Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington, boasting of a flourishing economy and a rich culture. It is the Coffee Capital of the United States. Whether you’re planning on moving to Seattle, or have already made your move, you’d want to check out a few places that make this city so great. There’s plenty to do with your family and friends and just have a good time.
Below is a list of 10 top attractions that you must visit in Seattle:
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo stretches across 92-acres and is home to many threatened and endangered animal species from across the world. The zoo was the first of its kind to set up naturalistic exhibits and it boasts of about 300 different species ranging from snow leopards, grizzly bears, Asian and African elephants, lemurs and jaguars.
There is so much to see in the Volunteer Park in Central Seattle. The Park showcases a century-old conservatory with tropical plants and trees. Visitors can enjoy simple attractions within the park such as picnic grounds, children play area, sport facilities, and walking trails. Also, the flourishing green space comprises the Seattle Asian Art Museum which is a branch of the bigger Seattle Art Museum located downtown. Galleries in the Seattle Asian Art Museum display South Asian, Chinese, Southeast Asian art, textiles and decorative arts.
Pioneer square historic district
Pioneer square is the iconic heart of Seattle city. The square is prominent with a 60-foot totem pole. The Smith Tower among the Victorian-era structures is outstanding for its impressive height of 42 stories. If you enjoy sightseeing, don’t miss the observation deck on the 35th floor, it was designed for that purpose.
Also, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in the neighborhood evokes the rush of prospectors who left for the Yukon at some point in the 1897 gold rush. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is also worth the time as it reveals the old city that lies underneath the modern streets allowing you to experience the old streets below ground where the pioneers once walked.
If you enjoy symphony concerts, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall is one place that is worth the visit. The Seattle’s premier arts venue seats as many as 2,500 for Seattle Symphony concerts. Dale Chihuly’s large glass art sculpture stood outstandingly at the lobby of the center. The magnificent art work looks like the ones at the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle Center and at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. If you are interested in the
performance hall, it is located downtown across the street from the Seattle Art Museum.
Pike place market
The two floors of the scenic Pike Place Market provides a wide range of wares for sale by vendors. Some of the things you will find on the two floors are vegetables, fruits, fish and different kinds of odds and ends make
the market a unique one. If you love the taste of seafood don’t hesitate to visit one of the restaurants. You can take a tour around the market to see more of what the Pike place is offering.
Waterfront and Piers
At the Seattle waterfront you will see a chain of piers and parks, boat tours, ferry docks tourist attractions and recreational spaces. On Pier 59 of the waterfront, is the Seattle Aquarium where several different types of Pacific marine animals such as dwarf sharks, sea otters and octopuses are seen in the Underwater Dome.
Discovery Park is the biggest park in Seattle and it stretches across 550 acres. If you need a magnificent and peaceful escape from the city, you should visit the Discovery Park. The park comprises a coastline, forest and meadows and serves as habitat for wildlife. If you are interested in learning about the park, an environmental learning facility stages interactive display, gives details about the park and hosts education programs.
Seattle Center and the Space Needle
The famous Seattle Center, its symbolic Space needle and the monorail were initially designed and constructed for the 1962 world fair but the center has since been transformed into an entertainment facility and park and boasts of restaurants, sport facilities and theaters. The area is now surrounded by contemporary tourist attractions such as musical performances at the Experience Music Project and extraordinary glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass. This is one center you can sit back, relax and enjoy whenever you visit Seattle.
The picturesque International District is located on the eastern side of Pioneer square. The streets of the International District are surrounded by Japanese and Chinese shops and restaurants. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience traces Asian immigration history.
Hiram M Chittenden Locks
The Hiram M Chittenden Locks located northwest of Seattle Center is also known as the Ballard Locks. The Locks provides a unique platform for watching the boat traffic as they move between Puget sounds and the lakes. Also, you can seek out the fish ladder where salmons fight their way upstream. Also, if you need a spot where you can sit back, relax and watch well-tended gardens visit the nearby Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden.