When the sun comes out, Seattle natives accustomed to constant drizzle and cloud cover rejoice at the newfound vitamin D. But in a city not used to needing A/C, locals get creative when it comes to staying cool on a hot day. Check out these three locations for the best places Seattle has to offer to beat the heat.
Golden Gardens Park
At Golden Gardens Park, catch whatever breath of breeze comes in off the Sound while you splash around off of one of the Pacific Northwest’s rare sandy beaches, or rent a kayak or standup paddleboard to experience the Seattle boating culture. Food options abound in nearby Ballard, but grab an enormous soft serve cone from Little Coney, right next to the boat launch, to cool down after a walk along the waterfront.
Ferry to Bainbridge Island
Cool off on a ferry from downtown Seattle Ferry Terminal to Bainbridge Island—walk or bike on to get the most out of the ride. The crossing is about 35 minutes, plenty of time to enjoy the refreshing wind on the deck with a spectacular view of the city and the mountains over the bay. Once you dock, take the short walk along the water to downtown Bainbridge. Get a scoop of the blackberry at Mora Iced Creamery before you catch the next ferry back into the city.
Monorail to Seattle Center
All the light rail in Seattle are air conditioned, and there is no better view of downtown than the monorail, which cruises along a few stories above the ground through the heart of the city. Hop off at Seattle Center, where you have the fun (and also air conditioned!) Science Fiction Museum and Experience Music Project. Take a run through the spray of International Fountain to cool off (don’t worry, it’s not just for kids).