Seattle, Washington Attractions
Seattle Space Needle.Enjoy this attraction near our downtown hotel in Seattle, with an adventurous elevator ride or walk the 848 steps to the 520-foot high Observation Deck of Seattle's most famous landmark - the Space Needle. Enjoy a spectacular skyline view of Seattle from this iconic attraction built in 1962. Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the Space Needle features the Revolving SkyCity Restaurant and the SpaceBase retail store, which feature gifts, cards and jewelry, and banquet facilities. You can learn about history, science, geography, and math at Sky School. Visit www.spaceneedle.com.
Pike Place Market.The Soul of Seattle, Pike Place Market is Seattle's exciting shopping, dining and entertainment attraction - famous for its flying fish. Stroll through the aisles of brilliantly displayed vegetables, local flowers, handmade cheeses, baked goods, art, crafts, antiques and exotic items and fish tossed over the counter at the center of Pike Place Market. With its 100+-year history, Seattle's most unique shopping and dining experience offers a cool collection of stands, stalls and over 200 shops, 190 craftspeople, 120 farmer booths, street performers and musicians. You'll also find a dynamic assortment of restaurants and bars like the Pike Place Bar & Grill surrounding the shops of this historic 9-acre market. Visit www.pikeplacemarket.com.
Seattle Center.A 74-acre campus of arts, entertainment, sports, science and technology, Seattle Center is the cultural soul of Seattle. This urban gathering place is home to over 30 cultural attractions, museums, attractions, sports teams, arenas, events, festivals, entertainment venues and an abundance of dining spots. Catch a Seattle Storm basketball game, Seattle Thunderbirds NHL hockey game and blockbuster concerts and shows at Key Arena. Ride the coasters, carousel and 19 amusement rides at the Fun Forest Amusement Park. See dinosaur exhibits and laser light shows at the Pacific Science Center, and explore popular music through interactive exhibits at Experience Music Project. Visit www.seattlecenter.com.
Seattle Waterfront.Seattle's historic waterfront is a vibrant port with unique attractions, restaurants, shops, concerts, fishing piers, bike/walking paths, boat launches and tours, ferries, cruise ships, and the Victoria Clipper catamarans. Stroll the wooden piers of Waterfront Park - Pier 57 to Pier 59 - for spectacular views across the water from metal viewing platforms and telescopes, or sit by the bronze Waterfront Fountain. Explore marine life of Puget Sound at Seattle Aquarium and the Northwest's marine surroundings at Odyssey, The Maritime Discovery Center. Myrtle Edwards Park offers a 1.25-mile winding bike and walking path along Elliott Bay, fantastic views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, Magnolia Bluff, and Blake Island. Walk to the Washington State Ferries to cruise the waters of Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island, where you'll find quaint shops and restaurants, and Blake Island. Hop on the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line to go toward Elliott Bay and Myrtle Edwards Park. Wander through the beautiful sculptures at the Olympic Sculpture Park, nine acres of open art space on Seattle's waterfront. Visit ci.seattle.wa.us/tour/water.htm.
Key Arena/ Seattle Storm.KeyArena at Seattle Center is home of the WNBA's Seattle Storm. A premier sports and entertainment venue, KeyArena presents major concerts, music artists, boxing and wrestling events, ice shows, circuses and family shows. The arena seats up to 17,459 fans.
Safeco Field/Seattle Mariners.Home of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field offers excellent sightlines of the sports action and panoramic views of Seattle's downtown skyline and sunsets over Puget Sound. One of the most outstanding venues in Major League Baseball, Safeco Field also presents a variety of concerts, events, and shows. See Safeco's collection of baseball-inspired art by noted Northwest artists, including paintings, prints, photographs, and a life-sized sculpture of an umpire, exhibited on the Terrace Club. Visit http://mlb.mlb.com/sea/ballpark/index.jsp and http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com.
