Hands-on learning opportunities
Looking and listening are great, but sometimes you just want to reach out and touch something. For the more tactile among us, Seattle has plenty of options where you can try your hand at different exercises. The Pacific Science Center is a pioneer in these kinds of activities—test your reaction time, learn about currents by playing in water, spin a 2-ton granite ball and ride a bike precariously balanced on a rail, just for starters. Elsewhere in Seattle Center, an interactive wall on the Space Needle’s Observation Deck lets you look at the historic photos you’re most interested in and even add your own. Located just across the street from the Seattle Center campus, the Gates Foundation Visitor Center is also big on interactivity, with thoughtprovoking activities that highlight the biggest problems—and potential solutions—around the world.