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Stoned in Seattle: 20 fun places to go when you’re high

Whether you want to veg out or get weird, we’ve got you covered

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Have you ever visited Seattle... on weed? We live in a beautiful city with plenty of fun things to do, and a ton of interesting things to stare at, after consuming your purchases from one of Seattle’s finest recreational cannabis stores. Weird art? We’ve got it. Cuddly kittens? Yup. Sensory deprivation? Of course.

Just remember, Legal Cannabis Purchasers of the Greater Seattle Area: It's technically "unlawful to open a package containing marijuana...in view of the general public." In other words, you’re still not supposed to bust out your stash just anywhere. Also, if you do venture out, just remember not to drive there. Transit is plentiful to all of these locations.

Whatever subtlety you decide to employ (or not employ) as you get high, if you want to get out and about afterwards, these 20 options should get you started. We commend you for getting off the couch.

Need more ideas? Try any of these Seattle-area arcades.

Just want some cheap food to shovel in your mouth? Our colleagues at Eater Seattle have you covered. (Also, tacos. Also, barbecue.)

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1. Scarecrow Video

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5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 524-8554
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Browsing the stacks at this video store is an activity on its own. The now-nonprofit shop has more than 130,000 titles, including rarities that are hard to find anywhere, much less on any of your streaming subscriptions. But it’s also a great spot for finding the perfect, weirdo entertainment to bring home for a night in. Alternatively, you can stick around and watch something in their screening room.

2. Archie McPhee

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1300 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0240
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For newer transplants: You know that brand Accoutrements? The one that makes the crazy cat lady action figure and other novelty gifts common at your office gift exchange? That all started here in Seattle at Archie McPhee, who has been serving up silly at its brick-and-mortar location here in 1983. If you have the giggles, why not peruse some novelty items, prank supplies, and—we kid you not—the Rubber Chicken Museum?

3. Seattle Meowtropolitan

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1225 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-2330
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Eating pastries, drinking tea, and hanging out with cats are all A+ stoner activities. Meowtropolitan combines all three. Those south of the Ship Canal that want a similar experience can hit up Neko on Pine Street.

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4. Add-a-Ball Arcade

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315 N 36th St #2B
Seattle, WA

If you want that arcade experience but without any kiddos allowed inside, Add-a-Ball is a solid choice (although you certainly have options). They have tons of vintage cabinets in addition to pinball machines. If you’re looking to get weird, they also serve shots of Mad Dog 20/20 so you can relive whatever terrible glory days saw you drinking fortified wine without committing to a whole bottle.

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5. The Fremont Troll

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Fremont Way N
Seattle, WA
(206) 547-7440
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Plenty of people visit the Troll to take photos and climb all over him. What he really wants is to connect with another living thing. So stand in front of him, stare into his sparkly eye, and make a soul connection.

6. Gas Works Park

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2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Find a cozy spot on the grass and spend your day staring out on the skyline, Lake Union's boat traffic and people-watching all around you. While the gas works themselves are cool (and historic!), whatever your brain tells you, do not go over the fences. You will get tetanus.

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7. MoPOP

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325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 770-2700
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Start by staring at that shiny Frank Gehry design outside. Then head inside, find a mixing booth, crank up the beats, and ignore the swath of children inevitably lined up outside.

8. Chihuly Garden and Glass

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305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA
(206) 753-4940
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Bright colors, absurdist ceiling designs, reflective surfaces, and rainbows everywhere. The opinion on the Seattle version of the Chihuly museum is pretty split among current and former Curbed Seattle editors, but if this place wasn't made for stoners, then who is it for?

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9. Pacific Science Center

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200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 443-2001
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Take your pick: Watch a movie on the massive IMAX screen or step things up a notch with the Laser Dome or Planetarium. Laser Pink Floyd, Laser Daft Punk or Laser Michael Jackson? Why laser choose? There's also an onsite cafe for your munchie needs and, of course, the motion-sensing dinosaur room. Activities aside, it’s a stunning example of the 1960s futurist architecture that came with the Century 21 Exposition.

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10. Olympic Sculpture Park

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2901 Western Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 654-3100
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There is currently a massive 46-foot head on display, not to mention a whole lot of public art that’s weird, interactive, or both. How is this not the place to lose yourself for seven hours? If you get too overwhelmed here, take a breather from the art and go dip your toes in the water.

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11. Big Picture

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2505 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 256-0566
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“Seeing a movie high,” you say. “How original.” But here’s the deal: The popcorn is extra-deluxe, with both white cheddar and truffle topping options. Cocktails, which can be ordered in advance and delivered to your seat, are delicious. And when you reserve your seat at the theater, you can opt for a seat in the front with an ottoman for resting your feet on. It’s basically like an extra-bourgie version of watching a movie at home, only you don’t feel like a total couch potato afterwards.

