Choose Your Adventure from these popular Seattle Activities
Our-time tested list of the fun things to do for first-time visitors
From sporting events and concerts to theatre productions, symphonies, and museum exhibitions, there's always something fun and interesting happening in and around Seattle. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking, zip lining, sailing, and kayaking. Seattle is one of the most park-dense cities in the United States with botanical gardens, downtown green spaces, and parks along the waterfront where you'll find beaches, fishing piers, scenic viewpoints, and even a lighthouse or two.
This 36-square mile island is home to 20,000 residents who enjoy its convenient access to Seattle, its gently rolling hills, pristine seashore and rich heritage.
Seattle's Pike Place Market
Visit more than 200 year-round commercial businesses at the nation's oldest operating farmers market.
Seattle Whale Watching
You're sure to see gray whales, minke, humpback, or two types of orca on every trip.
The peak whale watching season in Seattle is between late Spring and early Fall.
This majestic 14,410-ft. volcano is the icon of Washington and is surrounded by meadows, lakes, and rainforests.
Des Moines Beach Park
Enjoy this beautiful coastal park on the blue waters of Puget Sound with stunning views of the snow-capped Olympic mountains.
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
Enjoy this collection of Seattle's most treasured gardens, including the Seike Japanese Garden and Elda Behm's Paradise Garden.
The world’s largest extreme air sports park is in Tukwila!
Safely enjoy the thrill of indoor skydiving in the vertical wind tunnel at iFly in Tukwila
Family Fun Center
The activities, rides and attractions you’ll find at Family Fun Center Tukwila offer an endless array of opportunities for the entire family to have FUN!
Westfield Southcenter Shopping Mall
You'll find more than 200 stores & eateries plus a multiplex theater with IMAX at the largest mall in all of Washington state.
The annual Seafair event on Lake Washington includes hydroplane races, the Blue Angels air show, a car show, and an endless array of events and activities for the everyone to enjoy.
Washington State Fair
The annual state fair in Puyallup is guaranteed fun for all ages, if you like sunshine, thrilling rides, games, funnel cakes and corn dogs, concerts, animal shows, and monster trucks.
Seattle Southside is Perfectly Placed
The cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines together make up Seattle Southside.
Just 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle with quick easy access to Sea-Tac Airport (SEA), freeways and light rail stations.
Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA), located in Seattle Southside, is the gateway for visiting Washington. With the ocean (Puget Sound) on one side and Mt. Rainier and the majestic Cascade mountains on the other, there is no shortage of adventures to be had in our region, including touring wineries and exploring the dramatic natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Which ever direction you choose to head first, our suggested itineraries can help you to kick-start planning your trip to Seattle.
Generate new ideas and customize one or more to make it your own.
Start your Seattle Southside journey off right by looking at the Seattle Southside Travel Planner. It includes everything you need to know:
- Area information
- Things to do: spas, gardens, shopping, museums, sports, outdoor activities, events and festivals
- Dining: from family friendly to fine dining
- Accommodations: a place to stay for any budget
- Cruise information
- Transportation options: tips and tricks
- Itinerary suggestions
- Area maps
Seattle Area Events
The greater Seattle area has regularly scheduled annual events and activities that draw visitors from all over the world, including Sea Fair, the Washington State Fair, traveling exhibitions at nationally recognized museums, culturally diverse neighborhoods and popular tourist attractions.
Seattle's Annual Events
There’s fun to be had any time of the year. See our Seattle Annual Events page for a more complete list of Year-round fun events and activities.
Seattle Southside Events Calendar
There’s always something happening in Seattle Southside. Review the calendar of events to find things to do in SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines.
Choose from Over 60 Hotels, 100 Restaurants, and Countless Fun Activities Near Seattle Airport (SEA)
FAQs about the Best Activities in Seattle
Is Seattle a fun city?
Seattle is definitely not short on fun activities for people of all ages. The city and surrounding area offers seemingly endless activities for singles, couples, families, and friends. Whether it's visiting iconic land marks like the Space Needle at Seattle Center, whale watching, hiking, biking, kayaking or visiting any of the world-class museums, Seattle is definitely qualified as a fun city!
Is Seattle good for tourists?
Yes! Seattle is great for tourists. This region is full of amazing natural beauty, unique attractions, cuisine, and culture you’ll only find here.
Is 3 days enough time to see Seattle?