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Put these nine activities on your Seattle summer bucket list

Summer is almost here with breezy nights and sunny days.

We all know Seattle is the best place to be in the summer. There are so many fantastic festivals, outdoor movies, spectacular scenery and amazing activities. We’ve put together a sampling of all the PNW has to offer in the summer months so you are never without an activity. Go forth and enjoy summer to the fullest!

Get out on a boat!

Take a kayak ride. Rent an electric one on Lake Union. Head out on an Argosy cruise. Get a pedal boat to ride on Greenlake. You can also rent a canoe at the University of Washington Waterfront Activity Center and explore the waters around the Arboretum.

Hit up an Island

Head to Vashon Island for a relaxing weekend away or hop a ferry for a fun afternoon in Bainbridge. Head north to Camano Island or Whidbey Island for a grand adventure. Make sure to spend some time on the San Juan islands and check out the Doe Bay Fest on Orcas island. Head to Jetty Island for an afternoon of sandy fun!

Cheer on Athletes

Seattle is hosting this year’s USA Special Olympic Games which take part every four years around the country. Fourteen sports will be offered including swimming, standup paddleboard, bocce, flag football and soccer. More than 70,000 spectators are expected to view the games. Brooks Running is one of the sponsors and they are in need of volunteers to help run the games. Interested in watching the games? Find out more information here.

Zip through the Trees

Head to Camano Island to glide through the trees with Canopy Tours NW. The two-and-a-half-hour experience includes six different zip lines with the longest one measuring 660 feet. You’ll also get to explore forest trails, cross a long bridge and ride in a 1963 Unimog truck. Heads up! The minimum weight allowed is 65 pounds, and the maximum is 300 pounds.

Go Whale Watching

Majestic Orcas can be found throughout Pacific Northwest waters from mid-April through September. Some boat charters leave from downtown Seattle for whale watching cruises but the best spot to see whales is up near the San Juan Islands. Look out for other wildlife like porpoises, seals, bald eagles and more!

Hear Live Music

KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural return for another year of awesome music along with Bumbershoot and the Doe Bay Fest. Check out the multitude of live music concerts at Marymoor Park, Woodland Park Zoo and Chateau Ste. Michelle Concerts.

Play Tourist in Seattle

Why let all the visitors have all the fun? Head out to explore Seattle like a tourist! Visit Seattle Refined’s favorite spots that are worth a visit.

Get in the Water

Stop by the International Fountain at the Seattle Center to splash in the water or hit up one of Seattle’s Best Beaches. Cool off at a Spray Park or Wading Pool before enjoying a picnic dinner outside. Take the West Seattle Ferry and enjoy a meal at Marination Ma Kai, then head out for a stroll along Alki Beach.

Watch a Movie Outside

Summer is a great time to sit outside and watch one of the many outdoor movie offerings. Some are free while others have a small charge. Head to one of the following venues and make summertime movie memories!