If you live in Seattle or are just visiting, chances are you will encounter at least one rainy day. Did you know that Seattle is not in the top ten US cities for rain? This page contains many of the best things to do in Seattle in the rain.
Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle
The Seattle zoo has a tour of its rainy day attractions. This rainy day tour covers many exhibits including the African Savanna-African Village, Discovery Barn, Bug World, warm Tropical Rain Forest, Day and Night exhibits, Tropical Asian, Food Pavilion and Zoomazium play space for kids.
319 Second Ave. S., Seattle
Seattle Photos, films and exhibits on the Gold Rush of 1897-98 and its effect on local history. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, free
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle
Seattle Shops, restaurants, arcade and vintage indoor carousel,
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle
This unique shop has been around since 1899. It features an interesting gift shop
1400 E. Galer St., Seattle
This is an amazing Victorian-style greenhouse with tremendous variety.
The Space Needle (better seen when it’s not raining)
206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com
Seattle Observation deck offers 360-degree view, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, gift shop, espresso bar; observation deck and gift shops open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 400 Broad St., $8-$20.
206-728-1585 or www.funforest.com
Seattle Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, food vendors; call for daily update on hours .
206-905-2620 or www.seattlemonorail.com
The Monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall every 10 minutes, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; one-way tickets 75 cents-$2.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Locks, linking Lake Union with Puget Sound, built in 1917, handle more than 100,000 boats a year; fish ladder with views of migrating salmon making their way through the locks, with displays on the life cycle of salmon; visitor center exhibits explain the use and building of the locks; grounds include the Carl S. English Gardens with exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants from around the world, grounds and locks open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; visitor center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays, closed for lunch 12:45-1:30 p.m.; 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle, free
Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools
All offer swim lessons for all ages, public swims, and exercise classes;
• Ballard Pool with rope swing, slide, spa, 1471 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-684-4094);
• Evans Pool with sauna, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (206-684-4961);
• Medgar Evers Pool with rope swing, sauna, 500 23rd Ave., Seattle (206-684-4766);
• Madison Pool, 13401 Meridian Ave. N., Seattle (206-684-4979);
• Meadowbrook Pool with rope swing, 10515 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-4989);
• Queen Anne Pool with rope swing, sauna, 1920 First Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-4282);
• Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1944);
• Southwest Pool with sauna, spa, slide, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle (206-684-7440).
• King County Evergreen Pool, 606 S.W. 116th St., Seattle (206-296-4410).
• Mercer Island Pool, 8815 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island (206-296-4370).
• Bellevue Aquatic Center, 601 143rd Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-452-4444).
• Redmond Pool, 17535 N.E. 104th St., Redmond (425-233-3031).
• Northshore Pool, 9815 N.E. 188th St., Bothell (206-296-4333)
• St. Edward Park, Carole Ann Wald Memorial Pool, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore (425-823-6983).
• Lindbergh Pool, 16740 128th Ave. S.E., Renton (425-204-4440).
• Tukwila City Pool, 4414 2. 144th St., Tukwila (206-267-2350).
• King County Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Drive, Federal Way (206-296-4444)
425-462-7299 or www.k1speed.com
Redmond Racing in state-of-the-art electric go-carts, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 2207 Bel-Red Road, Redmond
888-467-4777 or www.futureofflight.org
Mukilteo Exhibits and displays on creating aircraft, flight simulator, children’s areas, Paine Field observation deck, store and cafe, 8:30-5:30 p.m. daily; tours of the nearby Boeing plant, the largest building in the world and the only commercial jet assembly plant open for tours in North America available, reservations recommended, museum open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., tours on the hour 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $8-$15, gallery only $4-$9
425-775-2174 or www.familyfunpark.com
Edmonds Family-amusement park with miniature golf, bumper cars, video games, kiddie playland, laser tag, restaurant, batting cages, 2-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds; free admission, prices for activities vary.
425-427-0259 or www.issaquahfish.org
Issaquah Interpretive displays about salmon and their life cycles year-round; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah
425-228-7300 or www.fun-center.com
Tukwila Attractions including go-carts, miniature golf, batting cages, rock-climbing wall, laser tag, video arcade and restaurant, noon-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila; free admission, price varies for activities.
253-946-4500 or www.laserquest.com
Federal Way Laser-tag fantasy adventures with audiovisual effects and themed scenery, call for hours, 2210 S. 320th St., Federal Way
877-902-8490 or www.lemaymuseum.org
Tacoma Guided two-hour tours of the display of more than 400 vehicles, from the earliest automobiles to 1990s models, from the largest privately owned collection in the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, LeMay Collection at Marymount, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma; $5-$15, call for reservations
253-591-5330 or www.metroparkstacoma.org
Tacoma Victorian-style 1908 conservatory with more than 200 species of exotic tropical plants and rotating floral exhibits, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma; free, donations appreciated.
360-832-6117 or www.nwtrek.org
Eatonville Tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville, Pierce County, $6.50-$15.50.
360-586-8687 or www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/
Olympia Guided public tours of the Washington State Legislative Building, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour daily, meet at the foot of the rotunda steps on the north side of the building, free; reservations required for group tours; public tours of the Executive Mansion, mornings and afternoons most Wednesdays, reservations required; self-guided tours of the Temple of Justice, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Conservatory, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Veterans Memorials and Monuments, information on self-guided tour available online, brochure available at the north entrance of the Legislative Building and at the Visitor Information Center, 416 14th Ave. S.W., Olympia.