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Things to See & Do in Seattle

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Check out the Visitor Bureau at 800 Convention Place, between 7th and 8th avenues for maps and guides.

Free

Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave)
Jimmy Hendrix & Bruce Lee gravesites
Ballard Locks
Discovery Park (Seattle’s largest park)
Seattle Asian Art Museum (Free 1st Thurs of Month, 100 University St)

Tours

Argosy Cruises

Blazing Saddles Bicycle Rentals  
Rent a bike for $7/hr, $28/day Maps/trails info supplied. 1230 Western Ave. (206) 341-9994

Boeing Everett Plant Tour  
Tour the home of the 747 and the world’s largest building by volume. (360) 756-0086

Seattle Duck Tours  
Take a fun land and water tour of Seattle aboard old WWII amphibious vehicles. Tour cost $25 for 1.5 hrs. (206) 441-DUCK

Underground Tours  
See what Seattle looked like a century ago (206-682-4646, 608 1st Ave). Explore the underground passageways on this walking tour beneath Pioneer Sq. Costs $9.

Must See & Do

Queen Anne Hill for views
Microbrewery
Alki Beach Park
Whale watching
Boeing Tour

Bainbridge Island  
Start with a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. It’s worth the trip just for the great views of the Puget Sound, mountains and Seattle. Costs $4.50 r/t and leaves from Pier 52.

The Experience Music Project   
A 140,000 sf building, includes interactive exhibits, unique artifacts and space for live performances. The museum celebrates the past, present and future of music. “You don’t need to be a rock star to appreciate EMP, but you might leave here feeling like one.” Open daily and costs $15. The Monorail passes right through the Museum. 325 5th Avenue North. (877- EMP-SFM1)

Seattle Center  
Host of the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Also houses the Pacific Science Center and a planetarium. Take the monorail to Pine St. and 5th Ave.

Lake Union Water Fun  
Right downtown! Rent kayaks at Northwest Outdoor Center ($13). Sailboard freaks can go to Urban Surf, for rentals and lessons.

Jimi Hendrix Gravesite  
Jimi, a Seattle native, is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, southeast of Bellevue and Seattle.

Neighborhoods

Pioneer Square  
Just south of Pike place is the old part of town. This is a hot spot at night with several clubs for music and dancing.

Pike Place Market  
The oldest operating farmers market in the country. Over 250 vendors sell fresh fish, fruit, flowers and more.

Capitol Hill  
Has Volunteer Park, old mansions, the gay scene and great food. If you’re looking for Bruce Lee’s gravesite, head to Volunteer park. Also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Take bus #10.

Lake Union  
You can rent kayaks at Northwest Outdoor Center. Sailboard freaks can go to Urban Surf (206-545-9463) for rentals and lessons

University District  
Walk “the Ave” with all the students and feel the vibes of the city. Sip on espresso at the Allegro, the first coffee shop in the city or grab a beer at the Big Time micro brewery. Funky shops, super cheap eats, lots of activity and the UW. Bus #’s 70,71,71.

Chinatown/Int’l District  
Located uphill from Pioneer Sq. You will find a rich diversity of Asian cultures, authentic affordable food, and fun shopping.

Fremont   
Next to the ship canal, a must-see neighborhood for eclectic shopping and great drinks. Bus # 26 or 28.

Money Saving Tips

Don’t rent a car from the airport
Day & Night Space Needle ticket combo
ACT Theatre, 50% off, day of show only (206-292-7676)
“Joint cover” at Pioneer Square - one price ($5-8) gets you into 9+ clubs
50% off theater tickets (206-324-2747)

Out of Town

Mt Rainer
Mt. St. Helens
San Juan Islands
Victoria, Vancouver Island

Nightlife

Seattle has a major music scene, both live and house music. Check out the free Stranger for club listings and the Crocodile Cafe where “grunge” got its start. Or do the “joint cover” at Pioneer Square where one price gets you into all the clubs.  If you are into brew-pubs, Pike Place Ale and Northwest Brewery are downtown. Redhook is in Fremont. There are lots more as Seattle has the unique distinction as drinking more beer per capita than any city in the world!


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