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Things to do in Seattle

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The top 61 attractions in Seattle

Viewpoints in Seattle
Space Needle
The emblem of Seattle is almost 200 meters. It was built for the 1962 Expo and it is one of the tallest buildings on the west coast. It is easy to get to and it's not far from the city center. The monorail goes to the same tower. There is the option of buying a ticket for the day and night (totally recommended). From the top you have a complete view of the city.
Markets in Seattle
Pike Place Market
If you've never been to the Pike Place Market, then go at least once. A great place that you should not miss when you are in Seattle. Definitely buy some fresh flowers! Tidy and wrapped at a great price! The fish market is there too. It is very famous for its jumping fish show something fun to watch. You will certainly enjoy this.
Of Cultural Interest in Seattle
Downtown Seattle
Seattle is the largest city in Washington state whose downtown offers incredibly beautiful surroundings and variety. Pioneer Square, Chinatown and the International District mark the southern parts of downtown. Capitol Hill neighbourhood is in the northeast, and the waterfront has lovely views and is home to Pikes Place Market, which is world famous. The Space Needle is Seattle's most famous landmark, and next door you will find the Experience Museum Project, dedicated to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. The SAM (Seattle Art Museum) is also downtown, along with the Seattle Aquarium, and the tallest west coast building, the Columbia Center. It's the perfect place to shop, eat at the best restaurants, or to simply take a stroll.
Cemeteries in Seattle
Bruce Lee Grave Site
Bruce Lee is buried in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. His son, Brandon, is buried beside him. Both tombs are beautiful and people always bring flowers or fruit as an offering. Lake View Cemetery has beautiful views of Lake Washington.
Lakes in Seattle
Lake Washington
After Lake Chelan, Lake Washington is the second largest lake in Washington state and the largest in King County. It is bordered by several cities; Seattle on the west, Bellevue and Kirkland on the east, Renton on the south, and Kenmore on the north. Mercer Island is south of the lake. Its main tributaries are Sammamish River in the far north, and Cedar River in the south. Kayaking gives this lake a special charm and you can visit the sea lions. You can also go diving. It's a spectacular place.
Lakes in Seattle
Sea Lions in Seattle
The lakes, rivers and ponds of Washington provide unique places to experience the great outdoor waterways in Washington. Suppliers provide boats, paddles and ideas but the final destination is always a floating goal. Few places on the planet offer water protection and preservation with a wide variety of sea creatures as the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and San Juan Islands do. Just a short distance, kayakers can live with seals, sea lions and sometimes orcas.
Sports-Related in Seattle
Safeco Field
From the Inaugural Party July 15, 1999, Safeco Field Baseball Stadium in Seattle (Seattle Mariners) has earned the reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a great place for baseball and for it's fans. The Safeco Field field was specially designed to be one of the best in the league. It boasts a special drainage system, a special blend of four types of Kentucky bluegrass and two kinds of ryegrass to provide exceptional field for athletes, a retractable roof and the climate of the Northwest. Safeco Field has an outstanding scoreboards in the Big League , including 11 electronic displays and old-style scoreboard in left field. The main scoreboard in the center has a modern video screen and another LED screen for animations. The stadium has a retractable roof that is designed to cover the field, but not close it, preserving the fresh air atmosphere.
Museums in Seattle
Experience Music Project
The Experience Music Project tries to bring out the musician hidden deep inside all of us! This unusual museum will make you feel like a musician, and has lots of information about two great local artists: Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. Don't miss the gallery of guitars, full of iconic brands like Gibson and Fender. If you love music, you'll love this museum.
Of Touristic Interest in Seattle
Seattle Aquarium
It's not such a big aquarium, but it's very entertaining and can be visited in about 1h 30m, I really liked that they've thought about children, as there are areas where you can reach into aquariums and play with starfish. It also has open areas where to we can see seals and otters. It has it's gift shop, and a cafe for refreshments. If you buy the CityPass, you have a 15% discount in the museum shop (you have a coupon in the CityPass).
Airports in Seattle
Seattle Sea-Tac Airport
Seattle International Airport is located midway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, hence its nickname "Sea-Tac" which is commonly used by travelers. Flights from Seattle are often an economical alternative to flights departing from Canada, and it is very easy to reach the airport from Vancouver via a bus service that takes you directly to the airport, as well as Amtrak train services from Vancouver to Seattle followed by a journey on the city's "light rail" to the airport itself. Allow plenty of time at the airport as security checks are long, even when there are few travelers, and if you're not on board the plane 30 minutes before departure they really will take your luggage off the plane! The airport itself offers all the usual shops and restaurants, many after you've passed through the security checks, as well as objects of local native tribes which are set out in the hallways. Finally, all the boarding areas are equipped with electrical outlets, so you can conveniently recharge your phone before a long flight!
Sports-Related in Seattle
Diving in Lake Washington
With a wetsuit or 7mm semidry, you can stand the cold to brave the clear water. It's amazing to think that, in this lake, besides sealions, you can find crabs and a lot of other small fish. In addition to this and with a bit of luck that unfortunately I did not have, you may see one of the octopus with long tentacles.
Museums in Seattle
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Maybe you don't think of Tacoma, Washington, as a world-class destination, but Seattle's little sister city to the south boasts a beautiful and vibrant Museum of Glass. Set on a scenic, reclaimed industrial waterway, enjoy lunch from the tasty cafe on the spacious waterfront veranda, then head inside. See exhibits by world-renowned glass artists, then walk across to the "Hot Shop" theater, where you can watch glass artists at work, sometimes with live music as well. Be sure and walk across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass that leads to the museum, featuring glass by local boy and world-famous Dale Chihuly.
Museums in Seattle
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Seattle's Asian Art Museum (SAAM) lies outside the downtown corridor, but it's a gem worth seeking out. This noted Art Deco-style building in Volunteer Park on north Capitol Hill houses the museum's varied and impressive Asian art collection. After visiting the museum, stroll through lush Volunteer Park designed by the Olmsted landscape architects who also designed Central Park in New York City. Then climb up (inside) the old water tower for 360 views of the city, and visit the Victorian-style conservatory stuffed with extravagant tropical plants. There's not a cafe at the museum, but just a few blocks south and east are lots of options on Broadway.
Markets in Seattle
Ballard Farmer's Market
Seattle is bursting with farmer's markets throughout city neighborhoods each summer, but the popular Ballard district boasts a year-round market. Each Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, head to historic Ballard Avenue for this market. A full block is closed to traffic and transformed to the biggest party in Seattle. Besides a bounty of seasonal produce, crafts and food vendors set up also. Pick up fresh oysters, hand-crafted caramels, local wines, wild salmon, flowers, and much much more. Have a fresh salmon slider or oven-roasted pizza topped with wild mushrooms. Or just enjoy the parade of people, dogs, and street buskers.
Viewpoints in Seattle
Columbia Center Sky View Observatory
Say what you will about Seattle's Space Needle, but the best views of the city actually come from the Columbia Center. By heading up to their observatory floor, you'll actually be twice as high and be able to see that much better. Additionally, this alternate view will allow you to capture the Seattle skyline with the Space Needle in the photo as well. There are no lines, lots of space to move around, descriptions of everything you can see from the observation floor, and a much lower price than the Space Needle. Especially if you're there on the off-season, ask about purchasing tickets at the front desk before you make it to the 73rd floor.
Sports-Related in Seattle
CenturyLink Field
This is a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle, Washington, USA, built between 2000 and 2002. It's the home field for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the MLS's Seattle Sounders FC. It was originally called the Seahawks Stadium, but was renamed in June 2004 when the telecommunications company Qwest acquired naming rights. The complex also includes the Event Center with the WaMu Theater, a garage, and a public plaza. The venue hosts concerts, trade shows, and consumer shows along with sporting events. Because it's within a mile (1.6 km) from Seattle's central financial district, it's accessible by multiple highways, as well as public transport.
Shops in Seattle
It may be a little weird to include a grocery store on your next set of travel plans, but Uwajimaya is a unique and fun place to go. This Asian market shows off weird ingredients not typically found, ranging from different types of produce to packaged snack foods. Just browsing the aisles is an attraction in itself, but it's best to purchase a few snacks to sample on your own later on. Otherwise, you can stay for a meal at their food court which has a number of food options to choose from. The market is easily reached, near the King Street train station, and open long hours.
Shops in Seattle

