35 Fun Seattle Date Ideas That Will Wow Your Partner


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Seattle is a vibrant destination with lots for couples to enjoy

One of the top destinations on the West Coast of the United States is Seattle. This exciting city offers incredible outdoor and cultural attractions, and an array of landmarks to see.

For couples living in or visiting Seattle, there's also no shortage of memorable and romantic things to do. Just a few of the fun Seattle date ideas to try include going on a sightseeing cruise, enjoying a brewery tour, or watching one of the local sports teams play.

If you're looking for some unique date ideas in the Emerald City, read on!

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35 Fun Date Ideas in Seattle, WA

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A map of Seattle. Use the map to explore all the date ideas.

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Exploring the market stalls at Pike Place Market with your date is a fun idea

Shop and snack at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is one of the most well-known places in Washington. The over 100-year-old market features an array of food stalls and cafes as well as some craft and souvenir shops.

If interested in exploring this attraction with your date, doing so on a Pike Place Market tour is a good idea. During this experience, you can try samples and shop for baked goods, produce, flowers, and more.

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The Pacific Science Center features many fascinating interactive exhibits

Learn something new at the Pacific Science Center

A fun educational attraction to take your date to in Seattle is the Pacific Science Center. At the center, you’ll discover interactive exhibits on a range of scientific phenomena.

Topics include paleontology, the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, and astronomy. There’s also an IMAX theater showing science-based movies and an interesting laser dome.

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Dine with a show at The Pink Door

One of the best date spots in Seattle for a dinner date is The Pink Door. This interesting restaurant serves Italian food that you can dine on as you watch a show, including burlesque, trapeze, and jazz performances. Dishes to try range from truffle mushroom crostini to gnocchi or risotto.

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One of many fun Seattle date ideas is exploring Gas Works Park
Exploring Gas Works Park is one of numerous fun Seattle date ideas

Hang out at the unique Gas Works Park

Another great park to explore with your partner is Gas Works Park. This unique park housed a gasification plant until 1956, with much of the abandoned plant remaining today.

While the park is quite quirky, it’s a cool place to hang out and admire the vistas of Lake Union. You can access the park until 10 PM, making it the ideal place for a relaxed late-night date as well as a fun daytime meetup.

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Getting out on the water at Lake Union is a romantic activity

Boat on Lake Union

If you and your partner like outdoor activities, getting out on the water at Lake Union is a must! This vast freshwater lake is the ideal place to boat or kayak while taking in the surrounding views.

Best of all, this famous Seattle landmarkis located downtown, just ten minutes from attractions like Pike Place Market. Once at Lake Union, there are many places to rent an electric boat or kayak. To extend your date, try both activities!

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Take a cooking class together

Why go out to dinner when you could learn to create a delicious meal together? Taking a cooking class is one of the cute date ideas in Seattle that will also teach you some new skills.

You can find a few cooking class operators in the city, with Hot Stove Society being a popular choice. Classes to choose from include those teaching you how to make desserts, American classics, and dishes from across the globe.

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The views from the Space Needle lounge are breathtaking

Have drinks in the Space Needle

The Space Needle is hands-down the most famous landmark in Seattle. The 605-foot tower has stood on the Seattle skyline since 1962. While going to the observation deck here is a great idea, stopping for drinks at the top of the Space Needle is even better!

The Loupe Lounge serves an array of tasty drinks and bar snacks. Treat your partner to signature and classic cocktails, plus sharing snacks, like truffle fries, for a memorable drinks date.

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There are numerous world-class artworks to discover at Seattle Art Museum

Discover world-class artworks at the Seattle Art Museum

If your other half is an art enthusiast, a perfect date idea to try is taking them to the Seattle Art Museum. Founded in 1933, the museum features all genres of art, from ancient pieces to modern works.

If you both have a good time at this art gallery, be sure to visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum too. This gallery, also run by the Seattle Art Museum, features a range of art styles from across Asia.

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Play mini-golf and drink beer at Flatstick Pub

One of the most fun dates in Seattle is going to Flatstick Pub. This quirky bar features local craft beer and indoor mini-golf courses.

After challenging your date to a mini-golf game, you can also try Duffleboard, a fun game created by the team at Flatstick! Within Seattle, you can find locations at Pioneer Square and South Union Lake.

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Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park is something all couples will enjoy

Hike at Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is well-known as being one of the best national parks on the West Coast. Located just under a three-hour drive from Seattle, taking a trip to Mount Rainier makes for a fun daytime date.

