Seattle is known as the 'emerald city' in the US because of all the green spaces within the shimmering city buildings. If you're someone who loves having a balance of city life and nature, Seattle really is the gem for you.
Maybe you're a Seattle native and you're looking for new places to explore, or you're visiting Seattle for the first time this list is here to help you out! Spring has finally sprung and now it's time to make the most of this beautiful weather.
This bustling city has a never-ending amount of fun activities, unique areas and nature-filled nooks to explore, but it's also important to save money once in a while as well. That's why when you find a list full of free activities, you've gotta take adventure of it!
30. Admire the exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum.
If you're a big lover of new, modern art then a visit to the Seattle Art Museum is exactly what you need. Though most days you have to pay to get in, on the first Thursday of every month entrance is free!
29. Wander through Seattle's Pike Place Market on the weekend.
The Pike Place Market has been in Seattle for over 100 years now and is basically a staple in the city. It's a fish market with tons of fresh foods, handmade crafts and tons of great restaurants! Entrance is completely free and you can just wander around for a few hours.
28. Visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
A huge part of Seattle's history is back in the late 1800s when the promise of gold in the Yukon Territory cause a rush of people through Seattle. The site of this historic time is now a museum that's completely free to enter and explore!
27. Explore the creepy yet cool Lakeview Cemetery.
Though it might not be the best place to visit at night unless you love experiencing an adrenaline rush, the Lakeview Cemetery is a piece of history in Seattle. It's filled with historic statues, massive crypts, and holds the graves of movie stars Brandon and Bruce Lee.
26. Take a tour of this chocolate factory just outside of Seattle.
Boehm's Candies is located just outside of Seattle in Issaquah and they make some serious good chocolates. They make hand-crafted candies and you can take a tour of the factory for free with samples!
25. Check out the Olympic Sculpture Park by the water.
The Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum grounds. It's completely free and open to the public to explore and take gorgeous pictures of the sculptures on the water.
24. Stop by the gorgeous Jimi Hendrix Memorial.
To celebrate the incredibly talented musician, Jimi Hendrix, who passed away in 1970 Seattle created this gorgeous memorial to honour him. Since his birthplace was in Seattle, Washington his father worked hard to create a memorial for him here that truly honoured him as a person and his success.
23. Go for an outdoor adventure at Duthie Hill.
Located just outside of the city is a park that's dedicated to mountain biking. It's a dense forest made up of twisting paths that are perfect for outdoor adventure seekers.
22. Take a sunny walk through the Washington Park Arboretum.
The University of Washington Botanical Gardens boasts a gorgeous park that holds tons of amazing places to explore. The entire park is free and open to the public with the exception of the Japanese Garden.
21. Take a free walking tour through the city.
If you want to explore Seattle and learn about the history and architecture, you should definitely take one of the free walking tours available. They have a 'pay what you feel' motto which is great for people that want to save some money.
20. Visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discover Centre.
The Gates' believe that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy and productive life, which is exactly what their discovery centre is dedicated to. Entrance is completely free plus they have free tours at 2pm various days throughout the week.
19. Discover the hidden waterfall in downtown Seattle.
A lot of people don't know that there's a gorgeous hidden waterfall right in the heart of downtown Seattle! This secluded oasis is perfect for a cute picnic or just a spot to read a book in the quiet.
18. Go for a boat tour at the Centre for Wooden Boats.
Every Sunday the Centre for Wooden Boats offers a special 'Sunday Sail' event with completely free boat rides! Volunteers and crew take passengers out on the water on all kinds of boats parked in the harbour.
17. Head over to the Met Market to try free samples.
The Metropolitan Market has tons of locations across Seattle and is known for their fresh and delicious food. They are constantly offering free tastings, samples and tests of their food so go indulge!
16. Learn how to meditate at Sri Chinmoy Centre.
If you're looking to practice mindfulness and learn how to meditate this year, you should look into taking a free class. Sri Chinmoy Centre offers completely free classes to teach you the basics of meditation.
15. Enjoy the beauty and quiet of the Seattle Public Library.
The Seattle Public library is probably one of the prettiest buildings with the most impressive architecture in the city. It's free and open to the public to enjoy working in piece and quiet or perusing the aisles of books.
14. Explore the exhibits at the Frye Art Museum.
Most museums only offer free entrance on specific days at specific times but the Frye Art Museum is always free! They have tons of exhibits that are perfect for a quiet museum day.
13. Take in the breathtaking view at Kerry Park.
Kerry Park probably offers the most famous views of Seattle. From here you can see the stunning city skyline that's breathtaking both day and night! It's completely free to hike up and take in the site before you.
12. Curl up with a good book and a coffee at Elliott Bay Book Company.
The Elliott Bay Book Company is Seattle's biggest and most iconic local bookstores. Inside the store is an adorable cafe where you can grab a snack, a coffee and your favourite book and curl up in a cozy reading nook for a while. They also host tons of free author talks!
11. Take a winery tour and tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
The gorgeous winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, offers tons of great things but you'll be surprised to know they actually offer free tours! Take a tour around the ground and enjoy wine tasting all completely free everyday.
10. Attend a silent reading party at Hotel Sorrento.
The gorgeous Hotel Sorrento offers tons of events but one of their best is their silent reading parties on the first Wednesday of every month that are completely free! Bring your favourite book, cozy up by the fire and silently read in a room full of strangers for a couple hours. You can also buy drinks and snacks while you're there.
9. Explore the Browns Point Lighthouse.
Located just outside of Seattle in Tacoma is the Browns Point Lighthouse that is a great spot to explore on a beautiful day. It was built back in 1887 before Washington was even a state!
8. Take a tour of the famous Paramount Theatre.
The Paramount Theatre in Seattle was built back in 1928 and is actually part of the National Register of Historic Places! You can take free tours of the Paramount Theatre on the first Saturday of every month at 10am.
7. Take a sunny stroll through Foster Island.
Once the weather heats up its time to explore Foster Island again! This island is full of fun activities from hikes along the boardwalk trails to canoeing through the marshes to swimming in the shallow waters!
6. Explore the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder area.
The Ballard Locks contribute to a huge part of Seattle's economy with tons of boat traffic coming through daily. Seattle has also turned it into a big tourist hub where you can watch the salmon migrate during the late summer/early fall months.
5. Watch the sunset over the city at Gas Works Park.
If you're looking for a unique view of the city skyline, Gas Works Park is the place. It's the perfect spot to view a stunning sunset over the city and you can explore the old gas works.
4. Take in a classical music show until May.
The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle is working to bring awareness and popularity to classical music in Seattle. They're offering a free public concert series from October-May that you have to check out if you love classical music!
3. Take part in Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk.
On the first Thursday of every month Pioneer Square puts on an art walk event that was the first one of it's kind in the US! Walk from gallery to gallery and explore and celebrate new art in Seattle.
2. Hike through the beautiful Discovery Park.
Discovery Park is the perfect place to explore on a sunny Spring day in Seattle. It's the largest green space in the city and has everything from sand dunes and beaches, to forests and meadows and even and old lighthouse to explore!
1. Have a fun photoshoot at Volunteer Park.
Volunteer Park is located in the heart of Seattle and is a gorgeous spot to explore! It's home to the famous 'Black Sun' sculpture where tons of people takes pictures of the Space Needle through the centre.