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Things to do in Seattle

Make the most of Seattle's outdoors vibe with a trip to Snoqualmie Falls, a ferry ride across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island, or a walk through the Washington Park Arboretum. Nature and art collide in the Olympic Sculpture Park in fashionable Belltown. The Museum of Flight in Pioneer Square and the Downtown attractions of the Space Needle and Frank Gehry-designed Science Fiction Museum celebrate man's achievements.

Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariner. Courtesy of Visit Seattle

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Seattle Art Museum (SAM) - Museums and Galleries

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    Seattle Art Museum: Hammering Man

    Seattle Art Museum's eclectic collection of artefacts includes many Native American pieces, African art and contemporary pieces. Highlights of the Downtown museum include Warhol's Double Elvis and Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune installation of cars pierced by shafts of light.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$15; concessions US$9-US$12

    Opening hours

    Wed-Sun 10am-5pm (until 9pm Thu & Fri)

    Address

    1300, First Avenue, 98101-2003

    Telephone

    +1 206 654 3100

    Transport

    Bus 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 22

    Website

    Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

  2. 2. The Museum of Flight - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA. © Museum of Flight

    Four acres of weatherproof fun in the Pioneer Square district, the Museum of Flight includes eight flight simulators. Visitors can pilot hang gliders and jets, dock with the Hubble Space Telescope and journey with presidents aboard Air Force One.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$14; concessions US$6.50-US$13

    Opening hours

    Museum: daily 10am-5pmAirpark: May-Sep daily 11am-4.30pm; Oct-Apr daily 11am-3.30pm

    Address

    9404, East Marginal Way South, 98108-4097

    Telephone

    +1 206 764 5720

    Transport

    Bus 174

    Website

    Museum of Flight

  3. 3. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture - Museums and Galleries

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    The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle. Courtesy of the Burke Museum

    Gigantic reptiles, volcanoes and cultures of the Pacific are explored at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Capitol Hill. One exhibition showcases 500 million years of Washington State history, others look at the Pacific Rim's cultures.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$9.50; concessions US$6-US$7.50; free for under-4s and first Thu of month

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm; first Thu of month 10am-8pm

    Address

    University of Washington, Corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street, 98195-3010

    Telephone

    +1 206 543 5590

    Transport

    Bus 25 or 48

    Website

    Burke Museum

  4. 4. Seattle Asian Art Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    SAAM, Seattle. © Eduardo Calderon

    Set in an Art Deco building in pretty Volunteer Park, the Asian Art Museum houses items of Chinese and Japanese art, as well as works from Korea and the Himalayas. Chinese terracotta funerary art and Japanese ceramics are among the highlights.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$7; concessions free-US$5; free on first Thu of the month

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (until 9pm Thu); Labor Day-Memorial Day: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm (until 9pm Thu)

    Address

    1400, East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, 98112-3303

    Telephone

    +1 206 654 3100

    Transport

    Bus 7 or 10

    Website

    Seattle Asian Art Museum

Attractions

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  1. 5. Washington Park Arboretum - Attractions

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    Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle. Courtesy of Arboretum Foundation/Joy Spurr

    The Washington Park Arboretum comprises 230 acres of gardens on the shores of Lake Washington, east of Downtown. It contains the US's largest collection of sorbus and maple, as well as varieties of holly, oak and conifer.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; Japanese Garden US$5

    Opening hours

    Daily dawn-dusk; Graham Visitors' Centre 10am-4pm

    Address

    2300, Arboretum Drive East, 98112

    Telephone

    +1 206 543 8800

    Transport

    Bus 43, 48 or 984

    Website

    Washington Park Arboretum Website

  2. 6. Space Needle - Attractions

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    Space Needle, Seattle. Courtesy of Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Built in futuristic style in 1962, the 605-foot-tall Space Needle still provides a Downtown focal point. The lift glides up to the deck for panoramic city views from a bar serving Washington wines and sunset suppers.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$16; concessions US$9-US$14.50

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9.30am-11.30pm; Sun 9.30am-11pm

    Address

    400, Broad St, 98109

    Telephone

    +1 206 905 2100

    Transport

    Monorail to Seattle Center

    Website

    Space Needle Website

  3. 7. Seattle Aquarium - Attractions

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    Puget Sound, Seattle. Courtesy of Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Visitors marvel at Pacific water life in the Waterfront's Seattle Aquarium. Meet sharks in the Tropical Coral Reef and observe northern fur seals and sea otters. The Underwater Dome contains 400,000 gallons of water, where scuba-divers feed the fish daily.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$16; concessions US$10.50; under-3s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-5pm

