Seattle is a vacation destination for families, couples and even singles. Located on Puget Sound and encompassed by Lake Washington, Lake Union and Elliot Bay, the city surely lives up to its moniker of being the greenest city in the United States. This beautiful city has something to offer everyone, with its museums, parks, nightlife, eateries and hordes of other natural and manmade attractions.
Seattle Center and Space Needle
The Space Needle is surrounded by the Seattle Center, which is fairground and perfect venue for families with kids. It offers a number of rides, water fountain, art displays and concession stands. However, it is the Space Needle that attracts the most attention. This structure was built for the 1962 World Fair. It houses a revolving restaurant at the top, and after having a wholesome meal, you can head to the observation deck to catch an awe-inspiring glimpse of the city.
Pike Place Market
This 100-year old market is famous for its street entertainers, quaint little restaurants and vendors that sell just about everything, ranging from antiques, fish, fruits and fresh produce. It is a famous attraction in the city and should not be missed for its unique charm and ambience. Do not get overwhelmed by its size, as the market covers an area of 9 acres. The market is also home to the Can Can, which is an award winning nightclub.
Seattle Pacific Science Center
The Center is located close to Seattle (WA) Center and do not give it a miss. It is not like a conventional science museum. Here you will have a wide choice of activities that you may find it difficult to choose. The Center has a planetarium, a butterfly house filled with tropical butterflies and even an IMAX theater.
Boeing's Everett Plant
Visit Boeing's plant and find out how planes are made. It is about 30 miles from Seattle (WA), but worth the time and effort. Not only can you take a tour of the plant's catwalks, you can also see with your own eyes how Boeing makes some of the world's largest aircraft.
This place is ideal for kids, but adults too will enjoy themselves. The Aquarium is home to a wide array of marine flora and fauna, including its star attraction - starfish. Once you finish the tour, you can head to restaurants in the vicinity to enjoy some delicious seafood.
Officially known as the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Ballard Locks is responsible for raising and lowering the level of water, so that ships can make their way from Puget Sound into Lake Washington. The beautiful and verdant surroundings around the Locks is perfect for a picnic and enjoying the squirrel population that lives here. Be sure to visit the viewing room at the Locks to see salmon swim upstream to Lake Washington for spawning.
Although called a Square, this is actually a neighborhood in Seattle (WA). The neighborhood is renowned for its bookstores, nightclubs, Internet cafés, art galleries and restaurants. It is the city's party neighborhood and renowned for its energetic and vibrant nightlife. Make sure you wear sensible shoes when visiting Pioneer Square, as you will need them while browsing through the stores and shops which are wonderful and delightful.
Bill Gates home is another attraction in the city. Although you cannot get a tour of the house, you can see it from a distance and get awed by the grandeur of the beautiful mansion.
Enjoy a trip to Seattle Art Museum, which offers programs for family and teens. The museum has some fabulous art displays as well as activities for children.
Take a ferry ride across Puget Sound. If you are lucky, you may be able to spy a few sea lions and other wildlife that live in the vicinity. The experience can be fun and relaxing.
As you can see there are many available options for you to choose while visiting Seattle. I hope your next trip to Seattle is very enjoyable.
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