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Seattle’s Best on a Budget

We’ve all been there. We want something to do, but we don’t’ really want to spend a ton. Especially with downtown parking at $22 for two hours of play. But what in Seattle has an inexpensive price tag? (Because we know it’s not the real estate…)

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has free admission on the first Thursday ever month! First Fridays are also free for seniors!

The Seattle Art Museum is a whole-day adventure through different exhibits. Even with these free days, there’s still a fee for their special exhibition, but I’ve gone there and not seen it, so decide whether it strikes your fancy.

Bonus, two parking garages also offer discount days, just be sure to read the fine-print.

There are a few other free days for specific member and patron types through various local companies and programs. Want to see if you qualify? Check out their list here.

Enjoy the Seattle waterfront, famous pier & Pike Place Market.

Can you really visit Seattle without a quick visit to Pike Place Market and the waterfront? It’s like going to San Diego and not visiting their zoo. It’s possible, but we wouldn’t recommend it.

Side note: Seattle also has a pretty awesome zoo, and if you’re looking to save you can check out this article on their website.

Related article: Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo: This Is How We Zoo

Anyway, Pike Place Market. There’s tons of shops and opportunities to purchase if you’d like, but because of the open market atmosphere, you aren’t pushed into anything and you can just look through what everyone has to offer. There’s anything from clothes to candles to bags to journals to jewelry. Plus, there’s a teashop with probably over 400 types of teas.

Plus, if you haven’t seen it since the remodel, now’s the perfect time!

The Seattle Waterfront as beautiful as it sounds. Overlook the Puget Sound and engage with part of what made Seattle what it is today. There are tons of shops to roam but be wary of all the construction in the area. There’s an arcade, tons of shops and restaurants, recreation opportunities, and views galore!

The Seattle Aquarium is right at Waterfront Park long Alaskan Way. Though they have a suggested entry price at the Aquarium, it’s a great place for lunch!

Visit a local park and refresh.

Seattle has tons of parks and open spaces to enjoy, and we’ve covered a ton of them here at LocalinSeattle; so, I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite we’d love for you to check out!

What else do you love doing in Seattle? Share your favorites in the comments!


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