Seattle Art Museum.With the installation of Hammering Man, a 48-foot-tall sculpture that towers over the entrance, Seattle Art Museum has been a cultural landmark since the early 20th-century. The region's leading art complex features SAM Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. Museum collections represent a spectrum of art, from ancient Egyptian reliefs to contemporary American installations of photography and video. SAM Downtown features extensive art collections, international exhibitions, and diverse programs. The jewel of Volunteer Park, Seattle Asian Art Museum is a lively venue with Asian art and cultural activities. Visit www.seattleartmusuem.org [Top]
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum.Housed in a spectacular metal structure at the Seattle Center, EMP explores and celebrates musical diversity through interactive and interpretive exhibits that tell the story of the creative expression of American popular music. Experience the movements and milestones of rock 'n' roll, country, blues, hip-hop, funk, punk, jazz, soul, and gospel music at this cool museum that strikes a chord. See rare memorabilia and artifacts, meet music makers and listen to musicians express their music writing process. The Science Fiction Museum offers dynamic exhibitions showcasing the ideas and experiences of science fiction literature and media. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the writers, artists, filmmakers and publishers of science fiction. Visit http://www.empsfm.org
Woodland Park Zoo.Seattle's oasis for wildlife on the Puget Sound., Woodland Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos and conservation parks on the West Coast. For more than a century, families and nature lovers have encountered over 1,100 animals and 300 species that live among the zoo's peaceful surroundings. Woodland Park Zoo's 92 acres are divided into bioclimatic zones and habitats from around the world, from tropical rain forests to the freezing climates of the Far North. Meet a Sumatran tiger, African elephants, zebras, giraffes, gorillas, a snow leopard, and wonderful wild creatures. The zoo is also a naturalistic habitat for 35 endangered and five threatened animal species, as well as 7,000 trees. Visit www.zoo.org. [Top]
Discover the spectacular marine life of the Puget Sound. Preserving our fragile marine environments, the Seattle Aquarium offers captivating exhibits that let you explore the aquatic worlds of the Pacific Northwest. Walk below the Aquarium's underwater dome surrounded by 400,000 gallons of water, and see the sharks and diverse sea life of Elliott Bay. Experience the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters and Crashing Wave exhibits. See playful sea otters, harbor seals and fur seals in the Marine Mammal Exhibit. Meet strange creatures in the Ocean Oddities exhibit - from cowfish to potbelly seahorses. Touch live sea stars and urchins in Life on the Edge. Marvel at the colorful fish of the tropical coral reef and wave to a gigantic Pacific octopus. Visit www.seattleaquarium.org.
Frye Art Museum.Always free to the public, Frye Art Museum specializes in representational art, with an exciting schedule of rotating special exhibitions every month along with favorites from the Frye Founding Collection. A living legacy and celebration of art, The Frye Art Museum engages visitors with contemporary art and artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, plus art by Munich-based artists. Located on Seattle's First Hill, the Museum also hosts notable exhibitions of works by recognized and emerging artists from around the world. Visit http://fryemuseum.org/.
Pacific Science Center.One of the Seattle's fun family attractions, Pacific Science Center is a hands-on science adventure with intriguing science exhibits, live demonstrations, animal exhibits, a laser dome, a science playground, and the starry night sky at Willard Smith Planetarium. Marvel at robotic dinosaurs and real fossils in the Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time exhibit. Gaze at hundreds of butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House. Enjoy exciting 3D IMAX films with awesome digital sound at the Boeing IMAX Theater. See the laser light shows to the music of The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Radio Head in the Seattle Laser Dome. Visit www.pacsci.org. [Top]
Museum of Flight.Blast into your Seattle vacation at the Museum of Flight, exhibiting historic air and space artifacts and aircraft that preserve the story of aviation and space history. Showcasing one of the largest air and space collections in the nation, the Museum features millions of photographs, thousands of artifacts, and over 150 historic and rare air and space craft, including the Wright 1903 Flyer Replica, original Air Force One, Blackbird spy plane and the West Coast's only Concorde. Venture to the Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit and hop in the fun flight simulators. Visit www.musuemofflight.org
Seattle Museum of History and Industry.Opened in 1952, MOHAI preserves and presents the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Through engaging exhibits, you'll learn about the diverse cultural, social and economic history of Seattle and King County since 1850. At this fascinating museum you'll see everything from the big pink toes of Lincoln Towing's Toe Truck to traveling Library of Congress exhibits highlighting the legendary Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.seattlehistory.org. [Top]
Ballard Locks.Built in 1911, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, called the Ballard Locks, link salty Puget Sound with the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, yachts, motorboats, tugs, and cargo barges passing through the canal. Stop by the fish ladder in Commodore Park, which allows salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. Glass panels let you view the fish as they navigate through the ladder, adjusting to different salt levels as they swim out to sea. Occasionally, you see the playful sea lions waiting for the next meal. Explore the exhibits and gift shop in the Visitor Center, or enjoy the beautiful Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden.
