Cool Things To Do in Seattle

Seattle isn't just a place for book-lovers and history nerds – there are plenty of cool things to do in and around the city for both locals and visitors. Unless trolls, ghost-hunting and watching the construction of a passenger jet aren't cool in your book.

This city has an incredible aviation history, and the tours to prove it. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour tops our list – it's hard not to be in awe of the world's largest building, which houses tons of jets and planes at various stages of completion. And if you can't get enough flighty fun, head to the Museum of Flight in South Seattle, where you can check out everything from the Gossamer Albatross to a Blackbird spy plane.

Fans of "The Deadliest Catch," take note – many of the popular show's boats dock right here in Seattle at the Ballard Locks. A day at the Locks is free, fun and relaxing, with plenty of restaurants and spots for picnics.

History is cool when it involves an entire city rebuilding due to horrific plumbing, right? Check out The Underground Tour, which leads you beneath the city and back in time to the 1800s when Seattleites waded through crap to get to work (literally).

With a statue of Lenin, regular zombie walks, and naked bike parades the neighborhood of Fremont makes for a wacky day in and of itself. If you're looking for a cool shot on your trip to Seattle, especially with the kids, duck under the Aurora bridge and say hello to the enormous Fremont Troll.

Opened in 2004, the Seattle Public Library downtown is not your average library. Ranking in at #108 on the list of Americans' 150 favorite U.S. structures for the American Institute of Architects', this library is worth a visit to view the glass ceilings and "floating platform" structure alone.

While certainly not unheard of, a stroll through Pike Place Market is cool anytime of year, and the Museum of the Mysteries in Capitol Hill offers a ghost tour of the neighborhood and a poker game with the museum's resident spook.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)

32nd Ave NW

Sailboats and barges and yachts, oh my!...
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IMAX Theaters: Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Avenue North

Watch a flick on Seattle's biggest screen...
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Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum

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325 Fifth Ave. N
Seattle Center

From rock out to geek out...
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Underground Tour (The)

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608 First Avenue

Discover the city beneath the city...
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Seattle Public Library

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1000 Fourth Avenue
(Central location)

A Thousand Tales and More...
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Museum of Flight

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9404 E. Marginal Way S

Soar through history...
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Pike Place Market

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85 Pike Street
Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave

Famous Produce and Seafood Market...
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Seattle Museum of the Mysteries

954 E. Union St.

Explore Seattle's spooky, speakeasy history...
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Fremont Troll

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N 36th St
(Under the Aurora Bridge)

Lurking in the shadows...
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