Here are the top 30 tourist attractions to see in Seattle:

1. Space Needle

Space Needle
4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

TheæSpace Needleæis anæobservation toweræinæSeattle, Washington, aælandmark of theæPacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in theæSeattle Centeræfor theæ1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.

2. Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo
4.3 /5

7 km
from city center
2 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo spanning 92 acres in size, is a National Award-winning wildlife conservation establishment and zoological garden. Across multiple categories, it has received over 65 awards, and in 2019 it recorded a whopping 1.4 million international and domestic visitors. It features over 1,000 animals of nearly 300 species from all over the world. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, the zoo began as a small menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner, and real estate developer.

3. Museum Of Flight

Museum Of Flight
4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
3 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

TheæMuseum of Flightæis a privateænon-profit airæandæspace museumæin theænorthwest United States. It is located at the southern end ofæKing County International Airport.

4. Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Opened in 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit in the Seattle Center showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly.

5. Museum of history and industry

Museum of history and industry
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Museum of History and Industry is the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington maintaining a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that primarily focus on Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.

6. 5th Avenue Theatre

5th Avenue Theatre
3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
6 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

The theatre's subscriber season programming includes six to seven shows per year, a mix of locally produced revivals of musical theatre classics, and premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows, and national touring musicals.

7. Cougar Mountain Zoo

Cougar Mountain Zoo

20 km
from city center
7 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Cougar Mountain Zoo was founded in 1972 by Peter and Marcie Rittler. It is an 11-acre zoological park dedicated to endangered species of wildlife from different parts of the world such as the Bengal Tigers and Lemurs from Madagascar. It features a variety of exhibits and wildlife tracks. Other facilities would include the Magnani Nature Gallery and The Library. It also organizes workshops and photo tours to inculcate awareness within the public about the endangered species.

8. Zoomazium

Zoomazium

7 km
from city center
8 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Zoomazium is an 8,500 square feet Kid friendly space located within the Woodland Zoo Park. The area comprises an indoor- all-weather facility divided into several play, activities, and exploration spaces. It also features interactive nature-themed spaces with multimedia facilities to induce imaginative play and inculcate an interest and awareness in young children of the importance of nature and wildlife.

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9. Northern Trail

Northern Trail

7 km
from city center
9 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Northern Trail is an exhibit of the Woodland Park Zoo. It mimics the habitat of Alaska’s tundra and taiga region and features animals of this habitat such as the river otters, brown bears, mountain goats, and so on. Visitors at Northern Trail can explore the rugged terrain of the tundra region or enjoy an indoor viewing of river otters at the Tagia viewing center.

10. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

38 km
from city center
10 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium houses over 9,000 specimens of 367 animal species. It is an integrated zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden housing several exhibits reflecting the theme of ecosystems from the Pacific rim. The Aquarium was added to the zoo ( founded in 1905) in 1935. The two aquariums - North Pacific Aquarium and the South Pacific Aquarium features species from different parts of the pacific ocean such as the rockfish, giant pacific octopus to blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, and green sea turtle.

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11. Tropical Asia Trails of Vines

Tropical Asia Trails of Vines

7 km
from city center
11 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Tropical Asia: Trails of Vine is an Exhibit of the Woodland Park Zoo. It recreates Asia’s Bioclimatic zones - the dense tropical forests with emphasis on the vines and their function as the aerial pathways. It houses endangered species such as the Tapirs, Langurs, and Siamangs.

12. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

77 km
from city center
12 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park located approximately an hour away from Seattle offers visitors the opportunity to experience premium tours and encounter native Northwest Animals. The park spanning up to 723 acres in size has been accredited by the AZA ( Association of Zoos and Aquariums). The main attraction of the place is the tram tours, walking tours and nature trails.

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13. Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

1 km
from city center
13 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Seattle Aquarium, founded in 1977 is the largest establishment striving for Ocean Conservation and Engagement in the Pacific Northwest. It offers a unique view of Ocean Conservation by presenting unique exhibits and organizing events targeted toward the community to enhance their understanding of marine habitats and Wildlife.

14. Discovery Park

Discovery Park
Must visit 5.0 /5

8 km
from city center
14 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Covering an area of around 534 acres, the Discovery Park is the largest in Seattle. At Discovery Park, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Cascades and the Olympic mountain ranges. In its premises, the park has a wildlife sanctuary, forest groves, a tidal beach, where one can spend hours birdwatching and large open spaces for kids to run around. One can have a pleasant stroll around the walking trail that runs for 2.8 miles, connecting other walking trails in the city. Birdwatching at this park is a must, as the Seattle Audubon Society has created a list of more than 250 birds to look out for, at the park.

