Things to Do
We asked our savvy campus tour guides what they like to do for fun — on, near, and far away from campus. Here are their suggestions.
What You're Saying
I love going down to Pike Place Market and people watching. Meeting new people and experiencing new foods. There is always something I find new when I bus down there.
Alki Beach! A beautiful piece of Seattle, full of cute shops, delicious dining spots and a fun summer destination!
Taking in a play. I especially enjoy anything Shakespeare that the School of Drama puts on.
Handmade ice cream and fresh waffle cones at Molly Moon's. If you're on Capitol Hill, take a seat in Cal Anderson Park across the street. Best ice cream in the city!
Walking from the UW campus to Gasworks Park and back, along the Burke-Gilman Trail. A perfect hour-long getaway when you need a break—or longer if you take a picnic lunch, book, or frisbee.
- Check out the Sylvan Grove Theater (next to the Computer Science and Engineering Building). It's a great quiet place to relax with a book between classes! And don't forget The Columns (L.I.F.E)
- Rent a canoe from the Waterfront Activities Center (only $5 an hour for UW students). There are some really amazing views from Lake Washington.
Near the U-Dub
In the city
- Chow(der) down on clam chowder at Pike Place Market. Try to get a table with a view. On a clear day, you can't beat it.
- Go see the Rat City Rollergirls! The games are a blast, and you get to take part in one of Seattle's hundreds of quirky, unique pastimes.
- Attend games at Safeco or CenturyLink Field, especially on Husky Nights.
- Stroll through the Fremont Sunday Market -- and don't forget the Fremont Troll.
- Eat at Beth's Cafe, a 24-hour diner since 1954. Featured on "Man vs. Food Nation," it's home to the 12-egg omelet.
- Explore Seattle's local parks: Golden Gardens, the Washington Park Arboretum, Magnuson, etc. etc. Bring a frisbee!
- Walk or bike around Green Lake. Choose your course: 2.8 or 3.3 miles.
- Tractor Tavern in Ballard features small bands every night. For 21+, but it's a really cool way to see bands in an awesome venue.
Throughout Western Washington
- Drive up to La Conner for the Tulip Festival in April! This is a great day trip for families new to the region who visit in the spring.
- Hop on a ferry over to Bainbridge Island and see the rural side of Western Washington or take the ferry to Kingston and visit the Olympic Peninsula.
- Go for a hike: Mount Si (off I-90 near North Bend), Tiger Mountain (off I-90 at Highline Road), Sunrise Lodge at Mount Rainier, or Snoqualmie Pass.