Our Favorite Seattle Museums and Attractions Now Open and Ready to Visit This Fall

August 23, 2021

Seattle museums and attractions are open at full capacity this fall. Per Washington State mandate effective August 23, 2021, face masks and social distancing are still required for everyone, even if vaccinated. Here are our top recommendations.


Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo’s beautiful outdoor exhibits are not to be missed. This beautifully landscaped zoo has a large variety of animals and natural-looking exhibits. Fortunately for us, it is located only 2 miles south Greenlake Guest House in Woodland Park. In fact, some of our guests even walk to the zoo. Most outdoor exhibits have covered areas that are comfortable even in rainy weather. Stay tuned for the new lights festival called Wild Lanterns that will be happening in the evenings after 4pm on November 12-January 30.


Museum of Flight

The huge Museum of Flight in South Seattle offers lots of space for social distancing. It is the largest independent, non profit air and space museum in the world and includes the original Boeing Red Barn, many vintage planes, and a Space Shuttle trainer. Plan to spend at least 2-4 hours there in order to see everything.


Chihuly Garden and Glass

The Chihuly Garden and Glass features spectacular indoor and outdoor glass installations by Dale Chihuly, who is a Seattle native. It is located just below the iconic Space Needle and is consistently ranked as Seattle’s top attraction on Trip Advisor.


Seattle Space Needle

Seattle’s Space Needle, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, was completely remodeled in 2018 to include an all glass floor below and an open-air deck above as well as a new lounge 500 feet above Seattle on a revolving glass floor. With a new state of the art UV-C sanitizing program it is safer than ever. You can save money by purchasing a combination pass with the Chihuly Garden & Glass.


National Nordic Museum

The National Nordic Museum, located in the nearby Ballard neighborhood in a new, architecturally stunning building, it is dedicated to the history of the area’s Nordic immigrants. It is open Wednesday-Sunday.


Seattle Japanese Garden

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located in Washington Park Arboretum northeast of downtown Seattle. This 3.5 acre, meticulously groomed garden is especially lovely in the fall when the leaves turn brilliantly red and gold. Be sure to bring your camera!


Pike Place Market

Fall may be the best time to visit the partially outdoor Pike Place Market  because it is typically less crowded than  in summer. Fall is the perfect time to purchase local produce like apples and pears and fresh items with a pumpkin or harvest theme. Many of the restaurants like Matt’s in the Market, Il Bistro, Radiator Whiskey, and Le Pichet offer pop up patios, street-side dining, and rooftop balconies to take advantage of Seattle's typically mild, early fall weather. Be sure to stop in for handcrafted cheese across the street in the Post Alley at Beechers, a bouquet of fresh flowers, or some fresh fish for the full Seattle experience.

If you are traveling to Seattle, we think these are the not to miss museums and attractions. Advanced purchase is recommended, but not required, at many museums and attractions to allow for timed entry.