There is so much to do and see in the incredible city of Seattle. Here is my weekend guide to Seattle– outlining all the things to do in Seattle in just two days!
Start out with the Classic Seattle attraction: The Space Needle. You can choose to ride to the top or take a picture from below. The cost to ride up to the observation deck is $22 for adults and $14 for children.
Next head over to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum which is located at the base of the Space Needle. The cost is $22 per adult and $14 per child. However, if you plan on doing both the Space Needle and the glass museum, then you can do a package deal for $36 (adult) and $22 (child). The artwork in the museum is unbelievable.
Next make the 1.1 mile walk to Kerry Park, which takes about 25 minutes. If walking doesn’t sound fun to you, then you can take either bus 13 or 2 from 1st Ave & N. Republican St to Queen Anne Ave N & W Highland Dr. From the park there is a stunning view of the city skyline and Mount Rainier (IF you are lucky).
Head over to Pikes Place Market to grab a late lunch. You can choose from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, which has the best mac and cheese EVER, Piroshky Piroshky for meat, vegetable & sweet piroshkey or City Fish Co for some fresh seafood (OR try something from all three!). While at the market make sure to stop by Pike Place Fish Co to watch the fish being thrown and check out the first ever Starbucks, which normally has a very long line. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the market. To get to the market from Kerry Park you must again catch the 2 or 13 at Queen Anne Ave N to 3rd Ave & Virginia St.
For the end of the night, walk the half mile to Ivar’s Acres of Clams located on the waterfront at Pier 54. Since you probably had a late lunch, I would recommend getting a bowl of clam chowder or even trying the chowder sampler for $9. Ivar’s can be quite expensive so this is a frugal way to enjoy the fresh seafood.
Take the ferry to Banbridge Island from Colman Dock, Pier 52. The ride is 35 minutes and the fee is $8.20 per adult round trip. There are great city skyline views from the ferry and the island has great shopping, restaurants and a neat waterfront trail all within walking distance of the ferry terminal.
Once you make your return, head over to Fremont to see the Fremont Troll. Fremont, known as one of Seattle’s more artsy neighborhoods, is a great area to explore. I would definitely make time to see to the Fremont Troll. Take bus 62 from 1st Ave & Marion St to N 35th & Troll Ave N. It will take about 30 minutes. Bus 62 comes every 15 minutes and is the most direct route to the troll.
After visiting the troll, walk over to Gas Works Park. It is literally less than a mile away– a 10 minute walk at most. Gas Works Park is right on Lake Union and boasts beautiful views of the city from across the lake. Gas Works Park is especially interesting because the structures from the old gas plant that used to occupy the space are still standing. This makes for very interesting photography.
For dinner, take the bus over to Old Ballard, a neighborhood known for its maritime history, to eat at the Hi-Life. Hi-Life’s charm comes from the historic building in which it resides–a 1911 firehouse. The Hi-Life has something for everyone..vegetarian, meat lovers and gluten free. To get to the Hi-Life from Gas Works Park take bus 40 from Fremont Ave N & N 34th St. to Leary Ave NW & NW Vernon Pl. The ride is about 30 minutes.
If you are up to it, make the journey to Golden Gardens Park after dinner to see the sunset at the beach. To get there hop back on bus 4o at NW Market St & Ballard Ave NW and ride to 24th Ave NW & NW 83rd St. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
**This post gives a great deal of information about bus routes, however, the buses do not drop off or pick up directly at your locations. There will be quite a bit of walking involved and google maps (or an actual map) is probably needed to help navigate to each bus stop and destination mentioned above. I have chosen the routes by looking at time and ease of navigation–meaning that I skipped routes with multiple transfers.