Even if you’ve lived in Seattle, Washington, for a while, you can act like a tourist for the day and take your date on an adventure through the city.
Seattle is literally surrounded by water and has such beautiful views. Why not rent a boat for a few hours? Check out Yelp.com for ideas. Number one for customer reviews is The Electric Boat Company out of Westlake. Summer rental hours are noon to 9pm Monday thru Friday, and slightly different weekend hours. You can even bring your own food on board. Cost is $99 per hour with a 2 hour minimum, but the great thing is that it holds 10 people! Double or triple couple dates, anyone?
When you’re done riding around the water, walking around Pike Place Market is fun whether it’s your first time or your 100th time. First stop and watch the guys throw fish at buyers, and then spend some time strolling through the rest of the market and see the eclectic stuff for sale. Guys, bring a few dollars in cash and pick up some fresh flowers. There is a large variety, and they are hard to miss! There are some very unique flowers that your date will love.
If your date is up for it, and things seem to be going well, take a romantic walk around the Kabota Garden. It’s open for self-guided tours during daylight hours. Maybe the beautiful scenery will inspire a little hand-holding as you walk together.
Now that you’re tired and hungry, time for something to eat! A Seattle date wouldn’t be complete without eating at a really good seafood restaurant. There are many to choose from, depending on your time, location, tastes and budget:
Ivars – This one has options as inexpensive as many fast food restaurants, but the food is great. It has outdoor seating right on the pier (so if you’re already walking by Pike Place this isn’t far), and feeding french fries to the seagulls is encouraged! This is where my family and I eat almost anytime we visit Seattle. I definitely recommend the clam chowder and the fish and chips. This is the perfect date spot for a casual, daytime date. It’s also a great people watching spot.
The Crab Pot – This is another one located on the pier, but a bit more pricey. The atmosphere and experience can’t be beat, though, and you can check out a review of it on an episode of Man v. Food here. The tables are covered in butcher paper, and if you order a Seafeast they’ll dump it right on your table and hand you a mallet. This will no doubt be a fun, albeit messy time with your date.
Chinook’s – This one isn’t on the pier, but it is on the water between Lake Union and Shilshole Bay. It’s a great sit down restaurant with a pretty view and great food. It’s great for a one-on-one date or a big crowd. I ate here with a huge party, and it was great fun. It has a large selection of seafood, from prawns to crab to salmon, with lots of non-seafood selections as well. I got the shrimp fettuccine, since I’m a sucker for shrimp with pasta. It didn’t disappoint.
After the meal is done, head on over to a show at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Depending on the day there are quality musical performances that will be the perfecting ending for your date.
There are countless other fun things to do in Seattle, so hopefully after your first adventure in the Emerald City together, you’ll make plans for another! For more ideas, check out the Seattle city website.