We Know: 10 Best Things to See in Seattle
Life is never dull in the Land of Starbucks. Ten things every visitor should make a point to see in Seattle include:
1. Get your fill of Starbucks, fish tossing, cheap flowers, and great baked goods at Pike's Place Market.
Pike's Place Market (at First Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets; 206.774.5249) was founded in 1907 and is one of the oldest marketplaces in the West. This original Farmer's Market is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 6PM, and Sundays from 11AM until 5PM.
2. Immerse yourself in Seattle's folklore and history at Pioneer Square.
Between Second Avenue (East), Alaskan Way (West), Columbus Street (South) and Pikes Place (North) sits one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle, whose cobblestone streets are lined with old fashioned street lamps. Explore the local art galleries and antique shops. Browse through bookstores. Grab a bite to eat, and don't forget to hit the nightclubs after dark.
3. Seafood, shopping, and entertainment awaits at the Seattle Waterfront.
A visit downtown is not complete without a visit to Seattle's famed Waterfront (located on Alaskan Way between Main Street and Denny Way). Take in the sights and smells of the sea at the Seattle Aquarium, or enjoy a leisurely stroll on the pier amidst the playful notes of street musicians and rich aromas of freshly cooked seafood. Stop by Ye Old Curiosity Shop for an unforgettable treat.
4. Jump aboard a ferry for a cruise about Puget Sound.
Depart from the Waterfront and head west across Puget Sound to one of the nearby islands. The 35 minute ferry ride aboard a Washington State ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island will set you back $6.10 or $10.60 if you take the car.
5. Catch a night of baseball at Safeco Field while admiring the Seattle skyline.
Safeco Field (1200 First Avenue, at Edgar Martinez Drive; 206.346.4001) hosts Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners. Tickets cost between $7 (nosebleed seats) to $60 per game. Baseball is never the same in one of Major League's most picturesque arenas.
6. The Underground Tour offers behind the scenes tours of underground Seattle.
Part of Seattle's seedy and storied past is buried beneath the cobblestone streets of Pioneer Square. Experience the history through the Underground Tour (608 First Avenue; 206.682.4646). Admission to the tour is on a first-come, first-served basis and will cost $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Call ahead for tour times.
7. Hop on the monorail from Downtown for a trip in the famous Space Needle.
Built for the 1962's World Fair, the Seattle Space Needle (400 Broad Street, at Fifth; 206.695.2100) towers to heights of 520 feet above the ground, offering spectacular views of Seattle. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 4 to 13. Dine at the Sky City Restaurant and get in the Space Needle for free.
8. Experience music like it's never been experienced at the Experience Music Project.
Celebrate the musical heritage of Seattle through interactive exhibits and live performances. Tickets are $26.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors and children ages 7 to 17. The Experience Music Project (EMP) is open 10AM to 5PM Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10AM to 6PM Friday to Sundays, and closed Mondays. EMP is located at 325 Fifth Avenue at the Seattle Center (phone 206.367.5483).
9. Take the family and enjoy the day at Gas Works Park.
Seattle converted an old coal-to-gas manufacturing plant into a public park overlooking Lake Union (2101 North Northlake Way; 206.684.4075).
10. If you've got the time, swing by the beautiful Snoqualmie Falls.
Snoqualmie Falls (6501 Railroad Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie; 425.985.6906) rivals Niagara for beauty and splendor, and it happens to be one of the most scenic locations in Washington State. Snoqualmie Falls lies 29 miles east of Seattle.