13 Ways to Stay Cool in Seattle

When the weather heats up, Seattle has plenty of spots to chill out.

While Seattle isn’t known for hot weather, the summer months bring plenty of warm air and hot sunshine. Don’t worry—staying cool is easy and fun in this city.

Happy Hour

Soak up the sunshine while cooling off with a summery beverage at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, the new bar and restaurant at the Motif hotel in downtown Seattle. It’s got one of the best patios in town, and their drinks don’t disappoint. Try the Kaffir Lime Leaf Gimlet for a light, refreshing choice.

If you’re craving a quieter place to relax, try Tilth in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Their cozy patio is shaded and a perfect place to sit back and enjoy one of their lavender daiquiris. Pair it with the watermelon carpaccio from their happy hour menu.

If it’s seafood you’re after, stop by Seatown Seabar near Pike Place Market or Ponti Seafood Grill on the Ship Canal in Queen Anne. Some oysters on the half shell make a great contrast to a hot, summer day.

Bluebird Seattle

Sweet Treats

If a taste of something chilly is what you’re after, Seattle has plenty of delicious options. If you’re in Ballard, check out Cupcake Royale. Yup, the cupcake giant also has fantastic ice cream. Try the Red Velvet Cupcake Ice Cream, with chunks of Red Velvet cupcakes. Fremont is home to Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery—they recently reopened after installing a 1920s-era soda fountain. Get your ice cream treat in float form!

Don’t let the name fool you: Hot Cakes in Ballard also has cool treats. Mainly, “Boozy Shakes” like the Drunken Sailor with peanut butter, caramel and whiskey. Don’t worry, there are nonalcoholic shakes also.

For ice cream on the go, keep an eye open for the Parfait Ice Cream truck. Their artisan ice cream uses local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Flavors vary and include chocolate peanut butter cup, fleur de sel caramel, nectarines and cream and sorbets like pluot, pear and dark chocolate.

International Fountain at Seattle Center

Get Soaked

If you have little ones in tow (OK, maybe even if you don’t), there is no shortage of spots to play in the water. Head to West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, which in addition to the beach, has the saltwater Colman Pool, or visit the outdoor Lowery C. Mounger Pool in the Magnolia neighborhood.

If you’d rather get sprayed, check out the International Fountain at Seattle Center. Sit on the ledge around the top to stay dry and let the kids play in the water jets. Just a few blocks from the heart of Ballard, Ballard Commons Park has a splash pad and space to have a picnic. If you find yourself exploring South Lake Union, Lake Union Park has a splash pad just in front of the Museum of History & Industry. Watch all the activity on the lake while your kids cool off.