Attractions in Seattle

Most cities have a few world-renowned attractions, and Seattle is no exception - not many cities have a giant needle as part of their skyline! From the largest farmer's market in America to a tour into a preserved, century-old city, Seattle has plenty of attractions to add to your to-do list.

The Space Needle tops our list because, well, it tops pretty much every tourist's list! This 605 foot tower was built for the 1964 World's Fair, but from all the high-tech visual aides in the observation area, you'd never know it. Tickets can be pricey and lines can be long - might as well splurge and eat at the SkyCity restaurant while you're there, that way the observation privileges are free.

Seattle Center has plenty of attractions aside from the Space Needle. Check out the Pacific Science Center, the IMAX theatre, the Children's Museum, and the incredible double-deal - the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum. And when you're ready to head downtown for some shopping, just hop on the Seattle Monorail - the country's first monorail and other popular attraction itself.

If you're looking for a souvenir, a sip of coffee from the original Starbucks or the freshest seafood and produce around, head to Pike Place Market. From the flying fish to a heaven-scented spice shop, the market is a total treat for the eyes, nose and mouth.

Our top recommendation for history nerds is the Underground Tour, where funny, knowledgeable tour guides take you beneath the city into the remains of the Seattle that burned to the ground in 1889. Afterward, get a little fresh air with a stroll down the city's Waterfront, where you can catch a ferry, grab some fish n chips or check out the famed Seattle Aquarium.

The Space Needle

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400 Broad St
Seattle Center

Seattle's Iconic Landmark... read more

Seattle Center

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305 Harrison St

A fun-filled gathering place... read more

Pike Place Market

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

Famous Produce and Seafood Market... read more

Underground Tour (The)

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608 First Avenue

Discover the city beneath the city... 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 Art Museum

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100 University Street

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

Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum

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325 Fifth Ave. N
Seattle Center

From rock out to geek out... read more

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

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516 Broad Street
(Seattle Center/ Space Needle)

See Seattle on land and sea... read more

The Seattle Aquarium

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1483 Alaskan Way
Pier 59

Sea life on the waterfront... read more

Woodland Park Zoo

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601 North 59th Street
5500 Phinney Avenue North

Old zoo with a modern look... read more
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