6 Free Things to Do in Seattle with your Group

Seattle is a beautiful city, filled with wonderful sights, breathtaking views and an abundance of cultural heritage. With all of its sights, museums, and festivals, though, comes a pretty hefty hit to your bank account.

Here are some free things to do in Seattle so you won’t break your bank when you visit.

Seattle Skyline

  • Stroll through Waterfall Garden Park
    • Have you ever seen a 22-foot waterfall in the middle of a city? Head over to Pioneer Square and that is where you will find Waterfall Garden Park.  A hidden oasis in the middle of a bustling city that is absolutely breathtaking AND free? Talk about a secret! Waterfall Garden Park is a great place to rest for a couple of hours, have a picnic or have some alone time with nature.

  • Take in the Sights at Olympic Sculpture Park
    • With over 20 modern sculptures, this park was added to the Seattle Art Museum in 2007. It was constructed over old railroad tracks and gives a view of the Olympic Mountains on the horizon. It sure is a sight to see, and it is most definitely free, with joggers and dog walkers going on zigzagging trails daily!

  • See the Ballard Locks
    • Known officially as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Ballard Locks is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions. You can go to the fish ladders and watch salmon and steelheads make their journey to head upstream to spawn. You can sit in the grass and watch the boats go by or you could walk through the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden. It is definitely a great way to enjoy your day without spending a dime!

  • Visit Pike Place Market

    Seattle Marketplace

    • Open 363 days a year, Pike Place Market is a bustling, historic market right in the heart of Seattle’s downtown. It is a vibrant neighborhood filled with hundreds of farmers, fishermen, craftspeople, small businesses, and residents. It is one of the top sights to see and absolutely free unless you want to buy something from a fishmonger or a craftsperson.

  • Whale Watching
    • Whale watching is a great way to kill some time and see something amazing. You can whale watch from the shore at Alki Beach in West Seattle, just a short drive or water taxi trip away from downtown. The beach is a popular spot for seals and their pups to rest, making it a draw for Orcas as well, and best of all, you won’t need to spend a dime. Just don’t forget your camera!

  • Kerry Park
    • Do you want to see the Seattle Skyline but you don’t want to pay all the money to go into the Space Needle? Head over to Kerry Park, where the view is just as great. The park is set on a steep incline on Queen Anne Hill looking south, where it splits in two with steps leading to a popular children’s playground below. Binoculars are provided and they cost a mere $0.50.


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