6 Seattle Hidden Gems Worth Exploring

As a Seattle DMC, we’re accustomed to showing off the best of Seattle. Oftentimes this means the iconic Pacific Northwest landmarks such as the Space Needle, Starbucks, and Mount Rainier. While those are iconic for a reason, there is plenty more to discover that is less known, but right under your nose.

Here are six lesser-known but still captivating destinations that every Seattle visitor should explore:

  1. Waterfall Garden Park

219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Tucked away in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, Waterfall Garden Park is an oasis of tranquility amidst the urban jungle. Its centerpiece is a stunning 22-foot cascading waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flowers. Whether you seek solace for a peaceful stroll or a scenic spot for contemplation, this pocket-sized park offers a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Pioneer Square waterfall garden park

  1. Kubota Garden

9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Step into a realm of Japanese-inspired beauty at Kubota Garden, a meticulously landscaped haven spanning 20 acres in South Seattle. Created by Fujitaro Kubota in the 1920s, this hidden gem showcases a harmonious blend of traditional Japanese garden elements with Pacific Northwest flora. From tranquil ponds to winding paths and ornate bridges, every corner of Kubota Garden exudes a sense of serenity and natural elegance.

Kubota Garden in Seattle

  1. Gas Works Park

2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

While not exactly hidden, Gas Works Park is definitely a Seattle gem.  Gas Works Park is set against the backdrop of the iconic Seattle skyline and is a unique urban park that seamlessly integrates industrial remnants with recreational spaces. Once a gasification plant, the park now offers panoramic views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, making it a popular spot for picnics, kite flying, and sunset watching. Its quirky charm and industrial relics make it a must-visit destination for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

Gasworks Park in Seattle waterfront

  1. Olympic Sculpture Park  

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Nestled along Seattle’s waterfront, the Olympic Sculpture Park is an open-air, 9-acre museum showcasing contemporary sculptures against the stunning backdrop of Puget Sound. Wander through its meandering paths and encounter thought-provoking artworks by renowned artists. With its seamless integration of art, nature, and urban design, this hidden gem offers a truly immersive cultural experience. Utilize the free smartphone tour (visitsam.org/explore) or join in on a scheduled tour.

  1. Giant Shoe Museum

1501 Pike Pl # 424, Seattle, WA 98101

Quirky and delightful, the Giant Shoe Museum is rather tiny, and features a collection of giant shoes ranging from comically large boots to extravagant stilettos. It’s a whimsical stop that promises laughter and photo opportunities for visitors of all ages. While you’re already visit Pike Place Market, don’t forget to make this fun stop.

  1. Add-a-Ball Arcade

315 N 36th St #2b, Seattle, WA 98103

Dive into a nostalgic arcade experience at Add-a-Ball, a hidden gem tucked away in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. This retro gaming haven boasts an impressive collection of vintage arcade games, pinball machines, and classic consoles; all for ages 21+. With its laid-back atmosphere and eclectic décor, Add-a-Ball Arcade is the perfect place to unleash your inner gamer and relive the golden age of arcade gaming.

Where will you adventure to next in Seattle?

Seattle’s hidden gems offer a glimpse into the city’s diverse culture, history, and natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking serenity in a tranquil garden or embarking on a whimsical adventure in a quirky museum, these six destinations promise unforgettable experiences off the beaten path. So, next time you find yourself in Seattle, don’t forget to venture beyond the tourist hotspots and uncover these hidden treasures waiting to be explored. 

Any questions? As always, we’d love to chat with you and are here to help you explore the best that Seattle has to offer.

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