Things to do & places to visit in Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle you simply can’t skip the Central Public Library – a modern architectural marvel of glass grids, unusual shapes, and a “book spiral” that climbs four stories. Stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks and play catch with a fishmonger. In the heart of the city lies Chihuly Garden and Glass, which will dazzle you with its colorful and delicate works. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound.

Seattle city in Washington, United States. Timezone: America/Los_Angeles, current date and time: Sunday, March 03, 2024, 1:47.

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  1. 5.0 Chihuly Garden and Glass (24.8k reviews)
    - Spendy but worthy
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Art Galleries • Art Museums
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    This must-see museum exhibits creative and colorful blown glass sculptures of renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Eight indoor galleries and lush landscaped gardens feature a mix of new and past significant works. They are awe-inspiring whether you visit during the day, or in the evening when the sculptures are lit up. The highlight here is a 100-foot-long glass sculpture suspended in a glass conservatory—one of his largest ever. Located at the base of the iconic Space Needle, you might want to buy a combined ticket for cost savings or get a Seattle City Pass. – Tripadvisor See more..
  2. 4.5 Pike Place Market (21.8k reviews)
    - A Seattle Must
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Farmers Markets
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    One of the most popular farmers’ markets in the United States, this historic century-old Seattle icon has stalls upon stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, flowers, handicrafts, and loads more. It’s in the same location as the original Starbucks and a block away from countless bars, restaurants, and cafes, as well as the infamous Gum Wall—a brick wall covered in thousands of pieces of chewing gum. travelers flock to the market to see the fishmongers toss fish to one another, a market tradition. For more elbow room, visit on weekday mornings or join a food tour that gives you early access to the market. – Tripadvisor See more..
  3. 4.5 Space Needle (19.5k reviews)
    - Fabulous evening, cant beat the view!
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
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    Located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this iconic landmark and observation tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Perch on the glass benches known as “Skyrisers” and gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows, snap a selfie at the outdoor deck, or head upstairs to The Loupe, an indoor lounge featuring the world’s first and only rotating glass floor. Here, you’ll be greeted with 360-degree views of the downtown Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. For a smooth-sailing experience, it’s best to pre-purchase a timed ticket. Space Needle is also a part of CityPASS. – Tripadvisor See more..
  4. 4.5 Washington State Ferries (8.555 reviews)
    - Ferry Fun and a Great View!
    Spent 2-3 hours Ferries
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    My friend and I found ourselves with some time to kill after the American Society of Echocardiography’s 2022 Scientific Session that were held in Seattle ended, so on Tuesday, after a lovely breakfast at Bacco’s, we decided we wanted to enjoy a view of the city from the water. The WSF from Seattle to Bainbridge Island offered a easy and inexpensive option for a quick jaunt across the sound and back before our flight. The purchase process was easy, embarking and disembarking was a breeze, the ferry was well kept up and clean with great decks for enjoying the view and meeting nice people (including a handsome stranger who we later saw at the airport, as well - pity I only got his first name and not his phone number…but I digress). Anyway, looking for a fun little no frills cruise? I recommend the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge. See more..
  5. 4.5 The Museum of Flight (6.787 reviews) from $26.00
    - Best attraction in Seattle
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
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    Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the Concorde at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Built around Boeing’s original factory, it is the world’s largest air and space museum. Here, you can learn everything about the history of aviation, from the Wright Brothers and the exploration of Mars, to revolutionary aircrafts and spy planes. You’ll get to barrel-roll a Mustang, land on the moon, soar over Puget Sound in a simulator, and even sit at the controls of the fastest jet on Earth. Certain days of the month have free entry, so check before you go. – Tripadvisor See more..
  6. 4.5 T-Mobile Park (4.389 reviews)
    - Middle of the road ballpark
    Spent 1-2 hours Arenas & Stadiums
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    This is my 21st or 22nd out of the 30 MLB parks and this fits squarely in the middle of them, in terms of quality and memorability. Pros: Good location near chinatown. Lots of shaded seats, which is nice for an afternoon or rainy game. Didn't notice any obstructed view seats. There's a little museum of sorts on the main concourse, behind some of the vendors. Growing up a huge Griffey Jr. fan, I enjoyed that. Decent selection of food Cons: that food is super pricey and has extraordinarily long lines. I've never seen such long lines at a baseball game. At the pizza stand, they didn't allow me to order a pizza because there were already other people waiting for them. The encounter I had with that cashier was one of the dumbest things I have experienced at a ballpark ever. So I advise you to eat before the game. The other major con is that the park is not very picturesque. Few city views (except 2nd deck, first base line), nothing uniquely interesting to identify the park from pictures. See more..
