21 Things to do in Seattle this Fall

Fall is fast approaching the Pacific Northwest. We all may be basking in the sun right now, but all too soon temperature will start to drop and the sun will go behind its perpetual cloud. With it will come chilly mornings, a little rain (maybe a lot), and bored minds and bodies that need to be stimulated.

Why not head out the door and explore a little of what the Emerald City has to offer.

Take a day trip out to a neighboring town. Explore the neighborhood you have always meant to check out but just never got around to. Sample a few new restaurants and eat your weight in chocolate on a factory tour.

Whatever you do make sure to have fun and choose an activity that will keep you mind occupied as well as your little one.

Need a little help getting started? Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do in Seattle and a few more that we will be checking out once the weather turns cold.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Parks and Gardens


  • Eat your way through the International District.
  • Wander into Theo’s Chocolate for a little tasting tour.
  • Explore the shops and restaurants of the Ballard neighborhood.
  • Take a ride on the Pike Place Market pig before tasting the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet at DeLaurenti’s.
  • Snuggle up with a hot chocolate at any one of the hundreds of coffee shops around the city.
  • Pick up some fresh apple cider and donuts from Fall City Farms after grabbing the best pumpkin possible.
Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park


  • Get one last peak of King Tut’s treasures at the Pacific Science Center before they head back home.
  • Let your inner child loose at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett.
  • Enjoy free entry at Seattle Art Museum on the 1st Thursday of the month.
  • Feel like a lost child in a land of giants at the Olympic Sculpture Park (free!)
  • Settle in for story hour or just ride the escalators at Seattle Central Library.

Day Trips

  • Take in the rushing waters of Snoqualmie Falls.
  • Hike down into Deception Pass to skip a few stones.
  • Wander through Mount Rainier.

What are you looking forward to doing in your hometown this fall? 

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written by Keryn Means

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  • D.J. - The World of Deej

    A visit to Seattle is high on my list, mostly for the food. I’m thinking Fall City Farms would satisfy this donut addict:)

  • Kimberly, The Fur Mom

    I’m afraid to say that I’ve lived her for over 20 years and have only been to a few of the places you mentioned. For shame!

    Thanks for the list.

  • Angie

    Great info! Thanks so much! I’m passing it along to my family who live up there (and wishing we were visiting this fall).

  • Charu

    What a great list! When I’m in Seattle I will make sure I bookmark and follow your advice. particularly like the Olympic Sculpture Park but I WILL be hitting all the coffee stops 😉

  • Jeska

    I’m heading there in April so I will definitely keep this list in mind to check out! :)

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