Posted Mar 30, 2015
6 Fun Things to Do in Seattle Washington for Twenty Somethings
But after you’ve settled into your new apartment in the Emerald City and seen all the major attractions, as an adventurous, curious 20-something, you’ll find yourself with an overwhelming desire to explore the lesser-known. That’s when you should make your way to these less-touristy but just as exciting things to do in Seattle:
Stick a Wad to the Pike Place Gum Wall
Pike Place Market is known for shopping, dining and a spectacular view of the mountains. But one of the most memorable experiences here is a visit to the Post Alley Gum Wall. You’ll look on in simultaneous awe and disgust at this alley wall covered with chewed gum, saliva and whatever junk floated by and got stuck.
Add your own wad of gum and keep this local legend going– the city tries to clean it up now and then, but Seattleites won’t let it die. Local artists also stop by on occasion for impromptu theatrical and musical performances and slam poetry readings.
Meet the Fremont Troll
Seattle is well known for its thriving creative community, and one of the quirkiest art pieces in the city is the Fremont Troll. It was built as an unconventional solution to the unappealing freeway underpass under which it sits.
The shaggy, grisly troll has a shiny metal eye, and he’s crushing an old Volkswagen in his left hand. Stop by this underpass at 36th street beneath the George Washington Bridge and snap a picture with your new troll neighbor, and stop by on Halloween for the annual Troll-o-ween party.
Chill Out at Gas Works Park
Nature is a big part of the life in this coastal city (it’s not called the Emerald City for nothing), so it should come as no surprise that one of the most beloved sites in Seattle, Washington, is Gas Works Park.
Locals gather here to relax on the hill among a gorgeous view, fly kites, and hike along the system of trails. It’s also an excellent spot for your morning run.
Catch a Show at the 5th Avenue Theater
When the locals are itching for a little culture and entertainment, the 5th Avenue Theater is the place to go. The non-profit is a humble company aimed at enriching the community, producing live musicals to crowds both small and large.
Here, you’ll catch Broadway hits such as “Les Miserables” and “Next to Normal” as well as new musicals being considered for Broadway. The building itself is some of the most beautiful things to see in Seattle. Step inside to find a magnificent display of gold and red in a design modeled after royal Chinese architecture.
Brunch at Ba Bar
Seattle is a food city, so there are endless options when you’re looking for some greasy brunch and a hair of the dog after a late night out. Ba Bar has some of the best brunch in town and is one of those hidden treasures that rarely makes its way into tourist guides.
Sit down for an early cocktail– the Rummy Saz is a local favorite that combines Black Strap and Goslings rum, sugar cane syrup, green chartreuse, and of course, Pacific Northwest bitters. The cocktails are designed to pair with the food, which is Vietnamese at heart (did somebody say pho?), but you’ll find everything from New Orleans shrimp and grits to Hawaiian-style ramen.
Taste the Microbrews at Black Raven
Those visiting Seattle tend to head to one of the many breweries for which Seattle is famous– most likely Pike Pub in the uber-touristy Pike Place Market. But there are tons of more intimate and unique options, such as Black Raven Brewing Co.
This brewery has only been around since 2009, but it’s quickly become a spot that locals swear by. That might be because there’s something for every palate: The Beaktweaker India pale ale gives a citrus kick, the Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale is vividly malty, and the beloved Coco Jones is thick with coffee flavors and rich nuttiness.
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