Fremont, which up until 1891 used to be a city in itself, is now a neighborhood of Seattle bordered by others like Queen Anne and Ballard. The statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll are two of the main attractions of this area, and there is lots more to see and do as well. If you're in the mood to shop, you would definitely like to check out the many, varied stores in the area. The Sunday street market is another highlight of the area.
This 200-acre (80.93 hectare) park is a must-see for every Seattle visitor with even an hour of free time. With its lush green spaces, its breathtaking Japanese Garden (open 10a daily), and its abundance of rare trees, plants and flowers (more than 40,000 species), it is one of the brightest jewels in the Emerald City. Scenic and aptly named Azalea Way cuts a path through the park. The Graham Visitor's Center can be rented for social events, meetings and seminars for 45-75 guests. Rates include kitchen and audio-visual equipment. Call or visit the web site for detailed information and hours.
Owner Mike Hale opened Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub after spending a year in southern England. Since 1984 he has handcrafted signature ales such as Hale's Pale, Moss Bay Extra and Tom Sheimo's Favorite Bitter in his small on-site brewery. Sample his work at the adjoining pub, which has curvy wooden walls and a view of the brewing vats. The menu features finger foods like sandwiches, pizza and burgers with gourmet twists. Try the Hickory Burger with smoked bacon, cheddar and stout barbecue sauce or the Grilled Portobello Sandwich. Entrees include Grilled Yellowfin and Dublin-Style Barbecued Pork.
Last Resort Fire Department Museum is located at the ground floor of the fire Department building in Seattle. The museum is a homage to the brave firemen working in the department and lists down all the heroic rescues that have been conducted by the team. They have artifacts, papers, documentation, rescue plans, and other vintage items that make a great story about the various rescues missions. Entry is free and you can even click pictures inside the museum.
The American dream is alive and well here at Georgetown Brewing Company. Friends Roger Bialous and Manny Chao turned their brewing-in-the-garage hobby into this fixture of the Pacific Northwest beer scene. With five full-time brews and many others on tap, free samples make this the place for beer geeks to nerd out. Not sure which beer is right for you? The friendly staff is there to answer all your questions. Have a lot of questions? Take a Saturday brewery tour and learn how that fine beverage you're holding is made (just make sure to reserve your spot beforehand).
Looking to sail on Lake Union? Then look no further than Electric Boat Company which rents our boats for a moderate rate. The 21 foot long boats includes a sound system and the top of the boat can be enclosed, in case of rain or leave the top down during good weather. There is a two hour minimum for a rental.
One of the most elite private clubs in the city, The Rainier Club is also one of the oldest. Named for Peter Rainier, a British admiral, the club faced a number of relocations before settling down at its present location, a Jacobean-style building completed in 1904. Today, the club includes a restaurant, event spaces, guest suites, health club and more.
Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and it wasn't always a pleasant place to visit. The Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour takes visitors around Pioneer Square above ground and also to a hidden Seattle that now lies underground. About 25 square blocks of Pioneer Square have hollow spaces under the sidewalks, thanks to peculiarities of the reconstruction after the great Seattle fire of 1889.
There's not much grass at Waterfall Gardens, but that won't bother you for long. The dominant materials in this Pioneer Square park are wood, concrete and water. It's like stepping into a Zen water and rock garden. The splashing water drowns out traffic noise and soothes the soul, while the few plants stir gently in the breeze. Benches provide a welcome urban respite. There's a plaque on the outside wall commemorating, the birthplace of the United Parcel Service.
This gallery located in the SoDo area of Seattle primarily features Japanese artists and their art in different mediums, from traditional ukiyo-e painting to more contemporary abstract creations. Some of the woodblock prints from Rey Morimura and Kazuyuki Otsu are ornately detailed while the Sumi paintings from Toko Shinoda are sublimely simple. In addition to providing some unique pieces of art, the gallery also offers framing services.