Seattle Places

TripWhat's travel guide to the Emerald City; our list of the best things to see, including Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Seattle Art Museum.
  • The best place in Seattle: Pike Place Market

    Pike Place Market

    85 Pike St
    Pike Place level: M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Down Under level: 11AM-5PM daily. Pike Place Market is not entirely indoors, but nearly. It is comprised of dozens of little shops tucked into a few square blocks downtown, on multiple levels. If you hate shopping you still might like this place, with its quirky atmosphere (including the famous seafood shop where the staff throw a fish from one end to the other). As the weather gets warmer, more artisans set up booths to sell photographs, glass, ceramics, and fresh flowers. Several farmers come to sell their produce, and a vast amount of tiny hole-in-the-wall places offer all kinds of cuisine (french, russian, mexican, seafood chowder, etc...) It is within walking distance of the NCL Cruiseline dock...good if you want to walk from the boat, but making the market rather crowded when their boats are in harbor. Hours are shortest on Sunday: only 11AM-5PM. Look for big blond Johnny Hahn on his portable piano, or one of the other regular street musicians on a more conventional street instrument. Leave the more trafficked areas behind and go downstairs into the Down Under area to explore the creepy, dusty shops. The weird, cramped Parrot Store even further downstairs (on 1st Avenue) is worth the $0.50 admission if you like parrots.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Space Needle

    Space Needle

    400 Broad St
    M-Th 9:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 9AM-11:30PM, Su 9AM-11PM. Adults $18, age 4-12 $11, under 4 free, over 65 $16, active military $16. The most expensive elevator ride in America. However, the view is spectacular on a clear day when the sun sets. Downtown Seattle contrasts beautifully with the ocean to the west and the snow-capped mountains in every other direction. You can get a comparably good view for free from Bhy Kracke Park (pronounced "By Crackie") atop Queen Anne Hill. If you are going to eat at the revolving restaurant near the top, called Sky City, the elevator ride is free. Sky City is surprisingly good given its touristy setting, and a three-course brunch only adds $29 to the cost of going up the tower...well worth it. The restaurant completes one revolution per 45 minutes as you eat.
    Lower Queen Anne eat nearby
  • Seattle Art Museum

    Seattle Art Museum

    1300 1st Ave
    W,Sa-Su 10AM-5PM, Th-F 10AM-9PM, closed M-Tu. Suggested admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors (62 and over) and military, $9 students with ID and youth 13–17, children 12 and under free. Some special exhibitions charge an additional fee. Admission to the museum is free for everyone on the first Thursday of each month. The museum's recent physical expansion, coupled with an aggressive campaign to expand the collection, now displays an good overview assortment of art from around the world. Though the permanent exhibitions only occasionally delve deeply into a specific subject (such as the enormous variety of pieces in the porcelain room), extensive special exhibitions fill the gap.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum

    Seattle Asian Art Museum

    1400 E Prospect St
    Wed–Sun 10 AM–5 PM, Thu 10 AM–9 PM, closed Mon and Tue. $5 (some special exhibitions may be higher, usually $7); free the first Thursday of every month. An offshoot of downtown's Seattle Art Museum, SAAM displays a portion of the permanent collection balanced with rotating, consistently well-curated special exhibitions. The focus is usually on Chinese or Japanese art, where the collection reflects long-established ties across the Pacific, but does include works from as far as India. The Art Deco building (SAM's original home) is an attraction in its own right.
    Capitol Hill food nearby
  • Seattle Aquarium

    Seattle Aquarium

    1483 Alaskan Way
    exhibits open 9:30AM-6PM, last admission at 5PM. Adults $17, children (4-12) $11, children 3 or under free. Showcasing native fish and mammals of the Pacific Northwest. Among the highlights are the Windows on Washington (WOW) exhibit, two touch tanks featuring animals of the inland sea and outer coast, a display of two giant pacific octopuses, gill sharks, Pacific coral reefs, a display of local birds as well as Harbor Seals, Great Northern Fur Seals, and Sea Otters.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • EMP Museum