The Center for Wooden Boats.Located on Seattle's Lake Union and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, the CWB is a hands-on maritime experience that celebrates Seattle's rich maritime and small craft heritage. The beloved boathouse and living history museum displays historic wooden boats, provides a place for craftsmen to restore wooden boats, preserves artifacts and shares the maritime skills of sailing, paddling, boatbuilding and boat maintenance. The CWB offers boat rentals, sailing classes, knot-tying lessons, and steamboat rides. Visit http://www.cwb.org. [Top]
Alki Beach.A beautiful 2.5 mile strip of beach from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay, Alki Beach offers picturesque views of Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, ferries, sailboats, steamships and watercraft on the Puget Sound. Alki Beach is a wonderful destination for long walks, playing volleyball, beachcombing and sunbathing, and the wide path is perfect for jogging, rollerblading, and bicycling. The beach also offers picnic tables, a fire pit, a boat launch, a bathhouse with an art studio, a monument marking the first white settlers in 1851, and an old 2.5-ton anchor recovered by the Nor'West Divers Club. Visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445
Victoria Clipper.Departing from Pier 69 on Seattle's waterfront, the Victoria Clipper catamarans offer day and overnight sightseeing excursions to Victoria, British Columbia and the enchanting San Juan Islands. Passengers enjoy amazing scenery of the Washington, Oregon and Western Canada coast, a range of on-board amenities, and friendly service. In Victoria, you'll enjoy old-world charm, the Parliament Building, and the famous Butchart Gardens. Take a relaxing cruise to the San Juan Islands and enjoy stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, lush evergreen forests and secluded island towns, as well as dining and shopping in Friday Harbor. During the summer, the Clipper offers Orca Whale watching and sea life trips with a stop on San Juan Island. Plan your Northwest vacation at www.clippervactions.com. [Top]
Seattle Theaters.Seattle is a vibrant cultural destination with significant playhouses for live theater. The historic 5th Avenue Theatre is a magnificent and ornate Seattle landmark that presents Broadway shows of our day. A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) presents contemporary and new plays to Seattle. Intiman Theatre is one of the premiere performing arts companies in the Pacific Northwest and on the forefront of developing ambitious new works. Awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre features two stages for the presentation of plays of dramatic and literary conviction. Another Seattle landmark, Paramount Theatre is the first theatre in the country to offer a fully automated convertible floor system. The Seattle Children's Theatre features imaginative and sophisticated children's classics and new works for the entire family.
Seattle Music.Pioneering the sound of "grunge" music, Seattle has a diverse and vibrant live music scene. Voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat Magazine, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley has presented the best of jazz to its intimate Northwest setting for more than 20 years. In addition to Broadway shows and film, the majestic halls of the Paramount Theatre feature big-name performers from rock and roll to jazz. Pioneer Square, where one cover charge gets you into several nightspots, is the place for local live music. Enjoy incredible classical music by the Seattle Symphony at the Benaroya Hall, an elegant complex with two performance halls. The internationally recognized Seattle Opera performs at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, the region's premier performance hall hosting the Pacific Northwest Ballet, community festivals and performers from around the world. [Top]
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