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Free Seattle Activities


Summer in Seattle is possibly the best time of year. Most people know about the obvious beaches and summer spots, but why not do something different this summer? Better yet, how about doing something that is not only different, but also free? That’s right, here are four places around the Seattle area to get the summer adventures started. Included are the distances from Mountlake Terrace, addresses, and a description of each place. Hopefully this guide will provide ideas for people who want to try out something new this summer.

Pike Place: 85 Pike Street Seattle 98101 17 miles away

For people with family or friends coming in from out of town, Pike Place Market Is a great destination. Even for locals, there is always something new going on with the stores and booths, and the views of Elliot Bay are great too. It is free to walk around, see all the performers, and explore the stores, but everyone should spend at least a little money on some fresh fruit or a unique meal to eat while soaking up the sun. Pike Place has been open since 1907 and has only continued to grow in size and variety. It is a great place to buy gifts, eat, or just pass some time. Pike Place is just one of the great free places in Seattle to check out this summer.

Hat and Boots 6430 Corson Ave. Seattle 98108 21 miles away

One Seattle landmark that a lot of people have never heard of is the giant hat n’ boots now located in Oxbow park in the Georgetown neighborhood. Originally, the two were part of a western themed Texaco gas station. The boots, which are 22 feet tall, were the restroom and the hat was the roof of the station. In 1988 the station closed and the hat and boots sat abandoned. They were covered in graffiti and the original paint was completely gone, but people still fought to preserve the landmarks. In 2003 both the hat and the boots were moved to Oxbow Park where the boots were completely repainted and restored. The hat, which is now just a steel frame, will be restored to its former glory as well sometime in the future. This is an opportunity to see a piece of Seattle’s history and who is not a little intrigued by a hat with a 44 foot brim?

Ballard Locks: 3015 54th st nw Seattle 98107 14 miles away

Formally known as the Hiram M. Chittenden locks, the locks are a great summer destination. They were built around 1916 to prevent the mixing of salt and fresh water. Watching boats pass from Puget Sound to Lake Union might not interest everyone, but the combination of the great weather and water is something everyone can appreciate. In addition to the locks, there is a visitor center where people can learn about everything that goes on, and a fish ladder to watch salmon as they migrate. There is also a beautiful garden with 570 different types of plants. Starting in June, the locks will also host over 30 free concerts on the weekend, just one more reason to go check out this Seattle destination.

Volunteer Park: 1247 15th Ave. E Seattle 98112 15 miles away

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Volunteer Park is located right in the middle of all the action Seattle has to offer. It is a great place to have a picnic and get away from the hectic city near by. The park includes a lot of paths and things to do, one of which is a completely free conservatory. The glass building was built in 1912 and modeled after the Crystal Palace in London. There are five houses of the conservatory with different plants, including one display which changes seasonally. The park is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum which is free to visit on the first Thursday of each month. Besides the indoor attractions, there are also tennis courts and outdoor sculptures. Best of all, you can use the money you saved with your free entertainment and visit one of the delicious nearby restaurants.

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