There are a lot of things to love about Seattle—the food, the people, the entertainment—but the weather isn’t one of them. If you’re a resident of Seattle, you can rest assured that it really is as rainy as you think it is. According to weather expert Linda Lam, “Seattle experiences an average of 152 rainy days a year, which is more than most cities across the U.S.” What drives this unusual level of precipitation? The beautiful Olympic Mountains to the west of the city, which trap moisture.
Fortunately, Seattle has adapted to reflect its climate, and there’s a number of interesting things you can do indoors in the Emerald City. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, check out the list of rainy day activities in Seattle below:
1. Visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
This is perhaps the most direct and literal way to escape the cool, wet Seattle climate: Just let the Volunteer Park Conservatory transport you into another biome. This historic attraction, which is comprised of thousands of century-old glass panels, contains a wealth of exotic, colorful tropical plants. If the gray skies have gotten you down, this Amazonian haven may be just the thing you need to lift your spirits back up again.
2. Book a day at Here at Ninja Escape Room.
Heralded by the Seattle Times as being “More than just puzzles,” Ninja Escape is “An experience reminiscent of a spy movie.” This immersive entertainment facility, which was created by a team of theater professionals, puzzle experts, and special effects wizards, challenges guests to escape from a room they’re trapped in. Along the way, you’ll encounter hidden objects, brain-bending puzzles, and complex codes. If you’re looking for a real anathema to boredom that takes place in an indoor environment, then this is it. Say goodbye to passive entertainment.
In addition to providing hours of thought-provoking stimulation for parties and individuals, our games and venue is perfect for corporate functions. The Ninja Escape Room makes for a great team-building experience if you’re looking for an alternative to hosting a soggy company picnic, for example. Just make sure to book your tickets quickly—Ninja Escape is in high demand. Click here to book now.
3. Take in Seattle’s famous coffee house culture.
Seattle’s many coffee houses provide an ideal way to get out of the house for a little while and mingle… Without getting drenched in the process. If you’re not sure where to begin, try taking the Seattle Coffee Tour. Not only will you be shown the best coffee houses to visit, you’ll get to see the roasting process in action and participate in coffee preparation activities. If you’re not sure how to make the perfect cup of Seattle coffee at home, this tour is guaranteed to enlighten you.
4. Get deep into the Seattle Aquarium.
Water isn’t all about dark skies and dreariness—it also hosts a stunning array of aquatic life. Why not visit the Seattle Aquarium and get reacquainted with water’s many miracles, all without actually getting wet? This facility is renowned for its ability to make visitors feel like they’re actually traversing an underwater environment, thanks to its fabulous dome that offers a 360-degree view of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Plus, it has the best variety of sea creatures out of any aquarium in the Northwest.
5. Check out Seattle’s various museums and exhibits.
All that time spent indoors has made Seattleites an intellectual, studious lot. Fortunately, the city’s many museums and exhibits live up to the desires of its inhabitants, boasting highly diverse subject matter. From Boeing’s Future of Flight tour to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Experience Music Project, Seattle houses an eclectic array of multi-sensory experiences for the intellectually curious.
Seattle’s wealth of attractions is proof positive that when mother nature throws us curveballs, we’re more than capable of getting creative in return. Do you have another favorite indoor attraction in Seattle that isn’t on this list? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!