Saturday, August 10, 2013

Things to do in Seattle

There are probably hundreds of articles and lists of what to do in Seattle, but I’ve yet to find one that’s complete. When my friend Micky asked for a list due to a family visit, myself and other friends helped him build the following list. Here it is…hopefully for posterity. Current update: July 2015.

BlogSpot seems to be lousy at working with tables, so you can download the below as an Excel table (which also allows you to sort or filter the results). Click HERE to download it. Alternatively, to view all columns (incl. price range and more), select the page and copy it into Word or some other rich text editor.

When a location is listed that is not in Seattle, the acronym STS means “South to Seattle”. I’m sure you can guess what NTS, ETS and WTS means…

Item

Where

URL

Cost Per Person

Notes

Electric indoor Kart racing

Redmond (ETS)

http://www.k1speed.com/

$20

No drivers license required

Hot air balloon ride

Carnation (ETS)

http://www.balloondepot.com/

$189-210

The Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle

http://seattlegreatwheel.com/

$8.5-13

Long lines

Indoor Skydiving

Renton (STS)

http://seattle.iflyworld.com/

$60-100

250 LB weight limit

Wild waves theme and water park

Federal Way (STS)

http://wildwaves.com/

$33-40

$20 after 4pm.

Kayak and Canoe on Lake Union

Seattle

http://www.nwoc.com/

$14-22 Per hour

Kayak and Canoe on Lake Sammamish

Issaquah (ETS)

http://issaquahpaddlesports.com/

$15-30 per hour

River Rafting

Various

http://orionrivertrips.com/

$70-85

Some age restrictions

Duck tours of Seattle

Seattle

http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/

$17-28

Dress well, cold wind on the water segment.

Pacific Science Center museum

Seattle

http://pacificsciencecenter.org/

$10-18

IMAX theatre on premise at extra cost

Seattle Center

Seattle

http://www.seattlecenter.com/

None

Various events, fairs and promenade

Space Needle

Seattle

http://www.spaceneedle.com/

$12-21

Huge souvenir shop

Skycity restaurant

Seattle

http://www.spaceneedle.com/skycity-restaurant/

Your 1st born

At top of space needle

Underground Tour

Seattle

http://www.undergroundtour.com/

$9-17

Washington Fairgrounds

Puyallup (STS)

http://www.thefair.com/

Varies

Various events, fairs and conventions

Washington state fair

Puyallup (STS)

http://www.thefair.com/puyallup-fair/

$9-12.5

Every September. Rides cost extra.

Boeing museum of flight

South Seattle

http://www.museumofflight.org/

$10-15

Very large museum. Many full planes on display, inc. SR-71, Space shuttle body.

Boeing future of flight+factory tour

Everett (NTS)

http://www.futureofflight.org/

$9-20

Some restrictions on tour for children

museum of glass

Tacoma (STS)

http://museumofglass.org/

$5-12

Lemay car museum

Tacoma (STS)

http://www.lemaymuseum.org/

$8-14

Significant walking distance inside

Seattle aquarium

Seattle

http://www.seattleaquarium.org/

$15-22

On the old seattle port, nice promenade

Seattle art museum

Seattle

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/

$11-17

Cheap parking. Park there, walk around downtown.

cougar mountain zoo

Issaquah (ETS)

http://www.cougarmountainzoo.org/

$9-12.5

Experience Music Project + Sci-Fi museum

Seattle

http://empmuseum.org/

$14-20

Music, Science fiction and other cultural exhibitions. AKA “EMP” museum.

Woodland Zoo

Seattle

http://www.zoo.org/

$11.75-18.75

Reptile zoo

Monroe (NTS)

http://thereptilezoo.org/

$5-6

Helicopter ride

South Seattle

http://www.seattlehelitours.com/

$90-330

20, 30 or 40 minute tours

Fry’s electronics store

Renton (STS)

http://www.frys.com/

None

Geek’s dream

Microsoft visitor center and store

Redmond (ETS)

http://www.microsoft.com/about/companyinformation/visitorcenter/

Free

No software or hardware sold to the public, but plenty of Microsoft branded items like shirts, bags, office toys.

Wade’s gun store and indoor range

Redmond (ETS)

http://www.wadesguns.com/

$15-35

Renting a gun for the range requires a buddy to come-with, or bring your own gun.

Snow-play in Hyak park

Snoqualmie Pass (ETS)

http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/trails/?Region=3&Park=16

$30

Winter time only

Liquor and Wine

Bellevue (ETS)

http://www.totalwine.com/

None

Huge store for drinking fans. Frequent wine tastings.

Google

Seattle

651 N 34th St, Seattle

None

Can’t get in without an employee escort

Facebook

Seattle

1730 Minor Ave, Seattle

None

Can’t get in without an employee escort

Amazon

Seattle

410 Terry Ave N, Seattle
1200 12th Avenue, Seattle

None

Can’t get in without an employee escort

Bruce Lee’s grave

Seattle

1554 15th Ave E, Seattle

None

Leavenworth Bavarian town

Leavenworth (NTS)

http://www.leavenworth.org/

None

Lots to do, especially around Christmas

Victoria

Canada

http://www.victoria.ca/ and http://www.clippervacations.com/

Varies

Lots to do. Takes ~4 hours to get there.

