Seattle has an abundance of options for enjoying the city while on a date. Take in the local culture while cultivating new interests, keeping expenses within your budget and enjoying your date. You never have to take your date to the same place twice, unless you find that she really enjoyed it the first time.
Nearly every neighborhood in Seattle has a monthly art walk on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening. Art walks generally last a few hours and involve a string of free galleries and museums in walkable distance from each other. Many of the galleries serve drinks or snacks or have artists on hand to chat with visitors. The most popular art walk is The Seattle Downtown Art Walk, which includes free admission to the Seattle Art Museum. Other art walks take place in Capitol Hill, Ballard, Kirkland, Queen Anne, Issaquah, Wallingford, Belltown, Greenwood-Phinney, Edmonds and Chinatown International District.
Kerry Park, perched atop Queen Anne Hill, has some of the most spectacular views in the city of Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound. It's also a short walk from a dozen or so restaurants and bars in the Upper Queen Anne neighborhood. Unlike Lower Queen Anne, this area has a more low-key neighborhood feel with some exceptional dining options. Start with dinner and head to Kerry Park after sunset.
The Downtown Seattle Public Library is a great place for a daytime date. Be sure to visit every floor from top to bottom in this architectural gem from Rem Koolhaus. Grab a coffee from the library's cafe, attend an author reading, sign up for library cards together or join an architectural tour. Check out a recipe book or DVD to bring home and keep the date going.
Another great daytime date starts in the heart of Seattle at Pike's Place Market. Bring a picnic basket with utensils and a blanket and head through the market looking for lunch. Load up a basket with fresh produce, artisan cheeses and bread. Next, head down to Victor Stienbruek park on the north end of the market. You will find plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas to sit and enjoy the view while feasting on your delicious fresh purchases.
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