15. Seward Park

Seward Park
Must visit 5.0 /5

8 km
from city center
15 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

A 300-acre park, covering all of Bailey Peninsula and Lake Washington, the Seward Park boasts of 2.4-mile cycling and walking track, 120 acres of full-grown forest area, eagles nests, a theatre, a beach and an art studio. Seward Park is a haven for water lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The park has boat launch options and is an urban refuge for exotic flora and fauna, including the only native oak in Washington State, Garry’s Oak. This park is a great spot, be it for picnics or an evening stroll or a beach day or just a casual play date with the kids.

16. Green Lake Park

Green Lake Park
Must visit 5.0 /5

8 km
from city center
16 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Green Lake Park has acres of green area and is one of Seattle’s most favourite parks. From Swimming to boating, sprinting tracks to a 2.8-mile walking track , kayaking to windsurfing, Green Lake Park has it all. This park is a favourite because of its pet-friendly activities and a roller skating rink. For wildlife lovers, this park is a must-visit due to its varied variety of flora and fauna including exotic birds and fishes. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a play area for kids, including a swing, a giant sandbox, slides and a lot of other fun activities to keep the kids occupied. Locals recommend visiting this park during the fall, as it looks splendid when the leaves are changing colours.

17. Howell Park and Beach

Howell Park and Beach

4 km
from city center
17 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Howell Park is a secluded recreational area in Seattle which has a wooded trail that leads to the Howell Beach. It is a small beach in Howell Park, a perfect recreation spot for visitors during the summer. Visitors can also enjoy sunbathing, or picnicking, etc.,

18. Mount Baker Beach

Mount Baker Beach

12 km
from city center
18 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

The Mount Baker Beach is housed within the Mount Baker Park situated on the shores of Lake Washington. This recreational spot is perfect for a weekend, as it offers several outdoor activities along with enjoying the cold waters at the beach. There is a playground for the kids, tennis courts, and a wide-pathway that leads to Lake Washington Boulevard. The beach also has diving boards, a fishing pier, and lifeguards for the safety of the visitors.

19. Madison Park North Beach

Madison Park North Beach

5 km
from city center
19 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

With a stunning Lake Washington, Madison Park North Beach is a 400-feet beach housed in Madison Park. The park slopes down from the sidewalk to a few miles towards the beach, which features a bathhouse with restrooms, play areas for the kids with swings/play equipment, tennis courts, and more. Swimming and boat launches, however, are prohibited at the beach due to a rock seawall along the shoreline. There are also several restaurants and shops in the vicinity of the beach for visitors.

20. Denny Blaine Beach

Denny Blaine Beach

4 km
from city center
20 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Housed in the Denny Blaine Park, which is also called the nudist park, the Denny Blaine Beach is encircled by an old wall that was constructed in the year 1917. This grassy beach has plenty of areas for picnicking, sunbathing, and playing volleyball. Visitors can also take a short walk to the Lake Washington Boulevards nearby or visit Howell Park, Lakeview Park, and Viretta Park located a few miles away from the beach.

21. Pritchard Island Beach

Pritchard Island Beach

10 km
from city center
21 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Located north of Seward Park, Pritchard Island Beach is set in the Rainer Beach Area. The beach features a swimming area with high and low diving boards, a bathhouse for rentals, and a marshy wetland (Pritchard Wetland) with a shelter for varied wildlife and native plants.

22. Madrona Beach

Madrona Beach

4 km
from city center
22 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Located on the shores of Lake Washington in Madrona Park, Madrobe beach is a walk down the wooded hillside of the park. This grassy beach features a swimming area, a bathhouse, a picnic area, even a path for jogging. The swimming areas of the beach are on circumspection of the lifeguards for the safety of the visitors.

23. Pocket beach

Pocket beach

5 km
from city center
23 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

A 20-minutes walk from the Seattle Aquarium will take you to the Pocket Beach in Olympic Park. It is a small and natural beach that inhabits native plants and is a natural habitat for salmon, forage fish, kelp, and other marine critters. There are also tonnes of burrowing sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and clams found at this beach.

