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Adventurous Activities to Upgrade Your Seattle Summer

The Space Needle. Pike Place Market. A ferry ride. All perfectly lovely things to experience this summer in Seattle.

The problem is that they’re a little ho-hum.

This summer, why not try something more adventurous? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most diverse destinations, day-trips and attractions, from the wild to the wacky, all within an hour’s drive of the Seattle area. Try one of these and instantly upgrade your summer.

Seattle summer adventures & day-trips

  • Adventura Adventure Park

    Adrenaline junkies will be in heaven in this aerial playground, suspended 40 feet off the ground. Go at your own pace as you leap from platforms, swing on ropes (bonus points if you nail the Tarzan yell) and ride the zip line down. If you can’t complete the course, don’t worry – you’re not alone. And you can always drown your sorrows at one of Woodinville’s many wineries.

  • ProFormance Racing School

    You probably learned defensive driving during driver’s ed. Be prepared to leave that in the dust as you develop street survival skills and skid control. This school is bring-your-own-car, but if you prefer, you can rent a Mini Cooper, Mazda MX-5 or Lotus Elite (we vote Lotus).

  • Tacoma Glassblowing Studio

    Watch artisans create vases with undulating curves, scintillating pendant lights, and sculptures with hard-to-comprehend angles. The work here is dangerous, dazzling and downright mesmerizing. If you can take the heat, try a glassblowing class.

  • Reptile Zoo in Monroe

    Feel a snake’s scaly skin at this hands-on zoo, which focuses on education and conservation. Although you probably can’t pet the deadly black mamba, you can watch it and other carnivores feed on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Outback Kangaroo Farm

    Like animals, but reptiles not your thing? Visit with kangaroos, wallabies and peacocks. The farm may be a bit of a drive in Arlington, but it’s definitely closer than Australia … and how can you turn down the opportunity to pet a marsupial?

  • Seattle Pinball Museum

    Self-described as an “interactive display of kinetic art,” this museum features free-play with more than 50 machines. Just try not to tilt the games in the midst of the excitement – some are more than 80 years old! Buy a local craft beer while you’re there, and don’t worry about having to play one-handed … each game has a cup holder.

  • Emerald City Trapeze and School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

    Did you know that Seattle has not just one but two circus schools? Indulge in your Cirque du Soleil fantasies as you learn to fly, juggle or tumble from the pros.

  • George Kenny’s Chainsaw Carving School in Allyn

    Learn how to carve wood. With a chainsaw. ‘nuff said.

No matter what you do this summer, make it a memorable one! Leave a note with your favorite Seattle adventure in the comments.