Summer is here and before you know it, it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. So with that in mind, we want to help you guys have the best summer possible. Part of that is of course getting out and about in the city and having some fun. Between getting out in nature, eating food, and seeing art, there are plenty of amazing things to do this summer. Here are 25 things to add to your Seattle summer bucket list.

Outdoors

Hike to a natural water slide

We’re all about those stunning summer hikes. Especially the ones with super fun features at the end like Denny Creek’s natural waterslide. No need to line up at the water park when you can just slide to your heart’s content right in nature. Get ready for your new favorite hike.

Where: Denny Creek

Go for a bike ride

It’s a simple one but it might not be the first thing you think of doing. Seattle has so many amazing places to bike with opportunities to take both short and long rides depending on what you’re feeling. Of course, we made a list of our favorite places for you guys.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Visit a botanical garden

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Photo via Volunteer Park Conservatory

There’s nothing better than a beautiful walk on a perfect summer day. We recommend checking out one of our cities stunning botanical gardens. It actually turns out that there are a ton and we’ve gone ahead and created a list for you so that you don’t have to look too hard. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Hop on a ferry

Taking a trip to the islands is always a good idea if you ask us. You can go as far or as close to town as you’d like and riding the ferry is always great fun. Just imagine standing up there on the top deck, wind in your hair, taking in the stunning sound views. Pretty idyllic if you ask us.

When: Service daily
Where: 801 Alaskan Way
Cost: Varies by route

Explore Lake Washington on kayaks

Agua Verde is one of the coolest spots to dine right on the lake but they also happen to offer some pretty sweet boat rentals. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard by the hour depending on your preferences. You and your sweetie can rip around on kayaks in Lake Union or head over towards the Arboretum for an unforgettable nature experience.

When: Monday-Friday 10 am-8 pm, Saturday 9 am-8 pm, Sunday 9 am-6 pm
Where: 1307 NE Boat St
Cost: $21+

Relax at the beach

Of course, going to the beach is on our summer bucket list. Whether you want to just chill by the water, check out a lake, or the sound, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite spots. Just don’t forget your towel, bathing suit, and some SPF.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Go berry picking

Perhaps the highlight of PNW summers is ending them with some amazing berry picking. There are tons of farms offering u pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and more. You can pick to your heart’s content and get farm-fresh berries for a screaming deal. Just remember to freeze and save some for winter.

Where: Click above to see our favorite farms

Art and Culture

Take a walk at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Summer is the time to explore our city’s stunning Olympic Sculpture Park. You can check out some amazing local and international artist’s works and also get an amazing view of the sound. If you’re really feeling it afterward, walk down Myrtle Edward’s trail for some extra views.

When: Open daily 30 minutes prior to sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset
Where: 2901 Western Avenue
Cost: Free

Dawn Cerny: Les Choses 

This exhibition by Dawn Cerny references the 1965 novel by French author Georges Perec and has to do with desires of material objects both tangible and intangible. The sculptures in the exhibit embody mindscapes and you’ll see lots of everyday objects that you recognize. We definitely recommend checking it out.

When: Until September 26th
Where: 1300 First Ave
Cost: $20-$30

Summer Book Bingo

Seattle Public Libraries Adult Summer Bingo is back and better than ever! This year’s summer reading board has book slots like small press, QTBIPOC, Black joy, and more. We highly recommend participating as it’s a great way to check out new books. Plus if you finish your board you can mail it in to the library for a chance to win prizes.

When: Until September 7th

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

This amazing show features work from 80 Black artists from the 1920s to now! You’ll be able to see works by artists like Barkley Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, Jacob Lawrence, and many more. This show is one of the best to come to Seattle this year so be sure to check it out while you can.

When: Until August 15th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park

If you want a break from your regular old streaming you should check out drive-in movies at Marymoor Park. You can watch tons of movies ranging from feel-good classics to kid’s movies and more. Now that the good weather is here to stay, it’s the perfect time to get back into outdoor movie-going so be sure to check it out.

When: Throughout June
Where: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond, WA
Cost: $30 per carload

Tune in to a summer concert

Woodinville’s coolest winery, Chateau Ste Michelle just so happens to have an amazing outdoor concert series coming up that you don’t want to miss. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some great glasses and bottles of wine while tuning into artists like Fitz & The Tantrums, Train, and Chris Isaak. If you’re really feeling it, you can even see multiple concerts.

