10 Things to Do under $10 by the Port of Seattle
| Written by: Dana Hornor
What comes to mind when you think of Seattle? Probably that’s it the birthplace of grunge, Starbucks coffee and the Space Needle. It’s a city that is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in the state of Washington. It rains at least half the year and though some might see this as a bit of a damper, the city enjoys lush terrain, a vibrant skyline and a lively cultural scene. If you are taking a cruise into or from the Port of Seattle, hang around and experience the city on a budget. Here are ten things to do around town for $10 or less.
Pike Place Market- Free to enter
1531 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 (Public Market Parking Garage)
Just ½ a mile from the port of Seattle is the oldest continuously-operated farmer’s market in the country. The market is free to enter and offers a multitude of eats, from garden-fresh produce to specialty foods like truffle oil and herbed vinegars, to their specialty, fresh fish, which are tossed through the air like beach volleyballs between fish mongers. There are also non-grocery options like 30+ restaurants, bakeries and cafes.
Safeco Field- $10 for adults, $8 for kids
1250 First Ave., South Seattle, WA 98134
For the sports enthusiast who has an affection for baseball, take a tour of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners and only a couple of miles from the Port of Seattle. The tour has areas not usually open to the public, like luxury suites, the press box, field, dugout and visitor’s clubhouse.
Seattle Center- Free
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
Only 5 minutes from the Port of Seattle is the city’s cultural center and home to the iconic Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Seattle Opera House. The center hosts live events, has myriad restaurants, works of art and plenty more to entertain.
Northwest Folklife Festival- Free
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
The Seattle Center hosts one of the biggest folk festivals in the country at the end of May, featuring diverse artists (from African performers to Latin dancers to of course, folk artists), arts, crafts and food.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park- Free
319 2nd Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98104
On July 17, 1897 the headlines of a Seattle newspaper shouted “Gold! Gold! Gold!” Learn the story of Seattle’s vital role in the rush to the Yukon gold fields with exhibits, live drama, panning demos and more.
Seattle Asian Art Museum- Varies based on day
Volunteer Park, 1400 E Prospect St., Seattle, WA 98112
Located about 3 miles from the Port of Seattle, the SAAM is housed in a 1930s art modern building on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and showcases Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian art. Tickets are $9 for adults but free for all on the first Thursdays of the month and there are various days and times with different prices based on age, etc.
Japanese Garden- $6 for adults, free for children 0-5
1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E, Seattle, WA 98112
Give yourself a dose of serene beauty with a visit to the Japanese Garden at the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum. Constructed under world-famous Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960, the gardens feature native Japanese flowers, shrubs, trees and trails.
Discovery Park and Daybreak Star Indian Center- Free
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, WA 98199
Learn about the Native American tribes of Washington and explore 534 acres of wooded trails, where small animals scurry about between native plants. Stare out over the Puget Sound from open meadows and bluffs.
Seattle Monorail- One-way: $2.25 for adults, $1.00 for kids, 5-12, free for kids 4 and under
370 Thomas St., Seattle, WA 98109
Ride the monorail between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center and see the city from above.
University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center – $9
3710 Montlake Bvld NE, Seattle, WA 98195
Wade out onto the waters of Lake Washington next to the Arboretum for a tranquil canoe or rowboat ride. Hours vary throughout the year, depending on the daylight, so call ahead.