Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Downtown

April 5, 2019
Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Downtown

In almost any city you’ll find the bustling heart of Downtown is the main financial and shopping hub. The same can be said for Seattle… except that we’re SO much more than just a blur of people and cars! Stroll a few blocks in each direction to discover what makes our city so unique.

There’s bound to be a coffee shop every few storefronts. Craving sushi? Maybe Italian? There’s a restaurant for that just a short walk away! Museums, markets, and even Ferris wheels are all within walking distance of each other. From big-name brands that got their start here (like Nordstrom!) to boutiques you’ll love, discover the style that’s right for you.

While you’ll enjoy getting lost on the many streets and alleyways of our city, make sure to take your time to enjoy these well-known Seattle attractions that call the Downtown neighborhood their home:

1) Pike Place Market
One of the nation’s oldest farmer’s markets, Pike Place Market is a great place to eat, shop for souvenirs and take plenty of photos to show people back home! They’re also famous for their beautiful flower arrangements and local art.

2) Gum Wall
Speaking of Pike Place, there’s a very famous wall that’s part of Post Alley located right next to the market. Rumor has it that around 1993, people attending the Market Theater who weren’t allowed to chew gum inside stuck their pieces to the outside wall! It’s been a tradition ever since for locals and tourists alike to leave a literal mark (or wad) behind.

Gum Wall

3) Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
When you walk into the SAM, the first thing you’ll notice is the giant replica of a 140 year old western hemlock hanging above you. The museum hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits, which means there will always be something new no matter how many times you visit.

4) Seattle Central Public Library
In 2018, the Seattle Central Public Library was named the world’s most beautiful according to Instagram in a study done by Wordery. With its unique architecture and endless rows of books to stick your nose in, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time getting lost.

Seattle Library

5) Seattle Great Wheel
Upgrade from the days of holding hands at the top of your State Fair’s Ferris wheel by seeing epic views of the waterfront from the Seattle Great Wheel. They even have a special VIP cabin with a glass floor, leather seats and champagne for those 21+.

6) Seattle Aquarium
Puget Sound is home to some incredible wildlife from fish to birds to seals, and the Seattle Aquarium is THE place to get an introduction. Slip your hand into the icy waters of the touch tanks and feel sea cucumbers, sea anemones, crabs and more. Then head outside to say hi to Sea Otters and Sea Lions up close!

 Seals at the Seattle Aquarium

7) Washington State Ferries
Did you know that the Washington State Ferries are the largest fleet of ferries in the US? They shuttle tens of thousands of people daily all around the state (and even parts of Canada)! You can hop over to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton for the day from Colman Dock, located downtown on Alaskan Way near Marion St.

8) Westlake Center
Looking to do some shopping in-between seeing all the sights? Luckily there a few malls downtown to find gorgeous fashion and stop for a bite to eat. (Bonus: you can also check out Pacific Place a few blocks over for some other options). And on the top floor of the Westlake Center, you’ll find the…

9) Seattle Center Monorail
What better way to head on over to Seattle Center and Ride the Ducks than by visiting our friends at the Seattle Center Monorail? The Monorail opened in 1962 for the World’s Fair and still carries over 2 million passengers a year. Tickets are just $2.50 each way- so get exploring!

 Seattle Center Monorail

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