Top Things To Do In Seattle

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Sure, a rain jacket is useful. But know this: Seattle’s total annual rainfall is actually less than a number of other U.S. cities (including Jacksonville in sunny Florida). When you’re in the Emerald City, you’ll be thankful for those regular mists and the accompanying mild climate; they make Seattle one of the greenest cities around, with lush parks and vistas on all sides.

But visitors to Seattle don’t just flock here for the great outdoors. They come for the music, culture, lifestyle, coffee and attractions. If you’re planning a trip to the Emerald City, here’s a list of the most popular things to do in Seattle.

Space Needle

Since its construction for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle has become both an internationally recognized icon and Seattle’s most popular attraction.

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Pacific Science Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012 (the Space Needle also turned 50 in 2012), the Pacific Science Center continues to engage visitors – especially young ones – through a variety of personal experiences.

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Museum of Pop Culture

Formerly called EMP Museum, the dramatic, fluid lines of the Frank O. Gehry-designed building that houses both museums is a must-see in and of itself.

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Seattle Aquarium

Conveniently located on Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium is the 7th most-visited aquarium in the United States and features more than 380 species of birds, fish, invertebrates and marine mammals.

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Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour

The Spirit of Seattle’s one-hour narrated tour offers a unique vantage point from which to view many of the city’s sights with ease. It's no wonder that Argosy Cruises is a favorite tourist attraction in Seattle.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Enter a world of wonder and color at Chihuly Garden and Glass, located just a short walk away from the Space Needle. With eight galleries that offer a comprehensive collection of the artwork of Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Garden and Glass will immerse you his work.

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Woodland Park Zoo

Hosting nearly 1,100 animals, the Woodland Park Zoo is nationally recognized for its commitment to creating environments that are true to the animals’ natural habitats. All in all, close to 300 species from across the globe are represented at the Zoo.

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Pike Place Market

This historic market, now more than 100 years old, was designed to bring regional farmers and consumers together. Today, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States.

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Ballard Locks (Hiram H. Chittenden Locks)

Thanks to Army Corps of Engineers district chief Hiram Chittenden, boats have had an easy route from Lake Union and Lake Washington to the Puget Sound for nearly 100 years. The Ballard Locks carry more boat traffic than any other lock in the United States.

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Washington Park Arboretum

Covering 23 acres (93 hectares), the arboretum showcases more than 5,500 different plants from around the world. The park is a joint project between the University of Washington and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Safeco Field

Safeco Field opened its doors on July 15th, 1999. Years later, Safeco Field is still home to the Mariners, Seattle’s beloved Major League Baseball team. With great views and exciting games, it’s easy to see why Safeco Field is highly praised as one of the most terrific fields in modern MLB.

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CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink Field is the humble abode for both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders. The stadium is conveniently located within the SoDo district and has earned a reputation as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL thanks to rowdy and dedicated Seahawks fans.

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Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park is a nine-acre outdoor sculpture museum free to the public and full of awe-inspiring sights. Olympic Sculpture Park fuses urban culture with an outdoor setting and nature with art, making it the perfect pit stop on your Seattle itinerary.

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Myrtle Edwards Park

Myrtle Edwards Park is a scenic outdoor escape located along the Seattle waterfront. Right next to the Olympic Sculpture Park, Myrtle Edwards is a colorful place to take in the natural beauty of Seattle.

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Kerry Park

While many of the parks in Seattle provide impressive views of the city, Kerry Park gives you one of the best vantage points to take it all in. After all, Kerry Park was specifically given to the City in 1927 so that every guest could enjoy the view.

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Lake Union

Sandwiched between two big bodies of water, Seattle is a hub of maritime culture. At Lake Union, located close to downtown Seattle, you can see the city as you sail the fresh water. In a city where water is the backbone, there’s plenty to do and see in this watery wonderland.

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Pioneer Square

The rich art of Seattle thrives on the energetic pulse that flows through Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Delicious food, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and an exciting nightlife make Pioneer Square a happening spot for locals and visitors alike.

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Paramount Theatre

This historic theatre has been entertaining the people of Seattle since it was established in the late 1920’s. From silent films to the rocking performances by acclaimed bands such as Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, Paramount Theatre is, well, paramount to any other.

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Seattle Public Library

In 1869, Seattle's first library association was founded. But the high hopes of expanding opportunity for learning were shattered in a flurry of natural disaster, budget restrictions, and relocations. Now, Seattle boasts 22 branches.

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Elliot Bay Book Company

Great books and good vibes are aplenty in Seattle's very own Elliot Bay Book Company. Located in the Capital Hill neighborhood, The Elliot Bay Book Company boasts over 150,000 titles in a space that will make you want to curl up and read for hours on end.

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Seattle Great Wheel

Not just any Ferris wheel can add "great" to its name—unless said Ferris wheel climbs 175 feet high in the sky. Not only is the Seattle Great Wheel a colossal attraction, the magnificent views of the Puget Sound and the cityscape make it a perfect, one-of-a-kind ride.

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To visit the best attractions in Seattle, use a Seattle CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission. Plus, CityPASS holders avoid some ticket and entry lines, which means less time waiting and more time doing. Seattle CityPASS includes prepaid admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, and your choice between Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating Seattle attractions. Use Seattle CityPASS and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Seattle.

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