Seattle Tourist Attractions

Seattle, an important Pacific port and industrial centre and the largest city in Washington State, lies on a narrow strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, some 140 mi.

Seattle Center & the Space Needle

Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World Fair but has been turned into an entertainment complex and park area. Main attractions in this area are the Space Needle, a number of museums, and the Seattle Central Library.

Pioneer Square Historic District

Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is a 92 acre facility with animals from around the globe, including threatened species. The zoo was the first to create naturalistic exhibits, nearly 300 different species are represented from Asian and African elephants to snow leopards, jaguars, lemurs and grizzly bears. The Woodland Park Zoo has the largest animals collection in Washington and some of the most endangered animals in the world.
Official site:
Address: 601 North 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103-5897, United States

International District

To the east of Pioneer Square is the colourful International District, in which the street scene is dominated by immigrants from the Far East (mainly Japanese and Chinese) with their shops and restaurants. At 407 7th Avenue are the Wing Luke Museum, which charts the history of Asian immigration, and the Hing Hay Park with a vast mural and a pagoda.

Wing Luke Asian Museum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum focuses on the history and culture of Asian Pacific Americans, with a permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The museum is named for Wing Luke, a Chinese American known for being the first Asian American elected official in Washington.
Official site:
Address: 407 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

Pike Place Market

On the two floors of picturesque Pike Place Market a wide range of wares are offered for sale - fish, fruit, vegetables and all sorts of odds and ends. Here too are a number of cheerful little bars.
Official site:
Address: 85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

Discovery Park

Discovery Park covers 550 acres and is the largest park in Seattle. Parts of the park lookout over Puget Sound and there are also great views of the mountains. Discovery Park encompasses coastline, forest, and meadows, offering a nice escape from the city and providing a habitat for wildlife.
There is an environmental learning center with interactive exhibits and information about the park as well as environmental education programs including urban campfire programs and natural history programs for all ages.

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Seattle focuses on powerboat racing, with displays that include vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, the history of the sport, as well as artifacts and memorabilia related to powerboat racing. The museum also has a section devoted to the restoration of hydroplanes.
Nearly 250,000 hydroplane fans crowd the shores of Lake Washington each August to watch the annual Seafair Hydroplane Race. This event rivals the Indy 500 as one of the largest single-day sporting events in the world.
Official site:
Address: 5917 South 196th Street, Seattle, WA 98032, United States

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Since 1899, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle began as a trading post for Native American artists. It is also a souvenir shop for Northwest art and collectibles, and a museum bursting with natural exotica such as authentic shrunken heads, narwhal tusks, and two-headed calves. The star attraction is desert mummy Sylvester and visitors will marvel at the full-size mermaid. Old-time arcade machines and coin-op player pianos fill the shop with the sounds of yesteryear.
Address: 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

Central Business District

To the north of Pioneer Square is the Central Business District, with City Hall and a number of eye-catching skyscrapers. Among them are the 42-storey Bank of California, the 50-storey First National Bank, the 40-storey circular Washington Plaza Hotel, the two postmodern structures Pacific First Center and Westlake Center, and the Rainier Square Shopping Center.

Seattle Art Museum

On University Street is the Seattle Art Museum, with a collection covering the art of many countries round the world. The Palace of Culture, in postmodern style, was designed by Robert Venturi.
Official site:
Address: 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101-2003, United States

Nordic Heritage Museum

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle features both historical displays and an art gallery. The history focuses on immigrants from Scandinavian countries, with individual rooms dedicated to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.Temporary art and heritage exhibits are also presented.
The Nordic Heritage Museum is housed in a former brick school house dating to the early 20th Century.
Official site:
Address: 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117, United States

Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center

The Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center in Seattle focuses on the maritime heritage of Puget Sound the Washington coast, preserving historical vessels and artifacts, and offering educational programs to the public. Among the museum's collection are a number of historical vessels, including the Arthur Foss Tugboat, listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Official site:
Address: 1002 Valley Street, Box 9744, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle features restored wooden sail boats and row boats that visitors can see and explore close up. The center offers a range of activities, from sailing lessons to boat building, and welcomes all ages.
Official site:
Address: 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109-4468, United States

Northwest Seaport

The Northwest Seaport manages a fleet of historical ships, presents education programs for the public, and offers entertainment, including musical performances.
Official site:
Address: 1002 Valley Street, Box 9744, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

Seattle University

Beyond Portage Bay is the campus of the University of Seattle, which was founded in 1891, with the Thomas Burke Memorial Museum (natural history) and the Henry Art Gallery (mainly modern art). To the south are McCurdy Park, with the Museum of History and Industry, and Washington Park, with the Arboretum and a Japanese tea garden.
Official site:
Address: 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340, United States

Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery features art exhibits from around the world and also maintains a large permanent collection. The permanent collection offers a range of pieces with paintings, photography, textiles, and new media. The Henry Art Gallery expanded in 1997 to increase it's size considerably and add an auditorium, cafe, bookstore, and additional gallery space.
Official site:
Address: 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195-1410, United States

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, known more commonly as "The Burke", is one of the best natural history museums along the West Coast. Changing exhibits cover a wide range of topics and incorporate the most up to date information on the given topics. The Burke Museum of Natural History is definitely worth a stop.
Address: University of Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195-3010, United States

