Things to Do in Seattle - Seattle Attractions

No other destination offers the diversity of the Northwest. It’s natural, historical, cultural and recreational. It’s the home to a vibrant mix of attractions including historic tours, zoos, aquariums, museums, sports tours, cruises, ferries, ....that will satisfy every taste.

Discover what to do in Seattle - from the top tourist attractions and activities to the most fun things to do.


A mix of the areas finest activities, assembled in one place to give you confidence when planning your next visit

Seattle Must See List includes Space Needle, Pike Place Market ("THROW THE FISH!"), hiking Mt. Rainier and island ferry trips.

Seattle Space Needle     Official Website
Space Needle 400 Broad St Seattle, WA 98109
Located near the Monorail and Seattle Center House at 5th Avenue North & Broad Street.

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. The futuristic Space Needle, or Seattle Center, in Seattle, Washington was designed for the 1962 World's Fair.

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 98101
Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. Situated just above the waterfront, the market is popular with natives tourists alike. It is a vital part of Seattle's economy, receiving more than nine million visits each year. It features about 600 businesses including farmers and merchants that offer fresh vegetables, seafood, food bars, cafes, restaurants, crafts, art work, and gifts from booths, stalls and shops, and the original Starbucks. The market was born in 1907, from citizen outrage at the high cost of produce, beginning with a handful of farmers with their wagons on Pike Place. It is the oldest continually operating farmer's market in the USA.

Seattle Center Monorail
370 Thomas St., 2nd Floor Seattle, WA 98109
The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center.

Whether a first time visitor or seasoned veteran, no trip to Seattle is worth making without a ride on the Seattle Center Monorail.

Seattle Aquarium
Pier 59 Waterfront Park Seattle, WA 98101
Exhibits, news and events, information, adventures and programs

Seattle Center
The Seattle Center was built as the United States Science Pavilion during the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. This 74-acre complex is now home to the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pacific Science Center and the Key Arena, and it also offers exhibits, IMAX movies, laser shows, community events, classes and camps.

Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is hailed as one of the finest zoos in the world for its award-winning naturalistic exhibits. Includes family farm and children's discovery loop.

Seattle Waterfront
Seattle has one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring seaports in the world. The views are spectacular; the popular Summer Nights at the Pier concerts play at sublime Pier 62/63. The Seattle Aquarium, the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center are also here. The old streetcar clangs along the length of the waterfront, and the green spaces of Myrtle Edwards Park take over from the concrete mayhem at the northern end.

Seattle Art Museum
Houses a permanent exhibition of Asian, African and Northwest Coast Native American art, as well as touring international exhibitions. Note the post-modern facade designed by Robert Venturi.

Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is home to more than 85 aircraft including the supersonic Concorde and the first jet Air Force One. This 12-acre cultural landmark includes more than historic air and spacecraft, interactive exhibits, flight simulators, family and educational activities. Located on Boeing Field only 10 minutes south of downtown Seattle.

Mount Rainier National Park
Learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Visit a rustic historic building. Dream about climbing to the summit. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack.

Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a U.S. National Monument that includes the area around Mount St. Helens in Washington

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
8415 Paine Field Blvd Mukilteo, WA 98275
Explore the dynamics of flight and experience new aviation innovations. Design and virtually test your own jet. Strap yourself into the Innovator for an exhilarating trip to virtual destinations and experiences like the Battle for Iwo Jima, a Grand Prix Race or a barnstorming stunt plane. Then go behind the scenes at Boeing—in the world’s largest building—to watch the very same jets you may one day be a passenger on being assembled.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects Lake Washington to the Puget Sound. The passage is made possible via the locks, built in 1911 and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Argosy Cruises / Tillicum Indian Village
Blake Island's Tillicum Village
Blake Island is located 8 miles from Seattle's Central Waterfront and accessible only by private or charter boat, via Argosy Cruises.

Begin your escape with a 45-minute narrated cruise from downtown Seattle to Blake Island State Park. Upon arrival to Tillicum Village, you will be greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar. Inside the longhouse, watch as whole salmon are cooked over an alder-wood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. As you finish your meal, the lights dim while the myth and magic come to life in the spellbinding performance of Dance on the Wind, featuring dances in the spirit of coastal tribes.

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
608 First Ave, in Seattle’s Pioneer Square
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist!

Pioneer Square
Saved from the wrecking ball by popular outcry, Seattle's oldest neighborhood is a 17-square-block National Historic District. Its charming, red-brick buildings have been revived and now hold a great arts, café, shopping and nightlife scene. Historical highlights are the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park and the unique Bill Spiedel's Underground Tour.

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue N, Seattle, Washington 98109
Features five buildings of interactive science exhibits, a tropical Butterfly House, two IMAX theatres (one with IMAX 3D technology), a planetarium and laser light shows.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the 1897-98 stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s role in this event. The park offers a glimpse at the stories of adventure and hardship of the gold rush.

Seattle University
If gothic architecture is your interest, the jewel-like St. Ignatius Chapel is worth a visit.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
This is part of the University of Washington's web site, and the Museum is located on the campus in Seattle. Dinosaurs, fossils, Native American masks, Asian cultural costumes, bugs and birds! Get the inside story on Washington State natural history and Northwest Native American culture. Check out state-of-the-art exhibits on subjects ranging from fossils to wildlife photography. Afterwards, relax and sip a latte in the Burke Cafe. Enjoy changing natural history exhibits and cultural family programs.

Waterfall Garden
219 2nd Avenue South
Secluded waterfall garden in Pioneer Square

Medicinal Herb Garden
Located on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, the Garden is a resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists

Center for Wooden Boats
Small craft museum with more than 100 historically significant boats. Visitors encounter a relaxed atmosphere of 1900's-style floating buildings and landscaping. Amble along the docks and look at on-the-water exhibits and boats on the docks or stop and chat with one of many volunteers. A rental fleet classically built wooden rowboats and sailboats is available to the public year-round for use on Lake Union. There is no admission charge.

Children's Museum
Located on the first level of Center House at the Seattle Center near the Space Needle, Monorail and Experience Music Project.

Kenmore Air
In 1916, Bill Boeing flew his very first airplane from downtown Seattle's Lake Union. Today, visitors to Seattle can enjoy this uniquely Northwest experience from that very same lake aboard Kenmore Air, “The Seaplane Airline!” Choose your seaplane adventure from among three year-round offerings

Discovery Park
3801 W Government Way, Seattle, WA 98199
Walking and jogging trails through forest and upon wild and windswept grassy meadows. Steep sea cliffs with beach access and lighthouse. Reputedly Seattle's best birding spot. Native American cultural activities and art exhibits are at the park's Daybreak Star Arts Center. The 535 acre park is Seattle's largest, and is also home to the Fort Lawton Military Reservation.

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402
The History Museum tells powerful stories about our states unique people and places. Visitors step back in time and experience our past with the museums interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays, and dramatic artifacts.

Washington Park Arboretum

Famous Graves
The graves of some of Seattle's pioneers occupy scenic Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill, just a few minutes east of downtown. Pioneers interred here include Princess Angeline, daughter of the city's namesake, Chief Sealth, and family names attached to now-familiar Seattle streets, such as Denny, Mercer, Yesler, Horton and Maynard. Martial-arts film star Bruce Lee is buried here as well as his son, Brandon Lee.

Visiting Seattle, the Official Site of the City of Seattle

Seattle Main Airport
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Offer information to passengers on flights, parking and transportation, dining, shopping and related services.


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