10 Things to Do in Seattle That You Shouldn't Miss

In Seattle you simply can’t skip the Central Public Library – a modern architectural marvel of glass grids, unusual shapes, and a “book spiral” that climbs four stories. Stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks and play catch with a fishmonger. In the heart of the city lies Chihuly Garden and Glass, which will dazzle you with its colorful and delicate works. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound.

1. Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109-4623 Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries, Art Museums More
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5 based on 22561 reviews

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full-service dining in the adjoining Collections Café, this long-term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine.

Reviewed By kes1639 - Bristow, VirginiaBristow, Virginia

Stunning glass work

The glasswork is stunning but not a lot of explanation of how he crafted this art (actually he is the visionary and others now do the actual blowing). There is a movie (actually 5 or 6 mini movies) that describe certain shows but doesn't really go into Ch

2. The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4046 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 6335 reviews

The Museum of Flight

Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Barrel-roll a Mustang, land on the moon, and soar over Puget Sound in a simulator. Experience the excitement of the space race and sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. From the Wright brothers to the exploration of Mars, you'll find it at The Museum of Flight!

Reviewed By bocadey - Vancouver, CanadaVancouver, Canada

A must visit for anyone interested in flight

If you're interested in the history of flight, from the Wright Brothers through to the moon landing, this museum has it all. It's massive and there are so many areas to explore. Highlights includes the space shuttle trainer, a 1960's era Air Force One, th

3. Washington State Ferries

801 Alaskan Way, Pier 52, Seattle, WA 98104-1410 Transportation, Ferries
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4.5 based on 8115 reviews

Washington State Ferries

Reviewed By JaJSeattle - FloridaFlorida

roundtrip for a coffee hour

Even though we are local, we'll occasionally do a walk-on roundtrip (you need to disembark then get back on, though) just for a little break or when we want to have a pleasant coffee chat. (the coffee isn't that great, but the trip is always a stress-bust

4. Pike Place Market

97 Pike St, Between Pike and Pine Sts. and First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4.5 based on 20102 reviews

Pike Place Market

One of the few authentic farmer's markets in the United States, this hub of delicious scents, delectable eats and delightful personalities attracts nine million visitors a year.

Reviewed By kpatters - Edmonton, CanadaEdmonton, Canada

Go To Place In Seattle

Every time we come to Seattle we check tour the PPM. We check out each vendor and then have lunch at the many waterfront eating places. Prices are a little steep but worth it for the waterfront view. Do check out nearby Post Alley during the day as it has

5. Kerry Park

250 W Highland Dr, Queen Ann Hill, Seattle, WA 98119-3529 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 3208 reviews

Kerry Park

For one of the best views of Seattle head to Kerry Park, a small park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill. A photo from here is Seattle postcard-perfect, featuring ferries crossing Elliott Bay, the city skyline with the Space Needle in the forefront and, if weather conditions are favorable, a view of Mt. Rainier.

Reviewed By aflynn33 - DelawareDelaware

Your first stop in Seattle (if you're driving)

Tiny neighborhood park with an absolutely magnificent view of Seattle, the Space Needed, and, 100 miles away, Mount Ranier. Driving here was a wake-up to the extremely hilly terrain in Seattle, somewhat like San Francisco. Street parking only, so try to p

6. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213 Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
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4.5 based on 3046 reviews

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway. Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike.

Reviewed By riverbluff2018 - Seattle, WashingtonSeattle, Washington

We live here, and we go all the time, especially when it's sunny

This is one of my favorite actual working destinations in Seattle. It is a free federal installation providing locks from salt to fresh water, salmon migration viewing station (check for season), museum, maintained gardens, and a slope viewing the locks w

7. Sky View Observatory

700 4th Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104-7097 Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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4.5 based on 2383 reviews

Sky View Observatory

Sky View Observatory in downtown Seattle is the ideal first stop on your visit to the Emerald City. Here you can map out your entire Pacific Northwest experience! Sky View is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At 902 feet, it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle.

Reviewed By DavidB371 - North Bend, WashingtonNorth Bend, Washington

Believe the Reviews: It's Fabulous

We've done the Space Needle and the Smith Tower but Sky VIew is in a class by itself. The views are stunning, obviously. But if you take your time, there is so much great information about what you're seeing: history, geography, and more. There's lots of

8. Safeco Field

1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134-1216 Sights & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
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4.5 based on 4180 reviews

Safeco Field

Reviewed By kes1639 - Bristow, VirginiaBristow, Virginia

Now called T Mobile Park

This is the park that the Seattle Mariners play. They have half priced Monday tickets (the stadium was still pretty empty). It was a nice stadium but I didn't think anything spectacular (didn't have the charm of Fenway Park and seemed just like Washington

9. Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-5897 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums
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4.5 based on 1933 reviews

Woodland Park Zoo

Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. Featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world, a visit to Woodland Park Zoo will make your day and a difference.

Reviewed By noncorteccia - Moab, UtahMoab, Utah

Not too big, great day excursion

We caught the city bus ($2.50) that stopped right in front of the zoo. The layout made it easy to see everything without having to double back too often. The animals were mostly out and about. The food was pretty good and there were lots of bathrooms. Nic

10. Smith Tower

500 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2336 Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
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4.5 based on 679 reviews

Smith Tower

Enjoy Smith Tower like you've never seen it before. Immerse yourself in new exhibits that take you on a journey through the past one hundred years. Make your way to the top of the tower for an amazing vantage point from the Observatory, including an open-air deck that will give you 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond. Then take a moment to indulge in a Prohibition-inspired craft cocktails and shareable plates with a group of friends or your loved ones. And don't forget to make a wish in the Wishing Chair. It's the perfect selfie to post of your visit to Smith Tower.

Reviewed By medicarekev - Longview, WashingtonLongview, Washington

First visit after driving by it for 50 years!

Washington residents and go up for just $12. Great view, awful restaurant / lounge so skip the drinks....took 40 minutes to get two beers.Hi there,Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are disappointed to hear about your experience with the

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