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Looking for a fun outing for you and the family in the Emerald City?
SeattleInsider has you covered with 25 fantastic adventures for less than $25.
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Central Cinema - Want to eat good food during the movie? Drink a beer or cocktail too? This is your place. Open weeknights.
Underground Tour – This is the best way to see what remains of old Seattle – lost in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Head to the waterfront to see “Sylvester” the mummy, real shrunken heads, two-headed animals and much more! Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will leave your jaw on the floor with its weirdness.
Seattle Great Wheel - If the views alone aren’t enough (which they should be), the gondolas are headed to make the experience joyful even on a cold Seattle day.
Theo Chocolate Tour - Public tours are held daily and are $7 per person. Spoiler alert: You get chocolate!
Volunteer Park – This 48-acre park dates to the 1880s and – get this – part was once a cemetery. Be sure to check out the water tower, built in 1906, two years after the paths and picnic tables were completed.
Burke Gilman Trail - Take a bike trip on the Burke Gilman to wine country in Woodinville – Even if you bike slowly, the ride will be a fun one. The views are amazing – and free.
Arboretum – Run, walk, bike, picnic – this is your place. The 230-acre Arboretum has an assortment of plants you’ll find nowhere else. And it’s free!
Dog Park – Seattle has 14 off-leash areas, including Magnuson Park and Kinnear Park. Want to meet new friends? Take Fido and let him be the ice-breaker. The parks are always free.
Farmers Market - Seattle has loads of farmers markets – Ballard, West Seattle, Lake City, Fremont. One of the best in just outside the city in Lake Forest Park. It opens on May 11 and runs through Oct. 19.
Hikes – There are dozens of hikes you can do within a two-hour drive of Seattle. Want an easy one? Try Goose Rock near Deception Pass. It’s 2.5 miles round trip and has a great view at the top.
Rent a boat – Head down to the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center. Canoes and rowboats are $8.50 per hour on weekdays and $10 per hour on weekends. UW alumni, students and staff get a discount.
Seattle library – Did you know all the Seattle public high school yearbooks are in the library’s Seattle Room? The library also has newspapers and city directories going back to the 1800s. You’ll be amazed at the stories you can find in two hours – and it’s all free, too.
Alki Beach – Is there a more beautiful spot to enjoy a sunset than Alki Beach in West Seattle? Get there early enough and grab one of the designated areas for a bonfire!
Ballard Locks – On a nice day stop by the locks to enjoy the parade of boats passing through. While there, don’t forget to check out the fish ladder.
EMP – It’s been coined one of Seattle’s top music destinations. Exhibitions, interactive installations and musical experiences like no other! HINT: Buy tickets online and you’ll get a deal!
Ferry to Bainbridge – Hop a ferry, let the air blow through your hair and enjoy a bite to eat on Bainbridge Island. The ferry ride will cost ya $7.85.
Golden Gardens – Looking for an ideal place to take a first date? Grab a Frisbee and head to Golden Gardens!
Growler Time! – Grab a friend, a growler of your favorite beer and head to an awesome lookout! Most growlers can be filled for around $10.
Gum Wall – It may be a little gross but any trip to Pike Place Market should include a stop at the famous gum wall.
LeMay America’s Car Museum – The world’s largest private automotive museum will leave the world’s largest smile on your face. Need I say more?
Museum of Glass – Art lovers, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma is a must-see. From live glassmaking to rotating exhibitions and collections, this experience will whet your appetite for art and get you right in the middle of beautiful downtown Tacoma.
Museum of Flight – Most of us have been in a plane but have you ever seen planes up-close like this?
Pacific Science Center – The Pacific Science Center is educational, inspirational and it’s great for the entire family – especially on a rainy Seattle weekend.
Olympic Sculpture Park – Come to the big city, pack a picnic, take a stroll and enjoy the artwork and fantastic view of the Puget Sound. It’s free!