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Top attractions in Seattle

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

  • 8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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 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.

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  • 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

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4.6 / 5

based on 450 reviews

Marty was the best guide i have ever had, he was so informative on the history of the Seattle mountains.. He really went out his way to make sure every one of us were comfortable and fed. The snow hike was amazing and the views were breathtaking!! I will always cherish this memory for the rest of my life!! Thank you Marty for making this trip such an unbelievable experience and i hope our paths cross and we meet again, thank you lots- Eli, Bryant & yesenia

This experience was amazing. It truly shows you the history of Seattle from a point of view that you wouldn’t find unless extensive research was done. The host and tour guide was very knowledgeable about Seattle, and had a great sense of humor. Loved this tour and very happy they survived throughout covid.

I've been on a few of these 'ghost' tours in other cities and this was definitely one of the best. It was a nice easy walk with some great commentary from Lauren that revealed some interesting history of Seattle's decadent past. Nothing scary about these ghosts ... just intriguing.

Very educational and informational. Be ready to walk! Wear sneakers or something you can walk in, and bring a sweatshirt or jacket. The history of Seattle is very interesting. Our guide Chuck was funny and made the best of the circumstances (Covid and whatnot).

Such a great excursion! The views were spectacular, the park and wildlife were amazing, and our guides Marty and Anthony were excellent. They were fun, engaging, and had great stories and information