Seattle is an eclectic city, with plenty to see — both historically and culturally. But if you find yourself in downtown Seattle and don’t want to leave, there are plenty of things to do in Seattle without a car.
Here are our top 6:
The Space Needle is an obvious tourist destination, especially for anyone visiting the city for the first time. Whether or not you want to visit this iconic building, the views make a trip worth it.
It is a short walk from the pier area, and is something every visitor should do at least once.
Chihuly Garden & Glass
The Chihuly glass garden opened in 2012, and is a permanent art exhibit of artist Dale Chihuly. Walk through the building full of glass art, and stroll the gardens that mix real flowers and glass statues. The museum is next door to the Space Needle which makes it an easy choice for your visit.
From the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass, take a walk down to the water. The most prominent sight at Pier 57 is the Seattle Great Wheel — a ferris wheel overlooking the water — but it has a beach pier vibe to it. With a merry-go-round, arcade games, and plenty of restaurants, it wouldn’t be hard to spend the entire day there with your family.
The Seattle Aquarium is considered one of the best on the west coast, and is home to fish, mammals, and other sea life. The Seattle Aquarium is just off Pier 57, and so makes a great trip to visit along with Pier 57 and Pike’s Place Market.
The original Starbucks
The original Starbucks opened in 1971 at 1st and Pike in downtown Seattle. If you are looking for a cup of coffee, the store is still open today, but you may have to stand in line for a while to be able to say you went there.
Pike’s Place Market
Pike’s Place Market is home to the world-famous Pike’s Place Fish Market, as well as vendors selling food, homemade goods, flowers, and other items. The best part about the market may be the people watching — you will find every kind of personality, as well as street performers and artists.
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