Downtown Attractions in Seattle

You've got historic Pioneer Square and the Space Needle on your list of must-see places in Seattle - but what about that area sandwiched in between? Downtown Seattle has no shortage of fun things to do for tourists.

Pike Place Market tops our list because, well, how can we not be proud of the largest farmer's market in the U.S. The market has more than just fresh produce and seafood - check out Market Spice for herbs, spices and teas, grab a soft, hot piroshky for a snack, or pay homage to the first Starbucks. If you want to take some of the market home, several produce, seafood and meat vendors offer great overnight shipping options.

The Seattle Art Museum is renowned for both its permanent collections of modern art and its exhibits, and offers free admission for children under 12 and discounted admission for seniors and students with IDs. After a few hours of culture, head downstairs to TASTE Restaurant for local foods and wines, along with lively discussion.

On a sunny day, you can't beat a stroll along Seattle's beautiful Waterfront. Grab some fish and chips at Ivar's for lunch, or save your appetite for a dinner cruise of the Puget Sound with Argosy cruises. The Seattle Aquarium, home of the giant octopus and painfully adorable sea otters, is also located on the Waterfront.

While your on Alaskan Way, drop into the Seattle Antique Market, a huge space filled with both 19th and 20th century antiques and vintage items from America and Europe. The Market offers shipping services for purchases within the U.S., so don't be afraid to pick up a souvenir larger than your suitcase.

Up on Western Avenue, the Seattle Bug Safari is a real, live bug zoo perfect for kids who are obsessed with things that creep and crawl. And after an afternoon of shopping in Westlake Center, hop on the country's first monorail and zoom on over to Seattle Center for more Seattle fun.

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Seattle Art Museum

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100 University Street

Internationally recognized museum specializing in African and contemporary art... read more

Seattle Waterfront

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Alaskan Way
From South Main Street to Denny Way

Waterfront neighborhood... read more

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Seattle Center Monorail

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370 Thomas Street
Suite 200

Seattle's two-stop shuttle... read more

Seattle Bug Safari

1501 Western Ave # 304

The study of creepy crawlies... read more
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