Seattle is the largest city in the Washington State. The city has very picturesque surroundings: To the west are the impressive Olympic Mountains of which Mount Olympus is the tallest. Close to the city you can find Lake Washington and just east of the city you will discover Lake Sammamish, and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Also in the Seattle area you can find a whole series of bays (Elliott, Salmon, Portage, Union, and others), which are connected with the Pacific Ocean by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Seattle is a very popular tourist destination. If you are going to visit this magnificent place, we offer you our version of top things to do in Seattle.
1. Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a popular tourist area in the city centre. Here is the famous fish market and other markets selling fresh foods, crafts, collectibles and more.
Many attractions in Seattle are within walking distance of Pike Place Market, so – it’s a great place to start exploring the city.
2. Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle is a symbol of Seattle, one of the most recognizable towers in the USA. This amazing structure resembles a flying saucer, UFO, which accidentally landed in the middle of the noisy and never sleeping city.
The Space Needle opened in 1962. It looks like a thin “leg” with a wide-brimmed hat on the top. At a height of 160 metres, there is an observation deck and gift shop and just below is a restaurant. The tower has a height of 184 metres, and its widest part is 42 metres. The strength and durability of this construction also deserves attention: it is built to withstand an earthquake of up to magnitude 9.1, which, fortunately, has never been taken place.
Maximum magnitude that rocked the Space Needle was 6.8 on the Richter scale in 2001, when, according to witnesses, water spilled from the toilets.
3. Museum of Flight
One of the must do things in Seattle is visit the Museum of Flight. The museum contains 28 aircrafts of the First and Second World Wars: German, Russian and Japanese aircraft. Some of them are open for the public to see inside.
A separate pavilion is dedicated to space exploration. Another permanent exhibition is a retrospective of the Boeing company, which includes pictures of aircraft, engines and other parts of the aircraft. All parts of the exhibition are complemented by multimedia materials such as modern videos and historical chronicles. You can also sit in different cockpits and try your luck as a pilot or astronaut!
4. Seattle Aquarium
If you are cogitating about things to do in Seattle this weekend go to the Seattle Aquarium without any doubts. The aquarium is located at Pier 59, 1483 Alaskan way. Its visitors can watch with their own eyes the fascinating oceanic fauna and flora in it’s natural environment.
Unlike many other popular aquariums in the USA, Seattle Aquarium there are not many large deep sea dwellers. But there is a big octopus, and even river otters. What is really cool in Seattle Aquarium is it’s several pools, where you can touch its inhabitants.
Most of the animals here are those which can be found in the north-west coast of America. A separate aquarium recreates a Pacific coral reef.
5. Seattle tonight
For real gourmets, who are looking for things to do in Seattle tonight we can offer visiting one of the most prestigious restaurants in the ‘Art of the Table’. Its menu includes both typical American and original Mediterranean cuisine, and has an excellent wine list.
Despite its status, Art of the Table has quite attractive prices, its luxurious room is perfect for a banquet. Lovers of seafood surely will enjoy the cozy ‘Pike Place Chowder restaurant’. Its trademark is considered to be a clam chowder, served with a tasty plate of freshly baked bread.
But if you are fan of Caribbean cuisine you have to visit Paseo Caribbean restaurant. It is located on a busy street, so a noisy and cheerful atmosphere is always present in a cozy room of the restaurant.
6. Gum wall in Seattle
One of the really crazy things to do in Seattle could be looking at Gum wall in Seattle, which is located downtown, near the Pike Place Market, and regularly ranked in the ratings of the most unhygienic and most disgusting tourist attractions.
Visitors of theatre, who were not allowed to go inside with gum in their mouth, stuck it on the wall. The wall was cleaned several times, but in the end the city authorities gave up trying to clean the wall and accepted the wall as a sight of Seattle, all the more so many celebrities were noticed there with a gum in hand.
7. Seattle Art Museum
If you prefer a calm quiet atmosphere of culture and art among things to do this weekend in Seattle we can offer you to choose visiting the Seattle Art Museum. It’s located in the heart of the city and is a member of the Washington Art Consortium.
Due to this status the Museum of Art has received international recognition. The building of the museum has about 20 rooms and galleries, accommodating more than 30,000 exhibits. The museum has a convenient infrastructure: each room is dedicated to a particular exposure.
The museum’s treasures offers its visitors to enjoy both modern and ancient art. It includes works of Africans, Europeans, Asians and Americans of different times in history.
8. Woodland Park Zoo
Undeniably one of top things to see in Seattle is Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo is a home for about a thousand animals belonging to 300 different species. Its pride is cages with Humboldt penguins. These charming creatures can even draw.
Zoo staff help them to dip their feet into paint and they stamp on a canvas. There are a lot of funny animal statues around the zoo with which visitors like take a picture. In the part of the park where the birds live, you can buy bags of seeds and freely feed the birds. Among other crowd favourites are orangutans, lions, tigers, bears, elephants and giraffes.
9. Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park is a part of the collection of the Museum of the Arts in Seattle. Giant sculptures are placed in the open air on the Pacific coast. They were donated to the city by contemporary artists from around the world.
The calling card of the park is a bright red steel structure with a hight of 12 metres, which actually is a sculpture of “Eagle” by Alexander Calder. Olympic Sculpture Park was opened to the public in 2007, but has already managed to win many awards and honors from the Architectural and Design Journals and committees.
10. Seattle Public Library
If you are pondering which things to do in Seattle when it rains, go to the Seattle Public Library. Having been in Seattle, it is impossible not to draw attention to the Seattle Public Library, which brings together the wisdom of books and a modern design.
The library building, which was built of metal and glass, has a bright and unique design. Today, the magnificent building is visited by about two million people annually. For tourists, the library will be interesting not only for it’s many books but also the unique design of the building that attracts many visitors with its appearance.