If you visited Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood just 10 years ago, you wouldn’t believe what it looks like today. After Amazon made this neighborhood its home in 2010, South Lake Union filled with high-rises and new residences. Now, other companies like Google and Facebook have moved in, too.
If you want to experience Seattle’s new tech boom while still enjoying some of the city’s most unique history, check out the neighborhood where past meets present by visiting the following:
Right on the shores of Lake Union sits the MOHAI, which occupies the former Naval Reserve Training Center. Everything you find in the MOHAI relates to Seattle and Puget Sound history, including Boeing’s first commercial plane and Rainier Brewing Company’s 12-foot tall neon “R” sign. It’s a great way to get a taste of Seattle throughout the decades and you can ask your Duck Tour Guide to point it out onboard!
The Amazon Spheres were constructed through the concept of “biophilia”: that people have a desire to be around nature. Inside these crazy-shaped buildings, Amazon employees can sit and work around over 40,000 types of plants from 30 different countries! You can visit The Spheres by making ticket reservations every first and third Saturday of the month.
To feed all those hungry Amazonians, you better bet that South Lake Union is filled with tasty food! From delicious Mexican at Cactus, tasty brunch at Portage Bay Cafe and even lobster rolls at Bar Harbor. Italian? Middle Eastern? This neighborhood has it all! Check out this Google Map for a list and location of popular places for a bite to eat in the area.
On Saturdays, one block of 9th Avenue North fills with food trucks, handmade goods and pedestrians for the Saturday Market. If you’re a foodie, this market is for you. Sample some freshly fried doughnuts and bubble tea while browsing handmade jewelry and second hand clothes- chances are you’ll go home with something really cool.
Feeling like you want to take a break? Lake Union Park is the perfect 12-acre park to unwind by the water. Pack a picnic to enjoy while watching Kenmore Air flights land, Duck Tours quack and stand up paddle-boarders paddle around the lake. Rent a bike or take a little jog to get some exercise if you feel like it, too!
Located right next to the market but open every day of the week is Denny Park. It’s a fantastic place to have a picnic with friends or watch the dogs in the public dog pen play. Originally a cemetery, Denny Park is known for being Seattle’s oldest park, which opened in 1883.
This unique museum contains memorabilia of the Pacific Northwest’s maritime history. Started by the Wagner family, it’s said that they wanted to share their personal boat collection to educate people, and that they believed the most effective means of education was direct experience. That’s why today, you can rent a boat or participate in their public sail on Sundays where skippers will take you out on various types of boats for free. Neat!
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