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Things to do in Seattle
Home to a metro-area population of over 3.3 million people, there is a lot to do in this big town, and a lot of people doing it. From a lively night scene to a scenic daytime view, Seattle is one of those spots that have something for everyone. Below is just a glimpse of this city’s thriving life.
Attractions and Sights
Seattle Aquarium is found on Pier 59, and is home to many aquatic animals like octopi, otters, sea stars, and urchins.
The Pacific Science Center is Seattle's destination for a fascinating look at how the world works.
See the Everett Boeing Company for one of their 90-minute tours of aircraft construction, mockups to board, flight simulators, and the past and present of aircraft design.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Washington's Olympic National Park covers a staggering 922,561acres, and is located not too far away from the Seattle-Tacoma area.
Home to several themed gardens, such as a Japanese garden and "Pacific Connections" Garden, Washington Park Arboretum is a breath of fresh air in the city.
Woodland Park Zoo covers 92 acres and is home to over 1100 animals from rainforests, African savanna, jungles, and more.
Seattle's Space Needle is one of the city's most recognizable icons, at 605 feet, overlooking the city.
Seattle Central Public Library is a sight to behold with its unique design, inside and out - even if you're not an avid reader.
Bon-Macy’s has a rich history in Seattle and continues to be one of the most popular shopping centers in town.
Festivals and Events
Celebrating visual arts and artisan craftwork more than music, film or dance, Bellevue Festival of the Arts features painting, sculpture, photography, metalwork, and more from over 200 artists each year.
Earshot Jazz Festival features over 50 concerts and events around town.
Featuring more than 50 Seattle restaurants and 30 food product companies, not to mention live entertainment, Bite of Seattle is the city's best festival of food!
Arts and Entertainment
The Seattle Art Museum maintains three facilities: the museum downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Located right beside the Seattle Space Needle, Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) offers two very unique attractions under one very unique roof.
Wing Luke Asian Museum offers an in-depth look at Asian American life.
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is one of Seattle's best-known jazz clubs, bringing big names and fantastic lesser-known acts to play every night.
One of Seattle's great live music venues, Neumos is always packed for shows, and offers a very cool night out.
Tractor Tavern is a unique Seattle spot offering live music every night - mostly country, bluegrass and folk, but deviating to metal and even classical.
Washington State Convention & Trade Center is Seattle's largest and most popular convention facility.
Talaris Conference Center is not the usual facility, with its lush, green grounds, and quiter environment for smaller meetings.
Arenas and Stadiums
Safeco Field is home to the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.
Key Arena is home to the Seattle Tunderbirds of the WHL, and hosts many major events and concerts.
Home to the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, Qwest Field also hosts major events and concerts.
Food and Drink
Union Restaurant in Seattle offers a fine dining experience with a daily menu, unmatched wine list, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Seattle's Crab Pot is a seafood-lover's dream, situated right on the waterfront, and serving their signature "Seafest", literally a pile of seafood on your table!
Il Bistro offers authentic Italian dining at candlelight.