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Things To Do In Seattle/Tacoma

Located at Pier 57, this landmark ferris wheel soars 175 feet out above Elliott Bay, offering panoramic views of the city, Puget Sound, and - on a clear day - majestic Mt. Rainier. At night, the wheel lights up with an array of colors. 42 climate-controlled gondolas seat eight passengers each, except for the four-person-capacity "VIP" gondola, which features red leather seats and a glass floor.

1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-8607

The 1962 Seattle World's Fair, otherwise known as Century 21, gave visitors a glimpse of the future and left Seattle with a lasting legacy in the form of Seattle Center. The 74-acre campus, with its 17 acres of open space, is home to more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations. Many festivals and free public programs are offered.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-684-7200

EMP is a cutting-edge museum that uses interactive exhibits and advanced technology to explore popular music from rock 'n' roll and jazz to hip-hop and punk. Housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the EMP offers a collection of unique memorabilia such as Gene Simmons' demon KISS costume, a gallery of classic guitars (acoustic and electric) and in-depth profiles on Seattle's music scene, from Jimi Hendrix to grunge rock of the 1990s. Admission fee includes the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame in the same building.

325 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-770-2700

Chihuly Garden and Glass, an exhibition opening May 2012, provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden. The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and three Drawing Walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly's significant series of work; the Glasshouse presents a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture; and the Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures and other installations.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-753-4940

Explore Seattle's fascinating industrial history right up to the present, and learn how innovators are leading the city into the future. At MOHAI, you'll discover the Emerald City anew through interactive exhibits, rare historical images and objects, and rotating collections. Located at the base of Lake Union and surrounded by industrial activity of all kinds, this landmark museum has something for all ages.

860 Terry Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-324-1126

The Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world with facilities that include the Red Barn - Boeing's original manufacturing facility. The museum's six-story glass-and-steel exhibit hall houses 39 full-sized aircraft, while an outdoor park is home to the first jet Air Force One and first 747. And for those who want to be put into the pilot's seat, there are two flight simulators that offer unforgettable rides. On the first Thursday of each month, the Museum stays open late, for free! Enjoy the Museum's Great Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Space - Exploring the New Frontier exhibit, flight simulators and more courtesy of Wells Fargo.

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-764-5720

This bustling nine-acre center is many things - an enormous farmers' market, a collection of stalls that sell everything from handmade toys to sheepskin slippers, and a top-rated dining destination. It has been a living landmark filled with historic stories for more than a century (the very first Starbucks is still located here). The most famous attraction is the fish market, where fresh catches fly through the air as workers toss them to one another to the delight of crowds. Go behind the scenes on a walking tour to experience some of the best market spots and taste locally made foods and beverages.

85 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-682-7453

The Olympic Sculpture Park transformed a nine-acre industrial site into an open green space of creativity. Set along the waterfront, an innovative Z-shaped path connects four distinctive landscapes - Valley, Grove, Meadows and Shore. Highlights include a glass-and-steel pavilion, sculpted gardens filled with native plants and original sculptures by notable artists such as Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.

2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-654-3100

Beneath Seattle's Pioneer Square is a collection of tunnels and passages that were once the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown. Today, 90-minute tours wander through this subterranean world and dig into the area's past with a humorous twist. The tour company also offers an adults-only tour that focuses on Seattle's history of prostitution, the opium trade and other R-rated material.

608 First Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-682-4646

Seattle's most famous skyline icon stands 605 feet tall and was built as part of the 1962 World's Fair. The observation deck offers 360-degree panoramic views of the cityscape, surrounding water and Mount Rainier's peak. Along the deck are informative displays with detailed information and interesting trivia about the city. And, if you're hungry, the tower's rotating restaurant, Sky City, serves excellent meals with more amazing views.

400 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-905-2100

If you're lucky enough to get a sunny day in Seattle, head to Pier 52 for a trip to beautiful Bainbridge Island. The scenic 30-minute ride across Puget Sound leads to a community known for its quaint shops, outdoor cafes and local arts, with miles of preserved open space with numerous hiking trails. Enjoy sweeping views of downtown Seattle on your ferry ride back to the city. Ferry reservations can be made for vehicles only.

