Activities

From high art to sky-high mountain peaks, there's something for every visitor to Seattle to experience!

Alki Beach Park

Known as the "Birthplace of Seattle," Alki Beach is a hot spot with joggers, roller bladers, cyclists, volleyball players and sun bathers.

Located in West Seattle, about 15 minutes from downtown. A trip to Alki Beach and drive along the water has few, if any, equals in the city. It features stunning views of the downtown skyline and across Puget Sound. It has a sparkling sand beach that imparts a resort character and prompts an undeniable hunger for fish and chips. The drive also includes the historic spot on Alki Beach where the first white settlers arrived in Seattle and spent the winter of 1851 before retreating to the less blustery site on Elliot Bay that became downtown.

Alki Beach is also a home to several restaurants year around ranging from hamburger joints to upscale gourmet with mesmerizing views of downtown Seattle. Whether you want to catch some rays or watch a winter storm roll in, Alki Beach is a great place to view Seattle from a different perspective.

Walk, jog, roller blade, or bicycle your way down the paved trail along the beach and take in all of the sights, sounds and smell of the beach. Join a game of beach volleyball, rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards from local vendors, go for a swim and then cozy up by a fire and roast marshmallows. There are so many ways to enjoy this beach you be coming back year after year to experience it all! This attraction is located about 10.6 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : Free
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : 4:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Features : Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Cash
Does Not Accept Checks
Does Not Accept Credit Cards
Phone : 206-684-4075

Alki Kayak Tours

1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Alki Kayak Tours and the Alki Rental Shack offers sea kayak tours , inline skate rental, stand up paddle boards, bike rental, longboard rental, and fishing boats for your beach adventure. Their popular Lighthouse Sea Kayak Tour explores the Alki Peninsula rich in human history with plenty of opportunities for wildlife sightings.

Their Sunset Sea Kayak Tour provides a more relaxed pace as you watch the sun melt in to the Olympic Mountains as it creates a light show off the Seattle skyline .

Have a destination, tour, or group in mind? Alki Kayak Tours can also offer custom paddles whenever you want to get your group on the water. Office team building sessions, wedding parties, you name it, they can outfit up to 15 members of your group. Call or email for costs and availability. Groups of 6 or more receive 15% off published rates and no experience is necessary. This attraction is located about 10.6 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : $5.00 - $100.00
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : See website for details or call 206-953-0237.
Features : Free Parking
Does Not Accept Checks
Phone : 206-953-0237

Angle Lake Park

19408 International Blvd.
SeaTac, WA 98188

Angle Lake Park, a 10 acre lake-front park, is the perfect place to cool off in the summer. Swimming, boating, and fishing are fun activities for the entire family. A spray park play area recently opened with many fun water features. There is also a barbeque area and picnic shelter and plenty of room to play games. Angle Lake Park is home to many community events including SeaTac International Festival held each year in June.

Features: spray park, boat launch, fishing pier, playground equipment , open recreation area, stage, picnic shelter, barbecue area, restrooms, and swimming. This attraction is located about 1.2 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : Free
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : Open dawn to dusk.
Features : Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Motorcoach Parking
Does Not Accept Cash
Does Not Accept Checks
Does Not Accept Credit Cards
Phone : 206-973-4670

Argosy Cruises

1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101

Argosy Cruises has been celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest for over 60 years. This family-owned and Seattle-operated company has become the Northwest's premier cruise company.

Currently, Argosy operates nine vessels providing private and public cruises around the Puget Sound area. Argosy Cruises offers must-see tourist attractions, such as the Lakes, Locks and Harbor Cruises, Tillicum Village and hosts countless weddings, parties, corporate events and community activities, including the Christmas Ship™ Festival, Murder Mystery Series and other themed and holiday events.

City Pass accepted. Save 43% off Seattle's six best attractions, plus skip the lines. Includes admission to Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, EMP Museum, and Woodland Park Zoo or Museum of Flight. Valid 9 days.

Prices:
Adult $74 (value $129)
Child (4-12 years) $49

Purchase your CityPass here. This attraction is located about 11.1 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : $8.50 - $80.00
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : Visit webiste or call (206) 623-4252 for cruise schedules.
Features : Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Checks
Phone : 206-622-8687
Toll Free : 1-888-623-1445

Des Moines Beach Park

22030 Cliff Avenue S
Des Moines, WA 98198

Pick your pleasure at the park. Whether it's walking the trail, splashing in the water, or a picnic with a view, there's an outdoor experience for the old and young alike. Find a play area, natural area with trails, a walking path, creek, picnicking area, a beach with scenic views and much more. This attraction is located about 3.0 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : Free
Duration : about 1 hour
Hours : Dawn til dusk.
Features : Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Cash
Does Not Accept Checks
Does Not Accept Credit Cards
Phone : 206-870-6529

Dash Point State Park

5700 SW Dash Point Rd
Federal Way, WA 98023

The beach provides unobstructed views of the Sound and excellent opportunities for sea-life study. There are 11 miles of trails throught the park. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, beachcombing, unguarded swimming, and marine life study.

