Seattle August 02, 2016
These 10 Places In Seattle Are AMAZING – And The Best Part? They Don’t Cost Anything
With housing and living prices getting higher and higher in Seattle, it’s good to have a list of options in your back pocket for when you want to get out and enjoy the city, but your pocketbook is telling a different story. Here are 10 of the best free things to do in Seattle.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Visit the Seattle Library.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, the downtown library is more than just a place to check out books. They offer all kinds of free classes, an interesting guided tour, and, of course, plenty of free books, movies and music to check out.
2. Go to the Olympic Sculpture Park
The Olympic Sculpture Park is open free to the public every day of the year. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and take in Seattle’s beauty while looking at all of the amazing sculptures.
3. Stroll through Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is so packed with interesting sights and sounds, from abundant fresh flowers and produce, to seafood to local artisan crafts, you’ll forget you’re too broke to buy anything. Plus, you can get tons of free samples, so a trip through the market will allow you to taste the local flavors without spending a dime.
4. Visit the Frye Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum is always free, with free parking to boot. Their collection of 19th and 20th century American, German and French paintings features many well-known artists, like Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol and many more.
5. Go for a boat ride at the Center for Wooden Boats
Get a taste of Seattle’s mariner life with free boat rides on Sundays. Just make sure to get there early to sign up, because it’s a popular activity.
6. Go fly a kite at Gas Works Park
Gas Works Park is a huge park next to Lake Union where you can hang out, look at the sundial, revel in the view of downtown Seattle and fly kites from a large hill.
7. Hear the Seattle Symphony
The Symphony offers free concerts at Benaroya Hall on Mondays at 12:30pm on a bimonthly basis. The hall features a 26-foot high, 4,490-pipe Watjen concert organ.
8. Go to the Fremont Sunday Market
The Fremont Sunday Market is an amazing flea market where you can also buy fresh flowers, produce, crafts and more. Take in the charm of Fremont while taking a leisurely stroll checking out the wares. This market is held year-round on Sundays starting at 10am.
9. Go to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is free on first Thursdays with extended hours from 10am to 8pm. The museum is a treasure trove of cultural and natural history artifacts.
10. Go for a wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle
This winery is fifteen miles northeast of Seattle, where you can learn about the Columbia Valley grape-growing region and enjoy a free wine sampling.
For more frugal entertainment options in Washington state, check out these 12 Awesome Things To Do in Washington For Free.