Seattle Center (Science Center, Space Needle, Amusement Park), Pike Place Market, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Waterfront (Aquarium), the Zoo
Seattle Center (Science Center, Space Needle, Amusement Park), Pike Place Market, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Waterfront (Aquarium), the Zoo Reviews
Jun 11, 2007
With Seattle it's really important to figure out what part of the city you're going to see for one day. Every major attraction that I love takes at least half a day to be fully appreciated.
Seattle Center: It's extremely touristy, so I will warn you there, but it is a fun taste of what Seattle has to offer. The Space Needle has an amazingly beautiful turning restaurant (though the food isn't spectacular it is good and the views make up for it). There is also an observation deck that is a bit pricey but, I believe, absolutely worth it. You won't see a better view anywhere in the city.
The Science Center is part of the same complex and also houses the IMAX theater, it's great for kids, but can get a bit tedious for adults. There are fun activites so check the site to see what they're offering when you stop by.
The amusement park is small and there are only a few fun rides, but you can buy tickets in singles and it's a fun way to spend an afternoon.
** Ride the Duck is a dorky but fun way to see the city, it's a car that turns into a boat halfway through the tour. Also great for kids.
Pike Place Market: Amazing, but can get very, very crowded. I reccommend going in the earlier morning if you can. The private vendors and large array of food is an experience that just *is* Seattle. As far as I'm concerned it's the first stop you should make, and definitely worth and entire day. There are great little places to eat and sit down, and everyone is very friendly and willing to talk about the history of the place.
**Of course, you have to visit the fish throwers, especially with children, but also a good time for any age.
Downtown: Relatively small compared to other major cities, but clean and sometimes artists set up across the street from Westlake Center so check before you go to see what's going on. For the most part just a shopping center, but the largest AE in the country is situated there, as well as the Convention center.
Pioneer Square: I reccommend this for a taste of old time Seattle. It's one of my favorite places to go bar hopping but there are also some cute little bookstores and used clothing stores.
**If you like Pioneer Square you should check out the "Ave" or University Avenue near the University of Washington. Full of the little boutiques and restaurants it's a great taste of the college life and younger Seattle.
Waterfront: Food, food and more food, plus great views and a newly remodeled aquarium. Be sure to pick up some halibut and oysters while you're there.
** You can also catch a ferry to Bainbridge island, or book a tour around Puget Sound.
The Zoo: I would go here only if I needed to fill time, really loved animals or had small, bored children. It's not the best zoo I've ever been too, but there is a good selection of animals and a relatively easy walk. Nice way to spend a cool afternoon.
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