There's no place quite as glorious as Seattle in spring! If you're waiting impatiently for winter to end it's the perfect time to make plans for the warmer weather. Here are five senior friendly spring activities you can enjoy in and around Seattle, so start planning your next adventure now!
Whale watching is something that never grows old. Whether you've seen them before or are still looking forward to your first sight Seattle is the perfect place to spot whales. Humpback, orca, Pacific sound and minke whales all make their spring debuts in the Puget Sound and you can also enjoy bald eagles, otters, seals, and porpoises. Day trips are available as well as a Whale Center in Langley.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs for the entire month of April and features millions of tulips. A Washington tradition for 34 years, you'll be able to enjoy the fields of tulips more if you visit during the week when it's less crowded. Shuttle services run daily from downtown Seattle; check the website Event Calendar before planning your trip so you can add some special events to your day.
Farmers Markets are all over Seattle and spring is the perfect time to visit. With dozens of markets to choose from you can check the calendar to see which ones are open each day and what events are happening each week. While farmers are featured in the title some markets sell antiques, crafts, and an endless list of diverse items so you might want to plan to visit one a week whenever the weather permits.
University of Washington Quad Display
Cherry blossoms are breathtaking and the University of Washington quad display is one of the best. Featuring Yoshino trees that are around 100 years old, this is a popular attraction so you should plan on arriving early and during the middle of the week. The peak blooming time for 2019 is projected to be March 26 but you should check often in case the date changes. If you can't make it to the university you can also enjoy cherry blossoms throughout the city in parks and other public areas.
In Pioneer Square you'll find a Seattle secret: the Waterfall Garden Park. Most stunning in spring when the surrounding plants are in bloom, the 22 foot artificial waterfall can be enjoyed from nearby restaurants and is the perfect place to rest and regenerate while enjoying lunch or coffee as you wander the city and see the sights. In the heart of the Seattle Historic District, Pioneer Park is the oldest neighborhood in the city and home to many art shops, boutiques, and restaurants and is bordered by Chinatown and the waterfront.