Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the opening of summer in the Pacific Northwest! Any Washington native or newcomer to the city knows that summer in Seattle is the best time of the year. For a few months we get to trade gray skies and rain for sunny weather and lingering sunsets. It is our time to SHINE, and maybe get a tan.
To celebrate the onset of summer, we are sharing some of our favorite summer activities in Seattle, in order from free to most expensive.
Go to the beach! Being surrounded by rivers, lakes and Puget Sound we have plenty of beach options. Each body of water will vary in warmth with the Sound and rivers being colder, the closest options being the shores of Alki Beach, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Bring towels, sunscreen and snacks and soak up some vitamin sea (get it?).
Want to be on the water, but not in it? Rent a paddleboard or kayak at Moss Bay on Lake Union! Paddleboard rentals are $18 an hour, single kayaks are $16 an hour and double kayaks are $24 an hour. Then paddle your way around Lake Union, through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington or the Arboretum.
Take a trip to space, or at least the top of the Space Needle. Recently refurbished, the new glass wall observational deck that is almost done with construction is a great way to take in the sights of Seattle. Pricing begins at $17 for children aged 5-12, and then moves to $26 for ages 13-64, and drops to $22 for seniors 65+. With a 360-degree view you can see every part of Seattle and it’s beauty. Perfect for views of the sunset or a photo opportunity, you can stay as long as you like (until they close).
Group bike-ride anyone? Alki Beach, one of Seattle’s only sandy beaches, has a surrey rental company! What is a surrey? It is a multiple person bike/carriage. You can rent two and four person surreys at Alki Beach Wheel Fun Rentals for $25 and $35 an hour respectively. Offering a variety of other rental options, we suggest you try these fun bikes at least once this summer! Grab your family or friends and pedal to your hearts content. Stop by Marination on Harbor Ave SW for Hawaiian-Korean cuisine that is made only better by views of downtown Seattle.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all summer activities in Seattle. Please get outside and experience as much as you can this summer. We know we will! Follow along our Instagram at @curatorpr for our summer fun.