There are two covered picnic shelters in the park reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The park provides 73 unsheltered picnic tables. This attraction is located about 9.7 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : $10.00 - $30.00
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

Camping:
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Features : Handicapped Accessible
Motorcoach Parking
Does Not Accept Checks
Does Not Accept Credit Cards
Phone : 360-902-8844

 

Black River Riparian Forest

68th Avenue South
Renton, WA 98168

In 1989, there were only 24 great blue heron nests. By 2006, there were at least 121 to 126 nests, making it one of the largest colonies in Washington.

As Black River became a destination for nature enthusiasts in the region, multiple threats to the site were emerging. Poorly planned nearby developments have been proposed throughout the last 18 years that could have resulted in deleterious impacts on the herons and other important features of the site. Herons Forever has always been there to successfully challenge these developments to make them more environmentally sound.

Many other animals call Black River home. Black River is a rich oasis for the animals that live there, and as a result, it is a refuge for the hundreds of people who visit this site every year.

It provides habitat for myriad wildlife. Native birds such as bald eagles, great horned owls, hooded mergansers, wood ducks, and neotropical migrants such as common yellowthroats (contrary to their name, their numbers are few and they are rarely seen), Wilson's warblers, and western tanagers all live in the Black River Riparian Forest. Raptors (hunters like Cooper's hawks and American kestrels), fish (threatened Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Cutthroat trout, Coho salmon), and mammals (red foxes, river otters, Pacific shrews) can be found among the Black River Riparian Forest's cottonwood trees, deciduous shrubs, and the P-1 Pond.

The Black River Riparian Forest is one of the last protected lowland, deciduous, riparian forests remaining in Puget Sound. (Riparian: By a river.) This habitat type was once abundant, but is now rare. The protection and preservation of this area and its sensitive wildlife is crucial This attraction is located about 3.6 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : Free
Duration : about 1 hour
Hours : Dawn to Dusk
Features : Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Cash
Does Not Accept Checks
Does Not Accept Credit Cards
Phone : 206-575-2489

Blake Island State Park

Blake Island
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline . The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat.

Overnight camping is available first come, first serve through Washington State Parks.

Featured Creatures: Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life, Chipmunks, Deer or Elk, Minks, Otters, Raccoon, Squirrels, Crows or Ravens, Doves or Pigeons, Ducks, Eagles, Geese, Gulls, Hawks, Herons, Ospreys, Owls, Woodpeckers, Wrens, Clams, Crabs, Mussels, Sea Birds, Seals, Shellfish, Starfish, Whales, Bullhead, Perch, and Salmon.

The island offers a seasonal concession stand and Tillicum Village Gift Gallery and Interpretive Museum are available for visitors to browse. Tillicum Village salmon bake and show are available for an extra charge from March-November. Call (206) 933-8600 for more information or reservations. This attraction is located about 11.1 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : $12.00 - $40.00
Duration : about 5 hours
Hours : Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

The park is open year round for camping and day use. There is a seven day overnight moorage limit.

Camping: Check-in time, 1 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.

Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Features : Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Checks
Phone : 206-623-1445
Toll Free : 800-642-7816

Bloedel Reserve

7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The Bloedel Reserve comprises approximately 150 acres on Bainbridge Island Washington, where it is blessed by the mild, moist climate of Puget Sound. About 84 acres are second growth forest. The remaining 66 acres are altered landscapes, including various gardens, ponds and meadows.

The primary purpose of the Bloedel Reserve is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands.

Together, the water and plantings both attract and display birds. Ducks, geese and swans make their homes among the native sedges and ferns.
Great blue herons and kingfishers regularly feed on the trout placed in the pond for that purpose.

Trees of about three hundred kinds grow at the Reserve. They span the range of treedom, from maples of centurial stature, dripping with mosses and ferns, to the slender shrub-like angelica trees luxuriating in the understory.
Stepping from the deep woods into the residential landscape, you move from the Brothers Grimm into Mozart.

This formal, European style landscape is characterized by man-made lakes, swans, weeping willow, English elms and a parrot tree, with a magnificent empress tree flanking the main facade of the house.

The founder's vision was “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty,” and the Reserve's mission is to “enrich people's lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.”

The Reserve's 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden , a Moss Garden, a Reflection Pool and the Bloedels' former estate home. This attraction is located about 21.5 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Price : $5.00 - $13.00
Duration : about 2 hours
Hours : Regular Hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Summer Hours (June-August)
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am-4:00pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.
Thursday-Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Open on: Memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day
Features : Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Does Not Accept Checks
Phone : 206-842-7631

 


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