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Seattle’s best places to cry in public, mapped

Go on; let it out

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We already know where to cry in public in New York, Boston, San Francisco, D.C., and Philly. But we have plenty to cry about up here in the top left corner, too. It’s a good thing that Seattle, known for its depressing weather, has plenty of spaces to let it all out—for those occasions that you don’t have time to run home and dive under a blanket.

Even better: While there are places to hide and weep throughout the city, plenty are concentrated in the downtown core, just in case you have a terrible workday or night on the town.

Some of these spots mask your sobs with waterfall sounds. Others provide a private respite within an otherwise public spot. But all of these are recommended by Curbed Seattle staff and readership for when you just need a moment.

Did we miss your favorite spot—one you don’t mind blowing up with other emotionally distressed Seattleites? Send us a tip.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Carkeek Park

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950 NW Carkeek Park Rd
Seattle, WA 98177
(206) 684-0877
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As you approach the beach in this massive North Seattle park, a small overpass looks out over the train tracks and the water—which, on a quieter day, makes great scenery for a sob.

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2. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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3015 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 780-2500
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Multiple readers recommended the Ballard Locks as a good place for a cry. “Plenty of water moving there,” said Steven Saunders on Twitter.

3. Woodland Park Rose Garden

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750 N 50th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2590
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What better backdrop for a dramatic emotional moment than beds of roses?

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4. University Village restrooms

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2623 NE University Village St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-0622
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The maze that is University Village is enough to tip anyone over the edge. It’s a good thing the bathrooms by the Bartell Drugs—with no code required—mimic the style popularized by the downtown Macy’s, with private stalls and sinks so you can splash water on your face without any questions asked.

5. Brandon Lee and Bruce Lee's Grave Site

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1554 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 322-1582
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Any of Seattle’s graveyards make a good crying spot, but the Lees’ gravesites, located in beautiful Lake View Cemetery by Volunteer Park, have an especially picturesque setting.

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6. Parsons Gardens

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650 W Highland Dr
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 684-4075
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This little hideaway garden has pretty views and not a lot of foot traffic—unless there’s a wedding, and then you can just pretend to be moved.

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7. Centennial Park Rose Garden

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2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 787-3000
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This rose garden provides a small respite from the rest of the park—”hidden by bushes and the trains cover the noise,” notes Dustin Akers—and if your sadness turns to rage, there’s a little exercise area nearby.

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8. International Fountain

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On a warm, sunny day, just sit close to the spray. Nobody will be the wiser.

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9. Myrtle Edwards Park

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3130 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 684-4075
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Strike out finding a spot at the rose garden? It’s easy to carve out a little bit of this park’s coastline for a little cry—just find a seat nestled among the rocks. Its little pockets of beach make for a good setting, too.

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10. Viretta Park

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151 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 684-4075
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Viretta Park is one of Seattle’s preferred spots for extremely sad tourists, best-known for the Kurt Cobain benches—which, despite being replaced recently, are kind of a makeshift memorial because they’re near what once was Cobain’s house. If you stop here for a sit-and-cry, you will likely be in good company.

11. Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

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500 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 628-2111
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The Macy’s bathroom, with its famous, ultra-private stalls, was a longtime favorite cry spot—but its conversion to office space threw a wrench in that.. It’s a good thing we still have Nordstrom. The third-floor ladies’ lounge or the bottom-floor men’s room are both decent spots.

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12. Madrona Park

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853 Lake Washington Blvd
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 684-4075
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While Madrona Park is best-known for the beachy area and adjacent lawn, a path takes visitors to more obscured lawns and waterfront benches. If you’re behind the wheel—remember, tear-soaked driving is distracted driving!—a bank of parking spots face the water, making it an ideal place to take a second with a Lake Washington view.

13. Freeway Park

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700 Seneca St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 684-4075
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Freeway Park is a great little retreat from downtown, and the famous brutalist waterfall is an ideal space to let it out—there’s plenty of seating, and the water helps mask the sound.

14. Seattle Art Museum

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1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100
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The stairs going up University Street by the Seattle Art Museum provide makeshift benches for a sit—and a water feature helps mask the sound.

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15. Central Library Spiral

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1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 386-4636
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There’s usually a place to tuck yourself away among the rows of books at the Central Library’s spiral.

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16. Washington State Ferries

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801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(888) 808-7977
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Crying on public transportation is a pastime for bus riders. But the sea air from the sun deck of a Washington State Ferry really complements a good cry.

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17. Waterfall Garden Park

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219 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6096

Conveniently located in Pioneer Square, this walled park is perfect for creating your own waterworks.

