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Seattle Washington Attractions: What to do and Where to go in Seattle Washington
There are so many things to see and do in Seattle, ranging from cultural events and theaters to fun attractions for kids and world-famous landmarks. Below you'll find a selection of the best Seattle tourist attractions with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
This famous Seattle landmark has been featured in several films and television shows. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from an observation deck that is located 520 feet above street level and can also dine at the revolving restaurant. The Space Needle is surrounded by the Seattle Center, which is often used for cultural and local events.
An astonishing facility that allows you to explore the vibrant marine life of the Pacific Northwest, including orcas, octopi, fish, sea birds, otters, seals and other fascinating creatures. The aquarium also has the Underwater Dome, which offers stunning views of Seattle's marine life.
Pacific Science Center
With interactive exhibits, live creatures and an IMAX theater, this Seattle attraction is perfect for visitors of all ages. You can learn about history, science and technology in a fun and entertaining way. The science center has a Tropical Butterfly House, a Planetarium and a Laser Dome where you can enjoy a dynamic combination of lasers and music. They also have the Live Science Stage, where various scientifically based presentations are offered throughout the day.
Explore a variety of pop culture trends through the use of interactive exhibits, workshops and presentations. This non-profit modern Seattle museum features displays that cover everything from music to movies.
Seattle Great Wheel
This grand Ferris wheel is located at Pier 57 by the Puget Sound. Opened on June 29, 2012, it stands 175 feet tall and features 42 gondolas that can hold up to eight people each. The full ride extends out over Elliot Bay and lasts for 12 minutes.
This massive sculpture is located under the northern side of Seattle's George Washington Memorial Bridge. Made by four local artists in 1990, the troll is holding onto a real Volkswagen Beetle! Visitors are invited to climb The Freemont Troll and can even poke at his one good eye.
Seattle Underground Tour
This walking tour takes you below the current city streets to where you can explore the underground passages that used to make up downtown Seattle.
5th Avenue Theatre
This property was constructed in 1926 and is still running today. It is often used to present new musicals before they hit the Broadway scene. It can seat over 2,000 patrons and employs more than 600 performers and production staff, making it the largest theater in the Puget Sound area.
This performance venue is home to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. It features two auditoriums, one that can seat up to 2,500 patrons and one that can accommodate up to 500. The hall is known for its fantastic acoustics.
Green Lake Park
Green Lake is located beside a path that is almost three miles in length. Divided into two sections, the path is perfect for those who wish to enjoy a quiet walk or a relaxing bike ride. The park also has tennis courts, a swimming pool and areas where you can play basketball, hockey and soccer.
More than 500 acres in size, Discovery Park has beaches, a marsh and a trail. This park is a great place for nature lovers as it has over 200 species of birds and is located by both Elliot Bay and Shilshole Bay, which provide a home for harbor seals and California sea lions.
300 acres in size, Seattle's Seward Park features several small beaches, a trail that winds around the park, a playground and tennis courts. This extraordinary park also has an amphitheater and forest trails.
This recreational trail is 27 miles long and eventually meets up with another trail found in Marymoor Park in Redmond.
Cultural Attractions and Events in Seattle
Seattle is home to several annual festivals and celebrations, including the Seattle International Film Festival and Seafair, an event held since the 1950s which highlights the city's reputation as the "Boating capital of the world". The Bite of Seattle is a large food festival which is held on one of the weekends in the month of July. Historically, at least 60 restaurants have participated and the festival has had up to 450,000 guests. There are also several local neighborhoods that host annual street fairs and parades.
The city also has more than 20 live theater venues, including several that are dedicated to fringe theater. In addition, Seattle has more than 100 commercial art galleries and four major art museums, including the Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
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