Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

Sweet Deals

Visit these engaging Seattle attractions without stretching your budget.

Pike Place Market

85 Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org

Take in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of this historic market. Buskers belt it out or strum banjos, artists and craftspeople sell one-of-a-kind goods, and fresh produce vendors tempt visitors with samples of local apples and pears. Watch the famous fish-tossing theatrics at Pike Place Fish Market or admire the serene views of Elliott Bay from the MarketFront pavilion. FREE

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

440 Fifth Ave N; discovergates.org

Education meets inspiration at this dynamic space, which tells the tales of the many critical issues the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is attempting to tackle around the globe, from poverty to health care. Zoom in on an interactive world map to dive deeper into a topic, or get hands-on by assembling winter kits to support unhoused youth. You’ll leave motivated to make a difference. FREE

Seattle Free Walking Tours

2001 Western Ave; seattlefreewalkingtours.com

Embark on a two-hour jaunt to see all the Seattle highlights. This pay-what-you-can guided stroll starts at Victor Steinbrueck Park, near Pike Place Market, and winds through the waterfront, Pioneer Square, downtown, and more with plenty of photo ops along the way. Reservations are recommended. PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Ballard Locks

3015 NW 54th St; ballardlocks.org

Vessels travel between Lake Union and Elliott Bay using the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, a boat elevator of sorts. Watch as the water levels slowly rise and fall, then cross a walkway to the newly renovated Salmon Education Center, where underwater windows provide a glimpse at salmon leaping up the ladder. Keep an eye out for seals and cranes, which are known to prowl for fish here. FREE

Seattle Japanese Garden

1075 Lake Washington Blvd E; seattlejapanesegarden.org

Hundreds of species of plants, from sword ferns and Japanese maples to rhododendrons and cherry blossoms, surround a tranquil pond on these 3.5 acres. The garden is closed December through February for annual maintenance, but expect a riot of colors come spring, plus koi, lush foliage, and a tea house year-round. Mostly flat paved and gravel paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible, so everyone can enjoy the natural beauty. $10

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

319 Second Ave S; nps.gov/klse

Embrace the adventurous spirit of Seattle’s colorful Gold Rush era in the heart of historic Pioneer Square. Within a red-brick building, find two floors of exhibits detailing life during that time, then take a self-guided walking tour to uncover more history in the neighborhood. FREE

On the first Thursday of the month, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry, The Museum of Flight, Burke Museum, and National Nordic Museum offer free admission. And receive big discounts on admission to five major attractions, including the Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium, with the purchase of a Seattle CityPASS.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SEATTLE LOCALIST

Seattle’s best every month in your inbox

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Book Your Trip

Partner Advertisements