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BENAROYA HALL— The Seat­tle Sym­phony’s stately, $118 mil­lion home is the crown jewel of down­town’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion. Free tours gen­er­ally take place the third Mon­day of the month at noon and 1 pm, but check their web­site for a list of spe­cific dates. www.seat­tlesym­phony.org. 200 Univer­sity St., 206.215.4747. Map 1 C7 CEN­TRAL WA­TER­FRONT— A fa­vorite among vis­i­tors for its ac­tion and at­mos­phere, the Seat­tle wa­ter­front of­fers plenty of di­ver­sions. Visit piers 55 and 56 and dis­cover an ar­ray of in­ter­est­ing shops and restau­rants, as well as the Mar­itime Event Cen­ter and a gam­ing ar­cade com­plete with carousel. Ex­pe­ri­ence a wide range of North­west seafood at El­liott’s Oys­ter House and An­thony’s Pier 66, or climb aboard an Ar­gosy Cruise for a jaunt around Puget Sound or a din­ner cruise with lo­cal fare. Map 1 E9

FISH­ER­MEN’S TER­MI­NAL— Just south of the Bal­lard Bridge, Fish­er­men’s Ter­mi­nal at Salmon Bay, orig­i­nally built in 1914, is home to one of the world’s largest fleets of salmon and hal­ibut trollers. Sur­vey the scene from the me­mo­rial statue, en­graved with the names of lo­cal fish­er­men lost at sea, and watch the fresh sales of daily catches at the fish mar­ket. 3919 18th Ave. W, 206.787.3395. Map 2 D4

FRE­MONT TROLL— This beloved pub­lic art­work de­picts a large, fear­some troll de­vour­ing an ac­tual Volk­swa­gen un­der­neath the Aurora Bridge. Cre­ated by a team led by Steve Badanes, the mixed-me­dia troll weighs more than two tons and sports one good eye made of a hub­cap. He lives in the funky Fre­mont neigh­bor­hood. For more info, con­tact the Fre­mont Cham­ber of Com­merce at 206.632.1500. N. 36th St. at Troll Ave. N. Map 2 D5

GATES FOUN­DA­TION VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER— The free vis­i­tor cen­ter at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion takes guests of all ages through the con­nec­tions we have with each other across the planet. From mos­quito nets to per­sonal wa­ter fil­ters, see the in­ge­nious ways peo­ple are help­ing other peo­ple. Guided tours can be re­quested in ad­vance via the web­site. The vis­i­tor cen­ter is lo­cated across the street from the Seat­tle Cen­ter cam­pus. www.gates­foun­da­tion.org. 440 Fifth Ave. N, 206.709.3100. Map 1 D4

HIRAM M. CHITTENDEN LOCKS— The Army Corps of En­gi­neers main­tains the locks that link Puget Sound with the fresh waters of Lake Union. Ad­mire ex­otic plants in the botan­i­cal gar­den (which hosts pic­nick­ers and out­door con­certs) and watch the salmon leap the fish lad­der from an un­der­wa­ter view­ing room. Open daily 7 am-9 pm. www.bal­lard­locks.org. 3015 N.W. 54th St., 206.783.7059. Map 2 B1

KEXP— In­de­pen­dent ra­dio sta­tion KEXP re­cently moved into a new home at Seat­tle Cen­ter. Visit the space to see DJs in ac­tion, catch live per­for­mances and grab a cof­fee from the La Mar­zocco Café lo­cated in­side. Find the sched­ule of per­for­mances and pub­lic in-stu­dio view­ing poli­cies on the web­site. www.kexp.org. Seat­tle Cen­ter, 472 First Ave. N, Map 1 B3

OLYMPIC SCULP­TURE PARK— Walk among more than 20 out­door sculp­tures by ac­claimed artists in this nine-acre wa­ter­front park. Works in­clude “Wake” by Richard Serra and “Ea­gle” by Alexan­der Calder. Free ad­mis­sion. www.seat­tleart­mu­seum.org. Broad St. and Western Ave., 206.654.3100. Map 1 B6

PIKE PLACE MAR­KET— The United States’ old­est con­tin­u­ously oper­at­ing mar­ket, Pike Place abounds with un­usual shops and restau­rants that are a lively in­tro­duc­tion to the sights, sounds and tastes of Seat­tle. www.pike­place­mar­ket.org. 85 Pike St., 206.682.7453. Map 1 E8

