There’s no shortage of places to visit and activities to do on the Puget Sound in the summer. To help you venture beyond the Bothell city limits and explore, we’ve got 10 ideas for activities to help you discover more of the city of Seattle and waterfront while you’re in the Pacific Northwest.
Take a 45-minute seaplane ride on Kenmore Air from Seattle’s Lake Union to San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor Marina. There you’ll board a 55-foot MV Sea Lion whale watching boat for a 3-hour adventure in the San Juan Islands where you’re bound to see whales of all sizes.
Head to Southworth via the ferry from Fauntleroy, rent a kayak, and open-water paddle the Kitsap Peninsula and even cross Puget Sound to explore Blake Island.
Seattle’s largest downtown green space is home to Olympic Sculpture Park, an award-winning nine-acre sculptural art park located right on the waterfront. It’s free to visit and offers impressive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, and is a great spot for Seattle sunsets.
Seattle’s open-air Pike Place Fish Market is world-famous for its eye-catching fish tossing. Take a walk through the market to enjoy the spectacle.
Wander the world-class botanical gardens or watch this summer’s salmon migration at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Boats of all sizes travel frequently through the Locks, and tours are offered daily.
Take a cruise across Elliott Bay to West Seattle on the Elliott Bay Water Taxi for a mere $3. When you arrive, you’ll find beaches and shopping to enjoy and picturesque views on your cruise.
While you’re in West Seattle, head to Alki Beach. With partial protection from a sea wall and minus tides, the beach is wide and often filled with volleyball matches and beachgoers on roller skates and longboards.
For 360-degree views of the Puget Sound, you must add a Space Needle visit to your plans. With both a rotating glass floor for a peek at the ground below and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this is the place for the best of the best in Pacific Northwest views.
The Seafair Weekend Festival is one of the most popular Seattle events of the summer and features Hydroplane races, wakeboarders showing off their tricks and skills and the Blue Angels performing in the sky.
The Seattle Great Wheel offers thrilling views of Seattle from 175 feet over the water. Hop-on in time for sunset and watch the sun descend behind the Olympic Mountains in a picture-perfect (and Instagram worthy) swath of colors.