With a population of almost 700 000 and an area of 83.9 square miles, this Northernmost American city is a must see. (You already know the best place to find the best biological dentist in Seattle.) Before we even get into the best places in this world-class destination, you should know about the Seattle City Pass. It is a nine-day ticket to 5 popular city attractions, $64 for adults and $44 for kids.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff.
The Best Ways to Get Around
- Water Taxi- For $2.25- $5.50 you can experience the pedestrian/bicyclist only scenic ride across Elliot Bay.
- Monorail- This famous elevated monorail is a must-try means of transportation, and a cheap way to see the city at $2.25 for adults, and $1 for children and reduce rate riders.
The 3 Best Rainy Day Adventures
- Seattle Art Museum- With multiple exhibitions on regularly, and many cultural collections, the Seattle Art Museum has something for everyone. Be sure to check the hours and ‘BONUS!’ some days are even FREE! (Free- $24.95)
- Seattle Aquarium- With six major exhibits the Seattle Aquarium is the 9th largest aquarium in the US and well worth a visit. It’s location, on the waterfront, makes it an even bigger attraction. (FREE- $24.95)
- Pacific Science Center- Since its opening in 1962 it has become a City of Seattle landmark and has reached 1.1 Million people per year. With one visit you will see why; it immediately fosters curiosity for science in all of its visitors. (Prices vary)
The 5 Best Family-Friendly Finds
- Space Needle- You can not visit Seattle without seeing its iconic observation tower, it’s practically a rule. From 520ft up, you can see the beautiful Seattle skyline filled with skyscrapers, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Elliot Bay, Lake Union, and on a clear day, Mount Rainier. ($16-$25 for 3 hours)
- Pike Place Market- Seattle’s popular market overlooks the Elliot Bay Waterfront and has everything you could ever need. Fresh fish, produce and flowers, specialty foods, crafts and everything else you can fit in the oldest continuously ran marketplace in the US.
- Market Theater Gum Wall (Under Pike Place Market)-Super gross, but a huge hit! The wall is exactly what it sounds like, a germ filled, sticky, colorful wall. The wall was completely cleaned off in 2015 but restarted soon after.
- Safeco Field- Home of the beloved Mariners, a visit is a mesmerizing experience not just for baseball lovers. Catch a game or take a tour, and honestly, everyone needs to have at least one baseball hot dog in their life. (Prices vary)
- Olympic Sculpture Park- This one of a kind park is a must see and its FREE! Open daily 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset, be sure to take a wander through this Award-Winning extension of the Seattle Art Museum. (FREE)
The Best Hidden Gems
Waterfall Garden Park (UPS Waterfall)- Fun fact, the beautiful 60 by 80-foot oasis was created in 1978 to commemorate UPS founder, James Casey, and is said to be the most expensive park per square foot in the US because of its 22-foot tall waterfall which pumps 5000 gallons of water per minute.
Pink Door (Pike Place Neighborhood)- Named, fittingly, because of its pink entrance, it’s a well-known restaurant famous for great Italian food, burlesque, and trapeze. An intriguing combination that is definitely worth the visit!
Theo Chocolate Factory- This isn’t just a regular chocolate company, at the Theo factory they are dedicated to making amazing organic and fair trade chocolate as well as contributing to making the world a better place. A tour with these chocolatiers is filled with passion, expertise, and best of all, A LOT OF CHOCOLATE. ($10)
Seattle is a friendly city full of adventure, culture, and entertainment. Be sure to check the weather before you head out, there are a million things to do, even in the rainy season!