Seattle offers a variety of attractions and events year-round, including April. Here are some of the best and most fun things you can do:
- Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival: Typically held in April, this festival celebrates Japanese culture with performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. And of course, viewing the cherry blossoms, a signature of spring in Seattle.
- Visit the Pike Place Market: This is a year-round farmers market and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It’s known for its fresh seafood, produce, and the original Starbucks coffee shop.
- Seattle Museum Month: April could also be the month for Seattle’s Museum Month depending on the year, where participating hotels offer half-price admission to the city’s top museums. Museums include the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Seattle Art Museum.
- Visit the Seattle Center: Home to the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, and Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Center offers a variety of activities for all ages.
- Go on a Whale Watching Tour: April is a great time for whale watching in Seattle. You might see gray whales, which are common in the spring, as well as orcas and humpback whales.
- Explore Ballard’s “Sunday Market”: Held every Sunday, this is a great spot for local produce, crafts, and street food. Ballard is also a neighborhood known for its Scandinavian heritage, microbreweries, and maritime history.
- Explore the Outdoors: April is a good time to take advantage of the outdoor activities Seattle offers. Visit the Washington Park Arboretum for beautiful spring blossoms, take a boat out on Lake Union, or hike in Discovery Park.
- Visit Woodland Park Zoo: This is a fun outing for families. The zoo houses nearly 1,000 animals representing almost 300 species, and in April the weather should be great for walking around.
- Explore Seattle’s Craft Beer Scene: Seattle is renowned for its craft beer, with many local breweries offering tours and tastings. In Ballard alone, you’ll find over 10 breweries within a one-mile radius.
Remember to check individual event and attraction websites for the most up-to-date information on openings, hours, and any restrictions. Also, be aware of any current health guidelines in response to ongoing public health situations.