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One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the United States and one of the world's top 50 most visited attractions. Pike Place opened in 1907 as the city's first public market, expanding to keep up with its growing popularity as a convenient option for both shoppers and merchants. The market remains a veritable cornucopia of culinary and artisanal options, its crowded aisles and bustling halls thronged with customers jostled between vendors of fresh produce and gourmet eats, alongside fishmongers and craftsmen. The street level is dominated by the food and produce stalls, while the lower levels house a fantastic variety of shops including antique dealers, head shops, florists, and local artisans. A whirlwind of sights, sounds and aromas, Pike Place Market is nothing short of paradise for foodies and connoisseurs of unique wares.
Waterfront Park is one of the best places in Seattle to witness local scene amidst a backdrop of splendid waterfront views. One can arrange a picnic with loved ones, try fishing or just soak up the sun and enjoy the breeze caressing your face. There are numerous other must-visit attractions located a stone's throw away.
Watching over Pike Place Market since 1986, Rachel the Piggy Bank is a mascot and the best fundraiser for the lower-income neighbors living in and around the market. Created by Georgia Gerber, a sculptor from Whidbey Island, Washington; Rachel weighs about 550 pounds (250 kilograms) and is named after a 750 pound (340 kilograms) pig who won the Island County Fair in 1985. Legend has it that if you rub her snout and make a donation, you will be blessed with good luck. Rachel steals the limelight at Pike Place Market as thousands of tourists visit her everyday.
Located in the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters, this museum pays homage to the brave personnel in the department and documents the various heroic rescues conducted by the team over the years. The museum features a range of exhibits attesting to the fire department's history and several key events over the years, from artifacts and firefighting equipment to rescue plans, vintage fire trucks and more. Donations are encouraged.