Best First Date Spots In Seattle

August 1, 2016 5:00 AM

Planning a first date can sometimes be nerve-wracking, but those who in live in the Seattle area are really lucky in the fact that there are an unlimited number of things to do and see around the city. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person and like to be one with nature, or you’re an animal lover, or you’re content with just having a couple of drinks somewhere with breathtaking views, you can find all of this and more within the city of Seattle. Check out these recommendations for the best places in Seattle for a first date.
EMP Museum At Seattle Center
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700
www.empmuseum.org

The Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum at Seattle Center is always filled with exciting and entertaining exhibits. Much of what’s shown at EMP is related to pop culture, local music legends like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix, and exhibits featuring gaming, movies and television shows like “Star Trek.” A visit to EMP could be a fun day date, or an afternoon/evening date, since the museum is open until 7 p.m. during the summer.

Woodland Park Zoo Or Seattle Aquarium
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4300
www.seattleaquarium.org

If you and your date are animal lovers, consider having a date at Seattle’s own Woodland Park Zoo on a sunny day. Or, if it’s raining, stay indoors at the Seattle Aquarium. Each features numerous animals and creatures to admire and learn about, as well as opportunities to participate with each location’s animal experts during fun, interactive shows.

Interbay Golf Center 
2501 15th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 285-2200
www.premiergc.com

You can never go wrong by taking a date miniature golfing, because even if you’re both terrible golfers, you’ll have fun trying to help one another get through the course. This would be a great summer day date, or you could turn it into an evening date, since the golf center closes between 10 and 11 p.m. throughout the year.

Related:  Best Double Date Ideas In Seattle

Drinks With A View
Hard Rock Cafe
116 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 204-2233
www.hardrock.com

Maximilien
Pike Place Market
81A Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7270
www.maximilienrestaurant.com

The Pink Door
Pike Place Market
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241
www.thepinkdoor.net

What is better than having a couple of drinks with your date, and enjoying all of the gorgeous scenic views that Seattle has to offer? While the Hard Rock Cafe is a well-known place to hang out in downtown Seattle, not everyone knows about its rooftop area, which has low-back couches and gas fireplaces, plus offers stunning panoramic views of the city, Puget Sound and neighboring mountain ranges. Maximilien and The Pink Door are both less well-known and it’s surprising that these two restaurants and bars are still a couple of Seattle’s best-kept secrets. Both are located in Pike Place Market near the water and offer a more romantic, quiet atmosphere. Maximilien features a large outdoor deck that sits well above Elliott Bay and gives a clear shot of the Olympic Mountains. The Pink Door also has views of Elliott Bay and would be a great spot on a warm, sunny day or later in the evening when you can sit with your date by candlelight.

Alki Beach Park Or Green Lake Park

Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Green Lake Park
7201 E. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Another first date location you can never wrong with is visiting one of Seattle’s popular parks. Green Lake Park has a nicely paved pathway for walking, cycling, skating and more right along the lake. You can also rent a paddleboat, or other kind of boat, and launch yourself out into the lake to enjoy the beautiful views of nature. Alki Beach Park in West Seattle is another hot spot that is sure to please both you and your date. You can either take the water taxi to Seacrest Park and walk to Alki Beach from there, or drive to it and explore the beach area walking trails, as well as the cafes, restaurants and shops right in the immediate area.

Related: Top Five Free Date Ideas In Seattle

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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