Summer is nearly here and that means you have more opportunities than ever to enjoy some great dates. That being said, they don’t have to be expensive! Here are 11 awesome free or cheap date ideas in Seattle this summer.

Stroll Kubota Garden


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If you’re into plants, walking, and beautiful landscapes then Kubota Garden is a perfect date spot. It has 20 acres of beautiful and professionally maintained gardens perfect for walking through, picnicking, and of course for snapping a few pics.

Where: 9817 55th Ave S

Visit a museum for free


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Believe it or not, you can actually check out select local museums for free. That’s all thanks to a handy dandy pass that you can check out from Seattle Public Library. So plan ahead and get the most out of your library membership by snagging a free pass to a local museum.

Walk the waterfront


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If you’ll be downtown you can’t go wrong with walking the waterfront. You can walk through Pike Place Market, pick up some ingredients for dinner and then head down to the piers. Catch a glimpse of the sunset, do some good old people watching, and enjoy one of the highlights of Seattle.

Picnic in Discovery Park


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Discovery Park is one of Seattle’s best parks. It also just so happens to be the perfect place to have a picnic. After all, there are tons of open fields and some pretty scenic spots that you and your date can enjoy. So grab your food and a blanket and head over to Discovery Park.

Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd

Stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park


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If you’re into art and want to get outdoors, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a great and free way to do both of those things. And you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like here. There’s tons of art to see and you can even head down to the waterfront.

Where: 2901 Western Ave

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Grab a coffee

Sure it’s simple but grabbing a cup of joe with someone is a great way to get to know each other. Take your coffee to go and you can get to know each other over Seattle’s most iconic beverage and a beautiful walk. While Seattle has many great coffee shops, we’ve made a list of our favorites just for you.

Where: Depends
Cost: Under $10

Stroll through Pike Place Market

We don’t know about you guys but we always love a trip to Pike Place. It’s a timeless piece of Seattle history and a great spot to pick up some delicious ingredients to make dinner with your date or SO. Plus you can wander downtown afterward.

Where: 86 Pike Pl
Cost: Varies

Enjoy some of Seattle’s best cheap eats


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Enjoying food with a date really doesn’t have to break the bank. Seattle has plenty of tasty restaurants that are also affordable. It’s not only a chance to eat with your date but also to try something new!

Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Under $15

Watch the sunset at Kerry Park

Every person who lives in Seattle needs to do this at least once. And you might as well bring your date along for the experience. After all, Kerry Park is one of the city’s best viewpoints and we bet you’ll both love it.

Where: 250 W Highland Dr

Go for a hike


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This is possibly the most PNW date you could have but it’s a good one. And beyond paying for gas, there are tons of free hiking trails and parks in the state. If you need ideas you can check our waterfall hike list that we’ve linked or you can start with something easy and fun like Rattlesnake Ridge.

Where: Depends

See what’s happening at Waterfront Park


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Seattle’s ever-changing and expanding waterfront park has tons of free events that you can check out. From concerts to movies to live performances and more it’s worth checking their calendar to see what’s coming up. Who knows, one of the events might just make for the perfect date.

That’s what we have for free or cheap dates in Seattle. We hope you enjoy these suggestions!