Visitors to Seattle relish its cruises, majestic mountains, exciting food, wine tastings, wildlife, and more, which is why it is an ideal Valentine’s Day destination.
How can we forget the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?
Young and old couples, visitors, and locals alike enjoy spending their Valentine’s Day in Seattle and its surroundings.
If you adore your sweetheart (and we don’t doubt it!), you’ll want to spoil them with all the romantic surprises Seattle has to offer.
Plan ahead of time, for many lovers will be flocking to this city to celebrate the most romantic day of the year – 14 February 2023.
Table of contents
- Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Seattle
- Visit Mount Rainier on a day tour
- Go on a guided food tour
- Romance on the upper deck of a cruise
- Explore Seattle’s highlights
- Take a seaplane flight over Seattle
- Go on a private sailing adventure
- Visit the Boeing factory
- Admire Snoqualmie falls & taste wine
- Go on a day’s tour to Leavenworth
- See the city from Skyview Observatory
- Pub hop and listen to ghost stories
- Visit Olympic National Park
- See wildlife in Woodland Park Zoo
- Seattle CityPass for more attractions and savings
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Seattle
Here are our recommended 13 romantic things to do during your Valentine’s Day week in Seattle.
You only need to bring your boyfriend or girlfriend along.
Visit Mount Rainier on a day tour
Most people spend months, if not years, admiring Mt Rainier from the city of Seattle and never visiting.
If you are one of them, this Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try and get closer to the majestic mountain, the highest peak in the state of Washington.
There are different kinds of tours to Mt Rainier, and whichever you choose, it is bound to be a romantic day trip from Seattle.
|Day Trip from Seattle to Mt Rainier||$150|
|Small group tour to Mt Rainier||$210|
|Seaplane tour of Mt Rainier||$325|
|Hike of Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting||$260|
|Private tour of Mt Rainier in SUV||$390|
Go on a guided food tour
Elders have said, “The way to his heart is through his stomach,” and the same can be said for the way to her heart as well.
That is why one of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 in Seattle is to go on a food tour to Pike Place Market.
It is the city’s most famous landmark, and on tour, a local food expert helps you experience the food and culture of the city.
You will experience different types of tastings – fresh produce, crab cakes, local coffee, doughnuts, pastries, and a lot more.
|Pike Place Market Food Tour||$62|
|Early access Pike Place Market Food Tour||$76|
|Seattle’s Only Underground Donut Tour||$30|
Romance on the upper deck of a cruise
The Seattle Harbour Cruise happens on a ship with an enclosed lower deck and a romantic open upper sun deck.
Couples in love head to the upper deck to hold hands and take in the sights and sounds of Seattle from Elliot Bay and Seattle Harbor.
During this narrated cruise, you also see spectacular panoramic views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt. Rainier.
You can purchase food and beverages on board the ship.
If you prefer a private cruise, check out the one-hour Seattle Sightseeing Cocktail Cruise. The cruise happens on Lake Union, and the skipper/bartender mixes drinks for you between steering the ship.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, we recommend the guided boat tour in Gig Harbor and Narrows Bridges.
Explore Seattle’s highlights
It is lovely to sit side by side in a bus for a few hours and explore a new place. Or, if you are a local, see your city in a new light.
And that’s what we recommend for your Valentine’s Day 2023 celebration in Seattle.
A local guide narrates even as you sit in a roomy minibus with no more than 14 guests and discover the sights of Seattle over three hours.
If you want to make it a half-day event, check out the tour of Seattle, which includes the Snoqualmie Falls.
Want to know what’s under Seattle? Check out the popular underground walking tour.
Take a seaplane flight over Seattle
This 20-minute seaplane flight over Seattle is an extra-special experience ideal for couples in love.
You take off from Lake Washington and glide over Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound, even as you listen to the pilot’s narration.
Numerous departure times are available throughout the day.
The seaplane flight over Seattle takes off from two places – from Lake Washinton in Renton and central Seattle.
Go on a private sailing adventure
Nothing compares to spending time with the person you love and feeling like a millionaire.
This Valentine’s Day, sail the seas around Seattle on a private, 3-hour adventure to Puget Sound.
