ALERT: A parade is scheduled to pass along 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 27, 2024. Vehicle access to our hotel will be restricted from approximately 12pm to 7pm. If you plan to use your vehicle during that time, please contact the Front Desk regarding alternate routes to or from the hotel

The Best Absolutely FREE Things to Do in Seattle

They say the best things in life are free. Whether you’re looking to picnic at sunset or brush up on the city’s rich Scandinavian history, there are plenty of creative Seattle activities that won’t cost a thing.


Rowboat Rentals at the Center for Wooden Boats

Stretch out your sea legs on a traditional rowboat at this favorite maritime institution on South Lake Union. Enjoy incredible views of the skyline and the impressive collection of historical ships that sit just beneath MOHAI. Free one-hour rentals available Wednesday – Sundays, 11am-7pm. Online reservations required.

National Nordic Museum

Museum Free Thursdays

Seattle is a hub for world-class museums. On the first Thursday of the month, the admission price is waived at some of our best museums. At the nearby Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), discover Seattle’s rich history through dynamic exhibitions and panoramic views. The Museum of Flight takes you on a soaring journey from the first historic Wright Brother’s flight to present-day Mars exploration. The National Nordic Museum in Ballard enchants visitors of all ages with Seattle’s Nordic heritage from the early Vikings to contemporary design. Check websites for reservations.

Seattle Center Festal

Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál celebrates international cultures through traditional food, music, dance and activities all year long. This free series of all-day events are fun for the whole family. Upcoming fall 2022 festivals include Arabic, Brazilian, Tibetan, Italian and Croatian.

Seattle's Elliott Bay Trail 

Elliott Bay Trail

Discover the perfect trail for runners and even those who just enjoy wandering! The trail begins at Sculpture Park and runs along the scenic shoreline of Elliott Bay where you’ll find sweeping views of Puget Sound, charming sailboats and the breathtaking Olympic Mountains.

Fremont Troll in Troll's Knoll Park. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Fremont Troll

Take a selfie with Fremont’s most popular resident who ‘lives’ just under the Aurora Bridge. Quite the celebrity, this quirky public sculpture has been featured in films including “Sleepless and Seattle” and “The Twilight Saga.” Pair the visit with a stroll to Gas Works Park for outdoor dining with impressive views of the sunset against the industrial artwork.

Art Walk - Pioneer Square

Seattle Art Walks

Over a dozen Art Walks are held regularly throughout Seattle. Immerse yourself in creative expression while connecting with art lovers and artists throughout our colorful neighborhoods. You’ll be supporting local businesses with every step.

Seattle's Ballard Locks 

The Ballard Locks

This quintessential Seattle landmark is a perfect family outing. Watch boats large and small pass between Lake Union and the Puget Sound through a series of locks. Another thrill in the summer months through October is viewing the salmon travel upstream through the facility’s man-made fish ladder.

Seattle Stargazing

Stargazing with Seattle Astronomical Society

The SAS hosts free evening Star Parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park once a month. Marvel at the wonders of the universe through special telescopes while receiving a fascinating guided education on what you’re observing.

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