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Things to Do in Seattle

I’m taking a break from writing about social media to post a super duper list compiled by great folks. It started as a FB message from Clarita and has now turned into what should be a travel blog about Seattle! So, friends, here’s the growing list of things to do in Seattle. Caution: don’t try to do this all in one weekend! So, as of 8:55 on August 13, 2009, here is THE list!

Clarita’s Picks

1. Tillucum village experience: I’ve never been. It could be good or bad. I’m not even really sure what local Natives think about it. I’ll ask around.

2. Yoga: got to a yoga class with me:) we can goto one of two places:
2a: http://www.ilovehotyoga.net/schedule.htm
2b: http://samaryacenter.org/

Picture 2

3. Coffee at Tish’s favorite place in the city: Stumptown —http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/

4. Go up the space needle–a must do!http://www.spaceneedle.com/

5. Go to fancy place for dinner. Again one of two places:
5a: Brasa: Mediterranean delight!—www.brasa.com
5b: Ray’s boat house. The good about this place is their fresh seafood and the view of Puget Sound–http://www.rays.com/boathouse

6. Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island (about a 30 min ride) for homemade ice cream:
Ferry: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/Schedule/ScheduleDetail.aspx?departingterm=7&arrivingterm=3&roundtrip=true

Ice Cream : http://www.moraicecream.com/

7. Clothes Shopping: There are numerous places but in generally prices are better in Arizona! Here are some ideas tho (both are right next to each other):

7a: http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com/home.aspx
7b: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle
– shop.nordstrom.com
500 Pine Street, Seattle – (206) 628-2111

8. Seattle City Pass or a subset of the pass:

My favorites in order are: the cruise, the space needle and the EMP.Picture 5

9. I really, really want to do this: Columbia Center (formerly Bank of America Tower):http://www.seattlepi.com/visitorsguide/entry.asp?ID=12

10. All you can eat Brunch at Salty’s:http://www.saltys.com/seattle/index.asp

11. Dash to the Olympic National Park: We would couple this event with #6 above. This would take a whole day and we’d probably go hiking.

Other ideas:

Next year you’ll have to come back for bumbershoot:

Sophia’s Must-Do’s

12. Gum Wall (Pike Place):http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMGJMgum_wall

13. Seattle Ducks (departs from Space Needle):http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/

14. Underground Tour (Pioneer Square):http://www.undergroundtour.com/

15. Umi Sake House (good happy hour!):http://www.undergroundtour.com/

16: Seattle Food tour: http://www.seattlefoodtours.com/

17: Ballard Locks (August is really good time to see Salmon!): http://www.myballard.com/ballard-locks-seattle/

18. Washington Arboretum:http://depts.washington.edu/wpa/index.htm

19. SUNSET Kayaking (beautiful sunset!!!):http://www.kayakalki.com/seattle_sunset_kayak_tours.html

If you can, try to do #19 for sure!!!

Jenee’s Recommendations

oh my gosh…i feel like i need to do all of these things!

@ Clarita – we took my Japanese cousins to the Tillicum Village…they loved it…but then again…they shouting “Ichiro!!!!” and “sugoi!!!” (awesome) and threw up peace signs every time we came remotely near Safeco stadium and they’re also very stereotypically Japanese…so don’t take their word for it.

I’d also recommend hitting up the
20. Georgetown Outdoor Mural Exhibit,

21. coffee at Cafe Victrola on 15th (they always have rad art on the walls),

22. the Aquarium (heard they added a bunch of stuff)Picture 7

23. I second the sunset kayaking,

24. take the monorail,

25. other fancy/fun places to eat:

a. Marrakesh (eat with your hands while sitting on the floor!),

b. Kell’s Irish Pub on Post Street (at Pike Place)Picture 9

c. Mee Sum Bakery (Pike Place – the BEST hombow in the city (no joke),

d. Costa’s in Fremont (they have bellydancing on Saturdays and you could go to the Fremont Troll!),

f. Wild Mountain Cafe (for breakfast – in a purple house in ballard – all their plates, etc are bought from second hand stores, have a bar made out of an old school chalkboard, recycled tables, etc. fun art!

And Dana commented…

I want to be a tourist in Seattle!!! Let’s go on an urban adventure…

As did Jenee…

We could use fake accents and wear wigs! Let’s do this!! I would LOVE to do a Fake Tourist Day!!

