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Things to do near sea-tac airport

Explore our favorite Seattle attractions, landmarks and events

If you’re flying in or out of Sea-Tac Airport, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more convenient place to stay than Coast Gateway Hotel. We hope you’ll have a chance to get out and explore the area while you’re here, though! 

There’s lots to do, see and experience in Seattle, from iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market to natural attractions including Angle Lake Park and the Des Moines Creek Trail. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll discover a full event calendar; check out the Holiday Bazaar in the wintertime, Poverty Bay Wine Festival in March or the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, which runs throughout the summer.

We’ve included some of our favorite things to do in and around town. Let us know if you’d like more information!


Interior of Sea-Tac Airport

Sea-Tac International Airport

Distance from Hotel: 1 Mile

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport serves over 50 million passengers per year, and is just one mile from our hotel. Take advantage of our 24-hour complimentary shuttle.

Exterior of Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Distance from Hotel: 15 Miles

SAM features both historic and contemporary pieces, and is one of the region's foremost art destinations.

Seattle Space Needle with sunset in background

Seattle Space Needle

Distance from Hotel: 15 Miles

A city landmark and an icon of Seattle, the Space Needle is a can't-miss attraction. Scale the tower’s 832 open-air stairs and take in incredible views of the downtown skyline.

Pike Market Place at night during Christmas time

Pike Place Market

Distance from Hotel: 13 Miles

Pike Place market has been in operation for over 100 years. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront and features fish, crafts and so much more - all from local artisans and farmers.

Exterior of Museum of Pop Culture

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Distance from Hotel: 15 Miles

Dedicated to contemporary pop culture, this museum was originally called the Experience Music Project and was founded in 2000.

Interior of Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Distance from Hotel: 15 Miles

Named in honor of artist Dale Chihuly, this exhibition celebrates his work with eight different galleries, as well as a glass house and a garden.

Interior of the Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

Distance from Hotel: 6 Miles

Home to one of the country's largest air and space collections, this museum is located at King County International Airport - Boeing Field, just a few miles from our hotel.

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Angle Lake Park

Distance from Hotel: 1 Mile

This 10-acre park is perched on the lake and offers everything you need for a relaxed summer day. Swim, boat and fish!


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Community Kitchen Nights

Explore the world through food! In partnership with Food Innovation Network (FIN), Community Kitchen Nights showcases global cuisine.

Easter Egg Hunt

Kids will have a blast at this annual holiday event, where they'll hunt for eggs and treats.

American flags

Family Fourth of July

Presented by the City of SeaTac, this festive event celebrates Independence Day with a host of fun activities.

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SeaTac Kids Fest

Treat the family to a day of entertainment, including face painting, crafts, bouncy castles and much more. Stay for an evening movie, too!

Painting with bright blues, oranges and whites

Fine Art Exhibit

Discover the area's most promising artistic talent at this fine art exhibit, which offers a range of pieces - all of which are for sale.

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Holiday Bazaar

Kick off the festive season at this fun bazaar, when 80 vendors ply their wares. There's also a raffle, gift baskets and a café where you can buy lunch.

Farmer's market with carrots, beets and fresh vegetables

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

Founded in 2006, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market is held every Saturday during the warmer months.

Red ornament on Christmas tree

Tree Lighting Festival

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting and Festival Fun night. There will be crafts, live entertainment, and of course, Santa!

Red wine bottle on wood table

Poverty Bay Wine Festival

Get to know local winemakers and sip vintages from nearly two dozen of the state's finest wineries at this fun festival.

Daughter in stroller playing and laughing with father

Waterland Festival in Des Moines

Held in the middle of summer, this fantastic festival includes a 5K walk/run and a parade, plus a carnival for the kids, a farmer's market and a car show.

Washington’s Strongest Apple

Hosted at the Des Moines Marina every summer, this strongman contest features events including a “keg load” and is open to men and women.

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Poverty Bay Blues and Brews

For the perfect combo of blues and beer, head to this summertime festival. Listen to some of the region's best blues performers in the open air while you sip a cold drink.

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