Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: SLU 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: SLU

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in Blog

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: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 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 Spheres 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...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Capitol Hill 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Capitol Hill

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Blog

If you hear “Capitol Hill” and you think politics- think again! Our favorite Capitol Hill (Cap Hill for short) sits right east of downtown in the heart of Seattle and is quite different from its Washington DC counterpart. Upon arrival in this neighborhood, you’ll immediately notice the rainbow of colors painted on the crosswalks as a welcome sign for the city’s largest LGBTQ community. It’s a neighborhood for everyone as people with colored hair and tattoos wait outside nightclubs for the next show while a family and their dogs walk by to head home after dinner. Unfortunately Cap Hill isn’t on our tour route but it’s all the more reason to check it out after your Duck Tour! Here’s are some things we recommend you see: 1) Volunteer Park Capitol Hill has a few green spaces, but none of them are as quintessentially Seattle as Volunteer Park. Besides the scenic view of Seattle’s Skyline, the park includes a conservatory, an amphitheater, a water tower with an observation deck, a reservoir, the Seattle Asian Art Museum and a wading pool. Other parks to check out in the neighborhood are: Cal Anderson Park, Washington Park Arboretum, Japanese Garden and Lake View Cemetery (which houses the graves of Bruce Lee and his...

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What to do in Seattle Center

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Blog

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: Space Needle 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! Chihuly Garden & Glass 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...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: West Seattle 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: West Seattle

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Blog

You might not know this, but West Seattle was the original Seattle. Could you imagine the Space Needle and downtown high-rises a few miles southwest of where they are now?! It almost happened! We often mention the story of how the Denny Party settled West Seattle in 1851 on our Duck Tours. What they soon found is that it didn’t make for the best city (they needed a deeper bay and better tides) so they moved across Elliott Bay to build Seattle where it stands today. West Seattle still has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to its gorgeous coastline, so make sure to check out the following on your trip: Alki Beach You won’t need palm trees for the ultimate seaside experience when you visit Alki Beach. In the summer you’ll find locals sunbathing, swimming and lounging on the driftwood along the sand. Check out the restaurants across the street for local seafood and a beautiful glimpse across the water. Easy Street Records This independent record store got its start in 1988 after two older music stores merged into one. You can shop for vinyl before or after you pop into their in-house café for coffee and a bite to eat. They often host live musicians,...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Downtown 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Downtown

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Blog

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...

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How to Pack and Dress for Seattle Weather

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Blog

If you’re reading this, you’re hopefully excited about your upcoming trip to Seattle, and why wouldn’t you be with so many amazing things to see here (like on our land and water tours!) You might be asking yourself questions like, “What’s the weather like in Seattle? How does a typical Seattleite dress? Is there anything else I should bring to make myself more comfortable on my trip there?” First, we’ve got to clear up this whole “it’s always raining in Seattle” thing. Did you know Seattle is actually 41st in annual average rainfall in the US? Crazy! It may be a bit gray and drizzly x days a year, but there are also many dry and sunny days. The weather is actually mild all year long meaning it doesn’t get too hot or cold. People in Seattle are very casual – this isn’t a place where the sidewalk doubles as a designer catwalk! To stay comfy during certain times of the year, our helpful tips are: Spring Flowers will be blooming and birds will be singing! Temperatures from April to June hover between 55°f-65°f (13°c-18°c). During the spring, the rain could go either way, so be sure to plan for it! You should consider bringing: A light to medium...

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