18. Seward Park

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5900 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4396
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With plenty of benches and water views, Seward Park is a close-to-ideal place to get lost in your feelings.

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19. Chief Sealth Trail

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Chief Sealth Trail
Seattle, WA

“A grassy hill south of Graham Street along the Chief Sealth Trail,” writes Graham on Twitter, recommending a good spot for a cry break. “Looking south you get Rainier on a clear day.”

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1. Carkeek Park

950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA 98177

As you approach the beach in this massive North Seattle park, a small overpass looks out over the train tracks and the water—which, on a quieter day, makes great scenery for a sob.

950 NW Carkeek Park Rd
Seattle, WA 98177

2. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Multiple readers recommended the Ballard Locks as a good place for a cry. “Plenty of water moving there,” said Steven Saunders on Twitter.

3015 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Woodland Park Rose Garden

750 N 50th St, Seattle, WA 98103

What better backdrop for a dramatic emotional moment than beds of roses?

750 N 50th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. University Village restrooms

2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105

The maze that is University Village is enough to tip anyone over the edge. It’s a good thing the bathrooms by the Bartell Drugs—with no code required—mimic the style popularized by the downtown Macy’s, with private stalls and sinks so you can splash water on your face without any questions asked.

2623 NE University Village St
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Brandon Lee and Bruce Lee's Grave Site

1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Any of Seattle’s graveyards make a good crying spot, but the Lees’ gravesites, located in beautiful Lake View Cemetery by Volunteer Park, have an especially picturesque setting.

1554 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Parsons Gardens

650 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119

This little hideaway garden has pretty views and not a lot of foot traffic—unless there’s a wedding, and then you can just pretend to be moved.

650 W Highland Dr
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Centennial Park Rose Garden

2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

This rose garden provides a small respite from the rest of the park—”hidden by bushes and the trains cover the noise,” notes Dustin Akers—and if your sadness turns to rage, there’s a little exercise area nearby.

2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

8. International Fountain

Seattle, WA 98109

On a warm, sunny day, just sit close to the spray. Nobody will be the wiser.

9. Myrtle Edwards Park

3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Strike out finding a spot at the rose garden? It’s easy to carve out a little bit of this park’s coastline for a little cry—just find a seat nestled among the rocks. Its little pockets of beach make for a good setting, too.

3130 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Viretta Park

151 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112

Viretta Park is one of Seattle’s preferred spots for extremely sad tourists, best-known for the Kurt Cobain benches—which, despite being replaced recently, are kind of a makeshift memorial because they’re near what once was Cobain’s house. If you stop here for a sit-and-cry, you will likely be in good company.

151 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112

11. Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

500 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

The Macy’s bathroom, with its famous, ultra-private stalls, was a longtime favorite cry spot—but its conversion to office space threw a wrench in that.. It’s a good thing we still have Nordstrom. The third-floor ladies’ lounge or the bottom-floor men’s room are both decent spots.

500 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Madrona Park

853 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA 98122

While Madrona Park is best-known for the beachy area and adjacent lawn, a path takes visitors to more obscured lawns and waterfront benches. If you’re behind the wheel—remember, tear-soaked driving is distracted driving!—a bank of parking spots face the water, making it an ideal place to take a second with a Lake Washington view.

853 Lake Washington Blvd
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Freeway Park

700 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101

Freeway Park is a great little retreat from downtown, and the famous brutalist waterfall is an ideal space to let it out—there’s plenty of seating, and the water helps mask the sound.

700 Seneca St
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

The stairs going up University Street by the Seattle Art Museum provide makeshift benches for a sit—and a water feature helps mask the sound.

1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

15. Central Library Spiral

1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

There’s usually a place to tuck yourself away among the rows of books at the Central Library’s spiral.

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

16. Washington State Ferries

801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Crying on public transportation is a pastime for bus riders. But the sea air from the sun deck of a Washington State Ferry really complements a good cry.

801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104

17. Waterfall Garden Park

219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Conveniently located in Pioneer Square, this walled park is perfect for creating your own waterworks.

219 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

18. Seward Park

5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118

With plenty of benches and water views, Seward Park is a close-to-ideal place to get lost in your feelings.

5900 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98118

19. Chief Sealth Trail

Chief Sealth Trail, Seattle, WA

“A grassy hill south of Graham Street along the Chief Sealth Trail,” writes Graham on Twitter, recommending a good spot for a cry break. “Looking south you get Rainier on a clear day.”

Chief Sealth Trail
Seattle, WA