If you have a day or even a few hours to spend in Seattle, be sure to get outside and visit some of these venues. They each have a lot of character and will make you want to come back to this West Coast city for a proper visit. Also, listen to our experts and have an umbrella with you at all times.
Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave.
This bustling, labyrinthine bazaar is a wonderful place to while away a few hours.
305 Harrison St
The site of the 1962 World’s Fair is more than 74 acres and the home of museums, theaters and public art like the popular International Fountain.
1000 4th Ave
You can get books at any of Seattle’s 30-or-so neighborhood branches, but the Central Library is a must-see for first-time Seattle visitors, literate or not.
9404 East Marginal Way South
This facility at Boeing Field houses one of the city's best museums, and it's especially fun for kids, who can climb in many of the aircraft and pretend to fly.
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st St
The Henry is perhaps the best reason to take a side trip to the U-District.
200 2nd Ave N
You're never too old for a Floyd or Zeppelin laser show.
1300 1st Ave
While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is no slouch and is constantly updating.
2300 Arboretum Dr E
Trails lace the preserve, winding past... trees, flowers and other plants, past a Japanese garden and through a rhododendron glen, a rock garden and an avenue of azaleas.
1483 Alaskan Way
Though screaming kids throng the Underwater Dome... this excellent aquarium on a pier overlooking Elliott Bay is a favorite with adults, too.
325 5th Avenue North
This museum was born as the Experience Music Project, a grand statement by local billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who wanted a monument to rock and roll.
Space Needle 92
400 Broad Street
You might be from Alabama or Timbuktu, but your abiding image of Seattle will probably be of the Space Needle.
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Renowned formal Japanese garden; check out the periodic tea ceremonies.