12. Seattle Aquarium

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1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA
(206) 386-4300
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A little too freaked out by the Curiosity Shop (below)? Go calm down by staring at some river otters. It is impossible to not feel a deep sense of calm when observing an otter, and that is doubly true when stoned.

If you’re feeling too broke to go to the aquarium, you can always stay home and watch the otter cam.

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13. Frye Art Museum

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704 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250
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This museum is maybe the best value for your admission in Seattle—it has an incredible art collection that’s free to explore. Explore Freeway Park beforehand and stop by the museum cafe for a grilled cheese after.

14. Seattle Public Library central branch

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1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 386-4636
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The downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library has a spacey design by Rem Koolhaas—so when you’re not being bathed in light (or getting a great view of the rain) through windows that look like the cover of The Who’s Tommy, you’re in a colorful back hallway that feels like a spaceship. Integrated soft seating is equally weird and colorful. Plus: There are infinite things to see, and it’s all free. You pretty much can’t go wrong.

15. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

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1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA
(206) 682-5844
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If you’re into the weird and morbid, there’s a whole menagerie of preserved animals with extra parts—including a pig with eight legs and three eyes—along the back wall of this waterfront icon. If you’re not, it has one of those fortune-telling machines and a mutoscope, too. It’s touristy, yes, but it’s also freaky.

16. Water Taxi

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801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104

Want to take a boat ride, but don’t want to stray too far from home—and don’t want to have to operate heavy machinery while under the influence? Let the Water Taxi be your designated driver from the downtown waterfront to either the beautiful beaches of Alki or to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal.

17. Dockside Cannabis Museum

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1728 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA
(206) 223-3724
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In addition to being one of our cooler local dispensaries, Dockside’s Sodo location operates a small museum featuring prohibition-era cannabis apothecary items.

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18. Full Tilt Ice Cream

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9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 767-4811
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Full Tilt combines ice cream, pinball, art, and live music—plus a small selection of beer. It’s basically a stoner dream. Their flagship is in White Center, but they also have locations in Columbia City, Ballard, Capitol Hill, and the University District.

19. Southgate Roller Rink

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9646 17th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 707-6949
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As long as you’re not overly baked, getting on some roller skates can be an incredible experience. Southgate runs adults-only nights with a bar, so you don’t have to worry about mowing down children as you get your sea legs. The DJ takes requests—or go on the second Wednesday of the month for skate-a-roke. Sometimes they have bands play here, too.

Just, you know, be careful. If you’re feeling too impaired to skate, they also have lots of seating so you can just chill, have your beverage of choice, and watch all the incredible outfits roll by.

20. Kubota Garden

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9817 55th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-5060
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Looking for a more contemplative experience? This free Japanese-style garden in the Rainier Valley features 20 acres of paths and Northwest plants.

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1. Scarecrow Video

5030 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Browsing the stacks at this video store is an activity on its own. The now-nonprofit shop has more than 130,000 titles, including rarities that are hard to find anywhere, much less on any of your streaming subscriptions. But it’s also a great spot for finding the perfect, weirdo entertainment to bring home for a night in. Alternatively, you can stick around and watch something in their screening room.

5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

2. Archie McPhee

1300 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

For newer transplants: You know that brand Accoutrements? The one that makes the crazy cat lady action figure and other novelty gifts common at your office gift exchange? That all started here in Seattle at Archie McPhee, who has been serving up silly at its brick-and-mortar location here in 1983. If you have the giggles, why not peruse some novelty items, prank supplies, and—we kid you not—the Rubber Chicken Museum?

1300 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Seattle Meowtropolitan

1225 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Eating pastries, drinking tea, and hanging out with cats are all A+ stoner activities. Meowtropolitan combines all three. Those south of the Ship Canal that want a similar experience can hit up Neko on Pine Street.

1225 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Add-a-Ball Arcade

315 N 36th St #2B, Seattle, WA

If you want that arcade experience but without any kiddos allowed inside, Add-a-Ball is a solid choice (although you certainly have options). They have tons of vintage cabinets in addition to pinball machines. If you’re looking to get weird, they also serve shots of Mad Dog 20/20 so you can relive whatever terrible glory days saw you drinking fortified wine without committing to a whole bottle.

315 N 36th St #2B
Seattle, WA

5. The Fremont Troll

Fremont Way N, Seattle, WA

Plenty of people visit the Troll to take photos and climb all over him. What he really wants is to connect with another living thing. So stand in front of him, stare into his sparkly eye, and make a soul connection.