24. Magnuson Park Swimming Beach

Magnuson Park Swimming Beach

10 km
from city center
24 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

The Magnuson Swimming beach is nestled at the Warren G. Magnuson Park. The beach has plenty of areas to sunbathe, with picnic tables spread across the beach, a playground for children, and a tennis court. Visitors can also enjoy fishing at the pier, boating, windsurfing, or a stroll in the park.

25. Colman Beach

Colman Beach

4 km
from city center
25 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Colman Beach is situated in Colman Park adjacent to the Mount Baker Bathing Beach. Surrounded by the dropping willows and native plantations, this beach features plenty of area for sunbathing, picnicking, a volleyball court, and a friendly playground.

26. Richmond Beach

Richmond Beach

19 km
from city center
26 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Located in the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Richmond Beach is bordered by the Puget Sound. The beach features picnic tables, bathrooms, fire pits, off-leash dog areas, etc., along with recreational sports like diving, kayaking. Visitors can also dive into beachcombing, shellfish gathering, and long walks along the beach with an exquisite view of the Puget Sound.

27. Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park

11 km
from city center
27 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

The Golden Garden Park is located in Ballard, a neighbourhood in Seattle, which encompasses several hiking trails, wetlands, and beaches. It is one of the most popular parks and houses the most beautiful beach in the Northwest. The beach features a bathhouse with a restroom, a boat launch, fire pits, playground, and picnic areas, etc. With an extraordinary view of the Pudget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, visitors can also enjoy sunbathing on the sandy beach, fishing at the pier, boating, and playing volleyball.

28. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

15 km
from city center
28 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is a 57-acre park in Renton that features a swimming beach, along with an eight-lane boat launch, 900-foot pier, two restaurants in the vicinity and more. The Beach Park was originally known as the Lake Washington Beach Park as it extends over the 5400-feet shoreline of Lake Washington. The beach features picnic shelters, a playground, a fishing pier and more. Visitors can play volleyball at the sandy beachside, enjoy swimming at the beach or a take stroll at the park.

29. Myrtle Edwards Park

Myrtle Edwards Park

3 km
from city center
29 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Originally known as Eliots' Bay Park, The Myrtle Edwards Park is a 4.8-acre public park along the Eliot Bay waterfront. With a view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, the park also features two beaches with driftwood. Running parallel to the beaches is a 1.25-mile-long trail for bicyclists, runners, dog-walkers, and pedestrians. The sandy shore of the beach is often crowded with visitors, picnicking, or watching the varied wildlife, which includes gulls, crows, eagles. Due to the freezing waters of the beach, a majority of the visitors do not prefer swimming here.

30. Matthews Beach

Matthews Beach

11 km
from city center
30 out of 30
places to visit in Seattle

Named after John G. Mathews, Mathews Beach is situated to the east of Lake Washington. Lifeguards circumspect, this swimming beach which has diving platforms, picnic tables, a playground, and more. There are also boat launches and a biking trail nearby for the visitors to ride their bikes or take their dog for a walk.

FAQs on Seattle

How can I commute within Seattle?

You can walk around most neighborhoods of interest in Seattle and there's a light rail system that connects a few of the neighborhoods. Buses in the city do connect many areas. Some buses only run during rush hour. Exploring the whole area is a lot easier if you have access to a car, or, if you're motivated, biking in Seattle can be a fun and efficient way to explore the city. The weather can change at a moments so do be prepared for rain. An all-day regional transit pass is available for visitors to Seattle. These $8 all-day passes are loaded onto regional transit cards ($5 each) at all ORCA vending machines and are used for unlimited riding on all local public transit (excluding the Seattle Monorail and Washington State Ferries). Transit pass value covers $3.50 per ride.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Seattle?

The top sightseeing places in Seattle are Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo, Museum Of Flight, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of history and industry, 5th Avenue Theatre.

What are the top activities in Seattle?

The top activities in Seattle are Seattle CityPASS, Space Needle Admission Ticket (With Chihuly Garden and Glass Admission Ticket) in Seattle, Museum of Pop Culture Admission Ticket, Snoqualmie Falls and Leavenworth German Town Tour from Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass Admission Ticket in Seattle, Land and Water Tour in Seattle by Ride the Ducks.

What are the top hotels in Seattle?

There are 439 Hotels in Seattle which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Seattle are 346 West Kinnear Place Home, 7011 4th Ave NW Home, Grace Apartment, Chelsea Station Inn, Lofty Studio Prime Cap Hill Area Mins to Downtown, Prime Roosevelt Contemporary Studio, Olympic Views. You can see all the hotels in Seattle here
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