Free Seattle Attractions: Fun in the Emerald City Doesn't Need to Cost a Cent
Traveling to Seattle on a budget? Try these attractions to help you stay on track with travel costs. There's lots of fun to have, and it won't be expensive!
If the next destination on your check list is Seattle, but you don't have that much pocket change, don't worry. You can still experience all that the city has to offer and more on a budget. Try visiting these 5 free Seattle attractions and have an amazing time at the Emerald City.
1. Seattle Center
With a 74 acre land space, the Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World Fair, but has since become a public park. Today, the area is home to several attractions like the Space Needle, the Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Opera and more.
The Seattle Center is also a great place to catch local events. Visit Seattle Center during the Memorial Day weekend and catch the Northwest Folklife Festival which just also happens to be completely free. The event is a showcase of different folklife culture. Over 5,000 performers will be expected to make an appearance.
The Festál is also something to look out for in Seattle Center. The event features activities, music, and celebration from the different ethnocultural groups in Seattle.
2. Pike Place Market and other markets
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most famous markets. It is a vibrant local market over 100 years old. Various products can be bought at the market's 3.6 hectares including fish.
Make sure to visit the market on a weekday morning, however, to avoid getting ambushed by masses of people. While Pike Place Market doesn't require you to spend, be prepared with a bit in your wallet just in case something catches your eye.
Can't find what you're looking for here, try other such markets around Seattle like the Fremont Sunday Market which houses over 250 vendors and is open every Sunday at 10am. For something a little bit different, you can visit I Heart Rummage, which is an indie and arts market.
3. Volunteer Park
The Volunteer Park features several enticing attractions. The Seattle Asian Arts Museum is one of them and before you worry about the entrance fee, the museum opens free to the public every first Thursday and Saturday of the month. Its collections range from thousands of paintings, sculptures, pottery, and more from different Asian countries.
Try climbing the popular water tower which offers amazing views of Seattle. In fact it was officially voted as having the "best free panoramic view in Seattle" by Seattle Weekly.
If you're in for something a little more seasonal, you can also watch a play in Volunteer Park. Some performance troupes perform Shakespeare-in-the-park in different parks all over Seattle. The plays range from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," "Macbeth," and "As You Like It."
4. Paramount Theatre
Explore Seattle's Paramount Theatre and its newly renovated ornate design. Beginning as the Seattle Theatre in 1928, millions of people have enjoyed performances in its walls.
In the 1920s the Theatre was known as one of Seattle's most opulent theatres. While performances in the theatre will cost you, a free tour is usually held on the first Saturday of the month. Tours go for as long as 90 minutes and begin in the main entrance at 10am.
Visitors can also explore the theatre's library for more historic information on the location. The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am to 3pm. Admission to the library is also free.
5. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Experience the gold rush at the Seattle branch of the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park. Located in the Pioneer Square Historic District, learn the part Seattle played in Stampede to the Yukon Gold Fields for a truly different experience.
Although only one building, the Historical Park showcases the entire history of Seattle's hand in the Gold industry. If you're traveling with children, history may not usually be an interesting subject, however, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park offers some interesting activities like a scavenger hunt and even some fun online activities to help them learn about Klondike.
Learn all about the history in the park's 45 minute "Trail to Treasure" walk of about 1.5 kilometers. Entrance to the building is free, but if you're feeling up to it, passes are also sold for entrance into the Seattle's National Park Store which adjoins in the park's visitor center.
From theatres, to parks, to museums, festivals, and more, Seattle has so much to offer and a lot of them for free. Just make sure to plan ahead so you won't miss any of the good stuff in your next trip to Seattle.
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