porpoise (Capitol Hill) – Try all their donuts! So good!
  9. Vivace (Capitol Hill)
  10. Fuel (Wallingford)
  11. Chocolati Cafe (Greenwood, Greenlake, Wallingford)
  12. Zoka Coffee (U District)
  13. Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe (Ballard)
  14. Craftworks Coffee (Queen Anne)
  15. La Marzocco Cafe (Seattle Center)
  16. Anchorhead Coffee Co (Downtown)
  17. Union Coffee (Central District)
  18. Fremont Coffee Co. (Fremont, fun latte art)
  19. Tougo Coffee Co (Central District)
  20. Peet’s Coffee (Greenlake)
  21. Victrola Coffee Roasters (Capitol Hill)

Events

  1. Visit the Tulip Festival in April (Mt. Vernon) Pro Tip: If it’s too crowded for your taste, check out the Tulip Farm near Portland.
  2. Attend a sports event (Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners, Huskies)
  3. Go Sailgating before a UW Husky Game
  4. Attend Bumbershoot Music Festival
  5. Listen to the Choir practice at St. Mark’s Cathedral (Sun, 9pm)
  6. Participate in Seattle’s SeaFair
  7. Watch a Musical at the 5th Avenue Theater
  8. See a music concert at the Paramount Theater

Hiking + Outdoors

  1. Poo Poo Point (Tiger Mountain, 19 mi / 26 min away)
  2. Rattlesnake Ledge (Snoqualmie, 26 mi / 29 min away)
  3. Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie, 29 mi / 34 min away)
  4. Big Si + Little Si (Snoqualmie Pass, 33 mi / 36 min away)
  5. Twin Falls (Snoqualmie Pass, 35 mi / 35 min away)
  6. Mailbox Peak (Snoqualmie Pass, 37 mi / 43 min away)
  7. Franklin Falls (Snoqualmie Pass, 52 mi / 53 min away)
  8. Wallace Falls (Stevens Pass, 47 mi / 53 min away)
  9. Gold Creek Pond (Snoqualmie Pass, 55 mi / 58 min away)
  10. Lake Serene (Stevens Pass, 53 mi / 1 h 5 min away)

Seattle Bucket List City Map

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More Things to Do in Seattle

Essential Tips

  • Peak season is July and August and is the best time to visit if you don’t want gloomy weather. Summer is the sunniest and there are a plethora of outdoor activities then. 
  • May-June and Sep-Oct is shoulder season. You may get lucky with weather and not have to deal with the crowds.
  • If you’re looking for the classic, moody PNW vibes come in Sept – Nov, and head to the mountains for some fog envy! Expect lots of time in the car, but the end destinations are always worth it!
  • Many of the museums are free on the first Thursday of the month and some are free year round.
  • A rain jacket is always a good idea! (this one is currently our favorite and has insulation)
  • Looking for a Rental Car? Check out this link.

Emily and Berty are photographers and love exploring their local area. They’re constantly looking for hidden spots around Seattle. Go follow their blog and instagram to see their adventures in the PNW and beyond.

What to Pack for Seattle

Best Places to Stay

All accommodations listed below have Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and at least 4 stars on both Yelp and Tripadvisor.

What's Nearby

  • Maury Island (23.9 mi SW, map)
  • Snoqualmie Falls (28.7 mi E, map)
  • Mount Rainier National Park (64.4 mi SE, map)
  • Olympic National Park (74.9 mi W, map)

What are your favorite things to do in Seattle? What would you put on your Seattle bucket list?

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Do you have a link to the raincoat? I’d love to check it out.

    1. oops!! We’ll have to add the link back in. It’s this one: https://go.localadventurer.com/nano-storm-jacket It’s great year round in the Pacific Northwest and so far we’ve tested it out in NY, and it’s been good as long as the weather is in the 30s. Once it dips into the 20s, you need a warmer winter parka.

  2. Hey guys! There’s soooo many things to do in Seattle hey! I recently came back from a 4 day trip there and had nothing but sunshinneee oohhh yea. Will definitely visit it again being it’s so close to Canada.

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