  7. 4.5 Kerry Park (3.490 reviews)
    - No better view
    Spent < 1 hour Parks
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    Get a postcard view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Rainier from this beautiful terraced park. You'll also get spectacular views of the Space Needle, a 605-foot-tall observation tower. Take pictures and lounge or have a picnic on the lawn. The best time to visit is during sunrise, or at night to admire the buildings and ferries at the bay glow with lights. Though located in the quiet Queen Anne neighborhood, Kerry Park is less than a mile away from Seattle Center, where you can visit other landmarks like the Museum of Pop Culture. – Tripadvisor See more..
  8. 4.5 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (3.236 reviews)
    - Fun and Free
    Sunday: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Bodies of Water • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Piers & Boardwalks
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    The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway. Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike. See more..
  9. 4.5 Sky View Observatory (2.588 reviews) from $22.50
    - Excellent experience
    Sunday: Spent 1-2 hours Architectural Buildings • Observation Decks & Towers
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    Private View Packages Now Available! Experience Sky View Observatory exclusively for 1-Hour for yourself and up to 4 people - 5 People total! * Temporarily Closed for General Admission.* Sky View Observatory in downtown Seattle is the ideal first stop on your visit to the Emerald City. Here you can map out your entire Pacific Northwest experience! Sky View is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At 902 feet, it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360-degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle. See more..
  10. 4.5 Seattle Public Library (2.224 reviews)
    - Impressive Library
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Architectural Buildings • Libraries
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    If you want to experience the entire library then visit on the weekdays. That will give further access to the book stacks on floors 6-9. The single escalator (in fluorescent yellow) would have been an interesting experience (see photo). On floor five (the mixing chamber) walk over to the overlook and take in the view down to the main floor and the surrounding glass and steel. For an intense color experience go to the 4th floor (meeting rooms) which was painted floor to ceiling in 13 shades of red. See more..
  11. 4.5 Woodland Park Zoo (2.083 reviews) from $19.00
    - What a fun day!
    Sunday: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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    Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery, and unforgettable memories for more than 120 years while teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to understand and protect wildlife. Explore the lush setting and see animals from around the globe in our various habitats. With nearly 900 animals and a 92-acre green oasis in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Woodland Park Zoo provides exemplary care for endangered wildlife as well as native trees, rare tropical plants and an exceptional rose garden. Spend the afternoon with us and let Woodland Park Zoo help you create memories to last a lifetime. See more..
  12. 4.5 Seattle Center (1.526 reviews)
    - Beautiful park with something for everyone
    Sunday: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens • Fountains
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    Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place, centered around the International Fountain, in the core of our region and the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income. See more..
  13. 4.5 University of Washington (1.228 reviews)
    - I had to see the Husky Clipper!!!
    Spent 1-2 hours Educational sites
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    After reading the book, "The Boys in the Boat" I had to see the actual boat in which the University of Washington Crew won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. The boat is securely fastened to the ceiling of the crew's dining room, but is totally visible. I now have my own photo collection of the Husky Clipper to go along with the book which I would strongly urge a person to read before visiting the campus and the boat. Tours are available, but advance tickets must be ordered on line. See more..
  14. 4.5 Green Lake Park (1.122 reviews)
    - Seattle’s favorite lake
    Spent 1-2 hours Bodies of Water • Parks
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    Swim or paddleboat in this scenic park lake. See more..
  15. 4.5 Alki Beach (1.080 reviews)
    - A Beach For Exercising
    Spent 1-2 hours Beaches
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    Stretching over 2.5 miles, this long beach strip is one of the most popular beaches in Seattle, partly because it was featured in the film 'Sleepless in Seattle'. This nostalgic seaside town is a great escape from the city, just a short water taxi ride from downtown Seattle. Here, you can cycle down the bike paths, enjoy majestic views of the Olympic Mountains, join a free tour of Alki Lighthouse on summer afternoons, take a photo with a Statue of Liberty replica, and have some fish and chips at Spuds—Seattle’s first fast food restaurant. See the beach from a different vantage point on a harbor cruise or seaplane flight over Seattle. – Tripadvisor See more..
  16. 4.5 Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (1.075 reviews)
    - Great rainy day activity!
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent < 1 hour Parks
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    This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up. See more..
  17. 4.5 Gas Works Park (991 reviews)
    - My favorite park in the Seattle area.
    Sunday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Parks
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    From industrial sludge to family fun: this urban park features an industrial plant-turned kiddie play area as well as a beautiful lake and picnic area. See more..
  18. 4.5 Discovery Park (876 reviews)
    - Nice hike within the city limits
    Spent 1-2 hours Parks • Jogging Paths & Tracks
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    This 534-acre nature park boasts extensive trails and breathtaking views amid lush nature. It occupies most of the historic Fort Lawton site and features heritage buildings like a chapel, gymnasium, and horse stable. You can also hike or bike through the forest and visit the West Point Lighthouse and the beach for views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainer from a distance. The surroundings are mostly residential, so bring some food to have a picnic. You can visit Discovery Park for free but expect to pay for parking which is quite limited and fills up quickly especially on weekends. – Tripadvisor See more..
