The Olympic Sculpture Park is one of my favorite Seattle attractions because it offers stunning views of giant art against the backdrop of the Puget Sound, islands and and the Olympic mountains (when the skies are clear) – it’s also free and open every day of the year, which are two things you don’t hear very often. It’s an easy way to get a good dose of art and culture and lots of fresh air, and I take everyone here when they come to visit.
My favorite pieces from the permanent collection include the cloud wall, the Love & Loss mixed media installation, and of course the giant Eagle by Alexander Calder. There are chairs that match the red of the Eagle sculpture that are located near the amphitheater and underneath the sculpture itself so that you can sit and enjoy the view of the water. Turn around, and you’ll get a glimpse of the Space Needle behind you – and you’ll likely be able to watch a train rumble by as the park itself is built over/around the tracks.
The Sculpture Park is an easy walk from downtown or Queen Anne (we walked down after going to the Space Needle) and we walked along the waterfront on our way back to visit the library. There is a cafe and gift shop in the pavilion and also some rotating art exhibits. In the summer, the Sculpture Park plays host to a Farmer’s Market and the space can also be rented out for private events and receptions (for a pretty hefty price tag, I might add). But like I said before, the Sculpture Park is free, open 365 days a year and a must-visit when you’re in town!