If neither of you feels like driving, no problem! You can opt to take a day trip from Seattle to Mount Rainier tour. At the park, you can hike, see Mount Rainier volcano, and spot wildlife.

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Snoqualmie Falls are a beautiful sight to see

View the beautiful Snoqualmie Falls

To the east of Seattle are the stunning Snoqualmie Falls. The 268-foot waterfall sits on the edge of the Snoqualmie River and is surrounded by lush green forest.

Taking a Snoqualmie Falls day tour is a convenient way for you and your date to see the waterfall. You also get to see a few other landmarks, like the Fremont Troll and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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Enjoy a Seattle wine tasting tour

One of the most romantic date ideas in Seattle is going on a wine tasting tour together. On a Seattle winery tour, you get to go to two top wineries where you can taste samples.

Of course, don’t forget to buy a few bottles for your next date night! This activity also allows you to visit Boehms Candies and Snoqualmie Falls.

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You and your partner can take in views of Seattle on the Bainbridge Island ferry

Ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island

A lesser-known way to take in the views of Seattle is by riding on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Once aboard, you and your date can take in the views of the skyline and surrounding snow-capped mountains.

When you arrive on Bainbridge Island, you’ll discover shops, cafes, and charming parks.

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Whales can be spotted near the San Juan Islands and in the Puget Sound

Whale watch near San Juan Island and Puget Sound

The waters around Seattle are home to majestic killer whales for a large part of the year. If you and your partner like wildlife, a memorable date idea is going on a San Juan Island whale watching tour. Along with whales, you may also see sea lions, seals, and other sea animals.

Another great place to whale watch is on the Puget Sound. This famous landmark in Washington is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and is home to an array of marine life.

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If your date likes outdoor activities, take them sea kayaking

Sea kayak around the San Juan Islands

Another of the fun things to do in Seattle for couples that love being outdoors is kayaking in the oceans around the San Juan Islands. On a sea kayak tour, you get provided with all equipment and joined by a knowledgeable guide.

Starting at Anacortes, you'll sail past the San Juan Islands and Burrows Island. You could even see whales and other sea creatures while on the water.

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Try quirky cocktails at Unicorn Bar

Unicorn bar is a vibrant carnival-themed bar that everyone will enjoy visiting! The bar is decorated with fun pastel colors and an array of unique decor pieces.

You and your date will be able to taste a range of unique drinks here, along with carnival-inspired snacks. Unicorn also offers the ideal backdrop for some cute couple photos!

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A fun day date idea is hanging out at Alki Beach Park

Have a beach day at Alki Beach Park

Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach is the perfect place to spend a day with your other half. At the beach, you can sunbathe, swim, and chat on the sand.

Packing a picnic to share is a romantic idea too. If you have time, staying until the evening also allows you both to watch the sunset over the water.

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The sunset at Discovery Park is breathtaking

Watch the sunset at Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a coastal park located about a 20-minute drive from downtown Seattle. This charming location is one of the most romantic spots in Seattle, especially in the evening.

A fun date idea is to pack a picnic and head to the park just before sunset. You can then watch the orange and pink sky over the water as you share a meal.

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Venture under Seattle on an underground city tour

An interesting fact about Seattle is that the current city sits on top of old Seattle. Beneath the city, you can discover the remains of streets, alleys, and buildings that are over 120 years old.

Going on an underground Seattle tour is definitely one of the most fascinating and memorable date ideas!

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Seattle's Gum Wall is a unique backdrop for some couples' pictures!

Take pictures at the Gum Wall

One of Seattle’s most unique features is its chewing gum-covered wall. This interesting wall is really an alleyway that's covered in brightly colored pieces of gum.

The Gum Wall is a popular backdrop for photos, and it’s a great place to snap some pictures with your loved one.

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The panoramic views from the Sky View Observatory are incredible

Admire the views from the Sky View Observatory

Another of the Seattle romantic date ideas is taking in the skyline from the Sky View Observatory. From this 72nd-floor observation deck, you can appreciate 360-degree views of Seattle.

While you can go up the tower at any time of the day, doing so at sunset is recommended for a date. Getting a Sky View Observatory skip-the-line ticket in advance will ensure you get in!

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Get back to nature at the Bloedel Reserve

Located on Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre garden dedicated to wildlife and environmental conservation.

As you explore the gardens, you and your date will find a multitude of plant species and tranquil ponds. Wildlife sightings are also guaranteed, and there is a stately manor house to admire.

