Top 10 places to visit in Seattle in summer

23rd August 2018

Top 10 places to visit in Seattle in summer

Top 10 places to visit in Seattle in summer

The best time of year for a holiday to Seattle is the summer: the sun is out, the weather is warm and this city with a thriving arts scene, bustling food and drinks venues and vibrant neighbourhoods is alive with activity. With so many things to see and do, you might need help deciding where to go, so here is our travel expert Tracy has put together her top 10 places to visit in Seattle in the summer!

The Space Needle

The 605-foot-tall Space Needle building has been an iconic aspect of the Seattle skyline for over half a century. The observation level offers one-of- a-kind 360 views around the city and can’t be missed, making this one of the best and most popular places to visit in Seattle. It 2018 the Space Needle went through renovations and now also features a new section called ‘The Loupe’ an observation deck featuring the world’s first, and only, rotating glass floor, putting the surrounding areas of Seattle, literally at your feet!


Chihuly Garden and Glass

This Seattle Center exhibit showcases the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly. The colourful glass sculptures are a real visual delight and are a crowd pleaser for all ages. If you can’t make it during the day, then you’re still in luck because the exhibit is open well in to the evening and is breathtaking at night too!

places to visit in seattle in summer

Discovery Park

If you’re looking to get outside on a wonderful summer day, there’s no better place to visit in Seattle than Discovery Park. This park sits on the shores of Puget Sound and contains 11.81 miles of walking trails along beautiful greenery and to the shore.

Olympic Sculpture Park

One of the best ways to enjoy Seattle without spending any money is to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. This waterfront park is a great place to stroll along and admire the impressive sculptures as well as the views of the city and water.

places to visit in seattle in summer

Lake Union

For a fun day on the water, there’s no better place to go than Lake Union! This large freshwater lake is perfect for boating, kayaking and watching sea planes. The lake hosts a Wooden Boat Festival every year, which celebrates the history and culture of traditional wooden boats. This festival is held every summer and attracts thousands of spectators and participants.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

If you love museums but want a taste of something a bit different, check out the Museum of Pop Culture. The eye-catching building is home to some of the best displays on what fuels contemporary pop culture, including exhibits that highlight influential bands, films and trends of today.

places to visit in seattle in summer

Alki Point Lighthouse

One of the most picturesque places to visit in Seattle, the Alki Point Lighthouse, offers Instagram worthy views of the city and the water from down below or up at the top of the tower. Free tours of the tower are offered between May and August, making the summer the best time to go.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Like Starbucks? Then you’ll love this attraction on Pike Street. Seattle is Starbuck’s hometown, which is why this special Starbucks experience is situated there. Visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room and you can look forward to learning about brewing methods, tasting exclusive beverages and checking out the coffee library. It’s a coffee lover’s dream!

places to visit in seattle in summer

Pike Place Market

This public market, located at the Elliott Bay waterfront, offers a taste of the best food that Seattle has to offer. Pikes Place Market is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and it’s easy to see why when you take a look at all of the delicious fresh seafood and gorgeous flowers for sale.

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By Tracy Crowley

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: Seattle

I love Seattle and the city’s mix of urban cool feeling along with cultural and historical charm. Are you a coffee lover like me? Seattle is known as a world centre for coffee roasting so be sure to take some time to sample some as you enjoy the relaxed laid back vibe of the city or catch some of the city’s famous music scene.
While there are many great looking buildings in the Seattle skyline, the centrepiece is without a doubt the iconic Space Needle. I definitely recommend paying a visit to the observation deck to get the best views of the city!