Seattle is a popular tourist destination due to the beautiful scenery and abundance of outdoor activities available in the surrounding mountains, parks, Puget Sound, and lakes. But what do you do if it rains every day of your vacation?

The scenery may be less spectacular than expected, but there are plenty of fun things to do indoors in Seattle on a wet day.

Seattle receives an average of 38 inches of rain per year, making it one of the wettest cities in the United States despite not being the wettest. But if you’re planning outdoor activities and it starts to drizzle, don’t let that dampen your spirits. Put on your umbrella and travel to one of these pleasantly dry places.


Pike Place Market is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The restaurant’s fare holds up well in any weather. When the Fish Market makes a sale, the fish will fly, but observing the crowd is almost as much fun. Even if it rains, you won’t be disappointed by the abundance of eateries, stores, and activities.

The Seattle Aquarium is one of the best things to do on a rainy day because only the fish get soaked inside. Anyone interested in the ecology of area fish and birds will have a great time at the Aquarium.

The Underwater Dome provides excellent views of marine life, including numerous species of fish, sea otters, harbor seals, and even the rare Tufted Puffin. The Giant Pacific Octopus and the circular pool of jellyfish are also noteworthy features.

If you have a Seattle CityPass, you can use it here, among many other places. The Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass are just a few of the indoor attractions that are less expensive with this ticket.


The Space Needle is a high point for many tourists. It’s a must-see monument that was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair. Your pictures will still have that “Instagram wow” effect, rain or shine. Incredible, all-around vistas of Seattle are yours to enjoy.

The Space Needle has two enclosed levels, the uppermost of which has a glass revolving platform. (The Loupe). In addition to the Atmos Café and Wine Bar, there is also the Atmos Wine Bar. (reservations required).

You can choose a ticket that enables you to return in the evening after a thrilling 42-second ride to the top. This destination will leave you wanting more than just the gift store, exhibit, and views.

In addition to the Space Needle and the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Center also features the Chihuly Garden and Glass and other attractions. It was constructed for the Seattle World’s Fair, or the Century 21 Exposition. In 1962, between April and October, nearly 10 million people attended.

Next to the Museum of Pop Culture is the Discovery Center, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This (cost-free) area provides access to information about their global initiatives. There are interactive displays and activities to help you think about the impact you can have on the world.

Even if the clouds outside are cloudy, the Chihuly Garden and Glass will make you forget about it. It showcases Dale Chihuly’s and his studio’s glasswork. Each of the many galleries features vibrant displays and installations, such as the artist’s signature glass chandeliers and themed nautical rooms. The Garden is a sight to behold, and there are also café and gift store options.

In 1939, construction began on what would become known as the Armory for the Seattle Field Artillery. Today, it’s a wonderful spot to grab a bite to eat or shop for Seattle Kraken (the city’s beloved NHL team, who play at the nearby Climate Pledge Arena) gear.

The building is beautiful, and the most recent renovation added a sizable central section furnished with tables and room for events. Enjoy a bite to eat while learning about the area’s past. Blue Water Taco, Matt’s Fish Basket, Seattle Fudge, and Starbucks are just some of the nearby dining options. (born in Seattle).

The Monorail is another well-liked feature of Seattle Center. The first commercial monorail opened in 1962 and is just as much joy today as it was then.

Even though it’s not the cutting edge of transportation anymore, it’s a convenient means to get downtown. Get your ticket from the machine and hop on the bus heading in the direction of the Westlake Center.


Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth are two great stores for fashionistas looking to save money. The well-known ZARA store chain from Spain is also represented.

The original Nordstrom shop, which opened in Seattle in 1901, is directly across the street. There are also many small businesses, eateries, galleries, markets, and quaint coffee shops in the area, in addition to the larger chains like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Sephora.

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour in Pioneer Square is one of the most unusual things to do in Seattle on a wet day and is easily accessible by trolley or bus.

They will lead you on a fascinating tour of the city’s underground streets and storefronts, which were buried during the city’s reconstruction following the Great Fire of 1889. It’s like taking a trip back in time as you make your way beneath the modern metropolis.

There are many excellent attractions in Seattle that are perfect for a rainy day. The Pike Place Market is conveniently close to the Seattle Art Museum. From ancient artifacts to cutting-edge modern pieces, it has it all.

Views of South Lake Union can be had from the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), which is located nearby. Possible sights to see include an aircraft taking off. The Chinatown-International District is home to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.


If the weather prevents you from going outside for a couple of days, there are still plenty of exciting things to do that will get your heart racing.

Visit the REI Flagship Store in Seattle to get ready for all your upcoming outdoor activities. On top of that, it provides an exciting interior experience. REI’s Rock Climbing Summit is one of their featured experiences. Climbers have been enjoying spectacular views of the city from the top of the 65-foot-tall Climbing Pinnacle since its inauguration in 1996.

Clothing, tents, sleeping bags, footwear, and more can all be found at REI. The flagship shop is an experience in and of itself. This urban haven, with its enhanced natural and wooded environment, is perfect for adventuring and making plans for the day the sun finally comes out.

Food, drinks, and live music can all be found at Flatstick Pub, which has two Seattle sites (Pioneer Square and South Lake Union). There are only two guidelines at Flatstick Pub, and they are “drink local and have fun,” as stated on the establishment’s website.

Motivated to open a craft beer-centric pub with a fun (but difficult) interior miniature golf course. Play a round of mini golf or one of their other original golf-themed activities like “Duffleboard,” “Ball Jockey,” or “stick putt” while enjoying your meal. These are unique to this location.

You shouldn’t let a little rain ruin your Washington state vacation because there are plenty of fun things to do indoors in Seattle.

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