Seattle Shore Excursions
Seattle’s landmark the Space Needle is 605 ft tall, and has an exciting observation level close to the top of the tower. You can see the far mountains, the downtown skyline, Washington Lake and Puget sound. Stop at the gift shop for a souvenir or, for a meal with a difference, dine at SkyCity, the needle’s revolving restaurant that turns once per hour.
Pioneer Square is the position of the city’s first timber mill, the commercial hub of the first pioneer township. The great 1889 fire destroyed the wood houses built by the pioneers. The area is now typified by late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings, and is full of art galleries, interesting shops, bookstores and welcoming snackbars. Pioneer Square is a mile southwards of Bell Street Pier.
Sitting on Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium contains an amazing variety of ocean life. Check out the coral world of the Pacific, Puget sound creatures, mysterious octopus, brightly colored fish, playful otters and Lake Washington fresh water fish in well presented exhibits. Take a break at the stylish Aquarium cafe, then drop by at the Aquarium store to purchase something to remember your visit by.
Museum of Flight
The Seattle Museum of Flight s home to more than 85 airplanes detailing the past and present of aviation. Inspect the first jet Air Force One, the history of the air hostess style, the reusable Shuttle space vehicle, a traffic control tower and a superb display of WWII fighters. The Museum of Flight is situated about 4 miles south of the city center.
Pike Place Market
A great place to begin your visit to Seattle is the Pike Place market, one of a handful farmers’ urban markets still going in the US. There are lots of stands to look around, with many goods even now arriving straight from the farmer’s gate. After browsing the busy stalls take a relaxing break and sip a coffee at the original Starbucks, next to the market. The market is by Bell Street Pier.
Seattle Art Museum Downtown
See art from every corner of the globe at the area’s largest art museum, the Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Enjoy a selection of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum shop, gallery tours and interesting lectures, then do not miss the Museum café.
Olympic Sculpture Park
First opening its doors in 2007, the Olympic Sculpture Park has completely changed a nine acre dockland area into an open and vibrant space for art. Experience the sculptures and enjoy magnificent views of the Olympic mountains and Puget Sound. The park is situated on the coast just north of Bell Street Pier.