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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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  • We enjoyed walking through the Seattle Center and were pleasantly surprised by the Fountain and Splash Pad area for the children to play in. There were even several rainbows that formed and made for a...  more »
  • If you're in seattle, a visit here is going. Along the spaceneedle walk or go. Walk through the park. Maybe there are still activities that week. Quiet sitting by the fountain because it was such a beautiful day and the children want to cool off. And with the monorail back to downtown Seattle. Nice to have a large part of the day. It should happen to be really at Seattle.
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  • Glass art exhibit great!Generally I like old masters found at the Lourve, Hermitage and the Met. Seattle cannot compete in this space with only 25,000 v. 3 million at the other museums. What Seattle d...  more »
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  • I love this place. Everyone who comes and visit should go to the Seattle Center. For those of us who live her, we should go to it more often. It's the cultural epicenter of Seattle. (Next time I'll take more photos of the different attractions. The Space Needle and weather were phenomenal so want to share some photos with you.)
  • 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!)
  • Great place with bunch of museums, playgrounds, nice fountain and Space Needle, of course. You can find what to do here for any age. It is difficult to find parking spot but there is paid parking lot from the 5th Street side that usually has free spots. Children museum is great place to spend a day. In the Armory there is a bunch of food places for any taste.
  • 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.
  • Love this place. Can spend all day there and still have more to see or do. Pack a picnic and have a full free day of adventure. My kids and I enjoy spending time there from time to time.

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