While cities like Paris and New York usually get all the glory when it comes to innate romantic appeal, Seattle has plenty of its own romantic sparkle! When you know where to go, it's easy to find a romantic setting for a special moment in Seattle. From the waterfront to the forests and inside the city's chicest restaurants, Seattle has a lot off cozy spaces and lovely views to offer lovebirds.
Ferries have two main advantages for romance: water views and skyline views. You can walk onto the Bainbridge Island or Bremerton ferry or even take the West Seattle water taxi from the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Pier 52. Save this date idea for a day when the weather is fairly pleasant.
Volunteer Park is no mere patch of grass. It offers a number of potential places for a romantic moment. For the best view, climb the water tower and check out cityscape sprawling below you. This point is actually at a higher elevation than the top of the Space Needle!
For more great views, you could also have a seat in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Or take a walk to the Volunteer Park Conservatory, a historical glasshouse that happens to be a popular proposal spot and wedding venue.
On a clear spring day on the Campus of the University of Washington, Seattle's cherry blossom season brings a gentle breeze full of blush pink petals. The cherry blossom trees have been on the campus since 1962 and are planted on the Quad, which is a grassy area located between Miller Hall and Savery Hall. The season doesn't usually last longer than two weeks, so when you see the trees start to bud make your way to the campus as early as you can!
Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach is a swimming beach in the summer and offers clear views of downtown Seattle, some of the best around! On warm days, the beach is a bustling place filled with people playing in the sand, wading in the water, or walking and jogging on the adjacent trail. On cooler days, you might even find you have the beach all to yourselves.
Seattle has a number of high-end restaurants that set the stage for romance, but Canlis stands out with undeniable appeal and over 60 years of experience. Walking in, you’ll immediately know you’re someplace special from the warm-yet-stylish decor. The tall windows overlook Lake Union, so make a special request for a window seat when you make your reservation to maximize the romance factor when you're gazing down over the glittering lights below.
The Northwest is an outdoorsy kind of place and for romantics who are looking for a great hike (without leaving the city), there's no better choice than Discovery Park. With lots of tucked-away trails, overlooks with amazing views, and even a lighthouse on the beach, a romantic date here will be sure to win the heart of any nature-lover.
Bellevue Botanical Garden boasts 53 acres of botanical beauty, from picturesque gardens to wetlands and woodlands. In the summer months, there are even live performances which provide the perfect excuse to spend an evening out together. During winter, the garden is decked out in colored lights that manage to avoid the hokeyness of some Christmas displays and instead embraces the natural beauty of the flowers and scenery.
Yet another amazing park for romance, Washington Park Arboretum is a 230-acre botanical garden adjacent to the university. The park is large enough that finding a quiet moment with your significant someone will be no trouble at all. It's the perfect place for a picnic, but if you're really feeling adventurous you could also take a double-kayak for a romantic paddle around the lake. Seattle’s Japanese Garden is also in the park. It's not enormous, but it's still serene and romantic.
Once December comes around, Christmas light displays start to pop up all around the Puget Sound. Take your sweetheart out for hot chocolate and stroll the pathways of any of the beautiful displays, which can be found at the Woodland Park Zoo, Bellevue Botanical Garden, or Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. There's no better atmosphere for winter romance!