What are Some Good Things to do in Seattle, Washington?

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Seattle, best known as the birthplace of Starbucks and grunge music, is an excellent vacation destination. The vibrant and lively city offers something for everyone.

Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.
Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.

The Space Needle, one of the most recognizable elements in the Seattle skyline, is a must-see for any visitor. Built to celebrate the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle features an observation deck, restaurant, and gift shop. It takes just 43 seconds for a visitor to reach the top of the Space Needle by elevator, but it’s not uncommon to wait in line for an hour or more for the chance to see this important landmark.

Seattle is known for grunge music.
Seattle is known for grunge music.

The Seattle Underground, a chain of basements and passageways beneath the streets of downtown, is a fascinating attraction for history buffs. After the Great Seattle Fire in 1889, the streets were rebuilt one level higher than the original city to reduce the risk of flooding. Today, there are guided walking tours available of the ruins from the original city. Adults can even choose to take a special version of the basic tour that includes a discussion of the city's connection to prostitution, the opium trade, and other unsavory pursuits.

Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is known for its performances.
Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is known for its performances.

Many tourists flock to the Pike Place Market, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the third oldest continually-operational farmer's market in the United States. One of Pike Place Market’s most popular attractions is the Pike Place Fish Market. Best known as the market featured in an episode of Fraiser, the Pike Place Fish Market is unique in that employees send the fish flying through air to keep the atmosphere fresh and fun.

Seattle is known as the birthplace of Starbucks.
Seattle is known as the birthplace of Starbucks.

Seattle is a great place to visit if you’re passionate about the performing arts. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet have a worldwide reputation for producing quality shows. The alternative music scene features bands such as Murder City Devils, The Postal Service, and The Shins. Poetry slams and fringe theater performances are also quite popular in the city.

Seattle's Pike Place Market is the third-oldest farmers' market in the United States.
Seattle's Pike Place Market is the third-oldest farmers' market in the United States.

The city's cooler climate makes the city ideal for hiking, biking, and other athletic activities. If you’re a fan of professional sports, you can also see the Mariners, Storm, Seahawks, Sounders, and Thunderbirds in action. The NCAA Division II schools Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University, plus the Division I University of Washington, offer collegiate sports entertainment as well.

The Space Needle is a major attraction in Seattle for tourists.
The Space Needle is a major attraction in Seattle for tourists.

Animal lovers of all ages will want to make a stop at The Woodland Park Zoo, a facility that has achieved international recognition for its unique wildlife immersion exhibits. The Seattle Aquarium, featuring a variety of conservation exhibits and a collection of sea life art, is another attraction that’s worth a visit.

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the wiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the wiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

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anon329363

It's not the Jimi Hendrix museum. It's the Experience Music Project, or EMP. It houses a rock and roll museum, which includes a Jimi Hendrix exhibit. It's at the Seattle Center, where the Space Needle and other attractions are. Can't miss it if you go to the Seattle Center.

somerset

Another great thing to do in Seattle is visit the Jimi Hendrix museum! It's not only a cool museum inside but the architecture, by Frank Gehry, is interesting as well

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    • Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.
      Hiking trails provide fun and exercise.
    • Seattle is known for grunge music.
      Seattle is known for grunge music.
    • Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is known for its performances.
      Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is known for its performances.
    • Seattle is known as the birthplace of Starbucks.
      Seattle is known as the birthplace of Starbucks.
    • Seattle's Pike Place Market is the third-oldest farmers' market in the United States.
      Seattle's Pike Place Market is the third-oldest farmers' market in the United States.
    • The Space Needle is a major attraction in Seattle for tourists.
      The Space Needle is a major attraction in Seattle for tourists.