8 Unique Things to Do in Seattle this Summer

Are you planning a trip to Seattle this spring or summer?

View of the Space Needle from Kenmore Aire

Typically, I have family or friends visit Seattle during the summer and I turn into “tour guide Emma”. I usually take my family through all the must-see Seattle tourist attractions – like Pike Place Market or the University of Washington Suzallo Library (there’s a room that looks like it’s from Harry Potter!). This year I wanted to put together a list of unique things to do in Seattle for both my friends and family visiting as well as any other people out there excited to visit Seattle this summer!

Whether you’re planning a weekend trip or a full week stay, this blog post is for you! I hope you get to experience one of these things on this list!

Here are 8 Unique Things to Do in Seattle this Summer:

1. Kenmore Air Seaplane Ride

Address: 950 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109

Kenmore Air - Seaplane Ride - Seattle seaplane tour

Kenmore Air recently invited me to my first seaplane ride and I absolutely loved it! If you’re looking for unique views of the city, I highly recommend taking a seaplane ride. Kenmore Air leaves from South Lake Union, flies over the I90 and 520 floating bridges as well as the University of Washington, and shows you the best views of the city.

A seaplane ride is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Seattle this summer!

Kenmore Air - Lake Union - Downtown Seattle

2. Chihuly Garden Glass & Museum

Address: 305 Harrison St Seattle WA 98109

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum - Glass Gallery

Have you ever heard of Dale Chihuly? He’s one of the most famous glass blowers/artists from Washington. Chihuly’s work is displayed at over 200 museums all over the world. In 2012, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum opened in Seattle Center.

You’ll find a total of 8 galleries, the grand Glasshouse and the garden when you visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass & Museum.

Chihuly garden & glass museum - glass gallery - glasshouse - dale chihuly art installation
Chihuly garden & glass museum - glass gallery - glasshouse - dale chihuly art installation

3. The Space Needle

Address: 400 Broad St Seattle WA 98109

Space Needle Observatory Deck - Lulus Dress .- Espadrilles Platform Wedges - Spring Dress

The Space Needle was first introduced to the Seattle skyline in 1962 for the World’s Fair. The Space Needle saw over 2.6 million visitors – including celebrities like Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley.

In 2000, the tower completed a $20 million renovation project. This project introduced the SkyCity restaurant as well as the SpaceBase retail store. In 2017, the Space Needle began the “Century Project”. The tower underwent a 360 degree “spacelift” and opened last summer.

If you visit the Space Needle, you’ll find the world’s first rotating glass floor and open air glass walls and glass benches on the observation deck! The Space Needle is also right next to the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum.

Space Needle Observatory Deck - Lulus Dress .- Espadrilles Platform Wedges - Spring Dress

4. IFly Seattle (Tukwila)

Address: 349 Tukwila Parkway Tukwila WA 98188

IFly Seattle - Tukwila

Have you ever gone skydiving? How about indoor skydiving? This past March Brandon and I went indoor skydiving at iFly Seattle for the first time. Indoor skydiving is a part of the 27 things I want to do at 27, so I’m so happy Brandon gifted this experience for my birthday!

Flying inside the wind tunnel was such a thrill! I especially loved the 2nd flight when they took us up into the wind tunnel and then back down. If you’re wanting to experience skydiving, but not wanting to jump out of an airplane (like me), I highly recommend iFly as one of the most unique things to do in Seattle!

5. Blade & Timber – Axe Throwing

Address: 206 Broadway E Seattle WA 98102

axe throwing at timber and blade

I never thought I would throw an axe in my life… but I did several times during Blade & Timber’s media preview night. While I wasn’t the best axe thrower in my group of friends, I still had so much fun learning new techniques to throw the axe.

If you’re traveling with a group of friends, I highly recommend axe throwing at Blade & Timber. It’s located right off the Capitol Light Rail Station. So, if you’re staying in Downtown Seattle, near Sea-tac Airport, or the University of Washington, you can hop on the light rail and get to Blade & Timber. You can walk in or book a reservation.

6. Amazon Spheres

Address: 2111 7th Avenue Seattle WA 98121

Amazon Spheres

The Amazon Spheres have been such a cool addition to the city! There are over 400 different species of plants from all over the world. I loved the vertical gardens, aquariums, and the Canopy Walk.

Personally, I was surprised how large the Spheres were! I couldn’t believe how many levels it was. I was also shocked when I saw there was a General Porpoise Doughnuts on the 2nd floor.

The Spheres are only open to visitors two Saturdays a month and require a reservation. If you have a friend or family who works at Amazon, you can ask them to take you inside for a tour. Additionally, flash photography isn’t allowed but you’re welcome to take iPhone photos.

inside the amazon spheres
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7. A Washington State Ferry Ride

washingtoon state ferry - seattle style

Did you know Washington state has the largest ferry system in the United States? If you’ve never been on a ferry before, you should definitely go on a ferry ride while you’re visiting Seattle!

You can take a ferry from the Seattle Waterfront to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. You can also drive up to Mukilteo to take the ferry to Whidbey Island.

8. Ride the Great Wheel on the Seattle Waterfront

Address: Pier 57 Miners Landing1 302 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101

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If you plan on exploring the Seattle Waterfront, you should take a. Ride on the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57. You can fit up to 8 people on each gondola and see the view of the city from the waterfront.

I hope you enjoyed 8 unique things to do in Seattle!

Chihuly Glass Museum

Now that you have some ideas of where to explore in Seattle,

here are a few ideas of where to eat:

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos: Karya Schanilec & Holly Phan

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