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So you’ll be spending the summer in Seattle…

So you’ll be spending the summer in Seattle…

If you are one of the many proton therapy patients who travels to receive treatment with us, you might wonder what to do during the summer in Seattle. We have some fun suggestions to get you out of your hotel room.

The Pacific Northwest has so much to offer outdoors – such as hiking, kayaking and boating – but Seattle also has many cultural venues to explore, including music, art, history and more.

Outdoor fun

If you are an active person and your doctor is okay with it, check out some of these activities:

  • Hike down to the base of Snoqualmie Falls for a short excursion with a spectacular view. Snoqualmie Falls is a short drive from Seattle into the Cascades.
  • Explore huge Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. You can spend the entire day walking easy to moderate trails and enjoying the Puget Sound beaches.
  • Gasworks Park on Lake Union is a unique Seattle destination. The park surrounds a fascinating, old gasworks plant and borders Lake Union. It’s a wonderful spot to watch boats, seaplanes and kites while you picnic. You can rent electric boats, kayaks and paddleboards nearby to explore the lake surrounded by the hills and homes of Seattle.
  • During the summer months, you can rent a paddle boat or rowboat at Green Lake, just a few miles from the Proton Therapy Center. Paddle around this large, treelined lake or choose to walk the 2.8-mile loop instead.
  • If you love to bike, the Burke-Gilman trail around the west side of Lake Washington is a long, easy ride with views of the lake, seaplanes and more. Stop at the many wineries in Woodinville before you return. Want to try an e-bike? You can rent them here.
  • Bike Bainbridge Island and combine a bike ride with a ferry ride. There is a 35-mile loop around the island through rolling hills, or just explore the many restaurants and shops near Coleman Dock.

Cultural activities

Prefer to browse a good bookstore or visit a museum? Seattle has a ton of options. Here are some destinations you won’t find elsewhere.

  • Check out the iconic Pike Place Market. There are many artisan vendors and farm stands, shops, food, the original Starbucks, and art to explore here. Don’t forget the gum wall for a one-of-a-kind, if sticky sight.
  • MoPOP is a truly unique museum, starting with the outside, which was designed by Frank O. Gehry. This museum of contemporary pop culture has many hands-on activities, changing exhibits and festivals. It’s located at Seattle Center, where you can also visit Seattle’s best-known landmark, the Space Needle, and another unique installation, the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
  • Seattle’s Great Wheel sits right on the waters of Elliott Bay on the downtown waterfront. Riders get spectacular views of the boats and ferries crisscrossing Puget Sound, as well as the Olympic mountains!
  • Visit Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood for the quirkier side of Seattle. You can start with the Fremont Troll, who lives under a bridge and holds on to a VW Beetle. But there are many public sculptures around the neighborhood, as well as cute shops and restaurants. There’s also the Fremont Sunday Market, which is a fair-style market with many local vendors selling food, crafts and other unique items.
  • Head to the top of Smith Tower for a cocktail and a grand view. Smith tower used to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the bar at the top features beautiful, wood-carved Asian décor, as well as a wrap-around balcony for viewing the city from above.
  • Elliott Bay Books is a book lover’s paradise located in the Capital Hill neighborhood. It has a huge collection of books and a coffee shop where you can relax, satisfy your need for caffeine, and start reading your purchases. Located next to/in the Odd Fellows Hall with shops and restaurants.
  • And don’t forget to explore Seattle’s International District to get a literal taste of Seattle’s Asian heritage. You’ll find restaurants featuring foods from all over Asia, interesting architecture and lovely parks when you stroll these neighborhoods south of downtown. And plan to visit the Wing Luke Museum for exhibits centered around the Asian and Pacific Islander experience.

For more ideas, please reach out to our Patient Navigators at concierge@seattleprotons.org.