Top 10 Things to do in Seattle, Washington: there’s so much to see and do in Seattle Washington, it was hard (I couldn’t do it) to narrow it down to 10. See below for a map of these Seattle attractions.
Top 10 Seattle Washington Things to Do:
Pike Place Market
This lively and fun market in a beautiful setting near the waterfront is one of Seattle’s top attractions. Fresh produce, flowers, crafts, jewelry, souvenirs, and fresh seafood, are all for sale in this colorful public market that overlooks Elliott Bay. Make sure you visit the world’s first Starbucks, across from the market. Also take a photo op and enjoy a meal at Athenian Inn, the diner where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan filmed portions of Sleepless in Seattle.
Seattle Great Wheel
New to Seattle in 2012 is the Great Wheel. At only $13 for a 20 minute ride, it’s a great deal. This giant ferris wheel is perched on the end of a wharf on Elliot Bay, and you get a beautiful view up and down the waterfront, across the Bay and around downtown (including the Space Needle). There are two line-ups at the ride: one to buy tickets and one to get on the ride. You can by-pass the ticket line-up if you purchase your tickets online (see link below). On a busy summer day, this can save a lot of time. Print your ticket at home and head straight to the ride line.
The pier also has Miner’s Landing, which has souvenir gift shops, a carousel and several restaurants. There is a good seafood restaurant, called Fishermans Restaurant, at the base of the Great Wheel. You can sit on the outdoor patio and continue to enjoy the view of the Bay and the Great Wheel while feasting on fresh local seafood.
Location: Pier 57, Elliot Bay. 1301 Alaskan Way at University Street.
Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday 10:00am – 11:00pm and Friday to Saturday 10:00am – midnight
General Admission: $13. Children and Seniors are less.
Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum
Paul Allen’s EMP is a great way to pass a rainy Seattle day. It’s the “place where music meets science fiction”. The hands-on exhibits let you play numerous instruments and learn about music and science fiction — everything from punk music to Battlestar Galactica. Plus, the architecturally interesting building is worth a look.
Location: at Seattle Center, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206.770.2700 | 1.877.EMP.SFM1
Hours: Open Daily, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General Admission: $15
Explore life under the sea at the aquarium’s six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Puget Sound Fish and Dome Room, Puget Sound Orcas Family Activity Center, and Marine Mammals.
Location: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle , WA 98101
Boeing Factory Tour
Guided tours are available through the factory that give you a chance to see and learn about airplanes being built.
Location: 8415 Paine Field Way, Everett , WA
Visit this attraction on a clear day for a great view around Seattle.
Location: 400 Broad Street, Seattle , WA 98109
Seattle Museum of Flight
Location: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila , WA 98108
Seattle Underground Tour
The underground tour is a great way to learn about Seattle’s history — and it’s fun!
Location: 608 First Avenue, Seattle , WA 98104
This is Seattle’s historic district. It has architecturally interesting buildings and quaint book stores and coffee shops.
Location: 909 Fourth Avenue, Seattle , WA 98104
Chittenden Locks and Fish Ladder
The Chittenden Locks is a peaceful setting to watch the boats passing through the locks and to see the salmon climb the ladder. It’s a fun activity to do with kids — bring a picnic!
Woodland Park Zoo
Located in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo is a shady oasis with nearly 300 different species in naturalistic enclosures.
Hours & Admission: Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, December 25
October 1 to April 30: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
May 1 to September 30: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
Entrance addresses:South Entrance address: 750 N. 50th Street; West Entrance address: 5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seatle’s NFL team, the Seahawks, play at Qwest Field (800 Occidental Avenue South).
The Seattle Mariners play at Safeco Field (1250 1st Avenue South).
Summiting Mt. Rainier is dangerous and strenuous. But there are plenty of other trails in and near the Mt. Rainier area that will give you spectacular views of this Washington icon.
For more information and to find trails, visit nps.gov/mora and visitrainier.com.
There are plenty of places to go see by ferry from downtown Seattle, but with views of downtown, the harbor, and the Olympic and Cascade mountains, the ferry ride itself is a fun activity regardless of the destination.
The University of Washington is beautiful and fun for a walk, especially through the quad when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The surrounding area has shops from funky to upscale, restaurants, the Burke Museum of Natural History, and the Henry Art Gallery. The U Village has many nice restaurants and shops selling home furnishings, cloths, books, gifts and souvenirs.
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