Seattle In March: Top 10 Things to Explore, Weather and Tourist Friendly Tips

The perfect blend of culture and modernity, Seattle offers a bundle of memories to all those who visit. Being the largest city in not only Washington but all of the Northwest Pacific region of North America, Seattle has a wonderful  food-and-drink scene, astounding neighborhoods, an eye catching skyline and a peaceful coastal setting. Seattle in March lights up with a variety of festivals and events that are truly an experience of a lifetime.

Weather in Seattle in March : Sunny or Cloudy?

Clear Skies in March
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The month of March is considered one of the ideal times to visit Seattle. While the temperatures might be considered mildly cold for people living in tropical regions, it is said  to be ideal for people living in the States or tourists from European countries.Usually skies are clear but the weather is known for its unpredictability and can quickly change into a cloudy grey sky followed by heavy showers.

Temperatures range from 6 degrees to 14 degree Celsius.The weather is moderated by the water bodies surrounding the city but pack extra warm layers just in case the winds are blowing through this time

Top 10 Things to Explore in Seattle in March

A fun filled city catering to needs of all age groups, Seattle lights up in March offering great attractions for the tourists and residents to enjoy. From sightseeing to shopping, from technology to natural beauty, this city offers it all. 

A) Places to Visit 

1. The Space Needle  

The Sky Needle in the night sky.
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The Space Needle is one of the tallest towers globally and is one of the landmarks  in Seattle. A 360 degree view of the Seattle skyline is offered from the observation deck atop the 185.5-meter-high tower. The structure was created as a symbol for Man’s Space Age aspirations.

It houses the world’s first and only rotating glass floor, with breathtaking views of the structure and the city. Tourists can enjoy specially designed weekly tours in March.  While the tilting glass walls send a chill down the spine; the  open-air deck offers splendid views of the city. 
Address: 400 Broad St. Seattle, WA 98109  
Timings:Monday – Wednesday: 12:00PM – 5:00PM                       
                     Thursday & Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM                       
                     Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Pricing: Free for children under the age 4   
Ranges from $22to $35 depending upon the age  

2.Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Located in the Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a modern exhibit that holds the work of famous American sculptor Dale Chihuly. Consisting of mainly 3 components, this exhibit showcases a wonderful blend of colors with modernity at its heart. These 3 components are - the Glasshouse, the Garden and the interior exhibits.

The exhibit also offers an immersive experience to the guests with its audio tour and theatre. A cafe is also present on the premises offering delicious treats. A treat to the eyes offering beautiful landscaping, this centre is straight out of a disney movie.
Address: 305 Harrison Street , Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Timings: Mon-Wed, 11am-5pm           
                      Thu-Sun, 11am-6pm
Pricing: Free for children under the age 4             
                     Ranges from$19 to $32 depending upon the age of the tourist.

3. Pike Place Market

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The Pike Place Market is home to the World’s first Starbucks.It is one of the oldest farmer markets in the U.S.A. Acting as an outlet by providing various items, a musky smell and homely vibe, it attracts millions of tourists from around the globe to Seattle, especially in March due to some indigenous preparations available solely during this month.

Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and livestock along with freshly prepared delicacies for the tourists, the Pike Place Market is a must visit.
Address: First Ave and Pike St,Seattle                    
Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily  with some of the restaurants staying open until 8 p.m.

4. Natural Parks

North Cascade National Park
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Three national parks lie within a few hours’ drive of Seattle – North Cascades National Park, with its 300 glaciers; the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park; and the majesty of Mount Rainier National Park. Offering breathtaking views of the natural world contrasting with the city’s skyscrapers, they offer a wonderful escape from the bustle and fast moving city life. Tourists can enjoy a peaceful getaway in any of these natural wonderlands.

Seattle in March offers the perfect weather to enjoy these magnificent natural creations.
Timings: 
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North Cascades National Park -  Opens daily from 9:00am to 6:00 pm                
2. Olympic National Park - 24hrs a day all the year round               
3. Mount Rainier National Park -  Open all year.