Vancouver

Canada

http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

Varies

Lots to do. Takes ~4 hours to get there.

Las Vegas

Nevada

http://www.vegas.com/

Varies

Lots to do. 2.5 hours by plane.

Los Angeles

California

http://www.lacity.org/

Varies

Lots to do. 2.5 hours by plane.

San Francisco

California

http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/

Varies

Lots to do. 2.5 hours by plane.

San Diego

California

http://www.sandiego.gov/

Varies

Lots to do. 2.5 hours by plane.

Golden Gardens Park and beach

Seattle

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=243

Free

Alki Beach

Seattle

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445

Free

Lake Sammamish

Issaquah (ETS)

http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=lake%20sammamish

Free, but requires discovery pass

http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/

Gasworks Park

Seattle

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=293

Free

Argosy Cruises

Seattle

http://www.argosycruises.com/

Varies

Mt. Rainier

(STS)

http://www.npca.org/parks/mount-rainier-national-park.html

Free

Mt St. Helens

(STS)

http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens

Free

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (a.k.a. Ballard Locks)

Seattle

http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LocksandDams/ChittendenLocks.aspx

Varies

Olympic Park

Olympic Peninsula (WTS)

http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

$15 per vehicle

Snow almost year round. Might be dangerous in Winter.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Seattle

http://www.yeoldecuriosityshop.com

Free

Store that is somewhat of an oddity museum too

Family Fun Center

Renton (STS)

http://www.fun-center.com

Varies

Many kid-oriented fun rides and activities

South Center Mall

Renton (STS)

http://www.westfield.com/southcenter/

Free

Large mall, and with the adjacent strip-mall area, its HUGE.

Pike Place

Seattle

http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/

Free

Check out the Wall of GUM! Parking is difficult and expensive.

Deception Pass park

Oak Harbor (STS)

http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=deception%20pass

Free, but requires discovery pass

http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/

Camlann Medieval village

Carnation (ETS)

http://www.camlann.org/

Free

Olympic Game Farm

Sequim (WTS)

http://www.olygamefarm.com/

$11-12

Buy 4-5 loafs of wheat bread at Safeway beforehand to feed the animals.

Marymoor park concerts

Redmond (ETS)

http://www.marymoorconcerts.com/

Varies

Fun park to visit even when no concert

The Gorge Amphitheatre

Quincy (ETS)

http://www.livenation.com/venues/14067/gorge-amphitheatre

Varies

High profile shows, but 3 hours drive east

St. Michelle Winery

Woodinville (NTS)

http://www.ste-michelle.com/events/concertCalendar

Varies

Store and concert venue

The Triple Door

Seattle

http://www.thetripledoor.net/

Varies

Restaurant with shows

Seattle Theatre Group

Seattle

http://www.stgpresents.org/

Varies

Multiple theatres and venues

Showbox

Seattle

http://www.showboxpresents.com/

Varies

Various shows

Evergreen State Fair

Monroe (NTS)

http://www.evergreenfair.org/the-fair.aspx

$5-7

Fair every August. Admission doesn’t include rides

Evergreen fairgrounds

Monroe (NTS)

http://www.evergreenfair.org/

Varies

Various events year round

Bumbershoot Festival

Seattle

http://bumbershoot.org/

$50-55 per day

Every August

Murder Mystery dinner Seattle http://murdermysterydinnerseattle.com/ $60 4-5 shows a month, but sell out quickly
SkyMania Trampoline court Kirkland (NTS) http://www.skymaniatrampolines.com/ $9-21 for 30-120 minutes
Pacific Bonsai Museum Federal Way(STS) http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/ Free
Uwajimaya Asian Market Bellevue, Seattle and Renton http://www.uwajimaya.com/ Store Exceptionally varied
Goodwill Thrift Store Seattle http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/shop/locations/seattle Store Huge store, featured in Maclamore’s clip
Great Wolf Lodge water park and hotel Grand Mound (STS) https://www.greatwolf.com/grand-mound From $180 with Groupon Price is for a room, including waterpark passes for the whole family.
Marina park Kirkland(NTS) http://www.explorekirkland.com/Do/Parks/Marina_Park.htm free Pleasant shopping and beach
Bill Gates’ house Medina

1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039

free You can’t really see it from the street, but there’s a decent view from Argosy’s “Lake Washington Cruise Tour”.
The container store Bellevue http://www.containerstore.com/ Store Something for anyone!
Snoqualmie casino Snoqualmie(ETS) http://www.snocasino.com/ Casino Close to Seattle, gambling, food and shows.
Arms Collector gun show Monroe, Puyallup http://washingtonarmscollectors.org/ $9-10 Alternates every 2 weeks. Puyallup is HUGE.
Vuecrest Neighborhood Bellevue NE 8th St and Park Rd (covers 92-100 Ave NE, NE 8th-14th St) Neighborhood Astounding houses, botanics and gardening.