Seattle, in America’s Pacific Northwest region, is predominantly known for its markets, musicians, and mountain scenery. But it can also be renowned for the many free things for tourists to do in the city. All visitors need to do is book a Seattle hotel downtown, like Motif Seattle, because from there they can easily access the best freebies the city has to offer.
Meander the markets
Pike Place Market is probably one of the most famous markets in the United States. It is free and constantly buzzing with people purchasing local food, jewellery, art, and other handcrafts. Devour the free samples, descend the stairs to the Seattle waterfront, and visit Gum Alley – yes, its walls are covered in gum. The Fremont Sunday Market is a free flea market open year-round. 145 to 250 vendors line the streets weekly, selling everything from antiques, clothes, vintage collectables, furniture, and street food. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly applies here.
Join a free walking tour
Seattle Free Walking Tours operate two different tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. There is a Market Experience tour, which takes guests inside the Pike Place Market to sample fresh food, and learn the market’s history. The Seattle 101 tour includes visiting the market too, but then takes groups to Pioneer Square, and along the waterfront to the “photogenic piers 62/63.” The guides give their recommendations for Seattle’s best places to wine and dine, and fun history facts. Guests are asked to tip the guides at the end what they thought the tour was worth.
Explore Seattle Center
A visit to Seattle isn’t complete without seeing the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. The Center was first built for the World’s Fair in 1962 and the park includes 74 acres of fun for the whole family. Although it costs to enter most buildings within the Seattle Center, visitors can also spend time wandering the grounds and taking photos of the Space Needle up close, playing in the International Fountain, and enjoying the outdoor exhibits. The Center also hosts many free festivals annually.
See Seattle’s sunsets
Being on the West Coast of America, the sun sets over the water in Seattle, which definitely equals the best sunsets. Visit the Olympic Sculpture Park for uninterrupted views of Puget Sound, and admire the interesting structures. Seattle’s waterfront also offers excellent vistas for capturing a sunset photo. Sit near the Great Wheel to capture a unique sunset photo of the glowing ferris wheel backdropped by the glowing, descending sun.
Go to Kerry Park
Kerry Park is situated on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill and is the place to visit for Seattle skyline views. From the 1.26 acre park, people can see downtown Seattle, the West Seattle peninsula, the islands in Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and domineering Mount Rainier.
There are so many free things to do in Seattle – from the markets to the waterfront to the tours. This means there is no excuse not to visit the Washington state city today.
This blog post is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.