6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots in Seattle

Seattle is calling! 6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots that will make you smile

Skyline of Seattle
Skyline of Seattle

Known for its lush evergreen trees, a lot of rain, and views of the Puget Sound make The Emerald City a place that everyone needs to visit. Seattle has a lot to offer tourists who will see that the outdoors are a daily part of many of the residents who live in and around this huge city. Seattle’s location allows for many great views of the city and surrounding landscape as well as plenty to see within city limits. Check out these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle for your next trip to the Great Northwest.

1. Space Needle

Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background
Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background

Known as one the most recognizable landmarks in the world, Seattle’s Space Needle draws well over 1 million people each year. Opening in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle was created with a futuristic design that made it immediately stand out against the natural background of the area. Tickets are needed to go inside The Space Needle but there are plenty of things to see around the area as well. At over 600 feet tall, The Space Needle offers amazing views from the top which is the only 360-degree view that visitors will see of the city.

2. Pike Place Market

Pike Public Market in Seattle
Pike Public Market

This iconic open-air market is almost as well known as the Space Needle. You’ll find a slew of vendors and artists selling a wide variety of produce, seafood, flowers and artisan items that are native to the area. Make sure to check out the flying fish market that throws your selection to fish mongers before wrapping up fresh halibut, salmon, and crab. You’ll find the fishmongers write underneath the famous Public Market sign that the market is most well known for.

3. Golden Gardens Park

Sunset at the Golden Garden Parks
Sunset at the Golden Garden Parks

If you are looking for a beach to watch the sunset look no further than Golden Gardens Park. The park consists of 87 acres that are located on the edge of the Puget Sound. You can not only play in the sand and wash your feet off in the cold water but also catch a gorgeous view overlooking the Olympic Mountains. You’ll find plenty of interesting wildlife in the sand, thanks to the low tides, which include sea urchins and crabs. Plenty of sailboats use this area as well making for some great picture worthy opportunities too. If sand isn’t your thing there are trails that canvas the park for those looking to take a sunset walk along the water or through the wetland area on the park’s northern end.

4. Seattle Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden in Seattle
Japanese Garden in Seattle

The wet and cooler Seattle climate allows for some amazing gardens in the area that are pretty unique. Take for example the Seattle Japanese Garden that is located within the heart of the city. It may be a smaller garden with just a few acres but it definitely packs a punch with its focus on gorgeous Japanese maple trees as well as unique designs and landscapes that feel a world away from the busy Seattle area. The garden was designed with strollers in mind which allows residents and visitors to casually enjoy the surrounding beauty during a casual stroll through the area.

5. Market Theater Gum Wall

Market Theater Gum Wall
Market Theater Gum Wall

Yes, you read that correctly. The Pacific Northwest is known for being a little bit on the weird side and Seattle’s Market Theater Gum Wall is a great testament to that fact. Located in an alleyway underneath Pike Place Market, the gum wall draws locals and visitors alike in seeing the massive amount of gum that have been left by visitors. At one time there was thought to be 1 million pieces of gum on the walls which is enough to impress you or make you gag when you really think about it. The City of Seattle has cleaned the gum wall twice, using a pressure washer and an employee covered in a head to toe hazmat suit, with the most recent cleaning happening in September of 2018. The cleaning occurs to help preserve the actual wall itself but is sure to be covered once again with enough gum to make this a must on your places to visit in
Seattle.

6. Gas Works Park

Gas Work Park
Lovely Afternoon at Gas Work Park

If you’re looking for some kayaking make sure to definitely check out Gas Works Park located on the north end of the city. This 21-acre park has great water activities as well as plenty of room for lounging in the sun as well as bicycling. The park was built on the site of a gas plant in 1975 and features remnants of the gas plant making this a unique park in the Seattle area. The park includes a 60-foot hill which gives you a great view of the city as well as the water surrounding the park.

Seattle is full of places to visit to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful outdoors. Visit iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as the infamous Market Theater Gum Wall. Check out the local hiking, botanical gardens, and magnificent views of the city and Puget Sound in both Gas Works Park and Golden Gardens Park. Make sure to stop at these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle the next time you are in the area.  For more information about tours visit https://www.taketours.com/seattle-wa/

Sarah Miller is a writer, self-claimed nutritionist, and crossfit junkie. She spends most of her time meal prepping and actively trying to beat personal records in the gym, but always enjoys a meditative walk through a nearby woodland area or near a lake.

Spots To Visit And Things To Do In Seattle – The Travel Guide

Seattle is filled with things to do and  treasured local-approved spots to visit 

Seattle is many things to me before I step foot on the city for the first time. I read about its ferries in middle school, and there is the popular ABC TV series Grey’s Anatomy telling tales about that place. I know about its humid weather, and that it is the origin of Starbucks (aka my life support lol). All of the  above represents a side of the city. But this city’s characteristic is so complex and diverse, you can only try to grasp a hint of it when you actually go there.

Pike Place Market
Pike Public Market

I visited the city in mid of May, on a gloomy rainy day. My first stop was at the Pike Place Market. This place is a commercial and cultural center of the city and it has so much to offer. The market is humongous and amazingly vibrant, with farmers and fishermen hawking their merchants, street performers singing and dancing, and all the visitors coming and going. There were an entire row of booths selling fresh tulips, and I found the most delicious chowder- the Pike Place Chowder.

Delicious Seafood in Seattle
Delicious Seafood

The original Starbucks store is located here, as well as the sticky-icky Gum Wall. This place is indeed a visitor’s must (and tbh, a local’s must-visit spot, too).

Sticky - Icky Gum Wall
Sticky – Icky Gum Wall

Like every other big cities, there must be a one and only skyscraper that you can go up and overlook the city. In Seattle, this tower is the the Space Needle.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle

I went to the Space Needle when the dark clouds melted away. I was fortunate enough to see it under the clear blue sky. This is yet another place that I think has more sentimental significance to the city than functional. This is the iconic landmark of the city, you probably remember it from the Sleepless Seattle, and maybe some other films or TV shows.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

By the foot of the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This is the kind of place which declares “creativity has no limits.” Glass became the splashy candy-like art pieces, almost magically. The glass sculptures scattering in the garden, looking like deep-marine plants, as if they can breath and grow.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

I went to the Seattle Aquarium as well. This is a rather boutique aquarium comparing to the Atlanta Aquarium or even the New England Aquarium. It is definitely a family-style attraction. I was mainly there to see their sea otters. They are just the cutest and happiest fuzzy balls! I stood by the tank for a solid half-hour, just watching them paddling in the water, and I took about 50 pictures. I was obsessed.

Otter at Seattle Aquarium
Cute Otter at Seattle Aquarium

 

Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Aquarium

The tourists attractions are not the only memorable thing about the city of Seattle. I remember the pink floral tunnel towards the seashore, the neon signs hanging from the ceilings of Pike Place Market, and the aroma of coffee floating in the alleys. On the elevator ride up to the Space Needle, I looked to the side and saw a couple huge spiders painted on the roof of a low-rise building. I also found a untraversed garden, with many old stuffy toys and piggy statues.

How would I describe the city? Well, if you have read the Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, you’ll know that each city has its own characteristics. I think of this book a lot, especially when I travel to a new place. I try to fit my impressions of these cites into his words. To me, Boston is Zaira, where the history of the city is carved into every piece of brick. New York is Zemrude, the city is either heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. And there is Seattle, or in his words, Eudoxia, one of the most ambiguous cities he ever described in that book.

 “Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet’s immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his life, the twists of fate.”

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