Seattle, a city buzzing with culture and charm, is a treasure trove of experiences, and I’m here to guide you through the best things to do in Seattle in just 24 hours. This vibrant city was the starting point for our incredible Norwegian Cruise on the Norwegian Bliss, and what a spectacular city it is!
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Morning Magic at Pike Place Market
Our day in Seattle began early at the iconic Pike Place Market. As one of the top Seattle tourist attractions, this bustling market is a must-visit. It’s not just a market; it’s an experience!
With vendors selling everything from fresh flowers to artisanal foods, there’s a sensory overload in the best possible way.It’s a wonderful place to catch breakfast, a snack, or casual lunch.
Don’t forget to visit the original Starbucks for a taste of coffee history. This charming, small, original store was founded on the cobblestone streets of Pike Place Market in 1971.
Pro-tip: See if you can order ahead because there will likely be a line. If you aren’t interested in waiting, one of the best things to do in Seattle is get coffee, so you will find many other delightful coffee shops nearby.
Midday Exploration: Seattle’s Hidden Gems
After immersing ourselves in the market’s vibrancy, we sought out some of Seattle’s lesser-known spots. Tucked away in the city are numerous hidden gems that locals love. One such place is the Fremont Troll, an intriguing sculpture, with a fun story, lurking under a bridge – a quirky piece of Seattle culture that’s perfect for unique photos.
Another not-to-be-missed spot is the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. This stunning display of glass art, nestled near the Space Needle, showcases the incredible talent of artist Dale Chihuly. It’s a visual feast and a serene escape from the bustling city streets.
Evening Elegance: Seattle’s Classic Attractions
As evening approached, we revisited some of Seattle’s classic attractions. The Space Needle is an absolute must-see. Its recent renovation includes a glass floor on the observation deck, offering breathtaking views of the city.
A short walk from the Space Needle is the Museum of Pop Culture. Its striking architecture is a work of art in itself, and the exhibits inside are a paradise for music, sci-fi, and pop culture enthusiasts.
Nighttime in Seattle: A Local’s Perspective
As Seattle’s skyline lights up at sunset, the city takes on a magical vibe. First up, the Great Wheel – it’s a must-do at sunset!
The views? Absolutely breathtaking.
Pro-tip: Grab your tickets online to skip the lines.
Post-Great Wheel, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. It’s peaceful with the waves and city lights, and you can’t beat a late-night dessert from one of the local spots there.
Then, jazz time in Capitol Hill! The club we found was the perfect mix of cozy and lively, giving us the best of Seattle’s music scene.
I also recommend checking out the Elliott Bay Book Company and stopping at one of the local coffee shops for a night cap.
If you’re up for more, wander through Pioneer Square (the original neighborhood was established in 1852). The lit-up historic buildings at night have a charm of their own. Or for a chill end to the night, hit a rooftop bar and sip a local beer with the city lights as your backdrop.
Seattle at night is a blend of stunning views, chill vibes, and great music. It’s the perfect way to cap off a day in this amazing city!
Final Thoughts on Fun Things to Do in Seattle
Seattle, with its blend of famous landmarks and hidden corners, offers something for every traveler. Whether you’re stopping in before a cruise like us, or staying for a while, Seattle’s charm is undeniable.
I wish we had more that 24 hours to enjoy this amazing city. But I hope this post helps you find fun things to do in Seattle to make the most of your one day.