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Top 10 things to do in Seattle

From the top of the Space Needle to the shores of Puget Sound, this metropolis on the Pacific coast harmoniously weaves its richness in nature with the cosmopolitan sites and sounds of an exciting urban landscape.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

The city's original farmers market, which spreads over seven blocks, is the promised land for foodies and has been offering fresh fish, fruit, veggies, and much more since 1907.

Space Needle

Space Needle

It takes just 41 seconds by elevator to reach the observation deck 520 feet above the city streets. This iconic symbol has been a hit since its debut at the 1962 World's Fair.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Photo: Chris Connelly@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Gaze in wonder at Dale Chihuly's stunning glass artwork at the Seattle Center. A tiptoe through this garden reveals colored glass sprouting like stalks through the lush foliage.

EMP Museum

EMP Museum

Don't pass up a chance to step inside this museum of modern music and pop culture. Visitors can also relish the limelight while playing on stage in front of a virtual audience.

Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library

Curl up with a good book in the open and airy "Living Room," with a 50-foot high ceiling, or enjoy the views of Elliott Bay on Level 10 at the city's avant-garde central library.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park

Curl up with a good book in the open and airy "Living Room," with a 50-foot high ceiling, or enjoy the views of Elliott Bay on Level 10 at the city's avant-garde central library.

Seattle Harbor

Seattle Harbor

It's where Seattle was founded in 1850, and there are plenty of fun activities at the Waterfront on Elliott Bay. You can also enjoy the great views with a harbor cruise.

Seattle Premium Outlet Mall

Get a high from an exhilarating shopping spree at this upscale outlet mall. There are 125 shops boasting brand names and household goods. Bargains are just 30 minutes away.

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Take a seat to watch the sealife of Puget Sound glide by in a 400,000-gallon tank beneath an underwater dome. You can also learn about the orcas that call this region home.

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Spend the day at the award-winning zoo, which hosts 1,100 animals of 320 species; sadly 44 of these are endangered and 18 are threatened.

Planning Your Seattle Visit

CityPass

The booklet costs $69 (adults) and $49 (children) and allows visitors to choose up to five top Seattle attractions, including the Space Needle, a harbor cruise, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass, for nine consecutive days. You can even skip most lines at the entrance.

Space Needle tickets and opening hours

Purchase tickets online and choose the day and time to view Seattle's amazing cityscape. The cost for adults is $18 and $11 for kids aged 4-12. The Space Needle Observation Deck is open daily from 8 am - 12 midnight..

How do I get to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall?

The outlet mall is 30 minutes north of the city. Take Interstate 105 to 116th St. NE, then west on Quil Ceda Blvd. The mall is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00AM-9:00PM; Sundays from 10:00AM-7:00PM.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

The exhibition is open daily Monday - Thursday from 10:00AM-9:00PM; Friday - Sunday from 8:00AM-10:00PM. Admission costs $23 (adult). It's also possible to purchase a ticket that combines a trip to the Space Needle Observation Deck for $33. Book tickets in advance online and select the date and time to visit the two locations.

Good to know

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    English
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  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!

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What people are saying about Seattle

An excellent, interesting & informative tour!

Today is our first time in Seattle, and when I knew we were coming I looked for something to give us an overview of the bustling Pike Place Market area. Our booking was for the Pike Place Market: Food Walking Tour. The day before, as we were traveling into Seattle, Marcia our guide contacted me to check that we had no dietary requirements, were okay with pork and also no mobility issues! We also had all details of where to meet up. Going around with Marcia was incredible! This was not just a tasting tour & a look at the food. We covered the background, history & significance of Pike Place Market to Seattle & Puget Sound area. Excellent knowledge & insights into so much history & significance to the community - getting a true sense of what the market brings to Seattle! (Sadly missing in so many other communities in the USA). The places she showed us in the market we would never have found ourselves - and now we feel a bit more like locals!

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 09/23/2018

Had a great time, learned lots about the city.

Tour was nice, DC the driver/guide was nice and very informative of the sights and history that you see, and answered question on stuff not tour related. Tour started for us at 9am at pick up location by Wells Fargo, then had to go pick up two couples at 2 hotels, then had to go back by the pick up location at Wells Fargo to pick up the last couple. So tour didnt really get going till 10 am or so, and the two couples that we picked up from hotels were on cruises and had to be back by noon. I think the tour is worth the cost as the guide gives a very good tour when it actually starts and its a good way to see lots of the city if you've never been there before so you can plan on seeing things that you pass by on the tour. Freemont troll is a stop on the tour if there are kids on the tour.

Seattle: City Highlights Small Group Minivan Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2019

Great overall city tour. Loved the fish ladder. We saw 7 chinook swim

We saw so many places on tour. A great overview. Today I walked to Pike Public Market and patronized Pike Chowder and Joe’s Chocolates on recommendation of tour driver. He did great job on history of New New York. Learned about indigenous people here first and their folklore. Thank you to our great guide, James Girdle.

Seattle: City Highlights Small Group Minivan Tour Reviewed by Katharine, 10/10/2019

A great way to do the Boeing factory tour from downtown Seattle

Very convenient. Tour guide collected me from my hotel lobby and the drive straight up to the Boeing factory giving interesting commentary on the way. He then handed us off to the Boeing tour guides for the factory tour which was great ! We then traveled back to Seattle with more interesting information given on route.

Funny and experienced guide, awesome food.

Lucky is a very experienced guide with lots of local knowledge. He's a local, so that's an advantage. More food than expected on the tour. Absolutely great experience. We enjoyed every minute.

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour Reviewed by Svenja, 05/08/2019