Are you visiting Seattle in the next couple of weeks? Just looking for something to do without breaking the bank? There are several fun and interesting FREE Seattle tourist attractions to see, just blocks away from your room at The Pensione Nichols!
From outdoor fun in the local parks, to learning something new at one of the Seattle area’s many museums and historical sites, there are lots of things to do in the city:
- Olympic Sculpture Park: Located just a couple of blocks from Pensione Nichols, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a fantastic artistic site as well as picnicking/exercising location. The park was transformed from nine acres of industrial property to the green space you see today. Large sculptures and artistic structures dot the expansive waterfront park, which has a great view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Pike Place Market: You can’t miss a walk through Pike Place Market on a beautiful summer day! It’s the place to get the best seasonal and local veggies and fruit, as well as crafted items like honey and cheese. Of course, the market abounds with fresh fish and seafood and fun souvenirs and handmade gifts. The iconic Market is a great place to grab all of the ingredients for a fresh summer meal that you cook from your own full-sized kitchen in your Pensione Nichols suite!
- Free Vintage Boat Ride at the Center for Wooden Boats: It’s a bit of a walk (or a short bus ride) from the Pensione, but the Center for Wooden Boats is a fantastic place to grasp a bit of rich Seattle area history. The center itself has free admission daily, and every Sunday there are free public sailing rides! It’s first come, first serve, so show up early (sign-ups begin at 10 a.m.) to get spots for your group! Head next door on the first Thursday of every month for free admission to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
- 1st Thursday Free Admission at the Seattle Art Museum/Art Walk: On the first Thursday of every month, the Seattle Art Museum opens its galleries, collections, installations and special exhibitions to the public with free admission! The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. SAM also puts on a First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, where several businesses feature art to the public from noon to 8 p.m.
- Seattle Waterfront: Home to Fisherman’s Wharf, the Washington State Ferries to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, and several shops, restaurants, and sights, the Seattle Waterfront is a fun stop for a short walk up the boardwalk, Fish ‘n Chips at waterfront eateries, and shopping! It’s home to the Great Wheel as well, if you want to spend a little on some tourist activities.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop: As you wander the waterfront, make sure to stop in at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop at Pier 54. Shrunken heads, mummies, eye-openers and curios from all over the globe grace the shelves, ceiling and floors. There are also plenty of memorabilia and mementos to purchase as souvenirs or gifts! The shop opened in 1899, so it’s been here for more than 100 years!
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Unit: It’s more of a museum than a park – the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Seattle Unit is located just a couple of blocks away on 2nd Avenue and S. Jackson Street. The unit is a little museum that highlights the rush to the Yukon gold fields, the role Seattle played, and the Gold Rush’s effects on our city. Admission is always free.
We hope you enjoy these fun free activities in Seattle as you visit or explore the city!