Whether you are local to Seattle or visiting for a vacation, you may notice the city is always bustling rain or shine. It takes more than a little weather to keep these Pacific Northwesters inside. Fortunately this doesn’t mean Seattle doesn’t provide a large handful of winter activities to keep you cozy, warm and dry.
Continue reading to see how you can have fun while keeping the feeling in all ten fingers and toes. Check out our list of Seattle Winter Activities:
The Moth Podcast
The Moth is most famously known as a podcast of true stories shared by people with unlikely, sad, happy and/or interesting life experiences. They also host live storytelling events throughout Seattle, which include three main events, the MainStage, StorySLAM, and GrandSLAM.
The MainStage is an event with five storytellers who have worked to develop and shape stories with directors at The Moth. StorySLAM is an open mic event where anyone is given the opportunity to give a five minute story to share based on the event’s theme.
If you plan to attend the StorySLAM you can enjoy from the crowd or share a story of your own! The GrandSLAM is the event where winners from the StorySLAM compete for the title of GrandSLAM Champion.
Listen to The Moth Podcast and these events will be sure to intrigue you. If you are looking for an opportunity to attend an event visit themoth.org. Events are hosted multiple times a month throughout Seattle.
The Triple Door
The Triple Door is an intimate live music venue in downtown Seattle. The room is set up for an incredible acoustic experience.
Not only will you experience a live show but you can enjoy the music while eating dinner and sipping on a drink of your choice. Dinner is provided by Wild Ginger, a Southeast Asian restaurant that’s been in Seattle since 1989.
A small theater with two stages, the Taproot Theater offers various shows in an intimate setting. The Jewell Mainstage, which seats 226 people and The Isaac Studio, which seats 115 people.
This winter they are offering Arsenic and Old Lace through March, Always Patsy Cline March through April, and We Will Not be Silent March through April.
To learn more about these plays visit TaprootTheater.org to get a description of the play and specific dates and times for the shows.
Small Concert Venues
Seattle has a long list of concert venues but if you are looking for a musical adventure to get a taste of smaller (and some well known) bands take a look and see what these venues have to offer.
A few include Showbox, Columbia City Theater, Tractor Tavern, Neumos, and Nectar Lounge. Showbox is be a great place to see more well known acts in a smaller venue.
Each of these venues are located in a different neighborhood in Seattle giving you plenty of options depending on where you stay. Visit their websites to get details on shows, times and ticket prices.
Right off the main drag in Fremont is a small bar called Add-a-Ball. Inside you will find a pinball lovers paradise.
The bar is filled with various arcade games and tables with clear containers that hold large amounts of Jenga pieces.If you are feeling brave you and your friends can challenge each other to do the dares found on each Jenga piece.
Once you’ve had your fill of arcade games, head next door to Flair Taco Truck for a meal or a snack.
Don’t forget your quarters!
Meowtropolitan is a cafe and cat shelter all in one. Meowtropolitan aims to provide cats and humans a more casual environment to interact in the hopes that these feline friends will soon find a loving home.
This unique cafe is in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Have a cup of coffee from the cat cafe, and hang out in the cat lounge with kitties of all ages and sizes who are up for adoption.
Meowtropolitan offers Yoga with Cats and Purr & Paint, which is a wine and paint experience in the cat lounge. Be sure to book your visit to the cat lounge, Yoga with Cats or Purr & Paint in advance as spaces fill up quickly.
“Real East Coast on the West Coast” is Roxy’s Diner motto and they mean it. The owner of the diner, Peter Glick is a native New Yorker and provides Jewish Deli Staples to Seattle.
Some of their more popular items include E.O.B. (egg on bagel) which is a customizable breakfast sandwich, their potato home fries and an extensive list of scrambles.
If you are not interested in a savory breakfast, treat yourself to something sweet like Challah French Toast or Pancakes. This is a popular spot for brunch on the weekends but enjoy some hot coffee as you wait for your table, it will be well worth it.
Indoor Climbing Gyms
Head towards Ballard and visit America’s first climbing gym, Vertical World. Rock climbing is a fun activity that can be done indoors alone or with friends.
Vertical World offers both bouldering and top rope climbing. Bouldering is rock climbing without ropes but up to limited heights with crash pads below to catch a fall without serious injury, and top rope climbing involves a partner who is belay certified and climbing to the top of a bigger wall with a rope and harness to keep you safe.
Vertical World also has a workout facility that includes a studio, free weights and treadmills. They also offer yoga classes if you are looking for a way to stretch your body and focus your mind.
Free first Thursday
If you happen to be visiting Seattle on the first Thursday of the month be sure to check out these museums for free. A few include the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Henry Art Gallery, Museum of Flight (5pm – 9pm), Nordic Museum and the Seattle Art Museum.