Seattle Summer City Guide: Ballin’ On A Budget

Have you ever found yourself in a big city with lots of “things to do” but don’t actually know the area well enough to have an idea what those “things” are?? Well, we have got the Summer Guide for you! Below is a short, but sweet guide on some free and inexpensive activities you can do across Seattle, or close enough.

*kid and pet friendly 



Golden Gardens Park*

  • This is an awesome park that is located in the west part of Ballard. Not only does this park have hiking areas and off-lease locations for dogs, but contains a beach with views of the Olympic Mt. Range and Puget Sound. Easy access and parking is free. Make sure to get there early in the day if the sun is shining! You will want to secure a good spot on the beach. Lots of sand and grass areas depending on the type of outing (Dogs not allowed on beach).Image result for golden gardens park wa


Ella Bailey Park*

  • This park on the cusp of where Magnolia’s lengthy neighborhood start. One of the best views in Seattle, in my opinion. You can see most of downtown Seattle, including the Great Wheel which is on the pier of Elliott Bay. If you are looking to relax and enjoy a great scenery I would recommend checking out this location. This park also has bench seating, barbecue’s, basketball court, playground, and grass field for outdoor activities.
Photo by: Tiffany Von Arnim

Edmonds Waterfront*

  • This is one of my favorite places to hang out in the summer. Great restaurant selection and most businesses are walking distance of the waterfront pier. The main cost is driving to Edmonds unless you decide to grab lunch or do some shopping.. In which case, be sure to check out “Taste of Edmonds”, which goes from Aug 11-13, 2017. There will be awesome food trucks that are sure to satiate every foodies hunger pains. This may be about a 20-30 minute drive from Seattle.

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Lake Serene*

  • One of the most scenic hikes in WA, in my opinion. If you can manage the 8.2 mile roundtrip trek this is well worth it. The trail takes you through many different terrains, including woodlands and mountains. The reason I hold this hike to such a high caliber, is because of where it takes you. The top of the hike has a glacier lake. Even during the summer half of the lakes bank is covered in snow while the other half is exposed to the sun. Great way to spend the weekend and the cost is the gas it takes you to get to there! This location is about an hour and a half drive from Seattle.
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Alki Beach*

  • This is another great waterfront area that is located in West Seattle. With over 20 restaurants spanning the boardwalk there you can spend the entire day without breaking the bank. There are numerous fire pits and volleyball nets along the sandy beaches that encompass this area. The cost to get there is the time it takes you to find parking and gas in your car. Highly recommend spending a day out there soaking up the sun.

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Seattle Pie Bar

  • Pie Bar’s menu consists of weekly rotating sweet and savory pies made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Not only is there pie like food, there are pie-themed drinks for purchase, which include flavors that are commonly used in pies like blueberry or apple pie. For example, the “Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita.” This drink has strawberry rhubarb potion and orange liqueur which resembles the taste of a rhubarb pie. Strongly recommend this place for having dinner/drinks.
Photo by: Joe Mabel


Interbay Golf Course

  • The driving range at this golf course has consumed many hours of my life. The cost to play ranges from $8-$15 depending on how big of a bucket you purchases. The course actually provides its own clubs to those who chose to participate in the driving range. No experience or clubs needed, so another activity that is worth spending a few dollars on. 


The Great Wheel

  • Seattle’s ferris wheel is on the pier of Seattle on Alaskan Way, near Pikes Place. The cost is about $14 for a 10-15 minute ride, However, the view is unbeatable. You can also choose to throw down $150 for the VIP chair. That includes a glass floor in the carriage, iHome plugin for music, free pictures, and a Great Wheel t-shirt. That price may be expensive, but memories gained are priceless!
Photo by: Joe Mabel


Din Tai Fung

  • This restaurant has three locations in WA. One in Bellevue and two in Seattle. One of the best dim sum places I have eaten at. Their style of bamboo containers with steamed dim sum is delicious. Make sure to bring a group of people as this is more of a family style dining experience.
Photo by: Stewart Butterfield


Bainbridge Island*

  • Take some time to plan your trip to this exotic island. Start by taking the ferry over to Bainbridge and enjoying the scenic ride over. You can bring a car or take yourself. There are many options of renting bikes on the island for transportation as well. Pairing a bike ride with a winery tour could make for a great day. This may be a little spendy depending on the type of activities planned. Regardless, if you are looking for a day away with someone close to you, take a trip over and and get out of the city for the day. This is about a half hour ferry ride from the Seattle Pier.
Photos by: Jan Tik


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Spencer Schumacher

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