Seattle is a vibrant cosmopolitan destination on the Washington State coast, packed with exciting attractions, activities, museums, entertainment and sport venues, eclectic neighborhoods, beautiful parks and cultural diversions. See all of the top things to do in Seattle when you explore downtown and the lively Waterfront. Steps from our downtown hotel you will find Seattle attractions like the historic Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum, and the Experience Music Project. Enjoy the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, or opera and ballet at McCaw Hall. See a show at the Fifth Avenue Theater and Paramount Theater. Enjoy shopping and dining at the bustling Pioneer Square and colorful International District. With its urban vibe, bright blue skies, waterways, and picturesque mountain ranges, the beautiful Emerald City is a dynamic getaway. Explore the top things to do in Seattle, from trying fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant or shopping at trendy boutiques, to marveling at unique art and breathing fresh coastal air.
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|Pike Place Market, 0.5 miles - The heart of Seattle's Waterfront, Pike Place Market is one of the most exciting things to do in Seattle. This Emerald City attraction features fun shopping, dining and entertainment - famous for its flying fish. Stroll through aisles of fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, flowers, artisan cheeses, baked goods, arts and crafts, antiques and exotic items at the oldest farmer's market in the country. With its 100-year history, this colorful 9-acre marketplace features hundreds of stands, shops, and booths, as well as street performers and live music. Pike Place Market also offers great restaurants and bars like the Cutter's Bayhouse and Zig Zag Cafe.|
|Pioneer Square, 1.2 miles - Seattle's oldest neighborhood, between downtown and the waterfront, Pioneer Square is Seattle's vibrant shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and nightlife district. Within its historic buildings of Victorian Romanesque architecture are a mix of eclectic shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bars, and music venues. Visit landmarks such as Pioneer Park, Smith Tower, Occidental Park, and Grand Central Arcade, with a diversity of shops and galleries. Enjoy a peaceful moment at Waterfall Garden, or join the Art Walk and stroll through the galleries at night.|
|Seattle Center, 1.1 miles - The cultural soul of Seattle, this 74-acre urban oasis of arts, entertainment, sports, science and technology is one of the most popular things to do in Seattle. Explore over 30 cultural attractions, entertainment venues, museums, sports arenas, events, festivals, restaurants and shops. Seattle Center is home of the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Children's Museum, Intiman Theater, Experience Music Project, Space Needle, Seattle Repertory Theater and the Pacific Science Center. Enjoy interactive music exhibits at Experience Music Project. Celebrate Seattle at popular festivals such as The Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot.|
|Seattle Space Needle, 1.1 miles - Soaring into the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle is one of the most iconic things to do in Seattle. Take the adventurous elevator ride or walk 848 steps to the 520-foot high Observation Deck and enjoy panoramic views of Seattle. Built in 1962, and once the tallest building in the West, the Space Needle features the Revolving SkyCity Restaurant, SpaceBase - a retail store with gifts and jewelry - and banquet venues. Learn about history, science, math and geography, at the Sky School.|
|Seattle Waterfront, 1.5 miles - Seattle's exciting seaport has many attractions, restaurants, shops, parks, piers, bike paths, boat tours, ferries, cruise ships, and the Victoria Clipper catamarans. Stroll along the wooden piers of Waterfront Park and enjoy views across the water from platforms and telescopes. Relax by the bronze Waterfront Fountain. Discover the marine life of the Puget Sound at Seattle Aquarium. Catch a cruise or the Washington State Ferries across the Puget Sound to Tillicum Village on Blake Island or Bainbridge Island and visit quaint shops and restaurants.|
|Seattle Great Wheel, 1.0 miles - One of the newest things to do in Seattle is the Seattle Great Wheel, a 17-story-tall observation ferris wheel. It is the tallest of it's kind to operate year-round and is found on the Seattle Waterfront. Group rides as well as private VIP tickets are available in 42 separate gondolas that can accommodate up to 8 passengers each. Spectacular downtown and water views are in store for all riders, rain or shine.|
|Urban Garden Sculpture - The Sheraton Seattle, the Northwest's largest hotel, has unveiled The Garden Walk, a pedestrian walkway and urban park on 7th Avenue in downtown Seattle that incorporates green space into existing elements. Designed to enhance the experience of those traveling to and from the Washington State Convention Center, The Garden Walk is also intended to be a peaceful gathering place in the middle of the hectic city.|
