Summer in the Puget Sound brings all of us out hibernation. Whether we’re married, in a relationship or enjoying the single life, it’s our time to grab a partner and entertain ourselves with an unending array of interesting experiences.
So let’s forget about dinners, movies and bars for a little while and go find something a little more experimental. Here are a few “less conventional” and localicious ideas for fun dates around downtown.
What could be better on a Thursday night than looking cultured, being downtown, and getting free entertainment? Take a nice long stroll down the waterfront to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Each Thursday evening from 6–9 pm, you’ll get views of the Sound, live music, and art activities like “Take an Art Hit Tour” and “SAM Creates.” If you want to add dinner to the experience, stop by one of the delicious food trucks. And you can even enjoy a glass of wine at Taste. If you need a daytime date, head over on Saturday from 10:30 am to 3 pm, where you can join in with some yoga and Zumba, or just learn from artists.
Now that you’ve moved into your brand new place, would you like to add some original Seattle art to the walls? Well a good place to start is the First Thursday Art Walk, which goes on right outside your front door in Pioneer Square. Grab a date and act like art aficionados on this free & self-guided walk around the neighborhood. It happens the very first Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm. When it’s over, you two can get dinner and Google all the artists you just saw.
Longtime Seattleites know that the Smith Tower was once the tallest building on the West Coast. For over 100 years it has offered some of Seattle’s best views (second only maybe to The Wave…) One unique aspect is the bank of old-fashioned copper and brass elevators, where real elevator operators take you to the 35th floor. In addition to the Observation Deck, check out the historic Chinese Room, and read newspaper headlines from the early 1900’s. After enjoying a beautiful view, head downstairs for dinner and drinks.
If you are going round and round trying to come up with a fun idea, maybe round and round is your answer. Head over to Pier 57 on the Waterfront and take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel. If you make it a romantic nighttime date, you’ll be “de-lighted” with elegant white gondola lights. On special occasions, or any University of Washington or Seattle Seahawks home football games, you may catch special LED light shows on the wheel.
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