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๐Ÿ’ŽSeattle's Fab Five: Best 5 Free Attractions ๐Ÿž๏ธ

๐ŸŒž Seattle can be pricey, but with the right tips, you can have a fantastic time without breaking the bank. From bustling markets to outdoor adventures, the Emerald City offers plenty of activities that are both fun and free. Ready for an adventure? ๐ŸŒž Whether you're a local or a visitor, here are the top 5 free destinations in Seattle that you shouldn't miss! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ


1. Starbucks Reserve Roastery



โ˜•๏ธSip Sip Hooray! First things first: coffee! Seattle is the coffee capital of the USA. If you love coffee, youโ€™re in the right place!


๐ŸŒŸ Did you know that the first Starbucks store ever opened its doors right here in Seattle? If you're a fan of this iconic coffeehouse, visiting the original Starbucks is a must-do when you're in the Emerald City. ๐Ÿ โ˜•๏ธ





๐ŸŒŸStart your day at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. This isn't just any Starbucks; it's a coffee wonderland! ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡It's the original Starbucks, established in 1971, in Seattle's Pike Place Market where the coffee journey began.







๐Ÿ“ธ But what really catches your eye isn't just the 45-year-old sign or the aroma of coffee. It's The Line. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ


๐Ÿต This winding queue of eager coffee lovers tells the story of this cozy 1,000-square-foot space.


โ˜•๏ธ Watch the beans being roasted up close, snap a pic for Instagram, and grab your latte! Enjoy the experience!




2. Pike Place Market



๐ŸซSpeaking of Pike Place Market, itโ€™s more than just a fish market, Itโ€™s an experience! ๐ŸŸ Most of the market comes to life from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is open seven days a week, only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. โฒ๏ธ๐Ÿ“†







๐Ÿฅ Start your day with breakfast as early as 7 a.m. โ˜•


๐ŸŸ Dive into fresh produce, ๐Ÿฅฆ or grab a bouquet of flowers ๐ŸŒธ and seafood also available from 7 a.m.


๐Ÿ” Hungry? There are over 70+ places to choose from! ๐Ÿ•


๐Ÿ˜œ Check out the gum wall, yep, the entire wall is covered in gum. Gross or cool? You decide. Just donโ€™t touch it!


๐ŸŽจ Check out the Crafts Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ







๐Ÿ“ Explore the Farm Tables offering goodies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ๐Ÿฅ–


๐Ÿซ Indulge in artisanal food delights from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays


๐Ÿง€ Merchant Building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving you plenty of time to shop ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ••







๐ŸŒทDon't forget to visit the Secret Garden, open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a tranquil escape amidst the hustle and bustle ๐ŸŒฟ


๐ŸšปNeed a restroom break? We've got you covered from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The north restroom stays open until 7 p.m.) ๐Ÿ•–







๐Ÿ˜€ FUN FACT


Pike Place Fish Market has a fun tradition of tossing fish through the air! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ’จ Former owner John Yokoyama started it in the 1980s when a worker threw a bag of clams instead of walking it over. ๐Ÿ‘ Crowds gathered to watch, and it became a hit. Even though Yokoyama isn't there, the tradition lives on. Look out for flying fish next time you visit! ๐ŸŽ‰




3. Amazon Sphere



๐ŸขโœจEver walked past The Spheres in Seattle and wondered what's inside? ๐Ÿค” ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒ These three giant glass domes, filled with over 40,000 plants from around the world, offer a unique, cool, futuristic workspace and urban jungle rolled into one! ๐ŸŒฑ







๐ŸŒธ Sphere is the Home to thousands of plant species from over 30 countries, it's a botanical paradise! ๐ŸŒ


๐ŸŒง๏ธ You know? The Spheres incorporate eco-friendly elements like rainwater collection and energy-efficient systems. ๐Ÿ”‹


๐Ÿ“š Start your visit at the Understory, an interactive exhibit at the base of the Spheres, to learn about their design and purpose. ๐ŸŒฟ


๐Ÿ•™ HOURS: 10 a.m. โ€“ 6 p.m. They are open to the public on the first and third Saturdays of every month. The best part is, that it is completely FREE!


โฐ Set a reminder to book your spot 15 days in advance. Spots fill up fast! ๐Ÿ“…


๐Ÿฝ๏ธ No lunch inside the Spheres, only Donuts, coffee, gelato, or soda. Look for more food options nearby. ๐Ÿฉโ˜•๐Ÿง







Dive into Deep Dive, the trendy bar under the Spheres. Walk-ins are welcome but reserved to be safe. Open 4:00-10:00 PM Sun-Wed, 4:00-11:00 PM Thu-Sat. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ No Spheres reservation? Visit the free Understory below to learn about the Spheres and chat with artists. Open Tue-Sat 3 PMโ€“6 PM, Sun 12 PMโ€“3 PM. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŽจ




4. Flower House



Let me tell you about a unique place to visit in Seattle. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ Hidden among skyscrapers on Alki Avenue in Seattle, discover the delightful Flower Houses! ๐Ÿ  Owned by Randie Stone since '89, they're a delight for locals and tourists alike. ๐ŸŒˆ Inspired by Hawaii, a burst of color in Seattle's gray skyline. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ







๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Feel free to visit and walk by the Flower Houses anytime, completely free of charge!


๐ŸŒผ Flower Houses bloom best in June, but they're beautiful all year round! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป Seasons change, but their charm remains.


Underneath the Flower Houses, there's a cool water fountain and a cozy driftwood swing to relax on. ๐ŸŒŠ


๐ŸŒณ Plus, these houses are certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒผ







๐Ÿฆ The Flower Houses are a birdwatcher's delight, ๐Ÿ a bee-friendly haven, and a ๐Ÿฆ‹butterfly paradise, boasting historic charm as a wildlife sanctuary since their construction in 1914. ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒผ




5. Washington Park Arboretum



๐ŸŒฟ If you're looking for a chill spot in Seattle, the Washington Park Arboretum is the place to be! You can drive, bike, or even take the bus. There's plenty of parking. Start from Graham Visitors Center to grab a map and get the lowdown on what's happening that day. ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’ฏโœ”๏ธBest part? It's open all year and it's free! ๐ŸŽ‰ (Though, if you want to check out the Japanese Garden, thereโ€™s a small fee.)







Azalea Way ๐ŸŒบ A 3/4 mile trail lined with blooming azaleas and rhododendrons. Perfect for a springtime stroll!


Japanese Garden ๐ŸŒธA serene 3.5-acre garden with a koi pond, teahouse, and beautiful landscapes. Super peaceful! Tickets are 10$ per adult. ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ฒ


Pacific Connections Garden ๐ŸŒ Explore plants from around the Pacific Rim โ€“ like China, New Zealand, and Australia.


Woodland Garden๐ŸŒฒ Wander through a shaded forest area with cool native plants and a peaceful vibe.


Lake Washington Access is a ๐Ÿฆ† Great spot for bird watching and enjoying waterfront views.







๐Ÿ˜€ FUN FACTย 



๐Ÿ“ธโœจDid you know the Washington Park Arboretum is like a huge living museum of plants? ๐ŸŒธ It's got plants from all over the world! The Arboretum started way back in 1934, and it's been a favorite spot for nature lovers ever since. Oh, and it was designed by the same folks who helped design Central Park in New York City! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ—ฝ



Seattle is full of hidden gems and incredible sights that are just waiting to be explored. So grab your friends, set out on an adventure, and discover the magic of the Emerald City without spending a fortune. Happy exploring with Haque's EYE! ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ

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