The piers are open and boats are sailing! Start your day on the waterfront with a walk or run. Starbucks opens at 6AM on Pier 55 (don’t miss the new gallery next door).
Spend time exploring, walking, whale watching, shopping, taking pictures, and eating. Catch the last ride of the day on the Seattle Great Wheel at 10PM (11PM on Fridays and Saturdays).
Seattle Aquarium hours are 9:30AM to 6:00PM daily (last entry at 5:00PM). Advance ticket purchase online is convenient – secure your time window and skip the line. For the best deal and unlimited visits year-round ($79), become a Seattle Aquarium member.
Between the start and end of May, Seattle day length will climb to nearly 15.4 hours of daylight per day. Let the good times roll!
Seattle professional sports teams playing in town (home games) this month:
- Kraken (hockey) – YES for playoffs!
- Seawolves (rugby) – YES
- Sounders FC (soccer) – YES
- Mariners (baseball) – YES
- OL Reign (soccer) – YES
- Storm (basketball) – YES
- Sea Dragons (football) – NO
- Seahawks (football) – NO
- Orcas (cricket) – NO
- Supersonics (basketball) – NO
Seattle Public Schools are in session all this month except for Memorial Day – Summer break will begin June 19. The next federal holiday after this month will be July 4! Here are some key holidays for your calendar in May:
- May 1 – Lei Day
- May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
- May 5 – Buddha Day
- May 12 – Native American Day
- May 12 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day
- May 14 – Mother’s Day
- May 15 – Peace Officers Memorial Day
- May 17 – Syttende May (Constitution Day) – Norway
- May 18 – Ascension Day
- May 20 – Armed Forces Day
- May 22 – National Maritime Day
- May 22 – Victoria Day (Canada)
- May 28 – Pentecost
- May 29 – Whit Monday
- May 30 – Memorial Day
- Find more May holidays and celebrations here and here and here.
Plan ahead: June is the start of summer break for most public schools.
Pier 62 peak season programs and activities have been announced!
The new public Pier 62 is bringing the people of Seattle together in one of the city’s most Instagrammable settings. Check out the activities and events happening in this amazing space on the water! Take in the 360 degree views of Seattle, the ferries, and the Olympics!
Cultural performances, classes, concerts, and community activities take place on Pier 62 year-round with activity levels reaching their peak during the summer months.
Seattle companies and public entities are hiring along the waterfront. Job and career opportunities are available with:
The Edgewater Hotel
Elliott’s Oyster House
Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Port of Seattle
Washington State Ferries
Should we add a link to your company’s job page? Let us know
Has the Starship Enterprise landed on Seattle's waterfront? No, that is the new Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion taking shape and looking good now that the scaffolding has come down. It is an engineering and intricate construction marvel. While you are here, don't miss the 1,200 purple allium flowers in bloom planted by Ellie between Union street and the Pike Market! ... See MoreSee Less
|Offsite & Team-building on the Waterfront|
Check out our list of Top 10 Corporate Offsite Meeting and Team Building Activities on Seattle's New Waterfront. Bring your team together, boost morale & motivation, inspire creativity, and reward a job well done along Dzidzilalich (Alaskan Way). Sailing, rides, museums, volunteering, dining, happy hour, and whale watching are just a few items on the menu. Get the skinny at seattlewaterfront.org/10-great-corporate-team-building-and-offsite-activities-on-the-seattle-wate... ... See MoreSee Less
|There she blows!|
Dolphins in Seattle. Is that a thing? Yes, absolutely. Well, porpoises to be exact. Our friends from Sailing Seattle (Pier 56) take locals and visitors sailing daily. They reported seeing pods of porpoises on most sails last week. May is one of the best months to go with Sailing Seattle. Their racing yachts lean over and rip along with as little as 6-8 MPH wind. If you see the wind at 10-12 MPH, then run down to Pier 56 for the next departure:-) Sunset cruises are the most popular. Reserve your spot onboard up to two weeks in advance at sailingseattle.com/
These ocean-going vessels are also available for groups and off-site corporate meetings and team-building activities. ... See MoreSee Less
|Take a Ride on a New Road|
It's rare for a new, major road to open in Seattle, especially one that has never existed before. We could not resist recording the ride and pointing out some sights along the way like the Edgewater Hotel, the Cruise Ship Terminal, Anthony's Pier 66, and Seattle's Tall Ship. Going between Seattle's waterfront and Belltown has never been easier! ... See MoreSee Less
|New Belltown Waterfront Connection|
Today marks the day that Elliott Way opens to traffic! This means that drivers can get from Seattle's waterfront to Belltown without waiting for long cargo trains to pass. The new road comes with a wide, easily accessible sidewalk for pedestrians. Please note that while the Lenora Street connection is open again, it's stairs only for now - the elevator will reopen soon. Read all about it at
sdotblog.seattle.gov/2023/04/27/waterfront-to-belltown-connection/ ... See MoreSee Less
|Whale of a Deal|
Almost everyone loves whales and a good deal. Clipper Vacations is offering you both in one shot! Enjoy Seattle’s only half-day whale watching tour straight from Pier 69 with an onboard naturalist to point out transient orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, and other local sea life! Save 25% on your tour when you book by May 9th and use promo code WHALESALE23. Good for tours between May 12 and October 8. Details at www.clippervacations.com/whale-watching/ ... See MoreSee Less