Charlotte continued with

26. Ivar’s Salmon House
27.  Walk around Greenlake
uw-campus28. Visit UW campus
29. Seattle Art Museum
30. Visit the Troll under the Fremont bridge
31. Snoqualmie Tribal Casino 🙂

Hey, I love the fake tourist day. I have alot of wigs – don’t ask me why. 🙂

RedWolfe’s picks

32. Ivars Salmon House near gas works is great since it looks like a nw longhouse.

33. Taste of India near uw

34. Dinner theater like teatro zinzanni near seattLe center. The Can can at pike place. Or the pink door. Picture 3

35. Wild Ginger is near downtown opera house and is good

36. Marrakesh has morrocan food you eat w your hands

37. There’s a good oaxacan restaurant in Ballard near the matador. Forgot the name. [Jenee says: La Carta de Oaxac]

38. Pesos has great late night food.

Sophia forgot to add…

39. Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park

And Jenee interjected…

40. Yes!! the Can Can!! Burlesque and dinner

And RedWolf agreed…

I second dana’s motion. Lets all go on a staycation in Seattle.

Victor’s picks

un food places:
41. Puerto Rican food at La Isla in Ballard (NW Market st)
42. Cupcakes + coffee at Cafe Verite in Madrona (34th ave)
43. St. Clouds restaurant in Madrona (34th ave)
44. Pasta Bella Ristorante in Queen Anne (Queen Ave N)
45. Northlake Tavern Pizza (awesome) (NE Northlake wy)
46. Top Pot donuts in Belltown (5th Ave)Picture 4Fun places:

47. Easy Street records in Lower Queen Anne (Mercer)
48. Scarecrow Video (if you decide to stay in) (Roosevelt Wy)
49. SPL downtown (5th ave)
50. Elliot Bay books Pioneer Square (1st ave)
51. Central Cinema for movies
52. EMP for fun Seattle grunge history
53. Kerry Park for Seattle view in Queen Anne
55. MOHAI, The Frye, Flight Museum
56. The Garage in Cap Hill for fun games of pool!
57. SubPop records in Pioneer Square, not sure if it’s open to the public though

Miranda: and the Frye is free!

Tracy chimed in with


Food: Paseo
Tavern: Bukaroo
Walk around Fremont cool shops, troll, artsy folks, TEO’s Chocolates and along the water maybe head down to the locks and see the salmon


Huckleberry picking and Big Foot watching all in season right now plus its just beautiful and cool to see the active smoke in the crater


Food: Many choices but maybe the very good happy hour deals at McCormick & Schmicks (fresh seafood)
Walk around and check out Elliot Bay Books, read the good graffiti in the bathrooms, sit at a coffee shop in the park, and walk up town to the Public Market or vice a versa


Food: Teatro ZinZani
During the day walk around Belltown and go to the Olympic Sculpture Park and maybe even get the Aquarium in if she’s active mosey on over to Queen Anne for Teatro

Just iconic and beautiful maybe go at sunsetish around 7 or so…Mora’s has yummy ice cream there is a cute dinner along the Winslo strip there for dinner too

More from Jenee

Ouch My Eye! Art Gallery
marinersMariner’s Game (go cheer on Kenji and Ichicro)
Aqua Socks Game (if minors is more your style)

From Jess

  • hiking trail in Discovery park
  • gasworks park is great for album cover photo shoots 🙂
  • Snoqualmie FallsPicture 10
  • another food place… the Salvadorean restaurant on Brooklyn & 41st Ave

About Sophia Kristina

Theology student seeking to understand how emerging media shapes the church, community and social justice [or vice versa]. I love to travel. And photograph. And eat. And repeat.


4 thoughts on “Things to Do in Seattle

  1. May I just say this is an awesome list of Seattle Excursions. Anyone looking to travel, visit, or plan a trip to Seattle, Washington or somewhere else in the Pacific Northwest should take a peak at these lists. Lots of links, and some fun images, with a short and real sounding descriptions.

    Hope to see a response to this message because I’d love to talk with some of you about what you’ve seen 🙂

    Sophia, I’m totally curious how you conglomerated all of these different ideas, and if all of you are working together on this, or if it was just happenstance? It looks like you did it from multiple sites 🙂 Did you just copy paste or was there more to it?

    Anyway, totally awesome!


    Posted by Ian | August 26, 2009, 12:22 pm
    • Hey Ian! Thanks so much. This is really a facebook conversation among friends that started when one put a call out for suggestions for a friend’s visit. I copied the conversation to wordpress and prettied up with pictures–some that I took and others from google images.

      So glad you stopped by to look and I hope you do get to visit these places if you haven’t already!

      Sophia =)

      Posted by sophiakristina | August 26, 2009, 12:34 pm
  2. did we forget to include Sasquatch Music Festival? Yikes! weekend of music, friends, and ……

    Posted by Jessica | February 19, 2010, 2:05 pm

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