There are parks galore, running the gamut from picture-perfect perches like Kerry Park (211 W Highland Dr; seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/kerry-park) to a 20-acre Japanese landscape filled with native plants at Kubota Garden (9817 55th Ave S; kubotagarden.org). Discovery Park (3801 Discovery Park Blvd; seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-park), the city’s largest park at 534 acres, never disappoints with miles of trails and a gorgeous shoreline complete with views of the Olympic Mountains.
The Center for Wooden Boats (*1010 Valley St; cwb.org) offers free public sailings every Sunday. Show up at the Lake Union boathouse at 10am to snag a spot on one of the vessels. Volunteer skippers take guests out on all kinds of craft, from steamboats to sailboats.
For artsy pursuits, Frye Art Museum (*704 Terry Ave; fryemuseum.org) in Capitol Hill is always free. The collection includes a variety of lovely paintings from the 19th century and beyond. At the University of Washington, the on-campus Henry Art Gallery (*4100 15th Ave NE; henryart.org) is a steal at $10 for access to a vibrant collection, including James Turrell’s meditative space Light Reign.