Fremont Way N
Seattle, WA

6. Gas Works Park

2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA

Find a cozy spot on the grass and spend your day staring out on the skyline, Lake Union's boat traffic and people-watching all around you. While the gas works themselves are cool (and historic!), whatever your brain tells you, do not go over the fences. You will get tetanus.

2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA

7. MoPOP

325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA

Start by staring at that shiny Frank Gehry design outside. Then head inside, find a mixing booth, crank up the beats, and ignore the swath of children inevitably lined up outside.

325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA

8. Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA

Bright colors, absurdist ceiling designs, reflective surfaces, and rainbows everywhere. The opinion on the Seattle version of the Chihuly museum is pretty split among current and former Curbed Seattle editors, but if this place wasn't made for stoners, then who is it for?

305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA

9. Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA

Take your pick: Watch a movie on the massive IMAX screen or step things up a notch with the Laser Dome or Planetarium. Laser Pink Floyd, Laser Daft Punk or Laser Michael Jackson? Why laser choose? There's also an onsite cafe for your munchie needs and, of course, the motion-sensing dinosaur room. Activities aside, it’s a stunning example of the 1960s futurist architecture that came with the Century 21 Exposition.

200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA

10. Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA

There is currently a massive 46-foot head on display, not to mention a whole lot of public art that’s weird, interactive, or both. How is this not the place to lose yourself for seven hours? If you get too overwhelmed here, take a breather from the art and go dip your toes in the water.

2901 Western Ave
Seattle, WA

11. Big Picture

2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

“Seeing a movie high,” you say. “How original.” But here’s the deal: The popcorn is extra-deluxe, with both white cheddar and truffle topping options. Cocktails, which can be ordered in advance and delivered to your seat, are delicious. And when you reserve your seat at the theater, you can opt for a seat in the front with an ottoman for resting your feet on. It’s basically like an extra-bourgie version of watching a movie at home, only you don’t feel like a total couch potato afterwards.

2505 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

A little too freaked out by the Curiosity Shop (below)? Go calm down by staring at some river otters. It is impossible to not feel a deep sense of calm when observing an otter, and that is doubly true when stoned.

If you’re feeling too broke to go to the aquarium, you can always stay home and watch the otter cam.

1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

13. Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

This museum is maybe the best value for your admission in Seattle—it has an incredible art collection that’s free to explore. Explore Freeway Park beforehand and stop by the museum cafe for a grilled cheese after.

704 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Seattle Public Library central branch

1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

The downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library has a spacey design by Rem Koolhaas—so when you’re not being bathed in light (or getting a great view of the rain) through windows that look like the cover of The Who’s Tommy, you’re in a colorful back hallway that feels like a spaceship. Integrated soft seating is equally weird and colorful. Plus: There are infinite things to see, and it’s all free. You pretty much can’t go wrong.

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

If you’re into the weird and morbid, there’s a whole menagerie of preserved animals with extra parts—including a pig with eight legs and three eyes—along the back wall of this waterfront icon. If you’re not, it has one of those fortune-telling machines and a mutoscope, too. It’s touristy, yes, but it’s also freaky.

1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

16. Water Taxi

801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Want to take a boat ride, but don’t want to stray too far from home—and don’t want to have to operate heavy machinery while under the influence? Let the Water Taxi be your designated driver from the downtown waterfront to either the beautiful beaches of Alki or to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal.

801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104

17. Dockside Cannabis Museum

1728 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA

In addition to being one of our cooler local dispensaries, Dockside’s Sodo location operates a small museum featuring prohibition-era cannabis apothecary items.

1728 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA

18. Full Tilt Ice Cream

9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

Full Tilt combines ice cream, pinball, art, and live music—plus a small selection of beer. It’s basically a stoner dream. Their flagship is in White Center, but they also have locations in Columbia City, Ballard, Capitol Hill, and the University District.

9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

19. Southgate Roller Rink

9646 17th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

As long as you’re not overly baked, getting on some roller skates can be an incredible experience. Southgate runs adults-only nights with a bar, so you don’t have to worry about mowing down children as you get your sea legs. The DJ takes requests—or go on the second Wednesday of the month for skate-a-roke. Sometimes they have bands play here, too.

Just, you know, be careful. If you’re feeling too impaired to skate, they also have lots of seating so you can just chill, have your beverage of choice, and watch all the incredible outfits roll by.

9646 17th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

20. Kubota Garden

9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Looking for a more contemplative experience? This free Japanese-style garden in the Rainier Valley features 20 acres of paths and Northwest plants.

9817 55th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118