On a tight budget? Then Seattle Southside is the perfect location for you! Recently I have been asked multiple times for the best free attractions that Seattle Southside has to offer. I decided to write a blog letting visitors know what this beautiful place has to offer without having to swipe that credit card. Here is the list...


Top 8 Best Free Things To Do in Seattle Southside

  1. MaST Center
  2. Farmers Markets
  3. Hiking
  4. Concert Series
  5. Redondo Beach
  6. Angle Lake
  7. Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
  8. The Museums


MaST Center

MaST Center Aquarium

One of Seattle Southside’s more popular free attractions is the Marine Science and Technology Center, better known as the MaST Center. Open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, this aquarium includes 11 different aquariums with two touch tanks.

There are many times when there are live dives, or professionals onsite to provide more information on the sea life below, so double check online before visiting to make  you’re going on a day when there will be an expert available.


Farmers Markets

Seattle is home to some of the absolute best farmers markets around. With 13 different local markets, this is a perfectly entertaining activity that doesn’t hurt the wallet. One of the more popular ones is the world famous Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market Seattle Fruit & Vegetable Market

It is highly recommended to all tourists who have never had the opportunity to visit before. From all the different types of food, flowers, and souvenirs, it is a must stop shop.

The nearby Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market is a local favorite. Every Saturdays, June through October, it is a must see for any local or tourist as well. Situated on next to the Des Moines Marina and Beach Park, this market offers food trucks, local foods and entertainment.

Des Moines Farmers Market Flower Vendor Sunflowers



One for those more active individuals, Seattle Southside offers some of the best hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest. One iconic landmark of Washington State that attracts thousands of brave hikers each year is Mount Rainier.

Standing at 14,411 ft. Mount Rainier is a piece of beauty whether you decide to hike the trails around the landmark, or stop by the park for a picnic, it is a great location for any outdoor lover. Another great hiking location is the Coal Creek Trail. A 3-mile hike that incorporates a little history as well, as it goes through old mine shafts and old coal remnants as well. It is sure to be a scenic hike while incorporating different twists as well.

Mount Rainier with Field of Wildflowers


Concert Series

One notable feature of the summer months in the Seattle Southside area besides the beautiful weather is the great music. The Des Moines Concert Series is a great activity for the whole family.

Playing every Wednesday, this is a great free entertainment activity for the whole family, or a perfect date night.

Des Moines Concert in the Park


The Beach, The Lake, The Garden : Other Fun Things to Do in Seattle Southside

Here in Seattle Southside there are many great waterfront options that keep people busy. One great option is Redondo Beach. This includes a long boardwalk for people to jog, walk, or rollerblade down.

Redondo Boardwalk

With the heat of the summer months another good option is Angle Lake. This is a family friendly lake that has many different picnic and swimming options making this one of the better cool off spots for the whole family.

Families celebrating under tents with Angle Lake in the background

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a gorgeous place to visit for a tranquil afternoon stroll amidst beautiful flowers and a calming stream.

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden Flowers and Stream



Now this one is a special exception because this is only valid for the first Thursday of the month. Many of the museums in the Seattle area offer free admission on the first Thursday of the month.

WWII Bomber in sunlit hangar

Some of the museums include:

Don’t miss out on the free information and history of theses wonderful museums.

Seattle Southside is an excellent choice to keep your budget happy, and still have many options to pursue.

Explore the Seattle Southside website to find out more about each of these attractions and start planning your stress free trip today!