Exploring other vibrant and remarkable areas of Seattle!

Adventure Date: 06/22/2022 – 06/26/2022

Our last full day in Washington was spent exploring elsewhere around the Seattle area that we haven’t gone to yet.  One of those places was NOT the Space Needle.  We actually went to the Space Needle the day before but I’m going to include it in this post instead.

Space Needle


The view from behind the thick glass barrier at the top of the Space Needle!  In the far distance, you’ll see Mount Rainier and below is downtown Seattle.

Golden Gardens Park

Before our brunch cruise, we went to Golden Gardens Park to check out tide pools.  Unfortunately, even with the low tide, there weren’t many tide pools to really look at.  We did enjoy walking the beach area and coming across the different little creatures buried in the sand and hiding under rocks!

Ballard Locks

The Ballard Locks were interesting to see up close and in action.  On the saltwater side of the locks, we saw schools of salmon and harbor seals swimming around.  Stayed long enough to see a few boats cross from the saltwater side to the freshwater side.

Snoqualmie Falls


For a waterfall that doesn’t require a long drive from Seattle and a hike to get to, Snoqualmie Falls is it! There’s a lodge at the top of the falls with a parking lot.  The area can get quite congested with visitors during the afternoon hours so expect issues with traffic and parking.  Nice, quick stop if you have the time, but definitely skippable if you’ve already seen a waterfall or two in Washington.

Kerry Park

Picture above is the same as this post’s featured image.  One of the best, free view of the Seattle skyline with Mount Rainier in the background.  Small park tucked into a quiet neighborhood.  Expect a decent gathering of people here in the evenings.