Seattle is the biggest city of Washington State of USA. Being in the pacific northwest, the city has diverse population and is surrounded by water on one side, and mountains and evergreen forests on the other. the city is home to large tech industries including Amazon and Microsoft. The suburbs of the city are filled with lush natural and scenic beauty whereas the metropolitan area is known for the advancement in technologies.
The city also boasts of thousands of acres of park which are wonderful to visit. In a place as such you can imagine plenty of places to visit, and Seattle truly lives up your expectations.
So here we come up with 12 fun and cool things to do in Seattle.
1. Seattle Center
Seattle Center is a whopping 74 acres widespread which consists of cultural zone, arts and entertainment zones. The place is worth a whole day visit. During holidays, there is something or the other always going on in the center, including PrideFest that happens during the end of June and attracts more than 30,000 people.
2. Space Needle
One of the defining features of the city is Space Needle which stands as a symbol of the city. Once the tallest building of Mississippi, the tower stands on the height of 184 metres. You can ascend on the glass elevator towards the observation deck which is at 160 metres. The tilting glass of observation deck allows you to view Seattle from 24 different vantage points.
3. Museum of Pop Culture
Established by Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen, the museum stages changing of all aspects of popular culture including video games, science fiction, horror movies, etc. There are a number of exhibitions that take place throughout the year. If you are lucky enough you will surely find something surprising there.
4. Seattle Art Museum
If you are not a fan of pop culture, Seattle has something for you too. The museum has mesmerizing collection of Native American Art which not just includes paintings, but also basketry, masks, textiles, and more. There are also collections of paintings from Italian early-Renaissance, and art from Northwest.
5. Seattle Great Wheel
This giant wheel is another tourist magnet in Seattle. The wheel stands for more than 53 metres. The scenery from the top is breath-taking. The wheel has fully enclosed capsules so that you can enjoy the view even during rainy and cold weather. And if you want a more lavish view, there is a VIP pod which has glass floors, leather seats, champagne and more.
6. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
Due to a fire break out in late 1800s, 31 blocks in Seattle were wiped out. The reconstructed city was at least one to two stories higher than original streets. But there is a way to explore the forgotten street through a 75-minute walking tour.
7. Museum of Flight
Museum of Flight is the largest air and space privately owned museum. The museum exhibits vast number of aircrafts and their cockpits including Gossamer Albatross II. There’s also a cockpit from Loackheed SR-71 Blackbird and a de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jetliner. There’s also space gallery with NASA and Russian hardware.
8. Washington Park Arboretum
This magnificent 230-acre park is on the shores of Lake Washington. You can visit the park daily from dawn to dusk, that too absolutely free of cost. The place has world class collection of maples, oaks, etc. The center of attraction is Azalea Way which is a long walk encompassing flowers, cherries, magnolias, and more.
9. Smith Tower
Before the Space Needle was built, this was the city’s first sky scraper. Even now it attracts many tourists because of its structure and architecture. It is also one of the last buildings to employ elevator operators. The carved teak ceilings in the observation deck gives you a flashback from the past.
10. Washington State Ferries
You haven’t fully explored Seattle if you haven’t crossed Puget Sound on a ferry. The Washington State Ferries is the largest fleet of ferry operators in USA. Looking back, you can view the skyline and beaches of West Seattle.
11. Alki Beach
In the hot summer, it wouldn’t take you much time to just lie down on a beach. The Alki Beach is a place where you can find all the views that you expect including Blake Island, the Olympic mountains, stream of water from Puget Sound and much more. You can even set camps and enjoy the sunset and night beside campfire.
12. Kerry Park
The place offers the ultimate view of Seattle. The panoramic view from the park encompasses all the things that people associate with the city including Space Needle, open water of Puget Sound, snow-capped Mount Rainier, and more.