10 Things You Must See and Do in Seattle

So Much To Do In Seattle

There is a lot to do in Seattle so we’ve narrowed down the list here of the top 10 thins you must see and do in Seattle while you visit!


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Some content below is courtesy of the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Seattle is the largest city in Washington State and lies to the west of Bellevue and the North of Tacoma and Olympia.  North of Seattle you drive through Lynnwood, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham on your way to the Canadian boarder. You’ll find a thriving community in the Downtown Seattle district as well as great lodging and dining. Seattle is also considered an entry point for tours and trips into Washington along with Spokane in Eastern Washington Gateway Country. Check out the Seattle CityPASS too. It’s a great way to see some of Seattle Washington’s main attractions.  You’ll save 49% off of 5 different attractions, skip most of the ticket lines, and get nine days to use the pass from first day you use it! Visit Seattle’s “Pacific Science Center” and 4 other attractions a savings of up to 49% with CityPASS. Shop Today!

Now to plan your trip with our favorite list that you must see and do in Seattle!

The Space Needle
Learn more about the The Space Needle
Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.; 206.905.2100
A 41-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck of the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Enjoy a meal at SkyCity, the restaurant at the top that revolves 360° while you dine.

Pike Place Market
Between First Ave. and Western, from Pike to Virginia streets
www.pikeplacemarket.org
Born in 1907, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the granddaddy of farmers’ markets. Today, it’s a major tourist attraction with 200 businesses operating year-round, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer booths – plus street performers and musicians. Flowers by the bucketful, flying fish, fresh pastries and fruit, handmade cheeses, local honey, wine, an assortment of restaurants, import goods, antiques, collectibles and lots of surprises are around every corner.

Ferries
www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
Traveling by ferry is a state of mind as much as a means of transportation to some of the Puget Sound’s most historic and scenic sites. Views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains, the Seattle cityscape and the green shorelines will draw you out onto the deck to feel the salt breeze on your face. The state ferry system takes passengers and their vehicles from Seattle and nearby departure points to Vashon Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Canada. For privately operated ferries, see the Sightseeing & Tours (page 35) and Visitors Services/Travel & Transportation (page 120) listings in this guide.

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle_250x250Pier 59
206.386.4300
www.seattleaquarium.org
Meet Alki, the sea otter pup born at the Aquarium. Walk under the water in a glass dome as bluntnose sixgill sharks and other Elliott Bay creatures swim all around you. Touch a sea anemone. Learn about the lives of salmon at the world’s first aquarium-based salmon ladder. Marvel at the impossibly bright-colored coral reef fish. And don’t forget to wave to the giant Pacific octopus.

The Seattle Waterfront
Piers 52 to 70 on Alaskan Way
www.seattle.gov
A bustling collection of attractions, restaurants and shopping, as well as starting points for ferries, cruise ships, the Victoria Clipper and Argosy boat tours are located here. Feed the seagulls at the statue of Ivar Haglund in front of Ivar’s Acres of Clams, stroll by the fountains on the wooden piers of Waterfront Park, admire the view or shop for souvenirs.

Woodland Park Zoo
South Gate: 750 N. 50th St
206.684.4800
www.zoo.org
See more than 1,000 animals of 300 different species, from elephants and gorillas to piranhas and penguins, in naturalistic exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo. Drop by at scheduled feeding times and talk with the people who care for the animals.

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
Learn more about Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
206.682.4646
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes visitors through the hidden subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle and tells stories of the frontier people who lived and worked there.

The Seattle Central Library
Learn more about the Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
206.386.4636
Designed by world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the award-winning glass and steel structure of the new Central Library makes the building seem a little off-kilter and translucent – allowing passersby on the street to look in.

Tillicum Village
Blake Island
206.933.8600
www.argosycruises.com/tillicum-village/
A short, narrated cruise takes you to an island village, where you’ll feast on salmon cooked in the authentic Native American way. A stage show of traditional dances and stories entertains and teaches you about the people who lived in the Northwest first.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle
516 Broad St, Seattle
206.441.DUCK (3825)
www.ridetheducksofseattle.com
Tour Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft. This 90-minute adventure tour will have you “quacking up” through the streets of Seattle. You’ll see the major sights of the Emerald City on land before you head out to the funky Fremont neighborhood where you’ll splash into Lake Union.

And Now An 11th Must Do in Seattle Attraction

Seattle Great Wheel
Learn more about the Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone 9 AM-5 PM: 206-623-8607

The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith wanted a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, and then he realized he could build one on his own pier. The Seattle Great Wheel has been operating since public the end of June 2012. It is now a Seattle icon and major tourist destination.

Seattle Webcams and Weather

Seattle Hotels

See our list of Seattle Hotels and Contacts

Seatac (Seattle Airport)

Transportation

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