    EMP Museum

    325 5th Ave N
    Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10AM-7PM daily, Labor Day-Memorial Day: 10AM-5PM daily. Adults $18 ($15 if purchased online), aged 65+ or military $15, aged 5–17 or student $12, 5 and under free. A rock 'n' roll museum, designed by Frank Gehry, and which has the Jimi Hendrix special exhibit. Do not expect to get your turn with the many interactive exhibits.
    Lower Queen Anne restaurants nearby
  • The Museum of Flight

    The Museum of Flight

    9404 East Marginal Way S
    Adults $14, youths (5-17) $7.50, children (4 and under) free. Lower rates are available for groups over 10, see website for more details. Admission is free the first Thursday evening of every month from 5PM until 9PM. The name tells you right away whether you personally will find this interesting; at minimum, it will get you inside on a rainy day. The collection includes 131 aircraft and spacecraft ranging from wood and fabric crates to the SR-71, Space Shuttle Trainer, a retired Air-Force One and a Concorde. The Museum offers a large educational out reach program including weekend family workshops, the Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) summer day camp and is the future sight of Raisbeck Aviation High School (opens August 2013).
    Beacon Hill food nearby
  • CenturyLink Field

    CenturyLink Field

    800 Occidental Ave S
    Home to Seattle's beloved Seahawks and Sounders, CenturyLink Field (renamed from Qwest Field in June 2011, though the rebranding is not yet complete) is an impresive open air sports arena with great views beyond the goal posts.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • The Burke Museum

    The Burke Museum

    University of Washington, 17th Ave NE & NE 45th St
    Daily 10AM-5PM, first Thu of each month 10AM-8PM. $9.50 general, $7.50 seniors, $6 students and youth, children 4 and under free, free for everyone on the first Thursday of every month. A natural history museum with lots of Northwest Indian artifacts and dinosaur. The Burke also houses the controversial "Kennewick Man" bones.
    Maple Leaf restaurants nearby
  • Elliott Bay Cruises

    Elliott Bay Cruises

    1200 Westlake Ave N Bsmt
    Cruises as short as one hour around Elliott Bay are available from Argosy Cruises, departing from Pier 55.
    Westlake food nearby
  • The Center For Wooden Boats

    The Center For Wooden Boats

    1010 Valley St
    An intriguing museum where you can learn about Maritime culture and experience sailing traditional wooden boats. The center's programs allow you to get a hands-on feel, putting in control of crafting and sailing your own wooden craft. Visit on Sunday for a free boat ride on a classic wooden boat. Rides are offered year-round. At times artist-in-residence Saaduuts leads programs.
    Eastlake eat nearby
  • Seattle Seahawks

    Seattle Seahawks

    member of the National Football League's
    Official Facebook Fan Page of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Alki Beach Park

    Alki Beach Park

    1702 Alki Ave SW
    The beach runs on the right side), ☎ +1 206 233-1509. Apr 15-Oct 1: 6AM-11PM daily, Oct 2-Apr 14: 4AM-11:30PM daily. Free. Alki Beach Park is one of the best and biggest sandy beaches in Seattle. There's a rollerblade/bike/walking path along it for miles and the beach itself is always busy and fun. Great views of the city, the ferries and the Olympics. There are several great cafes and coffee shops right across the street. Good place for barbeque as well as many outdoor recreations. It has one of the best night view of Downtown Seattle and the city light.
    Alki food nearby
  • Carkeek Park

    Carkeek Park

    950 NW Carkeek Park Rd
    The century-old trees and surprisingly hilly terrain surrounding a small valley give the impression that you're far from the city. Excellent for a walk in the woods.
    Broadview eat nearby
  • Lincoln Park

    Lincoln Park

    8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
    Lincoln Park is a big, wild park, next to the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, serving Vashon Island and Southworth. Lincoln Park has lots of walking paths, picnic areas, beautiful trees, and beach. Unlike Alki Beach, it's quite pebbly and full of driftwood. To reach the park: come across the West Seattle Bridge into West Seattle, bear left at the "Y" intersection at Fauntleroy. Stay on Fauntleroy all the way to the park. Follow the signs to the ferries.
    Fauntleroy restaurants nearby
  • Cal Anderson Park

    Cal Anderson Park

    1635 11th Ave E
    (near Broadway and E Pine St). A newly renovated park near Broadway and E Pine St that is very popular on sunny days. It includes a signature fountain and pond, a basketball court, tennis and softball fields, and a playground. Great for peoplewatching, and you can often see groups of people doing activities varying from hackeysack to drum circles to freeze tag to bike polo to twirling around with colorful scarves.
    Capitol Hill food nearby
  • Gas Works Park

