The Best Things To Do In Downtown Seattle

Excitement Around Every Corner

In the center of Western Washington and on the eastern shore of Puget Sound, Seattle's setting is spectacular, with views unmatched by any other city in America. The 1962 World's Fair put downtown Seattle on the map as a major metropolitan center and boosted the cultural and economic growth that has since spread across King County into Redmond, Bellevue and Everett. It also left Seattle with the Space Needle and Seattle Center, now the home of diverse arts, cultural and recreational things to do. Boeing and more recently Microsoft, Starbucks and have contributed to the sophisticated economic climate and character of the city.

Today, Seattle is filled with distinctive neighborhoods offering hip hotels, restaurants, shops, nightclubs and an espresso stand on almost every city block. Weather doesn't keep Seattleites or visitors from enjoying well-known downtown Seattle attractions like Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Center and the waterfront as well as the recreational and cultural downtown Seattle activities the area has to offer. In summer, gray skies generally give way to blue, with mild temperatures for baseball at Safeco Field and annual events like Seafair, the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot.

Below, you'll find some tips on some of the best things to do in downtown Seattle.


Waterfall Garden, Pioneer Square
Tucked away in downtown's Pioneer Square is Waterfall Garden Park.

Sea-Tac Botanical Garden
Maintained by Highline Community College, this botanical garden is located in the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

Market Spice at Pike Place Market
From lavender sugar to crystallized rose petals to their signature Market Spice Tea blend of cardamom, cinnamon and apple, visitors of all ages are sure to find something splendid at Pike Place Market.

Jimi Hendrix Memorial
An idyllic place for people watching, this memorial pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

For Families & Kids

Seattle Aquarium 
Seattle's famous boardwalk aquarium offers Argosy cruises around Puget Sound for $28.00 per person, which includes admission to the Aquarium.

Ride the Ducks Seattle 
Hop on a "Duck" for a ride around downtown Seattle and a cruise across Puget Sound.

Seattle City Pass 
Take in Seattle's must-see sights with this one-day pass. Sights include the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, the Argosy Cruises Seattle Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum, and your choice of the Woodland Park Zoo or The Museum of Flight. 


Old Towne Burien 
Home to mom and pop boutiques and delicious eateries, there is something for everyone at Old Towne Burien.

Shops at Westlake Center 
Take the Light Rail, just three blocks from the hotel directly to Shops at Westlake Center for unmatched shopping experiences.


Bumbershoot proves to be one of the area’s most well-attended events and features live music, flavorful food, and entertaining crowds.

Puyallup Fair
Reminiscent of the days past, Puyallup Fair features treats like deep-fried Twinkies, pig graces and a live rodeo.

Once a year, about 8,000 anime-lovers in full costume unite at the WA convention center at Sakura-Con.