SEAT­TLE CEN­TER— The site of the 1962 World’s Fair is more than 74 acres and the home of mu­se­ums, the­aters and pub­lic art like the pop­u­lar In­ter­na­tional Foun­tain. The cen­ter hosts ma­jor sport­ing events and con­certs and is home to both the Seat­tle Opera and the Pa­cific North­west Bal­let. It also hosts nu­mer­ous cul­tural fes­ti­vals. Venues on­site in­clude the Space Nee­dle, McCaw Hall, the EMP Musem, Pa­cific Sci­ence Cen­ter and the Chil­dren’s Mu­seum. The Mono­rail trav­els from the Seat­tle Cen­ter to down­town’s Westlake Cen­ter. www.seat­tle­cen­ter.com. 206.684.7200. Map 1 C3

SEAT­TLE CEN­TRAL LI­BRARY— Per­haps one of the most un­usual li­braries in the world, this glass build­ing de­signed by ac­claimed Dutch ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas opened in 2004 and fea­tures neon-lit es­ca­la­tors, unique sculp­tures and a large com­puter area. The li­brary hosts nu­mer­ous events and talks by na­tional au­thors. www.spl.org. 1000 Fourth Ave., 206.386.4636. Map 1 G10

SEAT­TLE GREAT WHEEL— Jut­ting out over the waters of El­liott Bay on Pier 57, this is one of the largest Fer­ris wheels in the United States. Send­ing rid­ers 200-feet into the sky in en­closed gon­do­las equipped with both heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing, each ride is a leisurely 15 min­utes com­plete with amaz­ing views! www.seat­tle­greatwheel.com. 1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57, 206.623.8600. Map 1 E10

SEAT­TLE PIN­BALL MU­SEUM— This mu­seum has two floors and seven decades of clas­sic and mod­ern pin­ball games. Passes start at $12 for kids and $15 for adults. (No chil­dren un­der 7 years of age.) There is also beer and soda. Open Su-M, W-Th noon- 6 pm; F-Sa noon-10 pm. www.seat­tlepin­ball­mu­seum.com. 508 May­nard Ave. S, 206.623.0759. Map 1 I13

SKY VIEW OB­SER­VA­TORY— Lo­cated on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Cen­ter, at a height of more than 900 feet, Sky View of­fers stun­ning 360-de­gree views of the Puget Sound re­gion. www.skyviewob­ser­va­tory.com. 701 Fifth Ave., 206.386.5564. Map 1 H10

SMITH TOWER— Once the tallest build­ing in Seat­tle, the Smith Tower has an ob­ser­va­tion deck that of­fers a stun­ning and in­ti­mate down­town sky­line view. Re­cently ren­no­vated, the ob­ser­va­tion deck has a Pro­hi­bi­tion-in­spired cafe and bar, while there is a cu­rated store on the ground floor. www.smith­tower.com. 506 Sec­ond Ave., 877.412.2776. Map 1 G11

SPACE NEE­DLE— Seat­tle’s most fa­mil­iar icon, the Nee­dle soars more than 600 feet and was built for the World’s Fair of 1962. Ride the el­e­va­tor to the ob­ser­va­tion deck for a 360-de­gree view of the city, El­liott Bay and the Olympic and Cas­cade moun­tain ranges. Then en­joy fine din­ing in SkyCity, the Nee­dle’s re­volv­ing res­tau­rant. The ground level of the build­ing is home to SpaceBase, a large sou­venir shop. The deck is open daily 10 am-9:30 pm. www.space­nee­dle.com. Seat­tle Cen­ter, 400 Broad St., 206.905.2175. CityPass par­tic­i­pant. Map 1 C4

VOL­UN­TEER PARK CON­SER­VA­TORY— This beau­ti­ful struc­ture was mod­eled af­ter Lon­don’s Crys­tal Palace. The Vic­to­rian green­house in Capi­tol Hill’s Vol­un­teer Park con­tains col­lec­tions of bromeli­ads, palms, ferns, cacti and sea­sonal plants. www.vol­un­teer­park­con­ser­va­tory.org. Vol­un­teer Park, 1400 E. Galer St., 206.684.4743. Map 1 L1

WINGS OVER WASH­ING­TON— Called “an aerial ad­ven­ture” this new at­trac­tion takes vis­i­tors fly­ing across the state of Wash­ing­ton. Once strapped into a the­ater seat, go up and away with the aid of the state-of-the-art the­ater. See the Olympic Na­tional For­est, Mount Rainier and more. www. wingsoverwa.com. Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, 206.602.1808. Map 1 E10

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