6 Unbelievably Cheap Things to Do in Seattle
In the Emerald City, you don't have to burn money to have fun. Here are a list of things you can do at low cost—or even for free!
In Seattle on a budget? Here's a list of things you can do for a few dollars - or even free! From taking in nature to watching free shows or visiting museums, it just goes to show that you don't have to burn a hole in your pocket to have fun in this city.
1. Spend an afternoon at the Ballard Locks
Take a stroll around the lush gardens, and admire the beautiful scenery. Watch the locks open and close while boats and ships go through. Go to the vistor center to learn more about the process, or take a free guided tour.
If you're here during late summer, you can go watch the fish ladder and cheer on the migrating salmon. If you're lucky enough, you might catch a live band playing. Best thing is? Everything is free.
The Ballard Locks are located at 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107. Hours: 7:00-21:00. Open daily. Admission is free.
2. Watch an outdoor play
Seattle boasts of two acting troupes: Greenstage and Wooden O, both of which perform in parks in the Puget Sound region - for free! Why not pack a picnic, and relax on the green grass while watching these talented actors put on a quality production for you? If it won't burn a hole in your pocket, donations are accepted.
For more information on their schedules, check out Greenstage's website: http://www.greenstage.org/performance-schedule and Wooden O's website: http://www.seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno/##
3. To market, to market
Buy fresh local produce and crafts at low, low prices at Pike Place Market. Watch fish fly around—or rather, the rowdy antics of the fish vendors, throwing fish at one another to attract customers. Join in market events—food tastings, promotional activities and the like.
Pike Place Market Hours: 9am-6pm, Mondays to Saturdays. 9am-5pm, Sundays. Hours for shops vary. Check out the events schedule at their website: http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
Another good place to buy fresh local produce and crafts is at the Ballard Farmers Market. Have fun with the buskers here: listen to music performances by street musicians, get a sketch, or even have a poem or two typewritten for you by poets.
Having fun at the marketplace would surely not burn a hole in your pocket. Buy what you wish, or just soak in the atmosphere and take part of the happy spectacle for free.
Ballard Farmers Market is located at Ballard Avenue NW, between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW. Hours: 10am-3pm, Sundays. Open year-round. Check out the events schedule at their website: http://www.sfmamarkets.com/visit-ballard-farmers-market
4. Reconnect with nature
Famous for its glaciers and volatile weather, Mount Rainier is fifth tallest peak in the United States of America. It is usually used as training ground for mountaineers looking for more challenging obstacles in the world. But if you're not looking for an ascent, the park also has gorgeous hiking trails through beautiful lakes and waterfalls, and lush forests. Do check out the Wonderland Trail which goes around the entire park.
Admission to the Mount Rainier National Park is $5 per person. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.nps.gov/mora
Alternatively, the Discovery Park is a good place to birdwatch, cycle, or just to have a picnic. Hiking trails will take you through meadows and forests and rivers and streams. There's also a beach area where you can explore tide pools. Located on Magnolia Bluff, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle at 534 acres.
The Discovery Park is located at 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199. Hours: 4:30pm-11pm. Open daily. Admission is free. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm
Not up for a hike? Seattle has its share of beautiful gardens open to the public. The Kubota Garden is a 20-acre city park that mixes together native plants with Japanese designs. This serene, quiet place is perfect for a walk, a picnic, or to just read a book among the bubbling little streams and blooming flowers.
The Kubota Garden is located at 9817 55th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98178. Hours: 6pm-10pm. Open daily. Admission is free. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.kubotagarden.org/
5. Go museum-hopping
A lot of museums in Seattle are free on the first Thursday of the month. If your wallet is feeling a little light, and you are looking for something to do, why not take this chance to learn? For free!
Check out this list for which museums has free days: http://freemuseumday.org/sea.html
Like art? Take an art walk to appreciate the contemporary art scene. Buy what you wish, the experience is free. Here's a list: http://www.seattleartists.com/blog/index.php/seattle-neighborhood-monthly-art-walks/
6. Cheap eats
Feeling hungry? Hop on over to the International District and the U-District. From Vietnamese food to taco wagons, different cuisines at low prices await you!
Another possibility is to keep an eye out for establishments offering happy hour specials.
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