Farmer's market, antiques, handmade crafts and the world's first Starbucks. The market covers 9 acres and is home to shops and stands selling farm produce, specialty foods, international groceries, handmade crafts, antiques and collectibles, books and clothing, along with 60 restaurants and take-out spots.
The Space Needle is not just an observation tower; it is a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an iconic symbol of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, is 605 feet tall and boasts the rotating SkyCity restaurant. From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the downtown Seattle skyline but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and surrounding islands.
Seattle’s natural deep-water harbour, Elliott Bay, teems with trade, ferry boats, luxury cruise liners, sightseeing tour boats and myriad pleasure craft, stretching along Alaskan Way from Pier 70 on the north to Pier 48 on the south. The Seattle Waterfront also features souvenir and gift shops and an array of Northwest seafood dining.
A new art experience showcasing the most significant works of internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer Dale Chihuly. The eight galleries and three Drawing Walls of the Exhibition Hall demonstrate how Chihuly pushed the boundaries of glass as an art medium in concept, execution and presentation.
Built in 1911 to link salty Puget Sound with fresh-water Lake Union and Lake Washington, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known locally as the Ballard Locks, are a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The salmon like the ladders too!
Ride the Ducks has been voted the #1 City Tour in Seattle for the past six years and is a must-do experience whether visiting from around the corner, across the country or from the other side of the world! The wacky Captain will surprise and entertain with trivia tidbits riders can use to impress their friends, especially when the bus turns into a boat and drives straight into the lake! Riders will see all the sights of Seattle, but this isn’t a normal sightseeing tour.
One of the most unique Seattle attractions, this music museum known as EMP combines traditional exhibits with multimedia and hands-on musical activities. As part of the EMP, the Science Fiction Museum's exhibits include science fiction film and television props and memorabilia, rare science fiction books and film posters.
One of the best ways to see the natural beauty of Seattle is from the water, and vacationing visitors each year choose to schedule a ferry trip while visiting "the Emerald City." The ferry service across Puget Sound to the delightful island communities of Bainbridge, Bremerton & Vashon is operated year-round by Washington State Ferries. The docks for the State ferries to Vashon, Bremerton & Bainbridge are located just below Pike Place Market on Alaskan Way.
Located on Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium features creatures from the Puget Sound area and other underwater places. During public feedings throughout the day, visitors can watch trainers feed sea otters, harbour seals and diving birds.
The Seattle Art Museum features contemporary art, Northwest coast Native American art, Old Masters and African masks, along with rotating exhibits of works from their 21,000-object collection and frequent traveling exhibitions.
Benaroya Hall is Seattle's premiere concert hall and the downtown home of the Seattle Symphony. With two performance halls within the complex, Benaroya Hall hosts hundreds of musical concerts each year and occupies an entire city block, with a terraced garden on the west side. The lobby of the hall features a large contribution of glass art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
The 9-acre Olympic Sculpture Park is open and FREE to the public 365 days a year! An outdoor sculpture park with both permanent and visiting installations, it was developed and built by the Seattle Art Museum with the idea of creating a park for large, contemporary sculpture. That one can also enjoy the views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound adds to the experience and demands a camera at hand.
The warm glow of the Emerald City beckons guests to explore every inch. And every corner has something unique to offer. From the humming of live music in Belltown to friendly coffee shop chatter on Capitol Hill, Seattle buzzes in a mist of laid-back lure. A Seattle vacation includes more than a visit to the Space Needle... travellers attend concerts at the world-famous Crocodile, walk through Pike Place Market for local favourite flavours and grab a latte from the first-ever Starbucks – it’s all within walking distance. With all of Seattle nestled between Puget Sound and the Cascade Range, the city harmoniously blends nature and urban life, filling the air with a crispness that replenishes the city in a way unlike anywhere else. As for Warwick Seattle, it’s near all of the action making it perfectly situated for a Seattle getaway.
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