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.
Whether 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.
- 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
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:
- Golden Gardens
- Green Lake
- Gasworks Park
- Bayview-Kinnear Park
- Ballard Splash Park
- Tulip Festival
- San Juan Islands
Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!