Trippy Seattle - Destinations
Here are some other things to see in Seattle, "destination" sites if you will:
- Seattle Center - an amusement park, a couple of stadiums, a science center, food, the Space Needle, the International Fountain, Performing Arts buildings (Opera, Symphony), Key Arena (Seattle Thunderbirds hockey, former Supersonics basketball).
- Museum of Flight - In Boeing's South Seattle blobopulus lies this collection of flying thingies. Nope, I haven't been there. Nor will I go - but YOU might.
- Pioneer Square - The Underground Tour. Check out the oldest-running district of Seattle: take in the turn-of-the-century architecture, then get a history lesson of old corrupt Seattle (which comes courtesy of the tour.)
- Seattle Aquarium - On the waterfront lies this nice aquarium. Newer and larger since improvements completed in 2006. Uh, fishy stuff. Actually, it's good, and it has a NW focus. I'm not a fan of capturing animals from their environment for us to gawk at, so be thrilled that I'm including this, you ungrateful cretin! Sorry - did I let that slip out?
- Klondike Gold Rush Seattle Unit - In Pioneer Square you can find this gem, dedicated to - as you might guess - the Klondike Gold Rush. Seattle played a big part in that, mostly as a (swindling) outfitter and purveyor of... li'l sewing mistresses. This used to be called the smallest National (Historical) Park in the U.S., but I have no idea if that's (still, or was ever) true. What IS true is that it's much bigger and better in its newer location in the old (and restored) Cadillac Hotel (on Jackson). It's been there since not long post the big quake around the year 2000. Free is a good price, by the way.
- IMAX big screen nature/cultural stuff. Pretty cool, sometimes vertigo-inducing for those susceptible to such. At the kid-oriented Pacific Science Center in the Seattle Center.
- Mariners (baseball) in south downtown, Seahawks (football) in south downtown, Sounders (soccer) in south downtown, SuperSonics (basketball) FORMERLY in Lower Queen Anne. If you care, they're there - those rich kids would love to shake you down for your dollars. Oh yeah, the Thunderbirds (hockey) play in Lower Queen Anne, too (much cheaper).
- Seattle Zoo in Woodland Park, just a little north of the downtown area. Improved habitats, but I'm not particularly enthused to promote zoos (outside of rescued animal exhibits for those waiting to be returned to the wild). So enter if you must, then give a healthy donation to the Nature Conservancy or NRDC to absolve you of your sins afterward.
- Chittenden Locks - watch the 5 salmon left in Puget Sound try and jump back to Lake Washington via the fish ladders... after which they'll be caught in a jetski propeller. Then watch the locks drop/raise the boats. A great picnic spot and place to while away a warm afternoon, in any event. Cross the locks on foot or by walking your bike to connect Ballard and Magnolia. Located a mile or so west of the Ballard Bridge.
- Fremont - A little bit of artsy/funky/hippietown just north of the downtown area, across the Ship Canal. Good food, bars, public art, and vibes, dude. Less hippie and more condo every day. Nice (and an ever-growing number of) neon signs, though!
- Piers on Elliott Bay - hang out and watch the sun go down from the waterfront, immediately after buying enough kitsch in the nearby stores to refloat the Titanic. Still, a nice area to vege out.
- Gas Works - On the north side of Lake Union, the vestiges of the old gas plant of Seattle still remain. A nice place to stop on the Burke-Gilman Trail or when kayaking Lake Union. Lots of kites are flown here around the hill for good reason. Rent/buy one nearby.
- Lake Union - Kayak away in the city. On Westlake Avenue, stop at NWOC to rent 'em. Or do so at Agua Verde on Boat Street (Portage Bay) at the UW.
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