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11 Outdoor Things to Do in Seattle This Spring

Seattle may be the capital of rainy days and Evergreen trees. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a lot to love about spring in Seattle. From cherry blossoms to soccer games to picnics on the waterfront, you’re sure to find a surprise around every corner. Start with these eleven things to do in Seattle this Spring, all outdoors and with plenty of space to keep your distance.

Go Whale Watching

Whale watching in Seattle is the trip of a lifetime. Cruise the Salish Sea in search of orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, gray whales, and other majestic wildlife. Though full-day cruises are available, you can get up close to these Pacific Northwest wonders on a half-day expedition on the Puget Sound Express. Reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour in search of whales. Since you’ll be down on Alaskan Way to start your tour, finish it up with a bowl of Seattle-famous clam chowder



Sip Cocktails Overlooking Seattle

Take advantage of a break in the clouds by sipping cocktails overlooking downtown Seattle. The waterfront has its charms, but nothing beats a drink or two perched within one of the most identifiable skylines in the United States. Sit among the skyscrapers at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, a happy hour favorite for both its unmatched views and its mouthwatering menu. 


Gaze down Seattle’s bustling 5th Avenue as you dig into truffle fries and juicy burgers, then sweeten the deal with treats from local bakery Sweet Nothings and More.

Take a Water Taxi to Alki

Cross the sound on the King County Water Taxi. Their West Seattle Route departs from Pier 50 then docks at Seacrest Dock in West Seattle. From the dock, Alki Beach and the many shops, restaurants, and even a fishing pier are easily accessible by bus, neighborhood shuttle, or on your own two feet.


The first taxi departs Seattle at 5:55 a.m. while the last taxi returns from West Seattle at 7:05 p.m., so you can really make a day of it if you so choose. Don’t forget your mask as you’ll be required to wear one while on board.

Soak in a Hot Tub Boat

Embark on one of the most unique boating experiences in the world. Seattle’s hot tub boats allow you to soak while on a scenic cruise of Lake Union. Each boat is operated by joystick and only reaches 5 m.p.h, so you don't need a special license to be captain of the ship. Book your ride at least 15 hours in advance of when you’d like to set sail. 


Hot tub boat rentals start at $350 for two hours, with a $100 charge for each additional hour. With heaters on board, you’ll be able to enjoy the ride no matter what weather spring brings. 

See the Cherry Blossoms at University of Washington

Some of Seattle’s most beautiful—and well known—blooms are actually at the University of Washington (UW) campus. UW’s 28 cherry trees are unique because the pink-white blossoms bloom before the leaves have a chance to fill in, meaning the flowers always take center stage. Head to the campus during the month of March, and be sure to check the UW website to see whether the trees are in peak bloom. You can also check out the campus webcams for a live look at the trees before you hop in the car.


Note: Due to COVID-19, UW is discouraging visitors from coming to see the cherry trees as the trees often draw a crowd. Be aware of any local guidelines before you visit campus.


Take a Day Trip on the Ferry

Ferries themselves are a Seattle rite of passage, but so are the many charming island towns within a quick trip from downtown Seattle. Depart from Alaskan Way to destinations you may never have considered visiting, like Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, or San Juan Island. Explore the inner passage as you go then peruse the island culture once you arrive. Here are five ferry day trips we’d recommend

Buy a Bouquet at Pike Place Market

Second to UW’s cherry blossoms, Seattle’s most beloved blooms are freshly cut and arranged at Pike Place Market. Imagine vibrant tulips and floral fragrances wrapped in a paper bundle you’ll scarcely be able to hold in your hands. Though Pike Place does have flowers year round, they’re at their most vivid in the spring. Do as the Seattleites do and pose in front of the neon Pike Place Market sign, big bouquet in hand.

Walk the Waterfront 

Stroll along the shores of Elliott Bay or Lake Union as the spring sun glimmers atop the waters. Though there’s no guarantee of clear skies during spring in Seattle, we can guarantee that you’ll still love the peace and quiet that is the Seattle waterfront. Get close to the shores at Waterfront Park or Pier 62. While you explore Alaskan Way, see the bay from new heights on the Great Wheel or get up close to the critters that call the Puget Sound home at the Seattle Aquarium.

Picnic at Gas Works Park

Head to this quintessential Seattle picnic spot nestled on the shores of Lake Union opposite downtown. Gas Works is known as much for its rolling green hills, exercise trails, and rustic metal installations as it is for its panoramic views of Seattle and the Space Needle. 


Grab Frolik cocktails to go then head to the park (blanket in hand, of course) and settle in for a memorable afternoon. Make your spring extra special with a picnic package from The Styled Co. Be sure to pack a rain jacket or check the weather before you go.


Attend a Mariners Game


Come spring, fans flock to T-Mobile Park to catch a glimpse of the Mariners on the field. Though the Mariners aren’t known for their winning streak, Seattle fans are fiercely loyal to their team. The spirit of fellow fans will more than make up for anything that happens on the field. Grab a hot dog, sit out in the sun, and cheer on the Mariners as they take on a rival team.

Cheer on the Seattle Sounders

The Sounders are one of Seattle’s newer, yet most exciting, sports clubs. Though Lumen Field is home to the Seahawks come fall, in the spring it's the Seattle Sounders that take the field all spring long. Pack bright blue and green gear for the game and you’ll blend right in with the team’s die-hard fans. 

These games are as much about the sport as they are about the experience, so whether you’re familiar with soccer or just love the stadium atmosphere, head down to cheer on the Sounders—beer in hand, of course.

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Come for the handcrafted cocktails, stay for Chef Adam Stevenson’s locally-inspired menu, featuring wild seafood, foraged mushrooms and the best of the Pacific Northwest.

And do come to play. Warmed by two gorgeous outdoor fireplaces and vibrant lighting in edgy urban patio style, you’ll want to start some mischief of your own with a little shuffleboard, LED ping-pong and a rotating cast of live Seattle musicians and DJs.

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