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Pike Place Market is one of the places you'll hear spooky tales

Dare to go on a haunted pub crawl

If you and your date like beer and are interested in the paranormal, going on a haunted pub crawl is a must! This walking tour will take you to spooky parts of the city, where your guide will tell you eerie tales.

Best of all, you also get to stop at some of the best bars for a drink along the way.

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A harbor cruise will take you and your date past top landmarks

Hop aboard a harbor sightseeing cruise

For couples that are visiting or new to the city, going on a harbor sightseeing cruise is recommended. You get the opportunity to sail past an array of famous sights and will be given in-depth information on each landmark.

Even if you’ve both lived in Seattle a while, a sightseeing cruise could teach you something new about your city!

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Spend a day outside at Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park is another of the romantic places in Seattle that allows you and your date to enjoy the outdoors. This vast park features hiking trails, a beach, wetlands, and lots of wildlife. It’s an ideal place to partake in outdoor activities as you get to know each other better!

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Take in Seattle views with a delicious drink on a cocktail cruise

Luxuritate on a private cocktail cruise

If you’re looking to see the city in a more luxurious way, one of the most romantic things to do in Seattle, Washington, is going on a private cocktail cruise.

Once aboard, you and your date can order delicious drinks and will sail by some top Seattle landmarks.

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Hear spooky stories on a ghost tour

One more of the spooky Seattle activities in a ghost tour. This experience will take you and your date to areas thought to be haunted.

Places to visit include Pike Place Market, the Butterworth Building (a former mortuary), and Moore Theatre, which is built on top of Seattle’s first burial ground.

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Flying above Seattle is a fun thing for you and your date to do

Fly above Seattle on a scenic airplane tour

Another memorable way to see Seattle is from above, on a scenic air tour. You’ll be flown over various attractions, including the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. Your pilot will also offer some history and fun facts on the places you see.

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Miner's Landing is a quirky attraction in Seattle to explore with your loved one

Walk along Miner’s Landing Pier 57

The most quirky harbor front in Seattle is Miner’s Landing Pier 57. This seaside-style pier features brightly colored buildings, souvenir shops, and a Ferris wheel.

You and your date can enjoy wandering around the area before stopping at a bar or restaurant. Options include fish and chip takeout spots and eat-in restaurants with west coast classics like clam chowder.

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See incredible glass art at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Another perfect date spot for art enthusiasts is Chihuly Garden and Glass. This museum and garden feature various works by glass artist Dale Chihuly. As you explore the attraction, you and your partner will be blown away by the colorful and delicate art pieces.

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Olympic Sculpture Park features many unique artistic structures

Explore Olympic Sculpture Park

Another of the well-known North American landmarks found in Seattle is Olympic Structure Park. The nine-acre park is a creation of the Seattle Art Museum and includes a range of unique sculptures.

Wandering around the scenic urban park and spotting all the sculptures is one of the laid-back things for couples to do in Seattle. If you visit in the evening, you can appreciate the surrounding romantic city lights too.

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Eat sweet treats on a donut tour

Is your date a lover of desserts and sweet treats? Then you have to take them on a donut tour!

This tasty tour will take you both to a handful of Seattle’s great donut shops. These include Top Pot Doughnuts and Dahlia Bakery.

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You and your partner can visit the world's first Starbucks when in Seattle

Grab a coffee at the first Starbucks

If your other half loves coffee, one of the can’t miss Seattle date spots is the first-ever Starbucks. Located in Pike Place Market, this store was opened in 1971 as the first of the now multinational chain.

While lines can be long to get in, getting a delicious coffee at this iconic spot is worth it!

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Sip local beer on a brewery tour

Seattle is home to an array of outstanding breweries, and a great way for you and your partner to see them is on a brewery tour. This experience will take you to three top breweries. At each stop, you can taste samples and learn about the brewing process.

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Going to Lumen Field to watch the Seattle Seahawks is an exciting date idea

Cheer for a local team

An ideal date for sports lovers is watching one of Seattle’s multiple professional sports teams play. Seattle is home to the Seahawks NFL team, Mariners MLB team, and Sounders FC MLS team.

In 2021, they also gained an NHL team, the Seattle Kraken. No matter what sports you both like, there’s a team to see in Seattle!

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In Summary

Seattle offers couples an array of things to do while in the area. Whether you're looking to plan one of the most romantic dates in Seattle or are after something more laid back, there's a date idea for everyone in this West Coast city!

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Written by Alli Sewell

allisewell WRITER Currently based in Canada, I've also lived and worked in the UK and Brazil and travelled in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. I love finding the best photo-ops and food and drink locations wherever I go!


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