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Seattle for free

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Seattle for free
Some of the best things in Seattle are free.Explore the waterfront, watch the ships pass through the locks or explore one of Seattle's incredible parks.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level.  Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway.  Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres... More

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level.  Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway.  Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Seattle Waterfront
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Seattle Waterfront

Walking along the Seattle Waterfront is a perfect way to soak up some Northwest atmosphere.  Take in views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains while exploring Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Aquarium, shops, and restaurants like Ivar’s, a local landmark, where you can watch the ferries load and depart while you eat. 

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, an open-air shopping haven and Seattle institution, is a must-see for first time and return visitors alike.  Be prepared for large... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discovery Park
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Discovery Park

You can get lost happily among the thickets, nature trails, beaches and bluffs of this 534-acre park.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Alki Beach
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Alki Beach

Alki Beach is located in a Seattle neighborhood called "West Seattle."  Alki Beach offers an expansive view of the Elliott Bay.  West toward the... more »

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Kerry Park
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Kerry Park

For one of the best views of Seattle head to Kerry Park, a small park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill.  A photo from here is Seattle postcard-perfect, featuring ferries crossing Elliott Bay, the city skyline with the Space Needle in the forefront and, if weather conditions are favorable, a view of Mt. Rainier.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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The Center for Wooden Boats
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The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats offers free public boat rides, in electric boats or sail boats, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm and at 3pm. They also have... more »

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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up.

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