Have you ever heard of an entire part of town being built just for one event? It seems like it might be a lot of work, but for Seattle, it was the perfect opportunity to house a tourism hotspot when hosting the 1962 World’s Fair. Welcome to Seattle Center.
This cultural hub houses museums, theaters, delicious food, an arena and so much more… including US! If you have some extra time before or after your Duck Tour, check out this list of great things to do:
Ride the Ducks’ guests often snap gorgeous shots of this iconic monument from our parking lot; that’s a pretty cool perk of being our neighbor. They recently renovated the floor with glass panels so you can get a panoramic view including what’s below you. The best part is that tickets are for specific times so reservations are easy to coordinate around your tour with us!
Dale Chihuly is known around the world for his incredible glass sculptures and chandeliers. At Chihuly Garden & Glass there are 3 exhibits: indoors, garden and glasshouse, the latter of which houses one of his biggest suspended sculptures. Ooh and ah at the unique colors and shapes you see that are all hand blown and sculpted.
If you’re visiting Seattle with your family, this place is, well, literally made for your kids. The Children’s museum has many interactive visits to entertain and educate children ages 10 months to 10 years. Your little ones can go to the market, be Sound Transit conductors and even doctors when they visit the museum.
The MoPOP is one of the first things you’ll see on our tours and you can’t miss it. Its distinct architecture is said to look like a smashed Jimi Hendrix guitar! Many of the museum’s permanent exhibits focus on artists from Seattle like Nirvana and rotating exhibits range from props used in Marvel movies to pop culture icons like Hello Kitty.
There are a lot of ways to be inspired at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. This free visitor’s center explains the work that the Foundation does including fighting homelessness in the Pacific Northwest and combating malaria in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. You can come up with your own ideas to change the world and display them for other museum goers to see.
PacSci offers amazing exhibits to peak your curiosity about the natural world. Step into their planetarium for some star gazing, explore fluttering wings in the Tropical Butterfly House or see what’s playing at the IMAX Theater and Laser Dome. STEM is a huge part of Seattle and this is your chance to learn a bit about it!
Dream of pirouettes and plies when you watch the dancers at the Pacific Northwest Ballet show off their skills. The ballet company has record attendance numbers and puts on over 100 performances per year! They feature specific dancers and classic shows (like The Nutcracker), so make sure to see what’s playing when you’re in town.
The vocal counterpart to the ballet, and conveniently right next door, is the Seattle Opera. Their season runs from August through May and presents about 5 operas a year. Common languages you’ll hear are Italian, German, French and English. And don’t worry- each show has English captions so that you can truly appreciate the singers’ powerful vocals even if you don’t understand the words.
We wrote about how awesome the Monorail is on our blog about Seattle’s Downtown neighborhood (where the monorail drops you off!), but it really is one of the coolest ways to get around the city. If Elvis rode it, how could it not be cool?! Make sure to take it back to Westlake Center for a true Seattle experience.
We love having so many remarkable neighbors and are so happy you get to check them out when you visit us. Our tour will show you all the highlights of Seattle, so when you see something you love or want to know more about, you can explore it after your tour. What are you waiting for? Come learn and laugh with us and get to know our city!
*Did you know? Some photos that appear on this page are public domain! Neat!