Located in the top left corner of the United States, you’ll find the City of Seattle. With just under 700,000 residents, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle may be known for the large amount of cloudy days it gets every year, but it has so much to offer. The city is surrounded by the Puget Sound, two large mountain ranges, and our neighboring country, Canada. We already know about the touristy things to do in Seattle, like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, but that’s not what we’re focusing on with this article. We’re going to dive into the city with some of the not-so-typical activities in the area. Here is your guide to 12 unique things to do in Seattle, Washington.
1. Mystery Soda Machine
In the capitol hill neighborhood, there sits an old soda machine. It’s old and dusty and doesn’t look particularly special. But it is. This soda machine spits out a mystery soda can with every purchase. You never know what kind of soda you’re in store for. It’s a huge mystery because no one knows who put the machine there, who fills it up, or who collects the money. Its located on the corner of 10th AVE E and John Street, so go give it a try and see what you end up with!
2. Fremont Troll
This is one of the coolest artworks you’ll see in Seattle. Under the north side of the Aurora Bridge, you’ll find an 18 feet tall statue of a troll crushing a VW Bug. This is a local treasure that makes for some pretty great photo opportunities. You can climb up and around the troll for a bird’s eye view.
3. Brunch at Biscuit Bitch
If you’ve ever needed a place to describe your personality, make this your venue. Biscuit Bitch is a delicious cafe with some of the best brunch in town. You’re bound to find something to meet your desires with the Bitchwich, the Straight Up Bitch, or the Smokin’ Hot Seattle Bitch. They have three locations in Seattle, and are usually open from 7am to 3pm on the weekends.
4. Visit a Speakeasy
During the prohibition era in the United States, the sale of alcohol was illegal. Of course, no one wanted to give up booze forever, so “speakeasy” arrived throughout Seattle to allow citizens to illegally and secretly purchase a drink. In today’s Seattle, some of these speakeasys still exist and offer a unique drinking experience. Here are some of my favorites:
5. UPS Waterfall Garden Park
In 1907, the world wide messenger company, UPS, began in Seattle. The original location of the company began in today’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. UPS is now headquartered in a different state, but you can still find the location of where UPS started at the UPS Waterfall Garden Park. This is a serene location within the city that allows you to some quiet time. Inside the park, there’s a man-made 22 feet tall waterfall that makes the park a great place for lunch. When looking for unique things to do in Seattle, this is a hidden gem.
6. Canon Whiskey
For the largest selection of American whiskey in the world, you don’t need to venture far. You won’t find it in the south, the east coast, or the Midwest. You’ll find the western hemisphere’s largest spirit collection at Seattle’s Canon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium. Give the shrouded roulette a try; they create a secret and unique drink for you after you select a base spirit.
7. See a Drag Show
Seattle has an amazing LGBT community, and we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if this experience wasn’t on our list of unique things to do in Seattle. There’s no better way to experience the scene than to see a drag show at one of the venues in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Seattle is known to have produced a few amazing drag queen performers, such as Robbie Turner and BenDeLaCreme that both performed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. R Place is a great gay club that has drag shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. For a more formal show, you can visit Julia’s on Broadway that has a variety of shows each week. Visit on Saturdays and Sundays for Seattle’s most popular “Drag Brunch.”
8. Gas Works Park
At the top of Lake Union in Seattle, the remains of Seattle’s gasification plant stand on the grounds of the former Seattle Gas Light Company. It’s the only remaining coal gasification plant in the United States, and has been National Registrar of Historic Places. The park is now one of the most popular areas to be in on a sunny day. There’s trails and hills to climb that provide an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. Coming here to hang out on a nice day with a picnic lunch is a must on our list of unique things to do in Seattle. You will not be disappointed by this view.
9. Seattle’s Pinball Museum
Located in the International District, this museum actually lets you play with the exhibits. Seattle’s Pinball Museum features pinball machines that go as far back as 1934. Bring your coins, and have a ball at this place.
10. Ride a Ferry
In the United States, there’s not a lot of places you can ride a ferry boat as a method of transportation. In Seattle, we are lucky enough to have multiple opportunities to catch a ferry boat. You can take a ferry from Seattle to either Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. Both of these destinations are charming with a great area to explore. These rides are such a great way to get a close up view of the Puget Sound. Find a ferry ride perfect for you HERE.
Next up on our list of unique things to do in Seattle, we’re taking you back to your childhood memories of cotton candy and carnival rides with a bar called Unicorn. The inside is full of bright green and pink colors. You’ll find pinball machines, weird artwork on the walls, sweet drinks, and tasty corn dogs to eat. They have some interesting cocktail names that you need to see to believe.
With so much water in the Seattle area, you would be missing out if you didn’t get a first had view of the city. The best way to do this, is to jump in the water. However, we are in the Pacific Northwest, so the water is usually to cold to swim in. The best way to do it is to grab a kayak and paddle around the area. We have some of the best kayaking water with the amount of lakes and water channels throughout the city. Here are some places to grab a kayak and start your adventure:
Seattle is such an amazing city with so much to offer you. With this list of unique things to do in Seattle, hopefully you can get off the grid of typical touristy things and really get to see what being a Seattleite is all about. Please let me know if you’ve done any of these things, or if you have something to add to the list in the comments below!
Bonus Tip: If you’re looking for a fun day trip outside of Seattle to explore, check our guide to visiting Washington’s famous Bavarian Town: Leavenworth in the gorgeous Cascade Mountains.