Seattle Must-Do List

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Things every visitor must do before leaving Seattle Jun 28, 2008
Ride The Space Needle:

Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.; (206) 905-2100; www.spaceneedle.com

A 43-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck of this world-famous landmark, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Enjoy a meal at SkyCity, the restaurant at the top that revolves 360° while you dine.

Explore the Pike Place Market:

Between First and Western Avenues, from Pike to Virginia Streets; pikeplacemarket.org

The market is a major destination for locals and tourists alike. Over 200 businesses operate year-round: craftspeople, farmer's booths, street performers and musicians. Find flowers by the bucketful, flying fish, fresh pastries and fruit, handmade cheeses, local honey, wine, restaurants, imported goods, antiques, collectibles and lots of surprises around every corner.

Investigate Bill Speidel's Underground Tour:

608 First Ave.; (206) 682-4646; www.undergroundtour.com

After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes you through the hidden subterranean passages that were once the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle while telling stories of the frontier people who once lived and worked there.

Dip Into The Seattle Aquarium:

Pier 59; (206) 386-4300; www.seattleaquarium.org

Walk under the water in a glass dome as Elliott Bay creatures swim all around you. Touch a seat star, wave to playful sea otters and go nose-to-nose with the colorful inhabitants of a tropical Pacific Coral Reef. See the new 120,000-gallon Windows on Washington Water Exhibit complete with live-divers.

Wander the Seattle Waterfront:

Piers 52 to 70 on Alaskan Way; www.ci.seattle.wa.us/tour/water.htm

A bustling collection of attractions, restaurants and shopping, as well as starting points for ferries, cruise ships, the Victorian Clipper and Argosy boat tours are all located here. Feed the seagulls at the statue of Ivar Haglund in front of Ivar's Acres of Clams, meander by the fountains on the wooden piers of Waterfront Park, admire the view or shop for Seattle souvenirs.

Go Wild For Woodland Park Zoo:

South Gate: 750 N. 50th St.; (206) 684-4800; www.zoo.org

More than 1,000 animals of 300 different species, from elephants and gorillas to piranhas and penguins inhabit the naturalistic exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo. There's so much to see, you can spend the days, so be sure and wear comfortable walking shoes. New this year: the Masai Journey and giraffe feeding.

Stroll the Olympic Sculpture Park:

2901 Western Ave.; (206) 654-3100; www.seattleartmuseum.org

Enjoying art is a walk in the park at Seattle Art Museum's new Olympic Sculpture Park, a vibrant green space for residents and visitors to experience art outdoors while enjoying incredible views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and Seattle's cityscape. Admission is free! There's also a café for a refreshing bite to eat.

Hop Aboard a Ferry:

www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Traveling by ferry is a state of mind as much as a means of transportation to some of the Puget Sound's most historic and scenic sites. The state ferry system takes passengers and their vehicles from Seattle and nearby departure points to Vashon Island, the Kitsap Pininsula, the San Juan Islands and Canada.

Visit Tillicum Village:

Blake Island; (206) 933-8600; www.tillicumvillage.com

A short, narrated cruise takes you to an island village, where you'll feast on salmon prepared in the authentic Native American way. A stage show of traditional dance and stories entertains and teachs you about the people who first lived in the Northwest.
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