Phone: 206-464-6400

On this Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour you will see and taste wines at both the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia wineries. This sightseeing excursion will lead you deep into the rolling Cascade foothills past lush horse ranches and flower farms, to popular Hollywood locations for such famous productions as Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, and The Vanishing. Scenic single lane rural roads lead you up to the peaceful shadow of Mount Si through the Snoqualmie River Valley to the edge of the breathtaking 270 foot Snoqualmie Falls.

Myth and magic come to life at Tillicum Village, located 8 miles from Seattle's waterfront on Blake Island State Park. Here, you have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture and watch a 30 minute show featuring traditional song and dance. A delicious Chinook Salmon buffet lunch is also included.

You don't have to be a shipping enthusiast to be enthralled by the complex workings of the Seattle locks system - originally built to transport coal and timber from the eastern shores of Lake Washington. Along the way you'll be treated to stunning city skylines and mountain views, and a trip to the Sleepless in Seattle floating houseboat district.

From picturesque houseboat districts to luxury waterfront homes and the Husky Stadium, former home to the NFL's Seahawks - this two-hour cruise is an unforgettable way to experience the best of Seattle. See dramatic scenery and the volcanic Mt. Rainier as the tour cruises Lake Washington.

You haven't seen Seattle until you've seen it from a duck! Join this family friendly Seattle duck tour and explore the many sights aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle. Your Coast Guard certified sea captains quack you up with local history, folklore, funky music and just plain fun.

Join Chef Nick Novello of Skillet Diner for a culinary adventure in the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen! Chef Nick will demonstrate how to prepare Pan Seared Ling Cod Provencal (a new dish on Skillet's menu) with roasted artichoke hearts and Market vegetables, and a tomato anchovy broth.

Phone: 206-682-7453

This Maker Day will be led by MOHAI's Youth Advisors! Looking to add excitement to your Saturday? MOHAI's Youth Advisors bring in teen poets for an event that celebrates Seattle history. Watch spoken word performances, add to a community mural, and participate in other activities to share experiences with the greater Seattle community. Use the free photobooth to take pictures, then print them out to take home!

Phone: 206-324-1126

Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery. Then go behind the scenes for a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787s being assembled right before your eyes.

8415 Paine Field Boulevard
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Phone: 360-756-0086

Food & Drink In Seattle/Tacoma

Anthony's Pier 66 is located on the downtown Seattle waterfront in the same building as Anthony's Bell St. Diner and Anthony's Fish Bar. Anthony's Pier 66 is a premier Northwest seafood restaurant with panoramic views of the downtown Seattle skyline, Mt. Rainier, and Elliott Bay's boating activity. Anthony's Pier 66 features fresh Northwest seafood simply prepared, in a contemporary, sophisticated waterfront setting.

2201 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-448-6688

Marcela and Anthony opened this Creole Cookery in 2008, bringing New Orleans specialties like jambalaya, Cajun crawfish etouffe and muffaletta to the Pacific Northwest. In 2009 Marcela's was honored with a menu exhibit at The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans for bringing authentic Creole flavors to this region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As if that weren't enough, cooking classes and crawfish boil parties are also offered. Laissez les bontemps roulez!

106 James Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-223-0042

Have your next event at Chef Scott Staples' ZoŽ Events! We are committed to offering delicious, local food produced and served by outstanding, fun people. Our vendors are creative professionals that are the best in Seattle.

1318 East Union Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-256-2060

Run by the Canlis family, Canlis is the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated restaurant, winner of eleven consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Awards and two times James Beard runner up for best service in the country. They offer quintessential regional cooking overlooking Lake Union since 1950.

2576 Aurora Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-283-3313

The finest Northwest cuisine with bold, adventurous preparations. Let Chefs Tom Douglas, Eric Tanaka and their talented kitchen crew bring their unique flavors to your table.

2001 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-682-4142

Salty's on Alki Beach is truly in a class by itself. Salty's bends over backwards to please you with their award-winning fresh Northwest seafood cuisine and attentive friendly service. The view is not only the best in Seattle, this is "one of the world's great view restaurants," according to a local critic.

