The best spots to visit on a sunny, warm day.
Seattle’s Pike Place Market turns 109 years old this month! Visit this historic spot to find the season’s best produce, plenty of vendors selling everything from bath products to jewelry and lots of locally owned businesses. Vendor stalls extend beyond the building, giving visitors even more handmade items to peruse. Be sure to explore Post Alley, where you’ll find lots of spots for outdoor dining and even more shopping. Head below the Market’s main level to find more stores and restaurants—find everything from a record shop and barber to an independent book publisher and candy store. The Market isn’t air conditioned, so when you need a break, head to Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream (www.shugssodafountain.com) along First Ave. This new spot at the market has an old-fashioned soda fountain as well as ice cream, beer, wine and coffee.
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks move boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of lakes Union and Washington. Watch vessels of all sizes come through the locks. During summer weekends, there are free concerts at the locks. Don’t miss the fish ladder—you might catch salmon swimming upstream at the underground window. www. ballardlocks.org. 3015 N.W. 54th St.
This West Seattle park, while not as popular as some other city parks, is a great place to spend a few hours. Situated on a cliff, the upper park is wooded while down by the beach find plenty of sand and sun. The best part is the heated, outdoor saltwater pool, which is popular with locals. 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle. A former military base, find incredible views, wooded forests and sandy beaches. There are plenty of trails as well as a lighthouse, the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center and a children’s play area. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
EMERALD CITY TROLLEY
Hop aboard one of these open-air trolleys for a look at all the biggest sights in Seattle. The tours are hop- on, hop- off, so if you see something of interest, you can take the time to explore before getting on another trolley and continuing your tour. The Downtown Seattle Tour includes all the biggest spots, from Pike Place Market to the Space Needle. www. emeraldcitytrolley.com
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
Situated along Elliott Bay, this park, which is part of the Seattle Art Museum, is filled with amazing art and stunning views. Stroll through the grounds to see works by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jaume Plensa and more. Open daily and free to visit. www. seattleartmuseum.org. 2901 Western Ave.
Pike Place Market’s summer crowds know it’s the spot to be.