|Seattle Art Museum, 0.3 miles - Walk under the Hammering Man, a 48-foot-tall sculpture over the doors of the Seattle Art Museum into a Seattle cultural landmark. The region's vibrant art complex features SAM Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. Museum collections display a spectrum of art, from ancient Egyptian reliefs to contemporary American photography and video. SAM Downtown features extensive art collections and international exhibitions. Wander through Olympic Sculpture Park, nine acres of open art space with beautiful sculptures on Seattle's waterfront.|
|Seattle Aquarium, 1.1 miles - Enjoy a hands-on marine experience and discover the spectacular creatures of the Puget Sound at this family friendly thing to do in Seattle. The Seattle Aquarium offer playful exhibits and activities that let you explore the aquatic realms of the Pacific Northwest. Walk below the massive Underwater Dome with 400,000 gallons of water, and view the diverse sea life, fish and sharks of Elliot Bay. See the scuba divers take care of the fish in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Touch sunflower sea stars at the Life on the Edge exhibit, and experience the tide pools of Washington's outer coast and Seattle's inland sea.|
|Chinatown - International District, 1.2 miles - Colorful sights and enticing aromas drift from Seattle's Chinatown-International District - one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The cultural heart of Seattle's Pan-Asian community, the International District is rich in history, culture and cuisine. Neighborhood streets are lined with authentic Asian restaurants, like Bush Garden and Sea Garden, and specialty shops with unique treasures, gifts, and Asian art. Stroll through Hing Hay Park, the inner-city oasis with a pagoda and the Wing Luke Asian Museum, which features many historic exhibits. Experience Seattle's Asian culture and the most affordable cuisine in town!|
|Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum, 1.3 miles - A spectacular metal structure in Seattle Center, EMP celebrates the creative expression of American pop music through interactive exhibits. Experience the movements of rock 'n' roll, country, jazz, blues, hip-hop, soul, R & B, funk, punk, and gospel music at this cool hands-on museum. See rare music memorabilia and artifacts, meet musicians and learn about the music writing process. At the Science Fiction Museum you find dynamic exhibitions highlighting science fiction literature and media. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the writers, filmmakers, artists, and publishers of the science fiction industry.|
|Pacific Science Center, 1.2 miles -Seattle's fun family attraction, Pacific Science Center is a hands-on science adventure. Enjoy innovative science and animal exhibits, a laser dome, science playground and the planetarium. Meet roaring robotic dinosaurs in the Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time exhibit. Space out to the laser light shows to the music of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd and Radio Head in the Seattle Laser Dome.|
|CenturyLink Field/Seattle Seahawks, 2.9 miles - Blending the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with modern architecture and art, CenturyLink Field is a state-of-the art, open air sports, entertainment and event stadium on the Puget Sound. CenturyLink Field is home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NHL's Seattle Sounders. Catch exciting football and soccer games, blockbuster concerts, sports events and trade shows, such as the Seattle International Auto Show. The 73,000-seat stadium offers amazing sightlines of the field, cutting-edge technology, great dining and spectacular mountain views.|
|Safeco Field/Seattle Mariners, 2.6 miles - Home of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field is one of the most outstanding sports venues in the country. With excellent sightlines of the sports action and panoramic views of Seattle's downtown skyline and Puget Sound, Safeco Field presents a variety of sports and entertainment events, concerts, and shows. Check out Safeco's exhibits of baseball-inspired art by noted Northwest artists, including paintings, prints, photographs, and a life-sized sculpture on the Terrace Club.|
|Key Arena/Seattle Redhawks/Seattle Storm, 1.6 miles - Seattle's state-of-the-art venue for sports, concerts and entertainment, Key Arena at Seattle Center is home of the WNBA's Seattle Storm. The 17,459-seat arena also presents major sports events, like WWE wrestling, NCAA basketball and professional boxing, as well as concerts, ice shows, circuses, festivals and family shows including Disney On Ice and Champions On Ice. With its spectacular acoustics and sightlines, Key Arena is an intimate entertainment experience and has hosted music's brightest stars like Aerosmith and Elton John.|