1936 Harbor Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: 206-937-1600

A Seattle icon since 1973, Ray's Boathouse is internationally renowned for its unparalleled Northwest seafood and breathtaking waterfront view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The finest sustainable Northwest seafood, artisan cheeses, local produce, Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and our trademark hospitality make Ray's Boathouse an unforgettable dining experience.

6049 Seaview Avenue
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-789-3770

Tilth serves certified organic new American cuisine featuring a bounty of seasonal and local ingredients. The New York Times named it one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2008.

1411 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-633-0801

An oasis in city dining, this downtown Seattle location is whimsical in nature and comfortable without being boring. Icon Grill's "aroused Americana" menu showcases the higher quality ingredients in a sophisticated yet simple manner.

1933 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-441-6330

For more than 30 years, Elliott's Oyster House has been Seattle's showcase for classic Northwest seafood. This classic seafood house is renowned for simple preparations that highlight the natural flavors of the finest seafood in the Pacific Northwest.

1201 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-4340

Tavolata is a unique addition to the Seattle dining landscape. While it has an industrial and urban feel, it still maintains a warm soulfulness from the 30 foot communal table (the Tavolata), reclaimed materials and delicate lighting. The flavors here are clean, fresh, simple and Italian. One major focus is the entirely handmade pastas, prepared by Seattle star Chef Ethan Stowell.

2323 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-838-8008

With Kids In Seattle/Tacoma

EMP is a cutting-edge museum that uses interactive exhibits and advanced technology to explore popular music from rock 'n' roll and jazz to hip-hop and punk. Housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the EMP offers a collection of unique memorabilia such as Gene Simmons' demon KISS costume, a gallery of classic guitars (acoustic and electric) and in-depth profiles on Seattle's music scene, from Jimi Hendrix to grunge rock of the 1990s. Admission fee includes the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame in the same building.

325 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-770-2700

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, often called the Ballard Locks, link salty Puget Sound with the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Both tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through. Stop by the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and enjoy a stroll around the notable botanical gardens.

3015 Northwest 54th Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-783-7059

Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The park is one of the best places in the city to view wildlife, especially birds and marine mammals, and is a popular place to hike - the Loop Trail provides great views of Puget Sound.

3801 West Government Way
Seattle, WA 98199
Phone: 206-386-4236

Woodland Park Zoo is an award-winning 92-acre zoo separated into different climate zones. The zoo opened the first naturalistic gorilla exhibit in the world and includes adventures such as the Trail of Vines, where orangutans, Malayan tapirs and Indian pythons live. Kids can also expect to see other exotic animals, including Komodo dragons, Chilean flamingos, Humboldt Penguins, gigantic Brazilian cockroaches and Amazon piranhas. Zoomazium, the newest addition to Woodland Park Zoo, is an indoor, all-weather facility that incorporates spectacular multimedia features with fun, interactive nature-themed areas devoted to play and learning for children birth to eight years of age (though all ages are welcome!). For more information about Zoomazium, please visit the Woodland Park Zoo's website.

601 North 59th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-548-2500

The Seattle Children's Museum is a twenty-two thousand square foot environment just for children ages birth through 10 years and their families. It's located in the heart of the city, on the first level of the Center House at Seattle Center. With the Space Needle soaring overhead and downtown just a Monorail ride away, the Museum can be an exciting part of any day spent in The Emerald City. At the Museum, every exhibit is interactive, which allows little hands and growing minds to explore, play and learn. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibits, an art studio, two education classrooms, a temporary traveling exhibit gallery, a storytelling circle and resource library, workshops, camps and weekend programming.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-441-1768

In a city known for its aquatic attractions, the Seattle Aquarium sits at the top of the list. Kids will be enthralled by Window on Washington Waters, a viewing area filled with salmon, sea anemones and other native Washington marine life. Another popular exhibit is the Underwater Dome, where tunnels lead into a spherical undersea room featuring 360-degree views of a 400,000-gallon tank teeming with fish, sharks and other creatures.

