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Some of Our Favorite Things To Do In Seattle 0

Some of Our Favorite Things To Do In Seattle

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Blog, Community

Looking for Some Things to Do in Seattle with Your Family?   Chihuly Garden and Glass If you think about glass you use every day, you might think of the cup you’re drinking from or the windshield on your car. Seems like an uninteresting thing, right? Just one step into Chihuly Garden and Glass and you’ll realize that glass couldn’t be more versatile or amazing. Dale Chihuly, an artist from Tacoma, Washington, started experimenting with glass blowing in 1965. Inspired by the world around him, the colors and shapes he twists into the glass reflect everything from flowers to sea life. He is most famous for his colossal installations such as chandeliers that hang in the Natural History Museum in London, England, or the glass wall in the Toyama Glass Art Museum, in Toyama, Japan. Seattle Center Monorail Soaring 605 feet above Seattle’s roadways you’ll spot The Seattle Center Monorail, built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The blue and red cars carry over two million people a year to and from West Lake and Seattle Centers. The Museum of Pop Culture was even designed so that the monorail could pass through it on the way to the terminal! As of October 2019, you can use an ORCA card, the...

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Seattle’s Best Beaches & Waterside Parks 0

Seattle’s Best Beaches & Waterside Parks

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Blog

Seattle’s shoreline, made of 147.52 miles of fresh water and 53.38 miles of salt water (200.90 miles total!), leaves a lot to discover any time of year. In late spring, summer and early fall you’ll find beachgoers getting their tan on and splashing in the waves. From late fall to early spring, joggers dash along the sand while others sit and watch the ferries shuffle people across the bay. And can you imagine how gorgeous it is when the leaves change color and reflect off the water? Here are some beaches you can visit during your trip to Seattle to get a real taste of Pacific Northwest seaside lifestyle: Alki Beach Chances are that if you mention the word “beach” to anyone in the Seattle area this is the first one they’ll think of. This is the picturesque coast: volleyball players dive in the sand while others laze and watch under umbrellas. Grab some fried local halibut and sit at the picnic tables by the sea or find the monument remembering the arrival of settlers to Seattle in 1851. Golden Gardens Park Those looking for a beach with a great view of the sunset should look no further than Golden Gardens. This rock and sand beach gazes over Shilshole...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: U-District 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: U-District

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Blog

You know that the University of Washington has to be big if a whole neighborhood is named after it. At almost 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students combined, we’d say that’s big enough and then some! The young population of the University District, also known as the U-District, makes it one of the most happening places to be. You’ll find what you might expect: great bars and restaurants for nightlife, quiet cafés for a place to study, but dig a little deeper and see that there’s so much more. Things To Do in University District Here are some things we recommend you check out if you find yourself in this part of town, both typical and quirky (kinda like one of our tours, huh?): University of Washington There’s a reason people flock to see UW year-round even if they aren’t students… because it’s absolutely beautiful! In the spring, cherry trees line the quad in full bloom. Wander through the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries and feel like you’ve become part of a Harry Potter film. Sit by the Drumheller Fountain and enjoy the weather. You can spend a whole day just exploring the campus. Union Bay Natural Area You’ll be amazed at how far removed you’ll feel from the city in...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Ballard 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Ballard

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Blog

The history of Ballard is pretty amazing when you consider that William Rankin Ballard (the neighborhood’s namesake) ended up owning the land because he LOST a coin toss. When the land’s four owners dissolved their partnership in 1887, nobody wanted the stretch that contained the railroad. William, who already owned the land next to it, “won” it as the loser… but SURPRISE! This turned out to be an awesome thing! See, railways are an excellent way to bring in and export supplies. Once the neighborhood gained some fame for being where the railroad ended, it filled with mills for production. People flocked to work in these mills after the Great Seattle Fire. Then came shops, families, a marina- and it became the bustling community we know it as today. Things To Do in Ballard Seattle Here are some things to check when you’re in Ballard to get to know it a little better: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka Ballard Locks) and Salmon Ladder Without the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Lake Washington, Lake Union and the Puget Sound wouldn’t be connected. Since 1917 the locks have made it possible to sail the world and easily end up in two of Seattle’s most beautiful freshwater lakes. In summer, head here to...

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11 Places to Eat Near Ride the Ducks of Seattle 0

11 Places to Eat Near Ride the Ducks of Seattle

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Blog

If you were to ask us about a question we get all the time, you might expect to hear “what exactly will I see on my tour?”, or, “does the Duck REALLY go into the water?” But one thing we get often, especially towards lunch and dinner time, is, “what’s a good place around the Ducks to eat?!” To save you time looking up types of cuisine, reviews and pictures (that last one can get especially distracting), we’ve rounded up 10 great places by our Seattle Center location for a bite to eat. Restaurants Near Seattle Center The Armory at Seattle Center Everyone loves having lots of options, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at The Armory in Seattle Center. The Armory houses around 15 different restaurants that make food fresh and fast, and offers food court style seating. From bubble tea to fish n’ chips, there’s something for everyone in the family! Grecian Corner Greek food by a Greek family while Greek shows play on the television and Greek tunes waft over from the radio… it doesn’t get more authentic than that! At Grecian Corner you’ll find staple dishes like gyros (shaved meat), spanakopita (spinach pie) and avegolemono (lemon chicken soup). We recommend the Greek fries which come...

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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Fremont 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Fremont

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog

If you’ve been searching for the Center of the Universe, just Google it. You’ll find out its right here in Seattle’s very own neighborhood of Fremont! And no, it’s not *just* because Google Maps’ office is in Fremont (ahem, ahem)… obviously it’s because Seattle is the best city around! You can imagine that a place that calls itself the Center of the Universe would be pretty funky. While we’ll pass through this quirky part of town on our Duck Tour, it’s definitely worth another visit when your tour is over. From delicious food and breweries to waterside views and public art, this neighborhood has endless things to offer. The Fremont Troll You may have heard rumors of troll sightings underneath the Aurora Bridge, and we’re here to tell you that he. Is. REAL! But don’t be scared, it turns out he’s pretty nice. The troll appeared in 1990 after a few artists won a competition to replace this former dumping ground with public art. Now it’s a staple to snap a photo with him and check out the cool VW Beetle in his left hand. Burke-Gilman Trail The Burke-Gilman Trail is an almost 20 mile-long bike trail that starts in Ballard, Seattle and ends in Bothell, WA. It’s is...

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