Something I have learned to be true about Washingtonians is that we appreciate and cherish the sun. When the forecast is broadcast for 70 and above we cancel everything to be out in the inviting weather. People take off work early, cities near the water become crowded, and barbeques are fired up everywhere!
Whether you have been at work staring at the sunshine from your office window or your kids are getting quite antsy and energetic at home, it’s time to get out and spend some time soaking up rays! Enjoy our city with your family or when you have guests in town with these fun FREE activities!
PIKE PLACE MARKET: Enjoy a day walking up and down Pike Street stopping to sample various treats, admiring the unique art of countless vendors, and listening to the music of street musicians. Don’t miss the fish throwers. Stop to take pictures by the famous Public Market Center sign and the golden pig!
PIKE PLACE GUM WALL: Just down an alley below Pike Place Market is the legendary Gum Wall where people from all over the world have stopped to chew a piece of gum and put it on the wall. You will absolutely have a blast because where else is it acceptable to put gum on a wall?! Visit the Gum Wall to leave your mark on Seattle. (Photo Credit: Gum Wall Facebook Page)
THE FREMONT TROLL: Trolls really do live under bridges! In fact there is one in your back yard under the George Washington Memorial Bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff will come to life when you stop to visit the Fremont Troll. Climb and explore the home of this troll and don’t forget to take a photo. (Photo Credit: Fremont Website)
BIKING ALONG ALKAI BEACH: Take your bikes and enjoy a scenic ride with the view of the Seattle skyline. Along the way take a rest stop at one of the lookout docks or on one of the beaches. You can choose to go as far as you like, but you won’t want this bike ride to end! (Photo Credit: Seattle.gov)
BEACH DAY AT GOLDEN GARDENS: Pack beach towels, an umbrella, sand toys, snacks, sunscreen and you are set! This is a day full of relaxing in the sun and listening to the sound of the waves. Pretend you are on a mini vacation by the water while your kids play in the sand. (Photo Credit: Seattle.gov)
WADING POOL AT GREENLAKE: This is a quaint spot surrounded by trees along the Greenlake trail. Pack a picnic, walk the trail, lay in the grass, and then cool off in the wading pool! (Photo Credit: Seattle.gov)
FARREL-MCWHIRTER PARK FARM: Put your cowboy boots on and head to the farm! At Farrel-McWhirter there are many activities to enjoy. Explore trails, visit the petting zoo, swing on tire swings at the playground, or splash in the creek. Get away from the bustle of crazy crowded city streets with a day at the farm! (Photo Credit: Redmond.gov)
SEATTLE FOUNTAIN: For an afternoon with scenic view of the Space Needle and the EMP, bring a blanket to lay in the grass and run through the Seattle Fountain. The fountain was originally built for the World’s Fair in 1961 and the fountain has the ability to shoot 120 feet into the air! This is an outing that is fun no matter your age! (Photo Credit: Seattle Center)
NORTH ROSE HILL WOODLANDS PARK: Imagination comes to life at this castle-themed park. Bring your little ones to North Rose Hill Woodlands Park where they can pretend to be a prince fighting off a dragon or a princess trapped in the tallest tower. You and your kids will be adore this enchanting park! (Photo Credit: Kirklandwa.gov)