1483 Alaskan Way, Suite 59
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-386-4300

Nightlife In Seattle/Tacoma

You'd never guess that behind this tiny storefront lies one of Seattle's most distinguished cocktail bars. Dimly lit by candles and chandeliers, patrons whisper over prohibition-era cocktails and modern concoctions like the "Oliver Reed" - a nod to one of Britain's most legendary actors (and drunks).

2311 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-783-0478

Since 1995, the George & Dragon Pub in Fremont has been home to a little bit of Britain in Seattle. Serving cocktails, fine ales and great food, patrons enjoy their large outside patios for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's the perfect place for a few drinks with friends, a big night out, football, chips, or their regular quiz nights.

206 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-545-6864

The Kangaroo & Kiwi is Seattle's first and only Aussie and Kiwi bar, serving up nightly the drinks, the pies, and the lollies of Australia and New Zealand. Most importantly, they've got the sports from Down Under appearing weekly on big screen tellys, so if rugby's your game, be sure to stop by for a pint.

2026 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-297-0507

Cutting-edge indie-rock acts like The Raconteurs and Vampire Weekend take the stage at this club filled with a young, stylish crowd. The inside is decorated with mermaid murals and images of a creepy clown mascot, while the main room is the perfect intimate setting for live shows and an overhead balcony allows you to escape all the action.

925 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-709-9467

The Triple Door features a 300-seat performance space restored and updated from the bones of the historic Embassy Theatre. Arranged in tiers, the Mainstage provides clear sight lines from every seat. The intimate dimensions mean that even the late arriver to a sold-out show is no more than 35 paces from the stage. The public lounge associated with this famous music venue, the Musicquarium features a wraparound, U-shaped bar and a huge, one thousand nine hundred-gallon freshwater aquarium, known as the Musicquarium. It is both a great place to grab a drink and a bite before the show and a happening nightclub in its own right.

216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-838-4333

A night of Merle Haggard music in memoriam.

Phone: 206-709-9467

A singer, songwriter, and rapper that crosses over from R&B to hip-hop, Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax is known simply as Jacquees when he steps out from behind the scenes. Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Jacquees first fell for the music of the Jacksons and the Temptations, not straight from their records but from the television biopics that were popular in the early 90s.

Phone: 206-709-9467

Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock and roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group's ranks over the next half-decade, but the focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who, along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Regal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer Brian Glaze, and "Spokesman for the Revolution" Joel Gion, recorded the Massacre's 1995 shoegaze-influenced debut LP, Methodrone.

Phone: 206-709-9467

A soulful blend of post-rock, post-jazz, electronic-infused pop music. Mack Grout (keyboards) and Brad Gibson (drums) invite collaborators when the song calls for it. Their upcoming full length album is a highly anticipated, maiden voyage.

Phone: 206-838-4333

Shopping In Seattle/Tacoma

Downtown Seattle's premier shopping center is a five-level, 335,000-square-foot complex featuring stores such as Tiffany & Co., MaxMara, Coach, Helly Hansen, L'Occitane and Williams-Sonoma. In addition to the great shopping, the architecture centers on a European-style plaza and an indoor atrium filled with light.

600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-405-2655

Nordstrom, one of the most prestigious names in retail, got its start in Seattle as a simple downtown shoe store in 1901. Today, this flagship location continues to dazzle shoppers with its amazing selection, unsurpassed customer service and added touches such as live piano music and in-store cafes. Don't forget great deals at its popular semi-annual sales.

500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-628-2111

For more than 25 years, Archie McPhee has been carrying the wackiest and weirdest items that you won't find at Target. Whether you're a curious kid or a full-grown prankster, the store is filled with aisles of must-have trinkets such as zombie finger puppets, Tiki mugs, bacon-flavored toothpicks, mullet wigs and other essential gag gifts.

1300 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-297-0240

The flagship of this Seattle-based outdoor equipment and apparel company has been supplying locals with all of their necessary gear since 1944. Besides an amazing selection of items from Patagonia, The North Face, CamelBak and Merrel, the store also offers its own line of active apparel and features a mountain-bike test trail, gear-testing stations and a 65-foot climbing wall.

222 Yale Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-223-1944