You meet the Captain at Shilshole Bay Marina and get an overview of the S/V Kingsley sailboat and the adventure that awaits.
As the boat sets sail for Puget Sound, you and your boyfriend (or girlfriend) can help the captain and learn how to sail.
Or you both can sit back and enjoy the incredible view.
Besides the stunning downtown Seattle skyline, you also get to see Mount Rainier rising over 14,000 feet in the distance.
Along the way, look for marine wildlife like seals, sea lions, porpoises, and, if you are lucky, even a whale.
Visit the Boeing factory
This 4.5-hour tour to the Boeing Factory starts when you and your lover get picked up from your hotel at 9.30 am.
During the tour, you get a behind-the-scenes look at airplane design and manufacturing and also visit Future of Flight Aviation Center.
If your partner is a curious person, they will love to watch the factory floor and flight line from above, tour a 787’s flight deck and then use a simulator to design and test their own airplane.
Admire Snoqualmie falls & taste wine
If you only find romance away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we recommend the Snoqualmie falls & wine tasting tour.
On this winery trip from Seattle, you will discover the splendor of Snoqualmie Falls.
You will also visit an independent, family-run winery as well as the beloved, world-class Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of the region’s most acclaimed wineries.
With beautiful scenery and wine tasting, it will be a romantic trip both of you are sure to remember forever.
Go on a day’s tour to Leavenworth
If your spouse loves mountains, it may be a good idea to go on a memorable day trip through the Cascade Mountains.
Your guide will also be driving your vehicle, and after picking you up from your hotel, you will be on your way.
The vehicle will climb Stevens Pass, motor alongside the Skykomish River, and you will see fantastic views of Bridal Veil Falls and Deception Falls en route to Leavenworth.
Once you arrive at the Bavarian town, you will have two hours to lunch and explore its wine shops and art galleries.
Then you continue over Blewett Pass, explore an old gold mining town, check out Snoqualmie Falls and head back home.
If you find peace and tranquility in the mountains, we recommend visiting Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is a guided, full-day, small-group tour from Seattle, and you also get a picnic lunch, snacks, and beverages.
See the city from Skyview Observatory
When you visit the Skyview Observatory, the lift takes you to the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center in 70 seconds flat.
From the massive glass windows of the observation deck, you fully appreciate the city in all directions.
And looming above the city, you see the majestic mountains – Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Baker.
To increase the romance quotient, be at the observatory after dark – with all its lights on, Seattle is glittering below, and with fewer people, you get some privacy.
After taking in the sights, you can sip on a refreshing beverage in one of the most scenic cafe bars in the world.
Pub hop and listen to ghost stories
The Seattle Ghost and Pub Walking Tour is just perfect if you have already planned something romantic for the day and are looking for a wild adventure for the night.
During this 21+ years only tour, you will explore the fascinating history of Seattle and hear many creepy haunted stories.
Then your costumed guide will take you to three different bars, where the spooky stories will continue.
Visit Olympic National Park
If you want to spend a private, passionate Valentine’s Day 2023 with your loved one, visiting the Olympic National Park is better.
A luxury vehicle picks you from your hotel, and you are on your way to experience the beauty of the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.
You will explore this stunning wilderness park on a series of nature walks led by a naturalist ranger.
You will wander through some of the country’s oldest woods and beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains.
A light breakfast and gourmet picnic lunch are also part of the experience.
See wildlife in Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is the ideal place for a couple that prefers a quiet celebration.
It is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and receives more than 1.5 million visitors annually.
Seattle’s most popular wildlife attraction spans 92 acres and houses more than 1,100 animals from different habitats and geographic locations.
If your partner loves wildlife, plan this in as a quick 2-hour outing.
Seattle CityPass for more attractions and savings
What can be more romantic than not worrying about the cost and roaming around Seattle freely?
Imaginative romantic couples go for a Discount Pass, which helps them get more out of less during Valentine’s Day in Seattle.
The Seattle Pass helps both tourists and locals see must-see attractions and yet save lots of money.
The Pass lets you visit Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium for free. And you get admission to three more of your choice from Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Woodland Park Zoo, or Chihuly Garden and Glass.
So how do you and your love plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 in Seattle?
Book ahead before your options run out – after all, it is yet another way of showing that you care.
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