This summer might not look like past summers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on some memorable local adventures!
Seattle is a place surrounded by natural beauty, from mountains to beaches to green spaces. With summer here, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the weather and get outdoors. Here are six of the best summer activities to help you and your family make some unforgettable memories.
Please note that, due to COVID-19 regulations, some of these activities may be postponed or canceled for the summer 2020 season but are expected to be back next year. It is recommended that you double-check directly with all venues before going to any of the suggested locations, as hours and circumstances are subject to change. Please adhere to all local policies and guidelines for staying safe and healthy.
1. Watch the sunset at Kerry Park
Kerry Park has some of the best views in Seattle. Located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill, this small park offers picturesque views of the Seattle skyline that make the sunset background even more gorgeous. You can even pack a picnic to enjoy while soaking in the stunning beauty. Whether you go solo, with a significant other, or bring the whole family, this outing is a must to add to your summer bucket list.
2. Have a picnic at Alki Beach
Locals and visitors alike both love Alki Beach, and it’s not hard to understand why. With sandy white shores, this idyllic beach is a great way to spend time outdoors. Whether you want to swim, jog, play volleyball, or have a picnic, you can do that all (and more!) at Alki Beach.
3. Spend the day whale-watching
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to go whale-watching, now is a perfect time. From April to October, you can partake in a whale-watching cruise. During this exciting tour, you will learn about local marine wildlife and soak in some unbeatable coastal views—not to mention see some incredible whales along the way.
4. Explore the zoo
If your kids are going stir crazy at home, take them over to Woodland Park Zoo. This Seattle zoo is committed to saving wildlife and is all about conservation. Enjoy the day browsing around and seeing a varied assortment of amazing wildlife.
5. Kayak or Canoe
Very few things are more relaxing than spending time on the water. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to do that here in Seattle. Head on over to UW Waterfront Activities Center and rent a kayak or canoe for the day. Here, you can enjoy paddling to the Washington Arboretum and enjoy the protected waterways.
6. Explore Outdoor Art
From traditional sculptures to eclectic attractions, Seattle is full of artsy outdoor spots. Olympic Sculpture Park features over a dozen huge, visually stunning abstract pieces by the water, while Oxbow Park houses the quirky Hat n’ Boots sculptures. Looking for something truly one-of-a-kind? The Gum Wall near Pike Place Market is exactly what it sounds like: a large wall completely covered with colorful chewing gum. Explore one (or all!) of these Seattle gems.
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