Best Nighttime Strolls In Seattle

September 8, 2016 11:00 AM

File photo of the Seattle skyline at dusk with long exposure of headlight and tail light trails. (credit: Graham Lee/GettyImages)

Taking a walk in and around Seattle at night is always an interesting adventure, as you never know who might run into (celebrity, musician, professional sports team member). Seattle is filled with numerous places where you and your significant other, or a group of friends, can take a leisurely stroll, to see the city’s glimmering, nighttime skyline in all of its glory, as well as visit some reportedly haunted locations. Visit any of these recommended places in Seattle and walk to your heart’s content.
Seattle Waterfront And Park
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Whether you already live in Seattle, or you’re visiting by way of the daily ferry boat, a lengthy but easy stroll to take would be along the city’s waterfront. At night, you’ll find a number of bars and restaurants open, and the view of Elliott Bay at nighttime is absolutely beautiful. Lights from Seattle’s towering buildings gleam onto the water and there a few piers, docks and parks you can turn off into and stroll out to the water’s edge.

Private Eye Tours
809 Fairview Place N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 365-3739
www.privateeyetours.rezgo.com

While Private Eye Tours isn’t really a late-night walking tour, it does begin around 6 p.m. and runs for about 2.5 to 3 hours. This local tour company offers both a walking tour and a van tour of various reportedly haunted locations around the Seattle area. Private Eye Tours are actually Seattle’s longest-running ghost and haunted tours, and well worth the time and investment. You will learn about Seattle’s darker past and physically see buildings and locations that have had numerous paranormal reports and sightings.

Pioneer Square
Yesler Way and First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 667-0687
www.pioneersquare.org

Known as Seattle’s original neighborhood, as it was founded in 1852, Pioneer Square is oftentimes called the “birthplace of Seattle. This expansive, 20-city block area of Seattle is home to numerous pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It is rich with history and Victorian Romanesque architecture, making it a lovely area to walk through in the evening. Whether you’re an avid sports fan, a music lover or you just like to try various foods and drinks, Pioneer Square has something for everyone who visits.

Related:  A Night Out In Seattle’s Pioneer Square

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
www.seattlecenter.com

The Seattle Center is well-known for many reasons. The landmark Space Needle is located here, as is the International Fountain, the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum, and so much more. The grounds of the center, which consist of almost 75 acres, stay open until midnight and everything lights up around the center when it gets dark, including the Space Needle, the fountain, the on-site artwork and the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. With all of the decorative lighting, you feel as though you’re walking through a magical kind of outdoor park.

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

Discovery Park
3801 W. Government Way
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 386-4236
www.seattle.gov

Kerry Park (Franklin Place)
211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4946
www.seattle.gov

Seattle has a few public parks that are open either 24 hours, or until 11:30 p.m. Discovery Park sits in the Magnolia neighborhood on a high bluff, overlooking the Puget Sound. It features a two-mile-long tidal beach you can walk on, a lighthouse built in 1881, gorgeous views of the water and lighted boats, and in the distance, you can even see the white-capped mountain ranges of both the Cascades and the Olympics. At Alki Beach Park in West Seattle, you can build a bonfire on the beach in one of the designated fire pits. You can also walk along the beach and see a breathtaking view of the Seattle skyline, which is most prominent at night when it’s lit up. Kerry Park sits elevated above the city, which in turn provides another of the best views of Elliott Bay, the Space Needle and the entire city of Seattle. This park is open 24 hours and offers more than an acre of strolling space. Warren G. Magnuson Park sits right along Seattle’s glorious Lake Washington. There is a mile-long stretch of beach you can stroll at night, and can take in views of lit house boats on the water, and also walk around the immense 350 acre property that makes up this second-largest Seattle Public Park.

Related: Best Places In Seattle To Watch The Sunset

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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