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Seattle Top 10

Seattle

Top 10 Things to do in Our Home City!

1. The Space Needle

This iconic structure was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It is 605 feet tall. From the observation deck at 520 feet on a clear day you will have an amazing view of the region. When it was built, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, but is now dwarfed by taller skyscrapers downtown. You can also have dinner at the revolving Sky City Restaurant so you can get a 360 degree view as you eat. The food is excellent, but expensive (you pay for the view and novelty). Make reservations because it almost always is booked.

2. Pike Place Market

Yes, they actually throw fish here! Aside from flying salmon, there is a plethora of shops. Bring an empty stomach, because vendors will be out selling all sorts of delights (many will give free samples too). The shops sell a little bit of everything, from comic books to antiques to art to clothing to toys to more. There is definitely something for everyone. Remember to find and pet the luck brass pig!

3. Seattle Underground

Not many people know about the old city of Seattle now buried under the new streets and buildings. The door is informative, fun, and spooky all at the same time. Some say the underground is haunted!

4. Science Fiction Museum

OK, this might not be for everyone, but it is still way cool! It has just about every sci-fi movie and T.V. show represented. Darth Vader’s original costume with Luke Skywalker’s light saber, life-size Alien and Predator models, Buck Roger’s Twiki, and of course the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise are all there plus much more! The museum also pays homage to the great sci-fi writers in the genre.

5. Pacific Science Center

This is definitely one of the best hands-on science centers in the world! There are many interactive exhibits for kids and adults. Plus, there is a planetarium, I-Max, and movie theater. From astronomy to dinosaurs to insects to physics to robotics you will learn something. This is a please DO touch museum.

6. Duck Tour

These amphibious vessels can be seen cruising around Seattle year round (though I recommend spring and summer) loaded with tourists. It is actually a humorous and unique way to see and learn about Seattle. Tours last 90 minutes and cost $28.00.

7. Woodland Park Zoo

The Seattle zoo is considered one of the premier zoos in the country. It will not disappoint animal lovers. In fact, the Woodland Park Zoo has won more Best National Exhibit awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums than any other zoological institution except the Bronx Zoo in New York. It covers 92 acres!

8. Seattle Aquarium

Although on the smaller size for aquariums, it is still a crowd pleaser. You can catch them feeding the Giant Pacific Octopus sometimes. It has a large under water dome where the fish swim all around you too.

9. Seattle Great Wheel

This is Seattle’s newest attraction. Not quite as large as the Eye in London, but still offers an amazing view. The cars are heated, which is a plus in our climate.

10. Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is Boeing’s aviation legacy. For aviation lovers, it is not to be missed. I think it is second only to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. NASA donated the shuttle trainer to the collection too. You will find just about every aircraft made here. You can sit in an F-14 Tomcat or SR-71 Blackbird cockpit, pilot a real space shuttle and jet pack simulators, tour a SST Concorde or 747, walk through a retired Air Force One used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, fly a hang-glider, and sit and listen in a real air traffic control tower plus much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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