The best things to do in Seattle

Built in 1962 and the by far city's biggest touristic attraction, the 184-meter-tall Space Needle rises out of downtown Seattle like a rocket. In just seconds you take an elevator to the lookout tower, from where you'll get the best views of the city. You'll also enjoy spectacular views while eating at its revolving restaurant. If you're in doubt about what to do in Seattle, the Space Needle should definitely be your first stop.

There are plenty of other attractions in Seattle near the tower. The Pacific Science Center, which is 29,000 square feet of fun for the kids including an IMAX, Planetarium, numerous interactive robotic dinosaurs and up to seven exhibitions. Children can also have a great time at the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and the Museum of Aviation.

Another of the top places to visit in Seattle is the popular Pikes Place Market, the oldest farmer's market in the US. The market contains the first Starbucks in the United States, something of a cult place among Seattle attractions. The market is close to other interesting things to see in Seattle like the Port, from which you can tour Elliot Bay on a cruise, and the city's public library, whose glass and steel facade and overlapping box design are a landmark of modern architecture.

Other top Seattle activities include the a visit to Washington Park the Arboretum, the Fremont Troll or Bruce Lee's grave in the Lake View Cemetery. If you want to discover all the best things to do in Seattle, read these tips and recommendations from real minube users and find all the best activities and stuff to do in Seattle.