15 Things to Do While You're Living in Seattle
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15 Things to Do While You're Living in Seattle
Seattle is a beautiful city with so much to see and experience. Read on to learn the 15 things you should do while you're living in Seattle.
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Use this list of things to do in Seattle to learn about your new city.
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1. Pike Place Market
Tour Seattle's iconic downtown marketplace to see what living in Seattle is all about.
Locals and tourists visit every day. There are 225 local vendors selling seafood, produce, flowers, arts, and crafts.
Pick up a free guide and market map at the information booth under the Pike Place Market sign.
You can a guided tour of the market. Choices include cooking classes, tasting tours, and cultural walking tours. You'll get full exposure to the sights, sounds, tastes of the market.
Pike Place Market is on the waterfront at First Avenue between Pike and Pine streets. An expansion in 2017 added an open-air plaza and views of Elliott Bay.
The market is open from dawn to dusk. It's less crowded on weekday mornings.
2. Seattle Center
The 1962 World's Fair was at the Seattle Center. Since then, it's become a hub for arts and entertainment. You'll find restaurants, entertainment, gardens, museums, sports venues, and shops.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, The Space Needle, and Seattle Children's Museum are on the campus.
3. Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
World-renown glassblower, Dale Chihuly's work is in The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. The museum is at the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle.
A Seattle native, Chihuly learned glassblowing at the University of Washington. The museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly's work.
New, existing, and archival pieces are on display. There is a glasshouse with a stunning 100-foot-long sculpture hanging from the ceiling.
4. The Space Needle
The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair. It quickly became a recognizable symbol for the city. Living in Seattle means many trips to the Space Needle.
The Space Needle is 605-feet tall. Take an elevator ride to the observation level for 360-degree views of the Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier.
5. Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
The MoPop preserves the history and exploration of popular music, science fiction, and pop culture. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started the museum in 2000 as the Experience Music Project.
The colorful building is next to the Space Needle. Inside you'll find exhibits on everything from video games to Seahawks football.
6. Pacific Science Center
Any family living in Seattle will enjoy the Pacific Science Center. The museum was designed by Minoru Yamasaki for the 1962 World's Fair.
Today the center has a Planetarium, Laser Dome, IMAX Theaters, and science demonstrations.
7. Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum is the city's largest museum. The museum dates back to the 1930s Fine Arts Society. It has a varied collection of artwork covering many eras.
Known by locals as "SAM", the museum has three facilities. The main building is in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) is in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. The Olympic Sculpture Park is a 9-acre park on the central
8. Central Public Library
Seattle Central Library is an 11-story glass and steel building in downtown.
The building's unique appearance looks like glass wrapped in steel nets.
Visit the 10th floor for a bright reading room with views of Elliott Bay. You can check in with librarians to take a self-guided tour.
9. Mount Si
Mount Si is in North Bend, WA. It's a short drive east of the Microsoft campus.
It's a 4-mile hike from the parking lot to the summit plateau. The trail winds through several ecosystems. The vertical elevation change is about 3700 feet.
On a clear day, you can see across Seattle to the Olympic Mountains.
10. Woodinville Wine Country
Woodinville Wine Country is a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle. There you'll find over 100 wineries and tasting rooms. You can taste Chateau Ste. Michelle, the state's first winery.
You'll find something for everyone in this charming town. There are microbreweries and eateries, too.
You can take cooking and wine pairing classes or any of a host of tours.
11. Washington State Ferries
Ride across Puget Sound on one of the Washington State Ferries. It's the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience.
You'll enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. Look back to see the Seattle skyline. You can also view the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
12. Pacific Northwest Ballet
The Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the elite dance companies in the world.
Pacific Northwest Ballet gives inspired performances of classical and modern shows. The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition.
The Pacific Northwest Ballet enjoys a dedicated audience of subscribers. The company gives 100+ performances each year.
13. Tour Fran's Chocolates
Fran's Chocolates stores are in downtown Seattle, at the University Village shopping center, and in Georgetown. A fourth store is in Bellevue, WA.
Inspired by a trip to Paris, Fran opened her first store in 1982. She often is credited for the artisan chocolate renaissance in the United States.
Fran is one of the best chocolatiers in the nation. She can list former President Obama as one of her best customers. Obama discovered Fran's Chocolates on the campaign trail. He kept plenty of her chocolates in stock at the White House.
14. Smith Tower
Smith Tower, built in 1914, is Seattle's first skyscraper.
Visit the 35th-floor observatory to see historic exhibits covering 100 years. Take in 360-degree views from the open-air deck. Or, enjoy a Prohibition-inspired cocktail in the observatory bar.
15. Center for Wooden Boats
Every Sunday, rain or shine, the Center for Wooden Boats offers Sunday Public Sails.
Anyone who wants a free boat ride on Lake Union can get one. If the winds are right, you'll enjoy a sail, if not the boat will use steam power. You may even have to help paddle.
It's first-come, first-served for the 200 available seats. Arrive early and sign up to save your spot. Boat rides are 45 to 60 minutes.
Learn More About Living in Seattle
The secret to living in Seattle is to get out there and explore! Check out city guides or ask any local. Your options for relaxation and entertainment are endless.
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