No visit to Seattle is complete without a stop at the longest continuously operating farmers’ market in the U.S. On any day of the week, you can wander the stalls and halls of Pike Place Market, experiencing the sights, smells and sounds that make it unique without ever pulling out your wallet—although you’ll probably want to do just that after sampling all the fresh fare available, from apple slices to smoked salmon. When the crowds get too overwhelming, move over to the open-air plaza and viewing deck at MarketFront, where you’ll be treated to expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountains.
As a result of the booming tech industry, Seattle has become a city filled with luxury shopping destinations, high-end restaurants and bars, and popular sports and entertainment facilities, all adding to an increase in visitors and the expenses associated with each visit.
While many of the major museums and attractions in Seattle offer discount pricing schemes and the occasional free admission evening, most are on the more costly side on a regular basis. We promise, though, that there are still ways to get a sense of the city and the Pacific Northwest in general without breaking the bank.
Geographically positioned between two large bodies of water and two mountain ranges, it should come as no surprise that many of the free things to do in Seattle involve the outdoors. There are also plenty of indoor destinations around town to retreat to on rainy days, all boasting their own beauty and interesting histories.
From parks to public artworks, from market places to lesser-known museums, you’ll fall in love with Seattle while visiting all these spots without even spending a dime.