Things to do in the Winter in Seattle

With temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to high 50s during the winter months, the weather in Seattle can feel positively balmy. But while the cimate isn’t too cold for outdoor activities, it can be extremely wet. Winter is Seattle’s rainy season, so that does need to be factored into any plans you have for visiting the city, as you may need to change your day’s itinerary at the last minute! There is more than enough to keep you occupied, though, inside and out.

The Underground Tour

The Seattle Underground Tour is a humorous guided walk through the historic Pioneer Square, beneath the streets and sidewalks of the city. Beginning inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored saloon from the 1800s, you will roam the underground passages that were once the main roads and shop fronts of downtown Seattle. While you wander your tour guide will regale you with humorous – and sometimes bawdy – tales of the pioneers! Your tour ends in the Underground Tour Gift Shop, where you can buy mementos of your tour experience. The Underground Tour is open year-round and runs several times a day.

Visit Pike Place Market

Overlooking the Elliot Bay Walkway in downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market is the oldest farmers market in the US. This historic district covers nine-acres and offers everything from fresh produce, handmade crafts, fine foods and gifts, to antiques, and much more. Once you’re all shopped out, kick back and enjoy an excellent cup of coffee and a pastry in one of the city’s famous coffee houses while watching the street entertainers. Or enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent eateries in the area. It’s worth noting that merchants set their own trading hours, so if you want to visit a particular store or stall check the Pike Place Market website to see what their hours of business are. Pike Place Market is open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day.


The Seattle area is great for snow sports in general and there are some great ski spots less than two hours drive from the city. Crystal Mountain is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Washington State, with over 50 named runs set in 2600 acres of the Northwester corner of Mt Rainier National Park. There is something to suit everyone – from the complete beginner to the experienced skier. Within the resort there are high-speed lifts, 11 chair lifts and a gondola to ensure that you don’t spend more time getting up the slopes than skiing down them! There are also a number of restaurants and lodges dotted around the foot of the mountain.

Visit the Museum of Flight

Ranked #3 of 204 Seattle attractions by members of Tripadviser, the Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Situated at Boeing Field, around 10 minutes from downtown Seattle and Seatac Airport, the museum houses almost 90 aircraft and flying machines, including the first primitive glider designed and built by the Wright Brothers, the first jet propelled Air Force One and a Concorde, as well as a number of prototype passenger jets. The Museum of Flight is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. The museum is not-for-profit, so admissions prices are very reasonable. Expect to pay $16.00 for adults, $9.00 for youths, plus concessions.

Seattle has something for everyone, and you’ll never be short of things to do and see, whatever f the weather. If you’re looking for inspiration and independent eviews, try or buy the Rough Guide – it can be an invaluable resource.