Hammering Man at Seattle Art Museum
Back-to-school sales are a sure sign of one thing in the Pacific Northwest – a few more weeks to get outdoors and play in the sun! If you’re done getting out-of-town and still looking for a bit of active, healthy fun, look no further than the streets of your own backyard downtown Seattle.
With miles of waterfront views, plus arts and culture on every block it’s easy to set-up a day of walking, rolling or running your way through the city for a great downtown workout, just steps away from Studio Jacks.
We love it when our Pilates clients and downtown neighbors get out and exercise in any way! So, follow these free self-guided tours (plus one guided) for a world-class excursion before summer’s end and let us know which is your favorite!
::1:: SmArt Walk – Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park (guide link)
A walk through this park gets you up close and intimate with super-sized art installations, then goes beyond to surround you in quintessential views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains beyond. A visitor’s pavilion offers refreshments, restrooms and interactive activities. Covered bicycle parking is available in the garage and the park is also wheelchair and stroller accessible, so the entire family can make a day at the park. With plenty of lawn and beach access (the only beach access in downtown Seattle) you can also bring a picnic and enjoy dining al fresco after your workout.
Be prepared and download this Map & Guide before heading out.
::2:: Stroll Beyond Art – Myrtle Edwards Park / Fisherman’s Pier (guide link)
If you want to take your visit to the sculpture park a little bit further, just continue your walk down through Myrtle Edwards Park. A 1.25 mile trail follows the shoreline with fantastic views of Elliott Bay, and is great for running. Along the way you’ll also find the Terminal 86 Public Fishing Pier, with a small refreshment stand, restrooms and ADA access. Summer is squid season! And, with a built in cleaning station at the publicly accessible pier you’re all set to go on a tasty adventure!
This trail is also suitable for biking, with separate pedestrian and bike paths so everyone can get a safe workout. If you have the urge to get out of downtown proper, the trail continues for more than 5 miles and will take you to Magnolia, Ballard and beyond for an extra dose of sweat.
::3:: Farm Fit Downtown – Walk the Pike Place Market – Self-Guided Tour (map link)
The Pike Place Market is loaded with historical points and quizzical oddities. Even Seattle natives could use this tour to gain an insider’s view of the names and faces that built our city and continue to color it today. Plus, for the super-fit-tour enthusiasts, the market offers several stairs and hill climbs that could also be used as training for an Olympic sport. (Go up and down a couple of times for super strong legs and calorie burn. Alternatively, elevators are available for the less adventurous.) Download this map for reference before heading down to the market.
::4:: History Hike – Pioneer Square – Self-Guided Tour (map link)
While winding through the triangular intersections, alleys and parks of Pioneer Square you’ll find out why there is a “Seattle Underground” and the origins of the saying “Skid Road.” Follow this map through 17 historic points and you’ll be able to lead the pack the next time visitors come to town. This is an easy, level walk for a mellow work-out day.
::5:: ShopWalk – International District – Self-Guided Tour (map link)
Bordering the southeast edge of downtown Seattle, this short tour offers great tastes along with the scenery. Known as the “International District”, Seattle’s asian focused neighborhood combines cultures of China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and more. This tour is also great for the exercisers who want to sprinkle in a little shopping and take short sidesteps from the route to pick up unique gifts, furnishings and foods from the many shops along the way.
::6:: Rattle and Hum Walk – Downtown Coffee Crawl (site link) (Cost $25)
If you’ve just moved into downtown Seattle this is a must-do tour! What better way to get immersed in the coffee culture and absorb some bean-lore and technical tips for coffee tasting. The organizing group, Seattle By Foot, offers fun and informative casual group tours. So, you might make some new friends too! For the $25 fee you get a tour-guide and coffee tastings. What a great way to see downtown without managing the traffic!