While going for a walk in the rain can be fun, when it’s just too dreary, wet and cold outside, you might want to find something to keep you entertained indoors, which is why we’ve come up with a few of our favorite rainy things to do in Seattle.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Take a tour of Chihuly Garden and Glass, a museum that showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly with 45,000 square feet of galleries. It’s spectacular!
Nordic Heritage Museum
If you have Nordic ancestry, and even if you don’t, you might want to head to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood which is well-known for its Nordic roots, and boasts its very own Nordic Heritage Museum with a permanent collection that’s across four galleries, including fine arts, three-dimensional objects, a music library with more than 8,000 recordings and texts of traditional Nordic music and dance, and items donated by community members.
The Seattle Pinball Museum
This museum is a great place to enjoy being a kid again, and you can play the pinball machines as often as you’d like with your paid entry. They’re primarily grouped by decade, with the oldest dating back all the way to the early 1960s.
Poneer Square is Seattle’s original downtown area, and today, it’s one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city. In 1889 a fire destroyed much of it, including the waterfront, leaving the city to rebuild on top of the ruins. Today, the labyrinth of streets, alleys and buildings that still lie underneath can be explored by taking an underground tour, offered by a number of tour operators like Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour.
Tour a Chocolate Factory
The Theo Chocolate company, the very first fair trade and organic bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America, can be found in the Fremont neighborhood. Take a tour to be entertained by the story of cocoa, how the cocoa fruit is transformed into chocolate, and learn about the environmental issues related to cocoa farmers while watching works make those delectable treats before enjoying the tasty samples.
Check out OBAMA
“OBAMA” is the Official Bad Art Museum of Art, located inside Café Racer. It showcases black velvet paintings, paint-by-numbers, that famous portrait of dogs playing poker and all sorts of other odd works. Artists, anti-artists, art lovers and art haters, musicians and all sorts are drawn here, and on the first Thursday of any given month, the house band “God’s Favorite Beefcake,” made up of runaways from the Seattle performance group Circus Contraption, performs.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.