Visit Seattle’s largest park (534-acres) on the shores of Puget Sound. Enjoy viewing the wildlife, birds and marine mammals such as harbor seals and California sea lions. There are walking trails, beaches strewn with driftwood and seashells. Also featured in the Park is the 20-acre Daybreak Star Cultural Center, a Native American cultural center. This jewel of a park is such a treasure for the Seattle area - it is a must on your list while here! Less than 10 miles from city center on Discovery Park Blvd., 206-386-4236
Formerly known as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum is dedicated to the history and exploration of popular music, science fiction and pop culture. “EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture”. Take in one of the always changing exhibitions, or stroll through the EMP Museum and see all that has happened and changed our culture! 325 Fifth Avenue North, 206-770-2700.
Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is rich with history and serves as the cultural hub for Asian-Americans in the area. A wonderful experience - wander the streets filled with markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats, herbs, get a massage, stop in at all the little shops, have a traditional meal - and enjoy this historic enclave neighborhood.
Future of Flight Aviation Center
A great adventure for the family - learning, exploring, climbing on and even designing your own jet in the largest building (by volume) in the world! 472,000,000 cubic feet! Open daily (except major holidays) 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with tours on the hour. 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA, 425-438-8100 x 223.
Pacific Science Center
This private, not-for-profit center brings science to life, igniting curiosity in people of all ages and inspiring creative thinking to fuel tomorrow’s innovations. With exhibits ranging from the Tropical Butterfly House to the planetarium the Pacific Science Center shows how math, science and technology come together in our everyday lives, and help fuel curiosity and creativity in people of all ages. Downtown under the arches near the Space Needle. 200 Second Avenue North, 206-443-2004.
Pike Place Market
One of Seattle’s most popular attractions is the bright and busy farmer’s market only two blocks from the center of downtown at First Avenue and Pike Street. In an atmosphere of genial commotion overlooking the waterfront, merchants create precise displays of produce and glistening arrays of very fresh fish. Vendors might offer pottery, jewelry, wind socks, local honey and juices. Pizza and cookie stands vie with cafes and oyster bars for the lunch crowd, and street musicians provide a range of entertainment. The lower level has shops selling spices and teas, magic tricks, comic books, movie and Seattle memorabilia, while additional space across the street includes ethnic food shops. 85 Pike Street, 206-682-7453.
The oldest neighborhood in Seattle, this area is now a National Historic District. Twenty square blocks between Cherry and Jackson streets have been restored to their turn of the century splendor. Learn about Seattle’s colorful boom town history on the popular Underground tour which takes you below the sidewalks to the original street level. Mounted police officers patrol streets lined with trees and hanging flower baskets. With art galleries and antique malls, boutiques and bookstores, restaurants and nightclubs, Pioneer Square has something for everyone.
Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park
100 University Street, Seattle, 206-654-3100
Legacy of the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair, the Center has become the city’s playground. It’s four theaters, art gallery, opera House and Key Arena always have something going on to attract Seattlites. For Visitors, the Pacific Science Center is a sure bet - especially for children - if you can get them away from the rides and games of the Fun Forest! Seattle Center is one of the premier destinations for arts, entertainment and leisure activities in Seattle. 305 Harrison Street, 206-684-7200.
Seattle Children’s Museum
Seattle Children’s Museum brings to life the joy of discovery for children and their families through fun, creative, hands-on explorations of the world around them. Every exhibit is interactive, which allows little hands and growing minds to explore, play and learn. On the lower level of the Armory building on the Seattle Center campus, 305 Harrison Street, 206-441-1768.
Seattle Public Library
Not just one of the best libraries in the Pacific Northwest, but intriguing architecture inside and out. Investigate the unusual inner workings with fabulous views, plastic rooms, modern space useage, artwork and an atrium on the 10th floor! A great spot even if you don’t need the library itself - it’s worth the time to look around. 1000 Fourth Avenue, 206-386-4636.
You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from the Space Needle Observation Deck. The spectacular view is, of course, the biggest attraction. The restaurant at the top of the Space Needle revolves 500 feet above the Emerald City. People throughout the world recognize the Space Needle’s distinctive shape. It stands out as Seattle’s most notable landmark. 400 Broad Street, 206-905-2111.
The Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium provides fun and exciting ways to see, touch and explore the underwater world of the Northwest and beyond. Built in 1977, the Aquarium is open daily and located on Pier 59 along the Seattle Waterfront, at the edge of Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay. Aquarium highlights include the Window on Washington Waters, a 120,000 gallon tank holding sea creatures from the coast of Washington, two large touch tide-pool tanks, Life of a Drifter tanks featuring jellyfish and the Giant Pacific Octopus, harbor seals, sea otters, colorful animals of the Pacific Coral Reef, and the 400,000 gallon inverted Underwater Dome, showing sea life found while diving in Puget Sound. With a wide range of colorful sea creatures in award-winning exhibits, touch pools, and trained naturalists, the Aquarium continues its mission of inspiring conservation of our marine environment. This is a MUST-SEE while in the Seattle area! 1483 Alaskan Way, 206-682-3474
There’s no mistaking the fact that Seattle is a port city, and the downtown waterfront with its many piers jutting into Elliott Bay is constant proof of the fact. A leisurely walk along Alaskan Way fills your lungs with salt air and your eyes with a kaleidoscope of gift shops, tourist boats, restaurants, ferry boats, seagulls, freighters and ships.
University of Washington
Founded in 1861, the UW is one of the oldest state-supported public institutions of higher education on the West Coast. Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Tour the campus in the spring and experience the wonder of the cherry blossoms, the beautiful statues, architecture such as the breathtaking Suzzallo Library, the largest collection of books and media on campus and it’s exquisite 2nd floor reading room, or the ultra-modern Paccar Hall, one of the many Leed certified buildings on campus. NE Columbia Road, 206-543-2100.
Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum is a 200-acre park on the shore of Lake Washington, in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, with over 40,000 trees, shrubs and vines from all around the world. Start your visit at the Graham Visitors Center where you can pick up a park map as well as information about the Seattle Japanese Garden - over 3 acres of formal garden, featuring a lake with koi and turtles, tea ceremonies and special events all year-round - all housed within the Arboretum. Other Arboretum highlights include hiking, canoeing and kayaking, picnics, and enjoying the year-round collection of magnificent flowers, plants and trees. Find peace and relaxation in the midst of the bustling city! 2300 Arboretum Drive E., 206-543-8800.
Wing Luke Museum
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience “is dedicated to immersing people in uniquely-American stories of survival, success, struggle, conflict, compassion and hope”. The Museum is in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Chinatown-International District, and includes the very hotel where countless immigrants first found a home, a meal and refuge. As our nation’s only museum devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience, it’s one of the few places that can truly give you a new perspective on what it means to be American. The Wing is a Smithsonian Affiliate, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, 719 S. King Street, 206-623-5124 x 114.
Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is hailed as one of the finest zoos in the world for its award-winning naturalistic exhibits. Discover a thousand animals representing 300 animal species thriving in this lush oasis. Experience everything from an asian tropical rainforest with jaguars, gorillas and orangutans to an African safari with meandering herds of elephants to hippos and gazelles. There is so much to see, do and discover here it will be a fun-filled day for kids of all ages! 5500 Phinney Avenue N., 206-548-2500.