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New: The Best Summer Spots in Seattle

Posted on Aug 25, 2017

Yes, it’s the end of August, but as all Northwesterners know, August and September are the most beautiful months in Seattle. Summer isn’t over yet.

If you’re looking to make the most of the remaining summer days, or if you’re thinking about moving to Seattle, here are some of the best summer spots in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, be sure to contact Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or

1. Ballard Farmer’s Market

The end-of-summer produce in Seattle is simply the best: blackberries, apples, pears, melons, and more. The Ballard Farmer’s Market is a bit easier to navigate than Pike Place Market, which, though also a great spot, can be overwhelming and crowded with tourists in the summer.

2. Washington Park Arboretum

Just south of the University of Washington, the arboretum includes 230 acres of heavily canopied areas, Japanese gardens, and lushly green paths. If you’re looking for a shady spot to escape the heat, this is the perfect option.

3. Center for Wooden Boats

Whether you’re a landlubber or a nautical aficionado, the Center for Wooden Boats has something for everyone. Located on the southern tip of Lake Union, this maritime museum allows you to get out on the water on a scheduled trip or rent a boat yourself.

5. Olympic Sculpture Park

Feel like taking in some art but don’t want to waste one of Seattle’s precious gorgeous days inside? Visiting Olympic Sculpture Park is the perfect way to enjoy artwork while strolling around in the sunshine. You can follow the Elliott Bay Trail through the park’s nine acres of waterfront green space, which features both rotating and permanent sculptures.

6. Seattle Aquarium

I have extremely fond childhood memories of spending entire days here, eating dinner afterward at Red Robin on the pier. What’s not to love, after all, about watching the adorable  otters, feeding the octopi, and staring up into the huge glass dome of fish?

7. Alki Beach State Park

Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach has been compared to southern California beaches, without the warmer waters. On a beautiful day, you’ll see people playing volleyball, picnicking, and sunbathing in the sand. You can also rent a kayak or a SUP board to paddle out on the water for an unparallelled sunset view.

8. Washington State Ferries

Believe it or not, there are actually a few days or weeks each summer when Seattle gets hot–into the high 80s and 90s. When this happens, catching a ferry to one of the many nearby islands is an excellent way to cool off. Check out Bainbridge Island–a mere 20 minutes from downtown–or, Whidbey Island and Vashon Island.

Additionally, while a bit farther away, the San Juan Islands are well worth the day trip. Be sure to take in some whale watching; orcas are usually swimming around the islands between May and October.

If you’re ready to enjoy these fantastic spots and are interested in buying a home in the Seattle area, be sure to contact a real estate agent through Pickett Street ((425) 502-5397 or

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