1. Kayaking on Lake Union. We used these really awesome Kayaks that fold up to be super portable. My brother (who lives in Seattle) and his friends had a few so we went to Gas Works Park and put them in.
We kayaked to Ivar’s Salmon House where we ate clam chowder and hot chocolate in the front, cheaper (and less fancy) part of the restaurant. It was a bit rainy, but the view of the city was still amazing. We were also able to kayak by all of the quirky houseboats on the lake. If you aren’t lucky enough to have friends/family with kayaks in Seattle there are several places right on the lake to rent kayaks for pretty decent prices like NWOC or Moss Bay.
2. Visit Gas Works Park. Fan girl moment- The paint fight scene from 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed here! This park also has an amazing view of Lake Union and the Seattle sky line. This is a perfect place to picnic on a sunny day. We took the bus from downtown Seattle over to this side of town so the excursion was practically free. It was pretty easy to navigate the bus system, especially if you use google maps. We did have to walk a bit in order to make it down to the waterside, but nothing too far.
3. Summit a Mountain. We hiked Mount Pilchuck, a 2,300 ft ascent. It was about a 5.5 mile hike round trip. But beware, it is not for the faint at heart. A sign at the beginning of the trail states that hikers often must be rescued from the trail. You are also required to scramble over rocks/ boulders to reach the top and must climb a ladder to reach the cabin overlook at the summit. The view is supposed to be amazing. We (unfortunately) climbed up on a cloudy day. However, the vegetation and scenery is so different from South Carolina the entire hike felt like we were in an enchanted forest. We even saw a marmot!
4. Get outside the city…Go crabbing. We are lucky to have family that lives outside Seattle on Samish Island. They took us crabbing and we were able to take part in the whole exciting process. The best part was eating the fresh Dungeness Crabs just a few hours later. Honestly, I don’t even like crab, but being with family and the whole straight from the sea to your plate thing kind of convinced me.
5. View the city from from a new angle. Visit the Starbucks on the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower. Now some of you might say “Starbucks? Really?”… but in my defense, the first ever Starbucks was opened in Seattle. I think it is only fitting to have a cup in the city where it all started, plus the view isn’t bad either. The original Starbucks is actually beside Pike Place Market, however the lines were super long and it was quite touristy so I decided to skip it.