  19. 4.5 Museum of History & Industry (864 reviews)
    - Summer in Seattle is grate
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums • History Museums
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    The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. See more..
  20. 4.5 Smith Tower Visitor Experience (801 reviews) from $16.00
    - Lunch with a panoramic view
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Observation Decks & Towers
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    Enjoy Smith Tower like you've never seen it before. Immerse yourself in exhibits that take you on a journey through the past one hundred years. Make your way to the top of the tower for an amazing vantage point from the Observatory, including an open-air deck that will give you 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond. Then take a moment to indulge in Prohibition-inspired craft cocktails and shareable plates with a group of friends or your loved ones. Don't forget to make a wish in the Wishing Chair. It's the perfect selfie to post of your visit to Smith Tower. See more..
  21. 4.5 Pike Place Fish Market (753 reviews)
    - Bought salmon
    Farmers Markets
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    I bought two pounds of king salmon to be shipped to arrived on time but was only shipped one pound.after sending out an email to the company they responded right away with a few questions.after speaking to the owner he immediately apologized and refunded my money for the ENTIRE purchase. I would highly,highly recommend buying any type of seafood from this company as they are very professional and know their business.i was very impressed with this company! See more..
  22. 4.5 Washington Park Arboretum (710 reviews)
    - Tranquility
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks • Gardens
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    Use a canoe, or your feet, to explore the 230 acres and 4,000 species of trees, vines, shrubs and plants at this arboretum. See more..
  23. 4.5 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center (706 reviews)
    - Excellent, So Pleased We Visited
    Sunday: Speciality Museums
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    At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center you can explore interactive exhibits and powerful stories highlighting how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are working to improve the quality of life for billions of people around the globe. Discover innovations and bold ideas to solve pressing challenges facing our most vulnerable communities locally and globally. Find out how ordinary people are changing the world—and get inspired to take action. Free and next to Seattle Center. See more..
  24. 4.5 Bruce Lee Grave Site (520 reviews)
    - Peaceful beautiful place and tribute
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM Cemeteries
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    Beautiful cemetery near downtown Seattle. Google maps should take you right to the area. We had no problem finding it. The inscription on Brandon Lee’s grave is absolutely beautiful and I hope those who have a chance to visit really take in that beautifully written tribute. Followed both their careers in my life and it is saddening to know such talented people had their life cut so short. A must see and show of respect to the both of them from fans. See more..
  25. 4.5 Kubota Garden (504 reviews)
    - Beautiful space with lots to explore
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    Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota when he purchased the first 5-acres of logged off swampland in 1927. The garden grew to 20-acres and was developed concurrent with Kubota's landscaping business. He returned to the garden and continued its development after being incarcerated during WWII. In 1981, the 4.5 acre core was designated a Historic Landmark, and the City of Seattle purchased the garden from the Kubota family in 1987. The garden is an urban oasis, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rich with flora and fauna and a popular destination year-round. The garden is maintained by the City, and supported by the Kubota Garden Foundation. See more..
  26. 4.5 Seattle Japanese Garden (428 reviews)
    - Beautiful
    Spent 1-2 hours Gardens
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    An oasis of tranquility in the city, Seattle Japanese Garden invites visitors to indulge their senses and immerse themselves in quiet beauty. The Seattle Japanese Garden is open from March through November each year. More information on hours at See more..
  27. 4.0 Museum of Pop Culture (7.183 reviews)
    - Enjoyable few hours for me, but the appeal depends upon your interests
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
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    Visit a museum like no other on earth.MoPOP, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make MoPOP a destination unlike any other. See more..
  28. 4.0 Seattle Aquarium (4.293 reviews)
    - Enjoyable hour or 2
    Sunday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Aquariums
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    The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. See more..
  29. 4.0 Seattle Great Wheel (2.919 reviews)
    - Great at night!!
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Amusement & Theme Parks
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    We went on this at night as a family of four with a 14 year old and an 11 year old. My daughter and I are not afraid of heights and like adventure. My husband and son, not so much. We went around 4 times (I think it is usually only 3). Going at night provided awesome vibrant views of the city. The wind was whipping and you could hear it and feel it slightly. It was an exciting ride for my daughter and I. My husband and son were glad when it was over. I think it’s a great experience and would recommend. See more..
  30. 4.0 Fremont Troll (1.507 reviews)
    - Every Seattle visit must include a visit to the Fremont Troll
    Monuments & Statues
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    An 18-foot tall stone troll that lives under the Aurora Avenue Bridge. See more..
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