Free Seattle: Sculpture Park

Welcome to my new “Free Seattle” series of free outings in and around Seattle—great for visitors or local moms home with stir-crazy kids. Enjoy! And if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover, please let me know.

Seattle Sculpture ParkWhether you’re from Seattle, visiting friends, or stopping by on a cruise, Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is a fantastic place to wander for an hour or a day.


  • Free
  • Kid-friendly
  • Conveniently located on the downtown waterfront
  • Mix of indoor and outdoor (for that inevitable sprinkle of rain)
  • Great photo opp


What to Do:

  • Walk and explore
  • Take in the waterfront view
  • See cool art
  • Use magnifying glasses (provided in the vivarium building) to observe a 60-foot nurse log up close
  • Stroll the beach in the adjacent Myrtle Edwards Park
  • Picnic on some driftwood or a sunny patch of grass
  • Play with puppets, blocks, and boats in the indoor kids’ play space

Seattle Sculpture Park Kids Play Area

Know Before You Go:

  • The indoor café is only open during spring and summer weekends.
  • There’s plenty of other nearby food options west (on the waterfront) and east (in Belltown).
  • Park in the garage on the southeast corner (Broad and Western) or on the surrounding streets (cheaper).
  • Better yet, take a bus.
  • The giant nurse log vivarium is only open when there’s a volunteer available. Days and times vary.

For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:

Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!

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