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13 Romantic Things to Do in Seattle That’ll Make You Swoon

Heading to Seattle for couple’s getaway? From overlooking the city on a seaplane to taking advantage of top-rated museums, you’ll want to indulge in these experiences for an unforgettable trip. Read below to see the best romantic things to do in Seattle. 

1) Check out the Local Comedy Scene

Who doesn’t like to laugh with their partner? Seattle’s comedy scene is sure to make you and your partner cry tears of laughter from comedy clubs to improv theaters. See everything from seasoned veterans to newcomers looking to hone their talent on stage. Some local clubs and theaters include:

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2) The Seattle Great Wheel

Ride the impressive Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 to cuddle close to your sweetheart and see stunning views of the city skyline. Overlooking downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay, the ferris wheel illuminates at night in a vibrant array of colors to provide a breathtaking experience. 

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3) Picnics & Strolling in the Park

Seattle hosts dozens of excellent parks to stroll through, have a charming picnic, ride bikes together, and more. Watch the sunset at West Point Lighthouse in Discovery Park for a special evening, stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden on a sunny afternoon, or catch a Shakespeare in the Park performance. More notable parks include:

4) Ride the Ferry to Bainbridge

Whether you’re on foot or in your vehicle, the Washington State Ferries or “the boat” takes passengers on a 35-minute ride across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. No reservations are needed, so couples can enjoy a spontaneous outing on the boat. Meet at Colman Dock, Pier 52 for an iconic Seattle adventure.

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5) Take a Seaplane Tour of the City, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens

For a unique couple’s excursion, enjoy the sensation of soaring over the city skyline to take in beautiful views of Seattle. Circle around the Elliott Bay, downtown Seattle, waterfront estates, and more in a seaplane. Couples can also journey to Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens for a 90-minute scenic tour Rainier’s 25 glaciers and Mount St. Helens’ 2-mile wide crater.


6) Take a Culinary Route of the City

Seattle is known for its culinary treasures, so opt for a true foodie tour around the Emerald City’s neighborhoods. Sample steaming dumplings from Din Tai Fung Pacific Place, exchange rich chocolates at Theo Chocolate, and knock back fresh oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter. With a multitude of options spanning across the neighborhoods, you can’t go wrong. Indulging in Seattle’s culinary experiences is one of the top romantic things to do in Seattle. 

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7) Museum Hop

Even those who aren’t huge museum buffs will get a kick out of Seattle’s more unconventional museums such as the Seattle Pinball Museum, Chihuly Garden & Glass, and the Museum of PopCulture. The Seattle Pinball Museum possesses over 50 playable pinball machine games, so you can challenge your partner to see who obtains the highest score. 

Moreover, Chihuly Garden & Glass hosts ethereal works of glass art conceived by artist Dale Chihuly. With eight galleries, a stunning centerpiece glasshouse, and a garden straight out of a fairy tale, there is plenty of artwork to admire. You can even do yoga or listen to concerts at the center.  

Also, couples can geek out at the Museum of Pop Culture with memorabilia from pop culture icons and media like Indiana Jones, outfits worn by megastar Prince, and unique photographs taken of Nirvana bandmembers. 

8) Breweries & Wine Tours

Savor premium Washington State wines with your love on a winery tour right outside of the city. With more than a dozen wineries to visit such as the acclaimed Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, there are numerous options to treat yourselves. Visit your favorite winery or take advantage of offered local tours that provide transportation.

Seattle also houses many renowned breweries to share cold ones with your sweetheart. Some breweries even have pubs and restaurants to have a full dining experience while you sample local, craft, and imported beers. You can enjoy the best of the Northwest with a guided tour of Pike Place Market or take your own pub crawl of sorts through the Seattle’s best brewery institutions such as Elysian Brewing Company. Sharing brews is one of the most romantic things to do in Seattle.

9) Seattle Ballooning

Fly high with Seattle Ballooning for an unbelievably romantic trip. Gain a one-of-a-kind view of Mt. Rainier, soar over lakes, rivers, and vast fields, and possess a unique vantage point of Seattle’s skyline. Couples can ride at sunrise or sunset for awe-inspiring scenes, toasting the day to 2011 reserve champagne and famed Bakery Nouveau croissants. With gorgeous views, champagne, and croissants, this is one of the top romantic things to do in Seattle.

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10) Neighborhood Strolling

Wander through Seattle’s historic neighborhoods for a perfect afternoon date. No matter where you go, strolling hand in hand is one of most romantic things to do in Seattle. Downtown Seattle showcases destinations such as Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Space Needle. Pioneer Square, the city’s first neighborhood, hosts countless shops, restaurants, and hidden Waterfall Garden Park.

To revel in global cuisine and culture, visit the International District, which is divided into Chinatown, Japan Town, and Little Saigon. Indulge in authentic pho before touring the Wing Luke Museum to learn about the immigrant experience in Seattle.

Quirky independent stores and bars line the eclectic neighborhood of Fremont. Stroll hand in hand to view the enormous Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge or the monumental Fremont Rocket structure. Couples can also cycle together on the Burke-Gilman Trail. In addition, visitors can delight in the Fremont Sunday Market artwork, antiques, and food truck options. 

Moreover, Ballard neighborhood offers visitors a fun waterfront community filled with scenic views, a farmer’s market, breweries, and unique shops. Explore the Ballard Locks to view the connected canal system, visit a local used bookstore to pick out books for one another, or listen to music at Sonic Boom Records.

11) Theater Performances  

Enjoy top-rated performances at the Seattle Opera with captions in English so you can laugh and cry along with the music. Catch a pre-broadway show at the 5th Avenue Theatre, complete with gorgeous Chinese-inspired furnishing. Additionally, the Paramount Seattle hosts headlining musicals, comedy acts, concerts, and plays.

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12) Explore New Heights

The Space Needle has been an iconic landmark of Seattle for years, but couples can now enjoy the attraction from a new perspective. The Space Needle has undergone recent renovations so guests can recline on glass benches in the observation deck, enjoy snacks at the Atmos Cafe, gain different vantage points from the Oculus Stairs, and more.

So Many Romantic Things to Do in Seattle

With so many options for intimate dates, Seattle is definitely a city for lovers. Where will your next date be?