When: August 20th-September 19th
Where: 14111 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA
Cost: Varies by artist

Food & Drink

Cool down with some ice cream

Ice cream is one of our favorite treats to enjoy during the summer. It’s one of the best ways to cool down after a long summer day. Luckily, Seattle has so many amazing spots to grab ice cream with locations all over the city. Of course, we made a whole list for you guys.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Dine at a rooftop patio

At the end of the day, chances are that you could use a drink and maybe even a view. If that’s the case then we recommend heading to one of the city’s many amazing rooftop patios to unwind. As always we have a few picks and suggestions to help you guys out.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Try a new restaurant

Trying a new restaurant during the summer just hits different than in the winter. Plus, Seattle has seen a huge influx of new names in the city. We’ve got a list of places for you to start out with, but of course, just keep following along as we learn about more and more!

When: Opening throughout the summer
Where: Click the links above for our picks

Dine at a waterfront patio

waterfront patios seattle
Photo via Elliot’s Oyster House Instagram

Seattle has a lot of waterfronts and a lot of restaurants so you know what that means. We have a great selection of waterfront dining spots that you can check out no matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for. You don’t even have to ask, we already made a list of selections for you.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Shop Pike Place Market

We know that you probably don’t need a reminder about Pike Place. But summer is one of the market’s best seasons so you might as well take advantage of it. Stock up on veggies, meat, stone fruit, and more. You can take it home and enjoy an amazing bbq to cap your perfect summer evening.

Hours: Daily 9 am-6 pm
Where: 85 Pike St

Shuck oysters by the sound

Waterfront dining is a must in summer and one of our favorite places to do it is at Taylor Shellfish Farm’s Chuckanut Drive restaurant. It’s a cute but no-frills spot where you buy your oysters and shuck them yourself at one of the outside picnic tables. It’s a tasty and unforgettable experience that you should have this summer.

Where: 2182 Chuckanut Drive
Hours: Daily 10 am-Sunset

Major Attractions

Splash to your heart’s content at Wild Waves

When was the last time you went to a water park? It’s probably been way longer than any of us even realize. So change that this summer and head to Washington’s most classic water park. Wild Waves is fun for people of all ages and isn’t too far out of the city. Just be sure to get your tickets ahead of time.

When: Daily
Where: 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA
Cost: Season pass $69+, Single-day ticket $39.99+

Sail with Argosy Cruises 

If you’ve been meaning to hit the water, there’s no better way to do it than with Argosy Cruises. Seattle’s favorite cruise line is back with select tours for you to enjoy. You can learn facts about Seattle’s past and present and also see amazing views from the water. It’s a great thing to do solo or with friends and family.

When: Wednesday-Sunday until July 18th, Daily July 19th-September 6th
Where: 1101 Alaskan Way Pier 55, Suite 201
Cost: $33+

Ride the Great Wheel

Sure you might be used to the great wheel as part of the skyline at this point but when you think about it, it’s pretty dang cool that we have a waterfront ferris wheel. That being said, the ferris wheel is one of the most amazing places to catch a sunset in the city. So if you want to change up your view, definitely go for a ride.

When: Friday & Saturday:11 am-10 pm, Sundays 11 am-8 pm, Monday-Thursday 12 pm-8 pm
Where: 1301 Alaskan Way
Cost: $15

Other

Plan a romantic summer date

Summer is the best time for dates, the world is truly your oyster when it comes to the possibilities for things that you can do. Of course, planning dates can take a lot of time and effort so we thought we’d help you guys out with some ideas. Whether it’s your first or hundredth date, we’ve got you covered.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Take to the skies with Kenmore Air

Yea you probably won’t be doing this on a first date. But if you’re really looking to wow your SO or maybe even pop the question, this is a great way to do so. You can choose from a whole host of different airborne tours and they aren’t as expensive as you think they might be.

When: Flights daily
Where: Three terminals across Seattle
Cost: $75+

Explore Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is kind of the center of Seattle’s nightlife, especially in the summer. But if you want to check out the neighborhood during the day there are a few gems that you should know about. Between shopping, eats, art, and more, we’ve got you covered with a list of things to check out.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Those are our additions to your Seattle summer bucket list. We hope that you check out at least a few of them and if you do, be sure to let us know what you think. Have fun out there Seattle!