1. Visit Pike Place Market. This is a great activity if it's raining because most of the market is covered! Located in downtown Seattle on 1st and Pike Street (hence the name...) the market is home to Rachel the Pig and the famous fish throwers. The market is full of fresh produce and flowers, all grown local. There are also other attractions such as market tours, unique shops and of course, the gum wall (make sure you bring gum to add your part to the wall!). Pike Place Market is also a great place to revisit because you never quite know what you're going to find! With changing vendors and fresh produce daily, it's always a new experience. For more information about the market visit it's website (http://pikeplacemarket.org/).
2. Ride the Light Rail. You can get on/off anywhere from SeaTac to the Westlake Center, but my personal favorite is to ride from Tukwila into Seattle. That way you have free parking, and you get to enjoy a lovely ride into Seattle. Here's a guide to riding the light rail (http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/local/lightrailinteractive.html) and here's more Sound Transit info about the light rail (http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail). Don't forget to check out the public art along the track.... which leads us into our next activity!
4. Explore the Seattle Waterfront. Personally, I like to do this when I visit Pike Place because it's just a short walk down from the market. With lots of different little shops, restaurants and other things to do, the waterfront is an awesome day activity. You can start at the Olympic Scupture Park (or just tour that on your art walk...) and work your way down the waterfront or just explore it in pieces. Some of my favorite places to visit are the Aquarium, Pirates Plunder, Simply Seattle and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. The arcade and the giant wheel are also a must see. For more information check out the waterfront website (http://www.seattlewaterfront.org/).
7. Feeling a little claustophobic? Drive out into the Snoqualmie Valley. Located about 30 minutes outside of the city, the valley provides a great place to experience nature. Take a day trip to visit Snoqualmie Falls, Historic Snoqualmie and North Bend. There is always plenty to do and see, be it checking out the Northwest Railway Museum, stopping at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factoria or tasting famous cherry pie at Twede's Cafe. Hikes in the area also vary, so there is sure to be one that fits your need/ability. For more info on the falls, check out their website (http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/) and for information on the valley check out this website (http://www.snovalley.org/).
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9. Bored and need something to do? Try Biking Around. There are lots of great biking trails in the area. You can bike the Mercer Island-Seattle Bridge, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail or the John Wayne Trail. Lots of parks in the area are very accomodating to bikes. Check out this King County trail map for more information (http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Roads/Bicycling.aspx). And if you're going to do the Snoqualmie Tunnel on the Iron Horse/John Wayne Trail make sure you bring good headlamps/flashlights, it gets really dark (though it is fun).
10. Become a Foodie. While it may seem weird to think about, Seattle has some great food. You just have to know where to look. So spend some time exploring those smaller unknown places to find some new favorites. Need help getting started? Some of my favorite Seattle restaurants include Spuds (on Alki), Slims's Last Chance (okay... so since it's a bar, I've never been in, but their Chili Verde is amazing), Twede's Cafe (North Bend- incredible Thai burger) and Beecher's Handmade Cheese (Pike Place- Oprah gave away their mac n' cheese one year). While you're at it, look for Where Ya At Matt- it's a food truck based on New Orlean's food. Go ahead... find your favorites, and then let me know so I can try them!
And if you want to try and find good deals on different activities check out www.citypass.com/seattle (not an endorsement or anything... I just throught it was pretty cool.) That way you'll be able to experience more, but at a great deal. Don't let the rain stop you this summer, so go on! Enjoy Seattle!