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Seattle Center, Seattle

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, Seattle Center is home to the instantly recognizable Space Needle, Seattle's official landmark. Here, you'll find the International Fountain, a Modernist water sculpture of carefully timed water jets and accompanying music. Travel to the observation deck atop the 184 m (605 ft) tower in 41 seconds via one of the elevators, and take in the 360-degree views of Seattle. Grab a burger at Skycity, the center's revolving restaurant, while watching the busy city below. The center is also home to the Seattle Shakespeare Co., the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and the Kobe Bell. Also on site, the EMP museum is dedicated to popular culture and features the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The complex's Pacific Science Center, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, is home to two IMAX theaters. Work out when and for how long to visit Seattle Center and other Seattle attractions using our handy Seattle travel itinerary planner.
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  • This monorail pretty much goes between the two main tourist attractions in Seattle. Seattle Center and Pike Place Market. We used it a couple of times and enjoyed both times!  more »
  • Nothing Special, i rode on it only to reach Seattle Needle while holding my parking space near the pike place market. Its a short 2 minute ride. It was nearly empty during my return trip and I was sit...  more »
  • There are so many things to see around here. Favorite being Chihuly Garden and Garden. There is a combo ticket with the Space Needle which i consider expensive.  more »
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  • Good exhibits for ages toddler thru adult at the science center. Finding parking is difficult, but once you make it there's plenty to see and do. Its also a fairly short walk to the waterfront of both Puget Sound and Lake Union. Many outdoor food vendors are available for an extremely high price. (Bring your own lunch!)
  • I attended a weekend belly dance event at the Armory in Seattle Center recently and I was pretty pleased with this venue! The dance classrooms had full-length mirrors, there were plenty of bathrooms, there were water bottle filling fountains... And as someone who is always hungry, I appreciate having a dance event at a place with SO MANY FOOD OPTIONS. I ate something different for every meal, and there were some days where I had lunch, dinner, and a snack there. There's even a Starbucks for those of you who need a very specific coffee fix. But for those who want to try something different, there's bubble tea, smoothies, iced tea, hot tea... Plenty of beverages. Also mini cheesecakes. I recommend those pretty highly. I met this giant Great Dane named Titan while I was there, too. I can't promise that you will also meet Titan, but I figured why not share his picture with the world? He's a handsome boy.
  • Nice place to hang in Seattle, venue for large festival type events (think arts fairs, concerts). Full of colorful people but it's a very safe place too. Huge fountain and playground area that's great for kids.
  • Super busy on the weekends as they do cultural events, concerts, and sports here. Lots of homeless people use the armory as a free hang out place, you could see or hear strange things. The security is amazing and is around to handle issues if and when they arise. Week days (not during tourist season i.e. summer) are laid back and relaxed
  • We were there for the folk life festival. It was very crowded, we I felt safe and secure. They have a number of ethnic events scheduled, we look forward to going back there. Even though it was busy, we had no problem finding parking on the street nearby.