Museum of History and Industry

The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle features changing exhibits in addition to its own permanent collections. Permanent exhibits cover several different periods of Seattle and the region's history. The museum has a huge photo collection as well as an audio/visual archive.
Official site:
Address: 2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099, United States

Waterfront Park

To the west, on Elliot Bay, is Waterfront Park, from which there are wide views of the habour and bay. An old-fashioned streetcar shuttles back and forth along the waterfront between Piers 48 and 70. Harbour tours depart from Pier 57. On "Gold Rush Strip" are a number of old buildings, now occupied by souvenir shops (fine craft products of the Northwest Indians) and attractive restaurants.
Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, United States

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle features changing exhibits throughout the year. The museum was made possible by Charles Frye, who along with his wife collected art throughout their life and upon Charles' death, willed their collection and funds for the creation of a public art gallery.
Official site:
Address: 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge (Mercer Island Floating Bridge)

Originally named the Lake Washington Floating Bridge and later renamed the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, the bridge is also commonly referred to as the Mercer Island Bridge. It carries Interstate 90 across Lake Washington and is the second largest floating bridge in the world.

Log House Museum

Seattle's Log House Museum features changing exhibits, along with programs and cultural events that focus on the history of the Duwamish Peninsula. This is a self guided tour.
The museum also serves as a research and interpretive center. To find out about current exhibits call ahead or visit the Log House Museum website.
Official site:
Address: 3003 61st Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116, United States

Fishermen's Terminal

Fishermen's Terminal on Salmon Bay in Seattle is an important facility in the boating community. The docks are upgraded. In addition to mooring space, visitors will find fine dining options and the Fisherman's Memorial.
Address: 3919 18th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119-1679, United States

Lake Washington Ship Canal

See the Lake Washington Ship Canal at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. There is a visitors center on site, along with a botanical garden, fish ladder, and more. The area is particularly popular in summer.
Address: 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107-4299, United States

Pier 59

Pier 59 is one of Seattle's waterfront attractions, where visitors will find the Seattle Aquarium. The Pier 59 area has undergone some expansion, including the remodeling of the Aquarium.

Seattle Aquarium

On Pier 59 is the Seattle Aquarium, in whose Underwater Dome a variety of Pacific marine creatures (including sea otters, octopuses and dwarf sharks) can be observed.
Official site:
Address: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

Seattle Center Opera House

The Seattle Opera presents a full season of opera performances at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. The building underwent extensive renovations in 2003 that saw some of the outer walls replaced by glass and the interior completely upgraded.
Official site:
Address: 1020 John Street, Seattle, WA 98109-5319, United States

Shoreline Historical Museum

The Shoreline Historical Museum in Seattle is housed in the 1906 Ronald Elementary School. The museum features changing exhibits as well as the permanent collection covering a wide range of themes related to the history of the area.
Address: 18501 Linden Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133-4801, United States

Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park in central Seattle encompasses the Asian Art Museum and Volunteer Park Conservatory. The park also features walking trails, sports areas, a children's play area, as well as picnic facilities.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

The Seattle Asian Art Museum features Chinese, South Asian and Southeast Asian art, decorative arts and textiles.
Official site:
Address: 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98112-3303, United States

Coast Guard Museum Northwest

The Coast Guard Museum Northwest has Coast Guard memorabilia, nautical items and over 15,000 photographs from as early as the 1800's on display.
Address: 1519 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, WA 98134, United States

Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

The longest floating bridge in the world, Evergreen Point Floating Bridge runs across Lake Washington between Seattle and Medina. SR 520 crosses the bridge.

Maritime Event Center (formerly Odyssey, Maritime Discovery Center)

The Maritime Event Center is an interactive nautical museum with exhibits that provide a distinctive setting for events on the waterfront.
Address: 2205 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121, United States

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is more commonly referred to as Sea-Tac International Airport services in the Greater Seattle Area.
Address: 17801 Pacific Highway South, Box 68727, Seattle, WA 98158, United States

Teatro ZinZanni

Teatro ZinZanni offers fast-paced shows, improv comedy, vaudeville dance and music.
Official site:
Address: 222 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

Washington State Convention and Trade Center

The Washington State Convention and Trade Center is located in downtown Seattle. The center hosts a number of large exhibitions throughout the year.
Official site:
Address: 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350, United States

Central Freeway Park

Seattle's Central Freeway Park is a large connecting green space in the downtown area. Central Freeway Park is most noteworthy for spanning Interstate 5.

Kingdome (closed)

The Kingdome was imploded and no longer stands.


Seattle Map - Tourist Attractions Seattle Map - Attractions
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • Central Freeway Park
  • Children's Museum
  • Coast Guard Museum
  • Denny Park
  • Frye Museum
  • Fun Forest Amusement Park
  • Kingdom (demolished)
  • Klondike Gold Rush NHP
  • Maritime Heritage Museum
  • Omnidome Film Experience
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pioneer Square
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Center
  • Smith Tower
  • Space Needle
  • Washington State Convention & Trade Center
  • Wing Luke Asian Museum
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