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Ranked #1 of 213 attractions in Seattle
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Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the... more » Owner description: Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full-service dining in the adjoining Collections Café, this long-term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine. « less
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Ranked #2 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums

The Museum of Flight is an expansive facility filled with all things related to flight.    From the first primitive glider designed by the Wright brothers to the stealthy... more »

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Ranked #3 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Architectural Buildings; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks

If you are a baseball fan don't miss this tour.  The tour will take you to places such as the visitor's locker room, presidential suite, press box, press conference room, dugout... more »

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Ranked #5 of 213 attractions in Seattle
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Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: For one of the best views of Seattle head to Kerry Park, a small park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill.  A photo... more » Owner description: For one of the best views of Seattle head to Kerry Park, a small park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill.  A photo from here is Seattle postcard-perfect, featuring ferries crossing Elliott Bay, the city skyline with the Space Needle in the forefront and, if weather conditions are favorable, a view of Mt. Rainier. « less
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Ranked #6 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Visit Downtown Seattle's premier glassblowing studio and watch LIVE glassblowing by world class artisans!Seattle Glassblowing... more » Owner description: Visit Downtown Seattle's premier glassblowing studio and watch LIVE glassblowing by world class artisans!Seattle Glassblowing Studio specializes in glassblowing classes, offering: beginner lessons, workshops and hands-on experiences in our hot shop. Browse our elegant gallery for original hand-blown glass artwork or commission your own original piece. Our gallery features glass bowls, vases, sculptures, jewelry and much more! The rainbow of colors will stimulate your senses and provide you with an unforgettable experience – sure to be a highlight of your visit. Seattle Glassblowing Studio is located in the Belltown neighborhood of Downtown Seattle, underneath the Monorail at 5th Ave and Bell St. The studio is open 7 days a week: Mon - Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm. Admission is FREE! « less
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Ranked #7 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Public Transportation Systems; Transportation

Any visit to Seattle that doesn't include even a short ferry trip is one that left out a real experience. Because of its geography, Seattle relies on the State ferry system to... more »

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Ranked #8 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Flea/ Street Markets; Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Pike Place Market, an open-air shopping haven and Seattle institution, is a must-see for first time and return visitors alike.  Be prepared for large crowds on the weekends and... more »

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Ranked #9 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: ; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Swim or paddleboat in this scenic park lake.
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Ranked #10 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks

Cherry blossoms in the Arts and Sciences Quad next to Suzzallo Library are not to be missed. See them March 3-13 or so this year (2010, and normally, the second or third week of... more »

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Ranked #11 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Architectural Buildings; Libraries
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Ranked #12 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Bodies of Water; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the... more » Owner description: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level.  Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway.  Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike. « less
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Ranked #13 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Use a canoe, or your feet, to explore the 230 acres and 4,000 species of trees, vines, shrubs and plants at this arboretum.
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Ranked #14 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: ; History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum of History & Industry is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of... more » Owner description: The Museum of History & Industry is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. « less
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Ranked #15 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum preserves and celebrates the history and culture of Asian Americans. One of the two permanent exhibits details... more » Owner description: This museum preserves and celebrates the history and culture of Asian Americans. One of the two permanent exhibits details the immigration history of Asians and Pacific Islanders to Washington. « less
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Ranked #16 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
This is the home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
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Ranked #17 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: ; History Museums; Museums
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Ranked #18 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #19 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Theres also a Cactus House, a... more » Owner description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Theres also a Cactus House, a Fern House and a Bromeliad House. « less
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Ranked #20 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: From industrial sludge to family fun: this urban park features an industrial plant-turned kiddie play area as well as a... more » Owner description: From industrial sludge to family fun: this urban park features an industrial plant-turned kiddie play area as well as a beautiful lake and picnic area. « less
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Ranked #21 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Parks
You can get lost happily among the thickets, nature trails, beaches and bluffs of this 534-acre park.
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Ranked #22 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Beaches

Alki Beach is located in a Seattle neighborhood called "West Seattle."  Alki Beach offers an expansive view of the Elliott Bay.  West toward the Olympic Mountains and east, back... more »

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Ranked #23 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush... more » Owner description: This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up. « less
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Ranked #24 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Being just a short drive away from the bustling city makes this lake an ideal getaway for the stressed-out Seattleite.
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Ranked #25 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks
Owner description: The Chinese Room & Observation Deck at Smith Tower, once the tallest building on the West Coast, have offered Seattle's best... more » Owner description: The Chinese Room & Observation Deck at Smith Tower, once the tallest building on the West Coast, have offered Seattle's best views to the public for 100 years. Our elevator operators will whisk you in an old-fashioned copper and brass elevator car to the 35th floor where you'll step into the past as you explore the historic Chinese Room. Engross yourself in the newspaper headlines of 1910 when Smith Tower was just a lofty idea, or soak up the good luck of the room by taking a seat in the Wishing Chair. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sights of Seattle from inside - just in case you arrived on one of our famous Seattle rainy days - or outside on the Observation Deck that provides 360° views of the city. From every angle you'll see the best of Seattle, including the Space Needle, Great Wheel, Columbia Center, sports stadiums, Pioneer Square, and the International District, as well as our natural surroundings, including Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Ticket sales close 20 minutes prior to posted closing time. « less
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Ranked #26 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden featuring more than 1,000 animals representing... more » Owner description: Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world. New exhibits include Zoomazium, an indoor, nature-themed play space for kids, and our award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit, replicating the desert coasts of their native Peru. « less
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Ranked #27 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Visit a museum like no other on earth. EMP Museum, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the... more » Owner description: Visit a museum like no other on earth. EMP Museum, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, take over the spotlight in On Stage, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make EMP a destination unlike any other. « less
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Ranked #28 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is a free public space where you can see and learn about the foundation's... more » Owner description: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is a free public space where you can see and learn about the foundation's work and its efforts to help people around the world live healthy and productive lives. « less
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Ranked #29 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Architectural Buildings; Monuments/ Statues; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Climb 520 feet to the observation deck of Seattle's signature building, which is actually 605 feet tall, for spectacular... more » Owner description: Climb 520 feet to the observation deck of Seattle's signature building, which is actually 605 feet tall, for spectacular views of the city and its surrounding area. For food and fantastic sights check out SkyCity, the tower's rotating restaurant that makes one complete orbit per hour. « less
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Ranked #30 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Category: Biking Trails; Trails
A paved path offering scenic views for hikers and bikers alike.
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