    Gas Works Park

    2101 N Northlake Way
    Gas Works Park, or "Gasworks", as locals call it, is Wallingford's oddly endearing refuge along the north part of Lake Union — prominently featuring the rusting, hulking remains of the city's old gasworks piping and machinery. More conventionally, a solitary bump of a hill offers the ideal spot for kite flying and views across the lake of sailboats, float planes landing, and downtown Seattle at sunset.
    Eastlake eat nearby
  • Seattle Mariners

    Seattle Mariners

    member of Major League Baseball's
    This is the official Facebook home of the Seattle Mariners. Find out more about the Mariners at Mariners.com.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Washington Park Arboretum

    Washington Park Arboretum

    2300 Arboretum Dr E
    E (from 40th Ave. and E. Madison on the south to Lake Washington and SR-520 on the north). Open daily, dawn to dusk.. The Arboretum is a 230-acre park additionally serving as a botanical garden and horticultural research center, with thousands of trees and plants from temperate climates represented. An extensive network of walking trails covers the park. The Visitor's Center, near the northeast corner of the park, is open from 10 AM to 4 PM daily, and has limited parking available. Guided tours are offered on the first and third Sundays of every month, and free trail maps highlighting the major parts of the collection are available at any time.
    Broadmoor food nearby
  • Seattle Sounders FC

    Seattle Sounders FC

    member of Major League Soccer's
    The third different Seattle soccer team to bear the "Sounders" name, plays at CenturyLink Field from March-November. Possibly the toughest ticket in town—the Sounders have sold out every home game since joining MLS in 2009—but for hardcore soccer (football) fans, the atmosphere is unmatched in the US. David Beckham, the iconic English star who has played in MLS since 2007, has called CenturyLink Field the only place in the league where he has seen an atmosphere that compares to that found in Europe.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park - Seattle Unit

    Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park - Seattle Unit

    319 2nd Ave S
    Daily 9AM-5PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Free. A key attraction in the Pioneer Square area. It is the Seattle branch of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, the remainder of which is in Alaska. Highlights the city's key role as the "Gateway to the Gold Fields" in supplying most of the Klondike stampeders of 1897 - 1898. National Park Service Rangers and volunteers staff the Seattle unit. They can provide information and perspective not only on the Gold Rush but also on Seattle's past and present. The Seattle unit contains many artifacts and historical photographs related to the Gold Rush. Movies about the Gold Rush (27 minutes), Seattle (15 minutes) and the Chilkoot Pass (15 minutes) are shown upon request except in summer when they're shown on a regular schedule. Rangers conduct free walking tours of the Pioneer Square area in the summer. They also demonstrate gold panning for school groups.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Japanese Garden

    Japanese Garden

    Washington Park Arboretum1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
    Hours vary seasonally: generally 10 AM until sunset, Tuesday through Sunday. Extended hours from May to September, closed December to February; check the link above for more detailed information.. $6 adults, $4 children over 5 years and seniors.. A small, formal Japanese garden within the grounds of the Arboretum, recently renovated.
    Broadmoor food nearby
  • Showbox SoDo

    Showbox SoDo

    1700 1st Ave S
    Sister venue to the original Showbox across from Pike Place Market, Showbox SoDo offers a variety of live music acts, check website for upcoming events. There is also food, of the burger and pizza variety, and drinks available from the lounge.
    Industrial District
  • Magus Books

    Magus Books

    1408 NE 42nd St
    Used book store with large selection. They rarely buy books for cash even though they claim to, but sometimes accept used books in trade.
    University District
  • Watch Rollerderby

    Watch Rollerderby

    Take a quick bus over to Sandpoint to catch the Rat City Rollergirls. Events span 9 months a year and occur one Saturday a month.
    Lower Queen Anne food nearby
  • Seattle Storm

    Seattle Storm

    Seattle's WNBA Western Conference team plays at KeyArena from May till September
    Seattle Storm is Seattle's two-time WNBA champion team. For Tickets go to http://www.bit.ly/E6G4R or visit us on the web at www.StormBasketball.com
    Downtown eat nearby
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Seattle uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.