Remember in February when you were all like, “I can’t wait for summer! It’s going to be amazing!” and now it’s August and you’ve gone for, like, one hike? Well, there’s still time to reclaim the sunny season while, at the same time, experiencing some of the most Seattle-centric things ever! So, without further ado, here are the things you MUST do before any semblance of fall hits.
Wild Waves: This oasis away from the city features water slides, wave pools and games for everyone to enjoy. When the summer heat seems like it can’t get any hotter, dash on down to Wild Waves and slide to a glistening cool pool of freedom. It’s a place where you can feel like a kid again!
Go to a baseball game: Safeco Field is still one of the most beautiful ballparks in the major leagues. There’s a strong food court, cocktails and beer garden, you can watch the bullpen pitchers warm up and, oh yeah, there’s a baseball game going on with some of the best athletes in the world. Or, if you want to save a little money, head down to Tacoma for a Rainiers game for some Triple-AAA fun.
Get a milkshake from XXX-Rootbeer: On most weekends during the summer, Issaquah’s XXX-Rootbeer hosts classic car shows. It’s the perfect backdrop for this classic, make-you-go-WOW Americana diner that serves giant burgers, baskets of fries and onion rings and perfectly-made milk shakes with all the toppings you could dream of.
Eat amazing noodles: In Seattle, we’re blessed with world-class noodle dishes inspired by many cultures, from the hand-pulled version to the hand-rolled ravioli. For instance, if you want biang noodles, check out XI’AN in the U District. For ramen, try Ooink in Capitol Hill. For pasta, try Pomodoro in Eastlake. And for dumplings, get the soup varities from Din Tai Fung in U Village. Menu planned.
Visit Beatwalk in Columbia city: The city’s south end neighborhood hosts a regular block party on the second Sunday of every month, with bands playing all around the community in various bars like Lottie’s, the Columbia City Theater and the Hummingbird. It makes you feel like you live in a city that always gets along.