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Things to do in Seattle

Sights

Pike Place Market

1st Ave and Pike St, Seattle

Pike Place Market is one of the country’s oldest farmers markets. Encompassing nine acres from Pike St. north to Virginia St. and from 1st Ave west to Western Ave, the Market’s historic arcade, winding alleys, stairways and lower levels offer a multi-sensory experience of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and textures.

Space Needle

400 Broad St, Seattle

Take the 41 second ride up 520 feet and stick close to the windows. As you head up, Seattle reveals its green and blue glory beneath you. Once on deck, take time to soak in the spectacular 360 view of Emerald City. Point and plan what to visit next!

Theo Chocolate

3400 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Theo Chocolate is passionate about chocolate. And changing the world. They’re dedicated to making our world a better place and finding ways to do it through their passion—bringing out the best of the cocoa bean.

Fremont Troll

Troll Ave N, Seattle

It all started in 1989 when the local Fremont Arts Council was approached about doing something more imaginative with the space under the Aurora bridge. Encouraged by the prospect of support and funding, a national competition was organized to select the best ideas. The Fremont Arts Council juried the field down to five finalists who were then commissioned to create models that would be voted on by the community at the Fremont Fair. The Troll created by a team, calling themselves the Jersey Devils and led by sculptor Steve Badanes, was voted the overwhelming favorite. A city-matching grant was successful in funding the project. Thus, the Fremont Troll came to be. Made from rebar steel, wire and 2 tons of messy ferroconcrete, the Troll monument took about 7 weeks to complete.

Tours

Ride the Ducks

516 Broad St, Seattle

In 1997, Ride the Ducks of Seattle opened with a Duck and a dream: to provide the ultimate experience in Seattle by land and water. What started with a small group of dedicated individuals, striving for excellence in entertainment and customer service, has grown into one of the largest tour companies in Seattle and one of the most successful amphibious tour companies in the world!

Seattle Underground Tour

614 1st Ave, Seattle

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is Seattle’s most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.

Museums

Museum of Pop Culture

325 5th Ave N, Seattle

Visit a museum like no other on earth. The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, take over the spotlight in On Stage, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make the Museum of Pop Culture a destination unlike any other.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison St, Seattle

Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full-service dining in the adjoining Collections Café, this long-term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine.

Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Seattle

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle’s landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Our three distinct locations celebrate the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

Museum of Flight

9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle

Walk the aisle of JFK’s Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast’s only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Barrel-roll a Mustang, land on the moon, and soar over Puget Sound in a simulator. Experience the excitement of the space race and sit at the controls of the world’s fastest jet. From the Wright brothers to the exploration of Mars, you’ll find it at The Museum of Flight!

Parks

Kerry Park

211 W Highland Dr, Seattle

An unsurpassed view of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, with an occasional backdrop of Mount Rainier, draws camera buffs to this spot. At sunset they often line the wall just as the city and the sound are beginning to glow with lights. At night it becomes almost a fantasy scene, with brightly lit ferries gliding across the water and the Space Needle shining from its 500-foot pedestal.

Volunteer Park

1247 15th Ave E, Seattle

Located in the heart of Seattle, Volunteer Park is home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  The Landmarks Preservation Board designated Volunteer Park as a Seattle Landmark on November 2, 2011. This historic Olmsted Park is beloved by residents and visitors alike.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle

100 years ago, The Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route to develop the City of Seattle. Today the Hiram M. Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks are the Nation’s busiest with nearly 50,000 vessels a year “locking through.” Over 500,000 salmon migrate through the Locks each year.

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle

The Olympic Sculpture Park, created and operated by the Seattle Art Museum, is a park, free and open to the public. The park consists of a 9-acre outdoor sculpture museum and beach.

Bad Company

HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

Shaun King at the HUB

Shaun King at the HUB

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat


Contact

Logistics
Christina Buckman
University of Washington
cbuckman@uw.edu
206-543-8132

Program
Justin Camputaro, PhD
University of Washington
jcamp77@uw.edu
206-616-7258

Karee Shaw
Washington State University
karee.shaw@wsu.edu
509-335-8711