Seattle top attractions highlight some of the city's more popular points of interest including Pike Place Market, Hiram Chittenden Locks, the waterfront, Woodland Zoo, the Aquarium and much more. Discover what to see in Seattle by exploring this page.
|Hiram M. Chittenden Locks|
|Pike Place Market|
|Woodland Park Zoo|
|Seattle Art Museum|
|Washington Park Arboretum|
|Tillicum Indian Village|
|Museum of Flight|
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks* The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects Lake Washington to the Puget Sound. The passage is made possible via the locks, built in 1911 and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Pacific Science Center.
200 Second Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone: 206-443-2844; Fax:
Features five buildings of interactive science exhibits, a tropical Butterfly House, two IMAX theatres (one with IMAX 3D technology), a planetarium and laser light shows.
Situated just above the waterfront, the market is popular with natives tourists alike. It is a vital part of Seattle's economy, receiving more than nine million visits each year. It features about 600 businesses including farmers and merchants that offer fresh vegetables, seafood, food bars, cafes, restaurants, crafts, art work, and gifts from booths, stalls and shops, and the original Starbucks. The market was born in 1907, from citizen outrage at the high cost of produce, beginning with a handful of farmers with their wagons on Pike Place. It is the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the USA.
The Seattle Aquarium*
Exhibits, news and events, information, adventures and programs, services, hours and fees.
The Seattle Center was built as the United States Science Pavilion during the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. This 74-acre complex is now home to the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pacific Science Center and the Key Arena, and it also offers exhibits, IMAX movies, laser shows, community events, classes and camps. The center also is home to the 60-foot-tall (185m) Space Needle, which officially opened on April 21, 1962 - the first day of the Fair. The Space Needle features an observation deck, restaurant and cocktail bar within its "Jetsons style" top and it still is prominent on the city's skyline as Seattle's most recognizable landmark. The "Needle" and the Seattle Center can be reached by a 90-second monorail ride from downtown's Westlake shopping center.
If gothic architecture is your interest, the jewel-like St. Ignatius Chapel is worth a visit.
A row of piers jutting out into Elliot Bay are the backbone for a mix of maritime industries, shops and restaurants. Ferries, freighters, tugs and even naval vessels go about their business, while the occasional seaplane or para-sailor flies above. Take in all this activity along the promenade linking the piers, or take a harbor tour, island cruise or fishing excursion. On land, are close by. The Waterfront Streetcar (using restored trams imported from Australia) trundles along the waterfront from Pier 70 past the well known Bell St. Pier, the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Omnidome Theatre, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and on to the Chinatown District.
Woodland Park Zoo*
Information, virtual tour, wildlife travel adventures, zoo store, conservation, education, FAQ, hours and fees.
Online version of the magazine which presents original art, poetry, reviews and literature, and provides monthly listings for the visual arts, dance, music and theater. A selection is available on their web site.
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). 2721 First Avenue, Seattle, WA . Phone: 206-555-6708.
Owners of a prosperous food processing business at the turn of the century, Charles and Emma were able to travel to Europe and collect art. Emma died in 1934. They had no children and Charles spent his last years alone. In his will, Charles Frye provided for the creation of a free public art museum to house and display his beloved collections.
Photographic Center Northwest
Learning environment, working facilities, and exhibition space.
Seattle Art Museum*
Houses a permanent exhibition of Asian, African and Northwest Coast Native American art, as well as touring international exhibitions. Note the post-modern facade designed by Robert Venturi. Web site has information about its collection, exhibitions, member news, programs events, museum store and general information.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City by Joseph Becker. Find descriptions, travel and historical information along with specific advice on capturing the best shots on over 100 destinations throughout Seattle featuring viewpoints, seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes. Order now...
Seattle's Historic Hotels by Robin Shannon. Discover the stories of Seattle's historic hotels that are preserved in more than 200 vintage photographs, postcards, and memorabilia, allowing readers to see how the hotels got their beginnings and for a glimpse of how life used to be. Order now...
Moon Seattle (Moon Handbooks) by Allison Williams. Written by a Seattleite, this guide offers everything you need to know about the Emerald City. Discover unique landmarks, points of interest, quirky curiosities and hidden secrets through photos, maps and provocative descriptions to make the most of your trip to Seattle. Order now...
Frommer's Seattle, 10th Edition (Frommer's Color Complete) by Karl Samson. Updated information in this user friendly guide enables you to find everything from what to do and see to daytrips and weekend excursions to the gorgeous national parks, Puget Sound islands, and the nearby wine country. Full color map is also included. Order now...
Seattle Curiosities: Quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff by Steve Pomper. This book will have you laughing out loud as you are introduced to the city's weirdest and most outrageous characters and events, taking you places you never could have imagined. Order now...
Seattle (City Guide), 6th Edition, by Heidi Johansen. Full color photos and maps along with descriptions and travel advice for the best sights and experiences make up this travel guide. Discover history, culture and the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle. Order now...
Insider's Guide to Seattle by Shelley Seale. Written by a local, this guide offers all the essential information needed for both the visitor and resident. Find comprehensive listings for recreational activities, food and beverage establishments, what quirky attractions to see, and where to stay. Learn all about the Emerald City and the surrounding area. Order now...
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