Free Things To Do In Seattle

Free Things To Do In Seattle

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Free Things to Do at the Seattle Center

The Seattle Center is home to many fantastic attractions and museums, but did you know that you can go and still have a fun time without spending a dime? It’s possible if you know where and when to go. (Okay, so you might have to pay for parking and might want some change for a snack or two, but you get the idea.) Here are some tips.

Seattle Center Festál
Usually once or twice a month, the Seattle Center hosts various cultural festivals that are free for the general public. Each is different and unique. Some festivals are bigger than others, some last one day or many, etc. You’ll find events that feature global music, dance, art, crafts, history, food and at the very least, a better understanding of another culture. For the most part, these events take plays in the Armory. The upcoming Festal events are listed here (

Art Displays
The Seattle Center is full of art at every turn making for great photo opportunities. Some are interactive too. In addition, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture bring temporary art installations to the Center’s campus year round. For instance, the Poetry Garden Art Series being held from February 2017 to May 2018 features the works of five local artists with some fun themes like Xavier Lopez's "Message in a Bottle" where guests are invited to write down messages or wishes in one of the 40 bottles on display. The Sculpture Walk is set up from August to December featuring artist’s work which as they describe as “colorful, full of whimsy and surprise.”

International Fountain
The Center’s International Fountain presents continuous shows daily rain or shine. It’s pretty spectacular as water streams out in all sorts of direction in timing with the music that is piped in. There is currently five different shows that each last for about 12 minutes. During the summer, kids (and adults for that matter) enjoy dodging the water. It’s a great place to people watch too. The center is home to five other fountains too, but this one is the best.

Artists at Play Playground
One of the Center’s newest attractions is also one of the “funnest.” It’s a large playground meant for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 that was created by local artists. It features a 30-foot tall climbing tower, a human-powered ADA-accessible carousel, musical instruments, listening stations, sound swings, play mounds and more.

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There are nine gardens located on the campus including the Kobe Bell Meditation Garden, the Chihuly Glass Garden, the Seattle Center Tree Walk and more. Most are fairly small, so you can take them all in on one day.

Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Located across from the Center, this facility highlights the work being done around the world through the Gates Foundation with interactive exhibits. Admission is free.

Okay, so if you buy anything, you’ll need money, but there is no charge just to look and the Center has some very unique shops including the MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture) Stores, Essentially Seattle, Pacific Science Center Store, Seattle Children's Museum Stores, Seattle Shakespeare Company Store, SpaceBase at the Space Needle, The Bookstore at Chihuly Garden & Glass and The Gallery at Pottery Northwest

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