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. 200 University St., 206.215.4747. 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. 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. 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. 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. 440 Fifth Ave. N, 206.709.3100. 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. 3015 N.W. 54th St., 206.783.7059. 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. Seattle Center, 472 First Ave. N. 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. Broad St. and Western Ave., 206.654.3100. PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER This Seattle Center favorite makes science exciting with innovative, hands- on exhibits, a tropical butterfly house and a thrilling 15-foot- high rail bicycle. Open M- F 10 am5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am- 6 pm. Seattle Center, 200 Second Ave. N, 206.443.2001. 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. 85 Pike St., 206.682.7453. 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
boththe Pacificthe Seattle Northwest Opera Ballet.and It also hosts numerous cultural festivals. Venues onsite include the Space Needle, McCaw Hall, the MoPOP, Pacific Science Center and the Children’s Museum. The Monorail travels from the Seattle Center to downtown’s Westlake Center. 206.684.7200. 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. 1000 Fourth Ave., 206.386.4636. 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. 508 Maynard Ave. S, 206.623.0759. 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. 701 Fifth Ave., 206.386.5564. 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. 506 Second Ave., 206.624.0414. 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. Seattle Center, 400 Broad St., 206.905.2175. 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. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St., 206.684.4743. WINGS OVER WASHINGTON Called “an aerial adventure” this 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. Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, 206.602.1808.