Seattle’s newest attraction, the Seattle Selfie Museum, is dedicated to capturing the perfect selfie behind colorful backdrops and props, but the name itself is actually a contradiction – nothing in the museum is specific to our beautiful Emerald City, and it certainly isn’t a museum in the traditional sense.
And as fun as rolling around in ball pits, the $ 29 entry fee ($ 34 on the weekend!) Is a tad pricey to relive that childhood glory AND grapple with the hordes of influencers have to.
Because with a breathtaking view of two mountain ranges, many hidden parks and the blue waters of Puget Sound, Seattle offers many natural beauties that make the perfect backdrop for a good photo (or selfie!). Read on and click through the slideshow above to see the best spots in town for photo ops with no entrance fees.
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1. Bell Street Pier roof terrace: Take in dramatic views of the downtown skyline from the historic waterfront Pier 66, also known as Bell Street Pier. Pier 66 became the city’s first pier when it opened at the foot of Blanchard and Bell Streets in 1914.
2. Gasworks park: It’s the city’s classic photo destination, but the view over South Lake Union is unbeatable. Walk a few hours before the sun disappears behind Queen Anne and snap some golden hour photos.
3. West Point lighthouse: With lots of driftwood to climb and the stormy Puget Sound in the background, this landmark in Discovery Park is perfect for beach shots that demonstrate the diversity of our region’s landscape.
4th Henry Murals: The work of prolific Seattle wall painter Ryan Henry Ward, the psychedelically colorful, big-eyed animals can be found on the sides of buildings across the city. You can find locations around Seattle here.
5. Parsons Gardens: The beautiful greenery and blooming flowers of this small public park make it ideal for a sunny day. Parsons Garden was a gift to the city from Reginald H. Parsons’ family in 1956, and the picturesque Queen Anne oasis is often used for ceremonies.
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6. Kerry Park: A well-known viewpoint on Queen Anne, Kerry Park has the whole package of the city: the snow-capped mountains, the deep blue colors of Puget Sound and the ever-changing city skyline.
7th Seacrest Park: West Seattle Pier overlooks the downtown skyline from the opposite side, always capturing the capricious weather over the city. At sunset, the sun reflects off the mirrored buildings for a gorgeous golden effect, and at night the city lights reflect off the water for an enchanting backdrop.
8th. Japanese garden: Winding paths, blooming flowers, and koi fish make this urban sanctuary in the Washington Park Arboretum a beautiful photo destination any time of the year.
9. Union Station: Union Station, one of Seattle’s most underrated attractions, has an old-world feel, high arched ceilings, and warm lighting. The station was built in 1911 by the architect Daniel J. Patterson in Beaux Arts style.
10. Kubota garden: Beautiful Japanese architecture with peaceful streams, idyllic waterfalls and ponds in this hidden gem of a park that holds a rich history for the Japanese community in Seattle. The high arched moon bridge makes for a photo op that is both serene and romantic, and seasonal colors can always be captured.
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11. Seattle Public Library: Okay, we’re not saying you should take pictures in a place designed for reading, but the modern architecture of the Seattle Public Library gives it a unique, almost futuristic look with natural light and lots of angles.
12. Seward Park: Seward Park is located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Washington and offers the best views of the mountain. Rainier. The park’s old forests also make for beautiful nature photos.
13. Rubber wall: You guessed it! Right in front of the new Selfie Museum on Post Alley, the bright colors of the legendary Gum Wall make a great backdrop for bizarre, funny photos. Get a picture of yourself blowing up a giant bubble or hanging your own chewing gum on the wall.
14th Ferry deck: Okay, this one isn’t technically free, but you can get some of the best views of the city from the deck of our ferry system.
15th Amazon Spheres: The futuristic look, natural light, and foliage of over 40,000 plants make Amazon HQ a great place for a photo.