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Seattle

9 Jul 2009  
4.0 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

What to do in Seattle

  • Category: Recent trip
  • 1. Space Needle

    Panoramic views of the downtown area and the waterfront..great place to start your trip to gain some perspective on the city.

  • 2. Experience Music Project

    Located right next to the Space Needle, it has some very interesting exhibits on the evolution of Seattle rock music, including Jimmy Hendrix's formative years up through the famed grunge bands of the 1990s.

  • 3. Olympic Sculpture Park

    A ten minute walk from the Space Needle, this open air area has some unusual large scale sculptures.

  • 4. Seattle Aquarium

    Located at Pier 59 on the Seattle waterfront and a 10-15 minute walk from the Olympic sculpture garden, the aquarium has an array of Pacific Northwest marine life, the most lively of which are the sea otters (they like to chew on ice cubes to keep their teeth sharp!)

  • 5. Pike's Place Market

    A 10 minute walk from the Seattle Aquarium up a set of staircases, the famed market has vendor stalls offering everything from fish to fruit to handicrafts..also check out the original Starbucks and the levels of shops below the Market.

  • 6. Underground Tour at Pioneer Square

    A 10-15 minute walk from Pike's Place Market, this tour goes underground to give you an entertaining look at Seattle's history as a frontier town, including the Great Fire of 1889, the "sewing machine" tax, and the parlor of Madame Lou.

  • 7. West Seattle-Alki Beach

    Take the King County Water Taxi at Pier 55 on the Seattle Waterfront over to West Seattle, and then take the free DART shuttle and roam around on Alki Beach. The water taxi ride is about 10 minutes, and only costs $3 (make sure to bring cash!)

  • 8. Gasworks Park, Fremont

    A park which, as the name suggests, has some old gas works structures on it, offering great views. If you happen to be heading to Gasworks in late June, prepare yourself for the Summer Solstice Festival, a local tribute to the longest day of the year, which, as best as I can put it, has some revealing local flavor. Just follow the cyclists wearing body paint....

  • 9. Fishermen's Terminal, Ballard

    Check out the working fishing vessels, and also take a tour of the Sea Star, a retired Alaskan crabbing boat that is now a chase boat on the Discovery Channel show the Deadliest Catch. If you happen to be there on a Sunday afternoon, maybe you'll meet Captain Larry and he will show you how to throw the grappling hook...

  • 10. Safeco Field

    Home of the Seattle Mariners, a great place to catch a baseball game, whether or not it's raining!

  • 11. Smith Tower

    Located right near the start of the Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, take the ornate gold elevator up to the observation floor and get another visual perspective on the downtown area, including a good view of Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks, and a view of the Space Needle between high rise buildings.