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Getting to know Seattle

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Welcome to Seattle!

We are so excited to have you here! From beautiful parks and beaches to museums and art galleries, Seattle is an amazing place to live. Check out some of our favorite things to do around the city!

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Seattle has no shortage of fun events happening all around the city, here are our suggestions of accounts to follow to stay in the know.

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City Year benefit highlight! City Year Seattle Provides all AmeriCorps members with an ORCA card, which allows you to get around town for FREE! Additionally, AmeriCorps members are eligible for SNAP benefits. The EBT Quest Card is mainly used for food but has additional benefits like discounted access to museums!


Museums for all

Seattle is home to a fun collection of museums to explore. With your EBT Quest Card, all of the museums below are discounted or free! We’ve added a star next to some of our favorite spots.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum

  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Burke Museum
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Henry Art Gallery
  • Museum of Flight
  • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
  • Museum of Pop Culture*
  • National Nordic Museum
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Art Museum*
  • Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience*


Outdoor activities

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It’s no secret Seattle is a beautiful place to live. We’re surrounded by nature; it’s something that makes Seattle special. Here are some of our favorite parks, beaches and hikes in the area.

Fun fact: Did you know REI was founded in Seattle? You can check out the massive REI in downtown Seattle where you can rent gear, get your bike fixed and even go rock climbing.


Quick tip! Looking for a good hike or trail in the area? Check out the AllTrails app, where you’ll be able to sort by difficulty, distance and comments from recent hikers.


  • Discovery Park**
  • Gas Works Park
  • Kerry Park
  • Seward Park
  • Kubota Garden
  • Mount Baker Beach
  • Jefferson Park
  • Bellevue Botanical Garden
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Magnuson Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • The University of Washington Arboretum


  • Alki Beach (rent kayaks and paddle boards)
  • Carkeek Park
  • Discovery Park**
  • Lake Washington
  • Seahurst Park


  • Cougar Mountain**
  • Discovery Park**
  • Issaquah Alps Trails**
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascade National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Poo Poo Point**
  • Rattlesnake Ledge**

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Quick tip! If you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive, plan your hiking adventure with Seattle Metro’s Trailhead Direct Program!

Snow sports

  • Cross country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Sledding
  • Snoqualmie Pass**
  • Tubing

**Locations that are less than an hour from Seattle.

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