Tours set off on the hour every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Add-a-Ball is like a time capsule from the early-1990s and has a suitably grungy vibe, with dim lighting and improvised decor. You can visit the docks and workshop here for free, to see traditional boatbuilding skills in action and find out about all the tools and methods that go in to building wooden boats. Since the 2000s the area has quickly become a biotechnology hub, joined to downtown by the South Lake Union Streetcar and home to all sorts of research institutes, as well as campuses for Amazon and Google. Source: Wing Luke Museum A recommended stop in the Chinatown-International District, the Wing Luke Museum has a collection of more than 18,000 pieces documenting the Asian American refugee and immigrant experience in north western United States. The highly-rated is an informative and efficient three-hour odyssey, crystallising a whole vacation into one drive. The theatre is part of the Neo-Renaissance Skinner Building, going back to 1925, and has an extravagant interior full of flourishes inspired by Chinese temples.
Established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the museum now stages changing exhibitions tackling all aspects of popular culture, be it video games, horror movies, sci-fi literature or music of all genres. This is one of those cases where the journey is as much fun as the destination. Make a stop at the musical International Fountain, completed for the exposition, and eschewing sculptural decoration for the parabolic shapes created by its 137 water jets. Kati Vegan Thai and the Portage Bay Café are two favourites. In the lobby you can marvel at the Crystal Cascade, by famed glass sculptor Chris Chihuly. Kenmore Air schedules a host of services from Lake Union, including flights around Mount Rainier and Mount St.
Chihuly Garden and Glass The museum is dedicated to the work and career of locally born, world-renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly, who was introduced to the craft while studying at the University of Washington. Those activities attract Seattleites more than a century later, even if the Puget Sound water can be on the chilly side. Setting off the space age urban environment of the Seattle Center and the cluster of skyscrapers downtown, Seattle is ensconced in glorious natural scenery. Pacific Science Center This family-friendly museum is where science lessons come to life. Over time people have become creative, spelling out their name and composing little artworks with the gum.
The Smith Tower may have been overtaken almost 60 years ago, but a visit to the observation floor 35 storeys up is something you have to do in Seattle. Children can make a little boat of their own on the upper floor, while out on the dock you can peruse a small fleet in perfect condition. As a witty touch the troll holds an actual Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, as if it has just snatched it from the road. In Life of a Drifter there are moon jellies and a giant Pacific octopus, while Marine Mammals is inhabited by sea otters, river otters, northern fur seals and harbour seals. Army Corps of Engineers, the busiest set of locks in the United States allows water traffic to travel between the tidal waters Puget Sound and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Under the creative direction of renowned dancer Peter Boal, Pacific Northwest Ballet offers transformative performances that are sure to impress.
Established at the Seattle Center in 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a dazzling museum dedicated to his work. To the west is the open water of Puget Sound, while rising in the background is the snow-capped bulk of Mount Rainier. Watch scuba divers feed the fish, gawk at sharks swimming overhead in the underwater dome, and even touch a sea anemone. The biggest city in the Pacific Northwest has a diverse population, a surplus of public parks and leafy residential neighbourhoods on surrounding hills. On a typical fixture CenturyLink Field seats 69,000 for a Seahawks game and 37,722 for the Sounders, although the capacity can be increased for big events. When it went up in 1962 it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi, standing at 158 metres 184 with spire.
In fact no other zoo apart from the Bronx Zoo has picked up as many prizes from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. At , explore galaxies near and far in the planetarium, get up close and personal with colorful creatures in the Tropical Butterfly House, maneuver a two-ton granite ball, find out what it means if you can roll your tongue, and much more. Perhaps the best trip is the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry, departing from Pier 52 and taking 40-45 minutes. One of the landmarks on the calendar is PrideFest at the end of June, attended by 300,000+ people. The permanent display, Honoring Our Journey, explains how people from Asia arrived in the Northwest in the 19th and 20th centuries and details the livelihoods and customs of these communities. In the 2010s the Sky View observatory on the 73rd floor has been modified to give you a 360° view, while two new express elevators and a new lounge have also been modified. In 2014 the museum unveiled the Bezos Center for Innovation, detailing the many inventions that have come out of the Seattle area, and investigating creativity as a concept.
Established in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has a top-notch winter garden, as well as world-class collections of maples, oaks and camellias. Dating to 1910 and financed by Chinese immigrants, this housed the Freeman Hotel, which was a stepping stone for new arrivals from China, Japan and Philippines up to the 1940s. Recommended tour includes transport by ferry : 18. The Frank Gehry-designed building looks like a smashed guitar from above, while inside, its colorful exhibits cover everything from the history of indie video games and horror films to Nirvana, the Seahawks, and more. You can amble along the waterfront, past the two imposing sets of towers, while the old pump house has been converted into a play barn for children and the boiler house is now a picnic shelter.
The neighbourhood, although a little edgy, merits a walking tour for this architecture and for its miscellany of restaurants, cafes, book shops and art galleries. The locks have permanently changed Seattle, lowering the water level on Lake Washington and Lake Union by 2. Bainbridge Island is also desirable, often touted as one of the most liveable places in the United States. The wall has been cleared three times, most recently in 2015 as chemicals in the gum were damaging the brickwork in the alley. On Level Three is the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room, an inviting public space with cosy seating areas, a cafe and indoor garden and sunlight issuing through the diamond-pattern windows. All reserve coffees are roasted on that same day, and you can order ahead to sample three in one go. Spawning season is from around early June to the middle of August, and you can view the salmon through underwater windows.
The only way to venture into the brick-lined bowels of the city is with. After eating your fill of everything from pho to sushi, visit , dedicated to the Asian Pacific American experience; practice your pinball game at the ; and shop for Japanese snacks and cute gifts at the supermarket. Wall panels help you identify more than 60 landmarks on this panorama. All of the ferries can carry a minimum of 64 cars, and even the smallest vessel can accommodate 750 passengers. All attention is on the mass of 50¢ pinball machines, low-fi video games and air-hockey tables. The work is designed to be climbed on, and in 2005 the stretch of Aurora Avenue North under the bridge was renamed Troll Avenue in its honour.