Seattle Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss

By on October 16, 2015

At first glance, Seattle might appear to have a bit of an identity crisis – the vibrant art scene is juxtaposed against the city’s rough history as a fishing town. Polished business people gather in independent coffee shops alongside scruffy musicians. The varied types of people, architecture, and landscapes of Seattle offer a wealth of experiences to make your visit memorable. Here are a few of the things you won’t want to miss:

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Sure, just about every major United States city has at least one public conservatory or botanical garden, but just outside Seattle on the east side, you’ll find 53 acres covered with botanical beauty. The entire garden is surrounded by colorful perennials that encircle manicured walking paths and painstakingly kept landscapes. In the heavily forested southwest area of the garden, you’ll find a nature trail complete with a 150-foot suspension bridge overlooking a ravine. You can also stroll through the Yao Japanese garden, which showcases some of the most thoughtfully designed landscaping you’ll find in the Northwest. Tours are available on weekends for those who want to learn more about the trees and flowers contained within the garden.

Alki Point and Beach

Alki Point and Beach

On this nearly 3-mile stretch of sand overlooking Puget Sound, you can find some of the best people-watching opportunities in the city. Locals commonly swim in Puget Sound in water temperatures below 56 degrees F. You’ll also see visitors and locals building sand castles, playing beach volleyball, and simply relaxing and enjoying the view of the Seattle skyline. Also, Alki Point and Beach is one of the few beaches to offer a majestic mountain backdrop – you’ll have a clear view of the Olympic Mountains from your beach chair.

Chihuly Garden

Chihuly Garden

Dale Chihuly is well-known for his inspired works of colorful glass art. The Chihuly Garden, located just a short walk from the Space Needle, is made up of eight indoor exhibits, as well as an outdoor garden exhibit showcasing his works. The garden area integrates Chihuly’s glass works with native conifers and flowers to provide visitors with a wealth of photo opportunities. If you plan to visit the Space Needle, you can gain admission to the Chihuly garden for a small extra fee, which gives you the chance to visit two of Seattle’s landmarks for one price.

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

At the edge of Puget Sound, visitors can experience the aquatic life of the Northwest at the Seattle Aquarium. Sea otters engage with visitors who often find themselves watching these creatures play for hours on end. The Seattle Aquarium also features “Window on Washington Waters,” a 120,000 gallon tank that recreates the marine life of Washington’s coast. Children can tour the Discovery Zone, where they can touch starfish, sponges, and other sea creatures.

Of course, you won’t want to leave Seattle without exploring the city’s nightlife and restaurant scene; however, visiting these attractions can help make your Seattle trip a more memorable experience.

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