Pricing:  
1. North Cascades National Park - There are no entry fees. Camping requires  a free permit .                          
2. Olympic National Park -  $15 per person(walk or cycle).$30 for vehicle( both allow unlimited entry for 7days)              
3. Mount Rainier National Park - $15 per person(walk or cycle).$30 for vehicle( both allow unlimited entry for 7days)

5. Seattle Art Museum 

Seattle Art Museum
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One of the most famous museums in the U.S.A , the Seattle Art Museum provides a glimpse into the history and culture of Seattle and Washington. It operates three major facilities: its main museum in downtown Seattle; the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, and Olympic Sculpture Parkon the central Seattle waterfront.

With over 25000 artifacts and spread across 312,000 square feet, the museum is a paradise for history and art lovers alike.
Address:
1. Art Museum - 1300 First Avenue,  Seattle, Washington,          
2. SAAM -  1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, Washington                 
3. Olympic Sculpture Garden - 2901 Western Avenue,‚Äč Seattle, Washington

Timings:
1. Art Museum - Thursday to Sunday - 10am to 5pm                 
2. SAAM -   Temporarily closed             
3. Olympic Sculpture Garden - Opens 30 minutes before sunrise.Closes 30 minutes after sunset 

Pricing:
1. Art Museum -  Price ranges from $13 to $20. Free entry for children below 14            
2. SAAM -  Temporarily Closed             
3. Olympic Sculpture Garden -  N/A

B)Things to Do

6. Checking out the Coffee Culture 

The First ever Starbucks
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Seattle is home to the biggest Coffee Chain in the world i.e Starbucks. March is considered as the birth month of Coffee Culture as the first Starbucks was opened on 30th of this month way back in 1971. A coffee lover's delight, this city has various coffee shops offering more than just your regular coffee. With a mixture of contemporary and classic combinations, the drinks satisfy the choosiest of people.

Enjoy a variety of Exotic Coffees and especially curated menus in March.Starbucks offers a special trip to their Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room for an immersive experience letting the customers have a look at “behind the scene” of the famous brand’s coffee culture. 

 7. Enjoying the Music Culture 

Museum Of Pop Culture
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Seattle has been a regional center for the performing arts for many years. The Seattle Opera house and  Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras attract worldwide attention and are a must-visit. Tourists must  experience Seattle’s long and storied music history at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

This museum showcases a variety of contemporary exhibits and artefacts dedicated to the preservation of pop culture. In addition to these several outlets, pubs and restaurants offer live music creating a wonderful vibe. Seattle in March offers a cool breeze and comfortable weather which acts as the perfect compliment to enjoy contemporary music.

 8. Seattle Wine Tours  

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March is said to be the Wine Tasting month in Seattle. In addition to the offerings, the city also provides a wine touring and tasting experience! Professionals guide at every step, explaining the various intricacies involved, which has made Seattle the ideal destination for wine lovers worldwide.

Multiple wineries offer expansive tours in Seattle and places lying in its close vicinity. Daily tours are available in the Seattle and Woodinville area. An adventurous trip can be planned across the mountains for single or multiple days in Leavenworth; beautiful Wenatchee & Chelan; the vineyards of Walla Walla, or Yakima’s famous Wine Country, including the beautiful vineyards of Red Mountain.

9. Moisture Festival 

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Taking place from March up until the month of April, the Moisture Festival is an annual cultural festival taking place in Seattle. It is claimed to be the world's largest comedy/variety festival. The festival consists of humorous acts with each artist taking up 5-15mins for their acts with a live band accompanying them.

The main theatre is  Hale’s Palladium.The festival is affordable and accessible. It is considered to be one of the must-do’s in the month of March when visiting Seattle.
Pricing: Tickets are available online and range from $10-$30 

10.The Taste Washington Festival 

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The Taste Washington Festival is a unique 4 week festival taking place in March in Seattle. It is a festival of food and wine where famous eateries worldwide gather to share recipes and enjoy delicious delicacies and exotic drinks. This festival is every food lover’s paradise with the perfect weather of March adding to the merriment.

Things To Keep In Mind

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  • Pack an extra layer of warm clothes just in case the weather turns harsh.
  • Check bookings and availability of lodging as this is a peak season
  • Confirm timings and openings of various attractions as there might be changes due to the Covid-19 situation.
  • Pre-Book tickets to avoid last minute hassle.
Seattle in March is one of the perfect months to visit the city. A traveler's delight with an exotic mix of culture and modernity this city is sure to provide a bundle of memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

This post was published by Naman Chindalia

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