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Hammering Man is major sculpture located at various cities around the world. In Seattle, the statue is a major landmark and continues to attract many people and tourists. The statue was designed by Jonathan Borofsky, a celebrated artist in the region. Although the first few statues were developed in wood, soon many others were established in metal. Towering over 14.6 meters (48 feet) in Seattle, you can find it right opposite the Seattle Art Museum, composed out of steel.
In downtown Seattle, the Seattle Symphony has been providing quality musical performances at the Benaroya Hall. Visitors to the hall have more to do than just enjoying the Symphony. In association with Microsoft, the Seattle Symphony has set up Soundbridge, which is an interactive music learning center. Children can learn about musical instruments through lectures, workshops, interactive exhibits. A Listening Bar allows visitors to listen to a collection of music from the Renaissance era to contemporary times. You can even be a symphony conductor at the virtual conducting station.
These vessels cruise Lake Union, Elliott Bay, Lake Washington and Greater Puget Sound. The Royal Argosy Fine Dining Cruises take individual and corporate passengers around Elliott Bay while serving gourmet meals. The Locks Cruise goes from salt water to freshwater through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Many tours offer mountain views. Call or check the website for current tour schedules, fares and departure points.
The Market Ghost Tour offers supernatural tours with historical stories and folklore. Prepare to be slightly scared as you walk around beautiful Seattle neighborhoods at night and are told their chilling history. Children are welcome to come to the 5pm tour, but adult themes are talked about in the later tours. Make sure you get a ticket before the tour, since tours can sell out.
Elegance is the word that comes to your mind as you come across this art deco heritage in downtown Seattle. This 27-story tall historic structure was built in the 1920s by the Northern Life Insurance Company, which also housed its offices on the top floors. Tallest in the city at that time, the building glittered with a fantastic display of aura created by the colorful flashlights. Although, today it lies in the shadows of taller and modern skyscrapers, the structure stands out as being one of the first of the art deco structures in Seattle.
Sounding exactly like it is, the Gum Wall came into being when patrons to a nearby theater started sticking pieces of chewing gum to the wall, after getting irritated by having to wait in long lines. When cleaning the walls a couple of times didn't ward off the people, the theater workers just let the chewed gum pieces remain. Today, a popular tourist attraction, the wall is covered with thousands of pieces of chewed gum, making the gum wall 15 feet (4.57 meters) high and considerably thicker at some parts. However gross it may sound, the colorful display of bubblegum coupled with artistic endeavors by a lot of people, make it for an interesting visit. If you decide to make a stopover at this wonderful place, don't forget to carry some gum!
Want the best view of Seattle's colorful and glittering skyline? Then take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, which is situated on the pier off Alaskan Way. The 15-minute ride inside its climate-controlled gondolas will take you to a maximum height of 175 feet (53 meters), where you can capture splendid views of downtown and the picture perfect moments with your family on a camera. Each gondola has a maximum capacity for eight people, and the wheel is open for tourists 365 days of the year. Considered to be one of the tallest ferries wheels on the West Coast, the Seattle Great Wheel makes for a perfect family joy ride.
One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the country. Pike Place opened in 1907 as the city's first public market, and quickly expanded due to its popularity and convenience for both shoppers and merchants. Today people can still shop for fresh vegetables and fruits here, or stop by Pike Place Fish to see the famous fish throwing show. The market has numerous shops from a health food and herb store to craft stores, flower stands and artisanal food stands.