Downtown, Seattle Places

Part of our Seattle travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Downtown, including Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Aquarium.
  • The best place in Downtown 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Seattle Seahawks

    Seattle Seahawks

    member of the National Football League's
    Official Facebook Fan Page of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Neighborhood events such as parades and street fairs run throughout the festival, with the downtown Torchlight Parade in late July. Seafair culminates in early August when hydroplane races and the Blue Angels bring loud, fast boats and planes to Lake Washington.
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  • Gameworks

    Gameworks

    1511 7th Ave
    M-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10AM-1AM, Su 10AM-midnight. Gameworks is a chain gaming store for people to have fun. Doesn't matter if you are a teenager or an adult, this is a great place to release the stress and enjoy all types of video games. There are variety of games like Initial D4, Midnight Maximum Tune 3, House of the Dead 4, etc. World Sports Grille is the restaurant & bar inside that serves American food.
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  • Benaroya Hall

    Benaroya Hall

    200 University St
    Free tours offered Tu, F at noon and 1PM. An aesthetically and acoustically beautiful new concert hall. Tours available.
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  • Smith Tower Observation Deck

    Smith Tower Observation Deck

    506 2nd AveSte 1021
    50 adults, $6 students and seniors, $5 children. Built in 1914, the Smith Tower was Seattle's first skyscraper and is probably the only tall building left in Seattle where uniformed attendants operate the elevators. Instead of stepping into a metal box with no view, you'll observe the different floors and peer into offices as you ascend or descend. How many people under the age of, say, 20 or so have ever had that experience? An outdoor observation deck on the 35th floor wraps completely around the four sides of the tower, providing panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including Mt. Rainier, as well as of Elliott Bay, downtown Seattle, and Pioneer Square. The interior of the 35th floor contains the Chinese Room, with an ornate carved ceiling and a number of decorative flourishes imported from China in the early 20th century.
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  • Columbia Center

    Columbia Center

    701 5th Ave
    $5 adults, $3 students. The second tallest building on the West Coast and the tallest in Seattle has its own 73rd floor observation deck. Great views from the top. Arguably a better (and definitely cheaper!) view than offered by the Space Needle, though it doesn't cover a full 360 degrees and the space is shared with the city traffic monitoring center. This building isn't well known as a tourist attraction, so there is little to no line to get to the top. Occasional closures due to private events or security alerts.
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  • Greenlake Park

    Greenlake Park

    A significant feature of the neighborhood
    Includes a loop walk around Greenlake frequented by cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, and walkers. The lake is swimmer friendly. Algae growth and closures were sometimes a problem before 2004 when the City of Seattle performed a comprehensive cleanup. It is now one of the cleanest public swimming areas in the Seattle area.
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  • Seward Park

    Seward Park

    The entire park is a large peninsula that is surrounded by Lake Washington. Kids activities in the summer, great scenery, and a 2 and half mile paved level path that circles the whole peninsula, are a few of the attractions.
    Belltown food nearby
  • Myrtle Edwards Park

    Myrtle Edwards Park

    Also a great place to take a walk, jog or bike ride. The walking and cycling paths (at times separate) start north of the ferry piers and go right along the water for 1.5 mi (2.4 km), and provide a delightful way to get close to the harbor. It is separated from the rest of the city by several train tracks, so you won't have to listen to any vehicle traffic.
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  • Volunteer Park

    Volunteer Park

    home of the Seattle Asian Art Museum
    Designed by John Charles Olmsted and Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr, this is the largest park in Capitol Hill and is the site of a botanical conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (above).
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  • Discovery Park

    Discovery Park

    Magnolia is great for kite-flying as well as a trail to the beach with great cliffs and boat watching. At Park's beach, you can see the view of both Cascade and Olympia Mountain ranges. This is a great getaway from long weeks of work and to bring kids to enjoy some quality family moments. The wildlife sanctuary is well protected to maintain the rich natural environment.
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  • Golden Gardens Park

    Golden Gardens Park

    Water around here is too cold to swim except for crazy and determined kids during the hottest months, but you can wade a little, walk the beach, make sand castles, claim a fire pit, watch wind surfers and ships go by. If it's clear there is a magnificent view of the Olympics on the other side of Puget Sound. Kids of all ages have endless muddy fun trying to dam up or re-route the fresh water stream flowing across one end of the beach.
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  • Hing Hay Park

    Hing Hay Park

    423 Maynard Ave S
    A small park in the center of Chinatown. Though you're not too likely to see old folks doing tai chi or playing checkers, it still has character.
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  • Green Lake

    Green Lake

    4 km) asphalt and gravel trails for walking, jogging and rollerblading around the circumference of the lake, plus several sports fields. The path is good for people-watching as there is a constant stream of thousands of Seattlelites all day long. On the East side there are areas of grass where you can often find pick-up soccer, volleyball as well as basketball on outdoor courts. There's also an indoor swimming pool, which is much cleaner than the lake. If the signs warn that the lake is closed, don't ignore them or risk getting "swimmer's itch" from the plentiful parasites spread through duck feces. The surrounding neighborhood is vibrant and fun in good weather, with rental rollerskates, bikes, restaurants, etc.
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  • Kerry Park

    Kerry Park

    Rainier visible behind the skyline. The best view is to go on a clear summer day around 9PM, the sun will have just dropped behind the Olympic range, the city lights will just be coming on, but there will be enough sunlight left that Rainier glows purple behind the city. The Sculpture "Changing Form" by Doris Chase is standing in the center of Kerry Park since 1977 and this park attracts many tourists and locals to enjoy their afternoon or night chillaxing.
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  • The 5 Point Cafe

    The 5 Point Cafe

    415 Cedar St
    Seattle's oldest restaurant, serving huge portions of American comfort food since 1929. The full menu is served 24 hours every day. Full bar with stiff drinks. Over 25 local beers and liquors. Great jukebox and an eclectic mix of regulars and locals, tourists, politicians, young hipsters, freaks and grouchy old men. Free wifi. Outdoor seating. A true piece of Seattle history not to be missed.
    Belltown
  • Bay Pavilion on Pier 57

    Bay Pavilion on Pier 57

    1301 Alaskan Way
    A "touristy" destination, with shops, restaurants, and a game arcade and carousel for kids.
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  • Seattle Bug Safari

    Seattle Bug Safari

    1501 Western AveSte 304
    M 11AM–6PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su closed. Adults (13-64) $8, children (3-12) $6, seniors/military/college students $7, toddlers (0-2) free. A bug zoo and a gift shop.
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