Things to do in Seattle

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Searching for fun things to do in Seattle? When nice weather descends, everyone heads to the parks and the lakes; every other day offers time for the... Read More

Searching for fun things to do in Seattle? When nice weather descends, everyone heads to the parks and the lakes; every other day offers time for the eclectic museums dedicated to everything from pinball to rock music. Seattle’s most popular tour takes place underground, and even the city troll hides under a bridge—the weather may be better than its reputation, but that doesn’t mean the Emerald City isn’t prepared. When it comes to what to do in Seattle, some places like Discovery Park, the Seattle Art Museum, the REI flagship store, and the Space Needle need no introduction, but there are plenty of hidden hangouts, local institutions, and things to do in Seattle only insiders know about. Take in a classic movie with chocolate popcorn at Cinerama; check out the views (and some of the million-plus books) from the Rem Koolhaus-designed Central Library; and visit the industrial wasteland-turned-beloved Gas Works Park.

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    Alki Beach

    Though located in the hard-to-reach West Seattle neighborhood, this stretch of sand fills with sunbathers and kite-flyers anytime the temperature breaks... Read More

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    Central Library

    Famed architect Rem Koolhaas designed Seattle's spectacular flagship library with bent glass panels that make it resemble a slightly off-kilter Rubic's... Read More

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle Alamy
    Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Dale Chihuly is one of the Northwest's best-known artists, with his otherworldly glass sculptures gracing public buildings and private collections. In... Read More

  • Cinerama Movie Theater in Seattle Courtesy of Seattle Cinerama Theatre
    Cinerama

    Before it was rescued by local billionaire Paul Allen, the Cinerama was a fading movie house from another era. Now, the single curved screen shows... Read More

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    EMP Museum

    This museum was born as the Experience Music Project, a grand statement by local billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who wanted a monument... Read More

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    Fremont Troll

    Only a neighborhood as thoroughly quirky as Fremont would have an actual troll located under a bridge, and the 18-foot concrete one under the Aurora... Read More

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    Gas Works Park

    What could have been forgotten as an industrial wasteland on the north end of Lake Union was turned into a well-loved park in the 1970s. Though some... Read More

  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle Alamy
    Hiram M. Chittendon Locks

    This mechanical wonder is best known as the Ballard Locks; it sits on the channel that links Elliott Bay to Seattle's Lake Union and Lake Washington.... Read More

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    Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    The Klondike Gold Rush may have taken place in Alaska, but it started here in Seattle—and the rush to dig up the last frontier did as much for the... Read More

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    Museum of Flight

    The Museum of Flight is located on an airport runway, as is only proper. And from the front door, visitors can see private planes, small commercial... Read More

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    Museum of History and Industry

    MOHAI, as it's known by locals, is not just the city's most comprehensive history museum, it's a salute to the tech-heavy roots of Seattle. Interactive... Read More

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    Olympic Sculpture Park

    Though located a short distance from the Seattle Art Museum, which operates the space, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a completely different experience... Read More

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    Pike Place Market

    Pike Place Market is the city's most famous place to shop, fronted by a fish stall where fishmongers toss each other salmon and halibut over the heads... Read More

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    Seattle Aquarium

    Seattle's aquarium isn't just near the water—it's practically in the water, located on a pier that juts into Elliott Bay. The main attractions include a... Read More

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    Seattle Art Museum

    364 days a year, a giant, moving sculpture of a hammering man welcomes you to the Seattle Art Museum (he has Labor Day off). Inside, the main lobby is... Read More

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    Seattle Great Wheel

    The giant Ferris wheel on Seattle's waterfront is a fairly new addition to the skyline—but a hard one to miss. It's located on the end of a pier that... Read More

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    Space Needle

    No icon represents Seattle quite like the Space Needle. Built in 1962 for a futuristic World's Fair, it now sits above the Seattle Center, the perfect... Read More

  • The Hideout Bar in Seattle Courtesy of The Hideout
    The Hideout

    True to its name, the front door of The Hideout is hard to find, thanks to its dark windows and small sign out front. But make your way in and you'll be... Read More

  • Underground Tour in Seattle Courtesy of Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
    Underground Tour

    Seattle was built in strange ways, leveling hills in one section of the city and building on landfill in others. So in the 19th century, when the... Read More

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