Free Things to Do in Seattle – Museums and Parks
Summer is a great time to be in Seattle- it’s not raining (mostly), not too hot, and there are lots of great free things to do in Seattle! My top 5:
5. Walk around Pike’s Plac Markete- better yet, walk to Pike’s Place Market! If you have a bit more time and don’t mind the walk, wander over to the Space Needle and marvel and the absurdity of the EMP (Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame) too. Free to wander around, great people watching, and lots of shops nearby to wander through as well. Try and go on a day that is not as busy if possible. Make sure to catch the fish throwing and watch the artists at work!
4. Visit the Fremont Troll- Fremont, aka Center of the Universe is home to many quirky statues- even one of Lenin! While in Fremont walk down to the park and watch the bridge go up to let the sailboats through. Don’t forget to check out the statue “Waiting for the Interurban” near the Fremont bridge to see what crazy costumes people have put on it this week!
3. Many museums in Seattle have a free admissions day once a month- usually the first Thursday of every month. Participating museums include: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asia Art Museum, Fry Art Museum, EMP (Experience Music Project) and Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Flight.
2. Almost every part of Seattle has good parks, many near the water. Try Gasworks, Discovery Park, or Golden Gardens for lounging or Greenlake for walking or jogging. Bring your bike or kayak or rent one nearby- near Fremont you can even rent electric boats!
1. Markets: Check out the Farmer’s markets popping up all over Seattle. From the quirky Fremont Sunday Market to the long running University District Farmers Market, they offer excellent food and a chance to chat with the farmers. Some like the Fremont and Ballard markets have a combination of food and goods- from junk sellers, bakers and local artists to performance musicians.