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Things To Do In & Around Seattle, Washington

Windermere Mercer Island

Last week we talked different neighborhoods in Seattle. This week, we’re going to tackle some of the best things to do when you’re new or visiting the Seattle area.

Because the local region is massive and ripe with activities, there are boundless options to choose from. The Greater Seattle Area offers an array of outdoorsy and indoor experiences, which can range from shopping to mountain biking, to rock climbing, equestrian excursions, vast musical preferences, and so much more.

Summer means Farmers Markets galore! We’ve written two blog posts, one on Eastside Farmers Markets and one on South End Farmers Markets, so we won’t spend to much time on this, but they’re everywhere and pretty well spread throughout the week.

Farmers Markets are great opportunities for consumers to buy local and make face-to-face conversation with farmers and representatives from around the region – and there are a lot more to choose from than on this list. Chances are, your community or a neighboring community will have one! And if those days don’t jive with your days-off, you can always visit the Pike Place Market any day, because they’re open 24/7!

Another thing the Pacific Northwest is known for is mountainous terrain, pristine mountain lakes, and easy-to-advanced trails. We find most of our information at the Washington Trails Association, or, which offers tons of info on Washington trails, detailed information about each trail’s attributes, and other actionable resources!

If you’re looking to explore the region, check out these related reading articles:

Did you know that Washington currently has 92 communities that take part in the’s Tree City USA proclamation? Including Seattle-area cities such as, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point – and that’s just a small sample!

Local cities have emphasized parks and open spaces as a huge part of city planning – and it totally shows. As a byproduct, we have some of the best parks and recreation spaces around.

With so many, it might be hard to choose – here are some favorites:

Okay, but what about a few indoor activities for those chilly or hazy days? Don’t fret, Seattle also has those! If you’re looking for kid-centric ideas, you should check out these awesome options for parents looking to keep active on indoor days.

If you’re looking for something different, you can try any of these awesome ideas:

That rounds out our list of things to do in Seattle, whether you’re a visitor or native to the area. If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!


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