The Best Things to See and Do in Seattle

Seattle has much to offer its visitors. Whether you are new to town or simply enjoying a weekend break in the city, you’ll find so much to see and do whatever your age, budget or interests. Here are some of the best attractions the city has to offer.

The Best Things to See and Do in Seattle

Pike Place Market

This historic public market is a favorite with both visitors and residents alike. The market has been in business since 1907 and this year-round market still displays an amazing display of seafood, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and all kinds of souvenirs for tourists. Visitors can immerse themselves in all the sounds, sights and smells of this traditional market where vendors laugh and joke whilst hurling fish to each other making for an enjoyable spectacle. You’ll find over 200 businesses, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer’s booths as well as street musicians and performers in this famous Seattle attraction. Take the stairs to under the market level and discover a labyrinth of small shops, stalls and surprises around every corner.

Space Needle

Just 41 seconds is all it takes for visitors to be taken via elevator to the observation deck of the Space Needle. Standing at 605 feet high, the Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. Resembling a spaceship, it towers above the Seattle Centre and features SkyCity, a restaurant which boasts incredible city views and revolves 360 degrees whilst you dine.

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park is home to world class sculpture and amazingly it is free for visitors to enter. The park offers wonderful views of the city, harbour and mountains and its outdoor sculpture garden stretches over nine acres north of downtown. Open all year round, visitors can wander amongst the impressive sculptures and stroll along the 1.2 miles of waterfront paths into the adjoining Myrtle Edwards Park.

Washington State Ferries

No visit to Seattle is complete without taking a ride on the ferries which shuttle passengers all around the Puget Sound. Travelling by ferry is a must do for any visitor and in the process you can enjoy some of the most historic and scenic sights that Seattle has to offer. Step aboard for a fun, quick and cheap round trip to see the best of the area on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry. Enjoy stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Seattle’s Cityscape and if the weather is clear, you’ll even see Mount Rainier standing 14,410-foot high.

Downtown Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront has much to offer the visitor. It is more than just a connecting point for the ferries and is home to a range of harbor front shops, eateries and delicious fish and chips. Wooden piers jut out into the bay and you can see what goes on underneath the water at Seattle Aquarium. Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel where visitors can enjoy views of the city and Olympic Mountains from enclosed gondola style cabins which transports you 175ft above the ground.

David Wilson chose these great Seattle must-sees after visiting the Emerald City for AreaVibes, the experts in America’s best places.


  1. Angela

    Great post! I would also add that there are many outdoor activities just an hour or more drive outside of the city. However, you did hit most of the must-see spots in the city.

    I hear the Underground tour is a great way to see the city as well even though I have not been on it yet!

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