    Address

    1483, Alaskan Way, 98101

    Telephone

    +1 206 386 4300

    Transport

    Bus 99 to the Waterfront

    Website

    Seattle Aquarium

  4. 8. Experience Music Project - Attractions

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    Experience Music Project, Seattle. © Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Experience Music Project in Frank Gehry's aluminium Downtown building contains over 80,000 music-related artefacts. Fans flock to see Kurt Cobain's scrawled lyrics or Janis Joplin's bell-bottom trousers. The Hendrix Gallery is filled with objects, including fragments of a smashed guitar.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$15; concessions US$12; under-5s free

    Opening hours

    Sep-May daily 10am-5pm; May-Sep daily 10am-7pm

    Address

    325, 5th Avenue North, at Broad Street, Seattle Center Campus, 98109

    Telephone

    +1 206 770 2700

    Transport

    Monorail from Westlake Center at Pine Street and Fourth Avenue

    Website

    Experience Music Project Website

  5. 9. Chinatown-International District - Attractions

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    Chinatown/International District, Seattle. Courtesy of Seattle.gov

    Seattle's Asian community resides in the Chinatown-International District, scented with Chinese herbs and the aroma of roasting ducks. Visitors can sample spicy dishes, shop for unusual gifts and take in the area's history at the Wing Luke Asian Museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Intersection of I-90 and I-5, 98104

    Telephone

    +1 206 382 1197

    Transport

    Bus 174 or 194

    Website

    Chinatown-International District Website

Special things to do

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  1. 10. Seattle Mariners at SafeCo Stadium - Special things to do

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    Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariner. Courtesy of Visit Seattle

    A trip to see Seattle's beloved Mariners at the Waterfront SafeCo Stadium is an introduction to baseball. Get to grips with home runs, fireballers and dirt dogs. You won't be alone - 47,000 fans regularly pack the stadium.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$15-US$60 per game

    Address

    1250, First Avenue South, 98134

    Telephone

    +1 206 346 4001

    Transport

    Bus 132, 21, 22 or 56 to SafeCo Field

    Website

    Seattle Mariners Website

  2. 11. Volunteer Park Conservatory - Special things to do

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    Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle

    The ornate 19th-century conservatory at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill houses ferns, palms and cacti. There's also a bandstand, water tower and several sculptures among the well-tended picnic spots where you can take a break from Seattle bustle.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-4pm

    Address

    1400, East Galer Street, 98112

    Telephone

    +1 206 322 4112

    Transport

    Bus 10 or 49

    Website

    Volunteer Park Conservatory

  3. 12. Olympic Sculpture Park - Special things to do

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    Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. © Paul Warchol

    Overlooking Puget Sound in Belltown, the Olympic Sculpture Park (OSP) is home to 21 sculptures by modern artists like Louise Bourgeois. Stroll across Elliott Avenue to Calder's 30-foot Eagle, whose steel boughs echo the industrial cranes on the water.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    30 minutes prior to sunrise-30 minutes after sunset

    Address

    2901, Western Avenue, 98121

    Telephone

    +1 206 654 3100

    Transport

    Bus 1, 2, 13, 15, 18 or 81

    Website

    Olympic Sculpture Park

  4. 13. Snoqualmie Falls - Special things to do

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    Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle. © Tony Fuchs, Puget Sound Energy

    Thirty miles east of Seattle lie the Cascade Mountains, where skiers head for weekends on the piste. Visit Snoqualmie's 270-foot waterfall and explore the rustic town and hiking trails where David Lynch's Twin Peaks was filmed.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Park open dawn-dusk

    Address

    Snoqualmie, WA 98065

    Telephone

    +1 425 434 6111

    Transport

    Car

    Website

    Snoqualmie Falls

  5. 14. Bainbridge Island - Special things to do

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    Bainbridge ferry terminal, Seattle. © Jean Boyle - KitsapImages.com

    Ferries run from the Waterfront to Bainbridge Island. Rustic and wooded, there's a friendly small-town atmosphere here. Visitors shop for crafts in Winslow and wander Bloedel Nature Reserve. The ferry back after dark offers great views of Seattle's illuminated skyline.Show this on map

    Cost

    Ferry for foot passengers approx US$7; concessions US$5

    Opening hours

    Daily

    Address

    Bainbridge Island, 98110

    Telephone

    +1 800 337 0580

    Transport

    Ferry from the Waterfront

    Website

    Bainbridge Island

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