Whether you've lived in Seattle your whole life or are just visiting Seattle for the weekend, time spent at these restaurants and attractions is sure to make you fall in love with the Emerald City.
Scallops, halibut, lamb, pork belly banh mi, nothing seems to be outside this lovely room's specialty. Monday - Friday happy hour 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers a peekabo view.
Sea otters, Sea lions and jelly fish...oh my! They also have a tank to watch divers, a star fish petting area and lots of other cool creatures from the sea.
SAM hosts an expansive permanent collection and blockbuster exhibits. I favor contemporary art but the African and porcelain galleries are decidely worth a visit.
Situated across the street from the swanky Rainier Club a meal during happy hour here will set you back less than the tip for the valet across the street. Order the burger and fries and know you've made a wise choice on how to spend your pennies.
Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi this looker still provides sweeping views of Elliott Bay from 35 stories.
Nice collection of SPD artifacts dating from1880. And if you wanted to be a policeman as a kid they've got gear you can dress up in and play the part.
This classic Seattle room is splendid but why eat in when they have a takeaway counter and a deck where you can watch tourists and locals feed fries to the seagulls of Lake Union.
She is a beauty and while views of her from around the city have started to be blocked I'm always happy to catch a glimpse of her.Grab a ticket and enjoy the view!
Hop aboard a free sailing Sundays at 3 p.m., rent a boat and row about Lake Union or dive in to learn how to build a boat at one of their many classes. They also offer preschool story time on an historic tug.
This seafood shop in Fishermen's Terminal deals in fresh and frozen seafood. Grab a whole crab and get crackin.
This is a great place to fuel up on everything from a burger to eggs benedict before perusing the Pike Place Market stands.
Premier room to see top tier jazz acts from around the world. Fair cover charges and no drink minimum make it a great deal for an evening out.
Come visit the dinosaurs on the first Thursday of the month and admission is free. Great public programs and a monthly trivia night are pluses.
Packed with 100's of pieces of music related memorabilia and hands on exhibits it's a fine place to drop by on Free First Thursday.
Film, theatre, music, dance and visual art venues share space with a food court that is a cut above and the beloved International Fountain.
The Center plays host to dozens of festivals each year including PRIDE, Bite of Seattle, Folklife, Bumbershoot and more.
Though it's not part of the Free First Thursday program, the beauty of the House of Butterflies makes a membership a good idea. And remember use of the whisper dishes is always free!
Met with scorn by many locals, I finally took my first dip into the lake with the ducks last year (after living here over a decade) and I give them 4 quacks!
Decidedly more an amusment than an efficient mode of transport, it's still worth a ride between Westlake and Seattle Center. Duck when you go through EMP!
It's a bird. It's a plane. No it's a movie but in this IMAX theatre you could sometimes swear the objects are real. Keep your eyes peeled for special late night screenings.
The works of Calder, Serra, Oldenberg and more call this multi-acre park home. Great outdoor seating whether you prefer tables & chairs or the grass between your toes. Stunning water views, a cafe and beautiful dogs parading by are a plus.
Roz and Kamala's beautiful bites now have a view to match at their latest outpost in West Seattle. Outdoor dining, shaved iced, cocktails and arrival by water taxi make this the jewel in their crown.
Pretend you are a guest at the luxurious Four Seasons as you savor your hot chocolate or enjoy a chocolate dipped Calimyrna fig generously filled with dark chocolate ganache.
Free for all every day (except Mondays and holidays.) Interesting exhibitions of local and international artists across mediums are complimented by educational activities for all ages. Don't miss the moss ball, the conversation chairs or the newly transformed shop.
Sure you can see lots of Chihuly studio made glass all over town for free but this new museum offers a boat load all under one roof.
The new Mohai has interactive exhibits to engage young,curious museumgoers. Visit on the first Thursday of each month and admission is free.
Grab some fish and chips (hush puppies too) and stroll along Elliott Bay.
Do not miss this beautifully and efficiently designed, but nonetheless delightful for it, tribute to giant shoes. Take coins!