Seattle Travel Guide

Seattle Sports & Activities

The question in Seattle isn't "Do you exercise?" Rather, it's "How do you exercise?" Athleticism is a regular part of most people's lives here, whether it's an afternoon jog, a sunrise rowing session, a lunch-hour bike ride, or an evening game of Frisbee.

The Cascade Mountains, a 60-minute drive east, have trails and peaks for Alpinists of all skill levels. Snoqualmie Pass attracts downhill skiers and snowboarders, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are excellent throughout the Cascades. To the west of the city is Puget Sound, where sailors, kayakers, and anglers practice their sports. Lake Union and Lake Washington also provide residents with plenty of boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming opportunities. Farther west, the Olympic Mountains beckon adventure-seeking souls to their unspoiled wilderness.

Spectator sports are also appreciated here, from the UW Huskies (Go Dawgs!) to the Sonics, Seattle’s beloved pro soccer team.


Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Mariners play at Safeco Field, a retractable-roof stadium where there really isn't a bad seat in the house...


Seattle Storm. The WNBA Seattle Storm has its season from May to mid-September. The Storm play at KeyArena, on the Seattle Center campus...


Biking is probably Seattle's most popular sport. Thousands of Seattleites bike to work, and even more ride recreationally, especially on weekends...

Boating and Kayaking

Seafair. Seattle's rowdy Seafair festivities, which occur from mid-July through the first Sunday in August, include parades, a marathon, and...


There's world-class fishing in the Puget Sound from July through September. Local salmon runs have been improving in recent years, and populations...


Seattle Seahawks. If you heard the earth rumbling on February 2, 2014, it was probably just Seattle. The entire city went nuts when their...


Gold Mountain Golf Complex. Most people make the trek to Bremerton to play the Olympic Course, a beautiful and challenging par 72 that is...


If there were ever a state sport of Washington, hiking would be it. The state is blessed with hundreds of miles of beautiful trails; Mt. Rainier...

Rock Climbing

REI. Every weekend more than 250 people have a go at REI's Pinnacle, a 65-foot indoor climbing rock. An "open climb" takes place most Wednesdays...

Skiing and Snowboarding

Snow sports are one of the few reasons to look forward to winter in Seattle. Ski season usually lasts from late November until late March or...


Citywide Athletics Office. There are 151 public tennis courts in Seattle's parks. To reserve a court, call the Citywide Athletics Office....


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