Some things to do in and around Seattle
Note: prices and links were last updated in 2007, so much of this information is probably not current. Caveat linkor!
Physical Activities and Sports
- Rent a bike at Recycled Cycles ($20
for 6 hours) and ride on the Burke-Gilman
trail: you can ride west to the Ballard
locks, or north to the Red
Hook Brewery in Woodinville, or just boogie around and look at the scenery.
- Rent a bike ($50/day) at Gregg's
Greenlake Cycle and ride around Green
Lake (3 miles).
- Go skiing or snowboarding at Snoqualmie
Summit or Crystal Mountain (not
- Go cross-country
skiing ($14 trail pass + $20 equipment rental)
or snowshoeing ($10
trail pass + $17 snowshoe rental).
- Go hiking in the mountains (unless it's summertime, stick with low altitudes).
list of nearby hikes.
- Rent kayaks at Agua Verde ($35
for 2 hours for a 2-person kayak).
- Rent canoes at the UW
Waterfront Activities Center ($4/hour per canoe).
- Go bowling or play pool or ping pong or in the UW
- Go ice skating at Highland
Ice Arena in Shoreline ($6 admission + $2.75 skate rental).
- Go roller skating at Skate
King in Bellevue ($5 admission + $1 skate rental or $4 for roller blades).
- Go rock climbing indoors (REI $15, Vertical
World $15, Stone Gardens $14)
or on the outdoor climbing rocks at UW or Marymoor
Park (free). (UW has an indoor climbing center, but it is not open
- Play handball, racquetball, pickleball, wallyball, or squash at the UW
Intramural Activities Center ($7 for a guest with a UW student).
- Go swimming at the UW
IMA pool (each UW student may bring one guest for $7), or Evans
Pool at Green Lake
($3.75). In late summer, you can swim in Lake Washington: for example at Magnuson
Park or Golden
- Go dancing: swing, ballroom, tango,
- Catch a Husky sports event.
- Attend a professional sports event: the Sonics ($10
and up), the Thunderbirds ($10–$20),
or the Mariners ($18 and up).
Museums and Exhibits
Arts and Entertainment
Food and Drink
You can get to most places in Seattle and surrounding areas
bus for Seattle and its immediate environs, or Sound
Transit for the
more distant towns. The buses are safe, clean, friendly, and usually on
time. While you're in downtown Seattle, you can ride the bus for free if
you get on and off in the
area." The Metro Transit web site has a trip
planner that will automatically
find a bus route for you.
If you decide to go north to Everett or south to Tacoma, try
Commuter Rail. If you
want to go to any of the islands in Puget Sound, the Washington
State Ferries are fun and inexpensive for walk-on passengers. If you
rent a bicycle at Recycled Cycles or Gregg's,
you'll find that Seattle is one of the best cities in the US for getting
around by bike.
But there are still a few places that are hard to get
to without a car. If public transportation doesn't go where you want to go
and you don't have a car available, a taxi can be reasonably inexpensive if
several people share it:
- Farwest Taxi – (206) 622-1717
- Graytop Cab – (206) 782-8294
- North End Taxi – (425) 363-3333
- Yellow Cabs – (206) 622-6500
Be sure to sort out your transportation needs before deciding where to go.