Victoria Clipper, Washington State Ferries, Aquarium, Tillicum Village, Bell Harbor, Spirit of Seattle Cruises, Trolley, Argosy Cruises, Convention Center, Restaurants, Boutiqus, Shopping, and more.
Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Art Museum, Washington State Convention Center, Underground Tour,
Paramount Theatre 15 miles
You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from the Space Needle Observation Deck. The spectacular view is, of course, the biggest attraction. The restaurant at the top of the Space Needle revolves 500 feet above the Emerald City. People throughout the world recognize the Space Needle’s distinctive shape. It stands out as Seattle’s most notable landmark.
Legacy of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Center has become the city’s playground. Its many theaters, art galleries, opera house and Key Arena always have something going on to attract Seattleites. For visitors, the Pacific Science Center is a sure bet. It’s especially fascinating for children, if you can get them away from the rides and games of the Fun Forest..
Pike Place Market
One of Seattle’s most popular attractions is bright and busy farmer’s market only two blocks from the center of downtown at First Avenue and Pike Street. In an atmosphere of genial commotion overlooking the waterfront, merchants create precise displays of produce and glistening arrays of the freshest fish, and street musicians provide a range of entertainment. The lower level has shops selling spices and teas, magic tricks, comic books, movie and Seattle memorabilia, while additional space across the street includes ethnic food shops.
There’s no mistaking the fact that Seattle is a port city, and the downtown waterfront with its many piers jutting into Elliott Bay is constant proof of that fact. A leisurely walk along Alaska Way fills your lungs with salt air and your eyes with a kaleidoscope of gift shops, tourist boats, restaurants, ferry boats, seagulls, freighters and an assortment of ships.
The Seattle Aquarium
Maintained by the City of Seattle, the aquarium features an underwater dome where its visitors are surrounded by sea life. Exhibits reflect aquatic conditions of the Pacific Northwest. It’s located at Pier 59 and is open from 10:00 a.m. daily. For more information, call 386-4300.
Woodland Park Zoo
Visit Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, but don’t expect to see lots of bars and cramped cages. Instead, you’ll find wide open areas that have been carefully designed to recreate each animal’s habitat. Parade Magazine, USA Today and the Washington Post all rank the Woodland Park Zoo as one of the nation’s best. Also, the Humane Society has given it a #1 rating. But the best thing about the Woodland Park Zoo is that it’s only ten minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 684-4800
Seattle Tours / Mt. Rainier Tours
Provides door to door service from the hotel for 3-hour City Tours, Mt. Rainier National Park Tours and the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train. Seattle’s premier small group touring company! Touring vans, with their large windows and air conditioning, are ideal ways for seeing the sights in Seattle and at Mt. Rainier. A 50 mile tour in the city visits Downtown, the Pike Place Market, the Waterfront, Pioneer Square, International District, Stadium District, I-90 Floating Bridge, West Seattle, Fremont, the Locks and Magnolia. (206) 768-1234
The oldest neighborhood in Seattle, this area is now a National Historic District. Twenty square blocks between Cherry and Jackson streets have been restored to their turn of the century splendor. Learn about Seattle’s colorful boom town history on the popular Underground Tour which takes you below the sidewalks to the original street level. Mounted police officers patrol streets with trees and hanging baskets. With art galleries and antique malls, boutiques and bookstores, restaurants and nightclubs, Pioneer Square has something for everyone.