The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, locally known as the Ballard Locks, is a unique and historic location in Seattle. Completed in 1917, this landmark connects the waters of Lake Washington, Lake Union and the Puget Sound. Watching the boats navigate the locks is interesting enough, but the location also hosts an unusual fish ladder that connects salt and freshwater for the local migrating Pacific Salmon. The grounds feature a visitors centre as well as the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens.
Angela Shen, an avid foodie, founded Savor Seattle to spread her love for food amongst visitors to the city. Angela, who has always worked in the food industry, has formed a team of like minded gourmands, who will guide you through Seattle's culinary sphere. They offer different tour packages that focus on varied areas and themes. The tour around the Pike Place Market is a must-try; visitors get the opportunity to explore this historical place while experiencing the food and culture. You could also sign up for the Chocolate Indulgence, Booze-n-Bites and Gourmet Seattle.
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.
The Olympic Sculpture Park began as a commitment between the Seattle Art Museum and the Trust for Public Land, and quickly grew into a green mecca of architectural art and beautifully crafted landscapes. The park contains mathematical sculptures, new-wave basket weaving and the artistic greenhouse designed by the likes of artists Tony Smith, Pedro Reyes and Mark Dion. The Olympic Sculpture Park is nestled besides the Puget Sound and is managed by the Seattle Art Museum. The views include both the Seattle port and the Olympic mountain range. Admission is free all year long.
If one were to speculate the least likely thing to appear at the corner of South 55th and Renton avenues, Japanese gardens may be one thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, these splendid acres of lush greenery, feeding ponds and footbridges painted bright red with gold accents provide a beautiful escape. Fujito Kubota, a master gardener and landscaper, gave the park to the city of Seattle in 1987. Admission is free.
Located on the waterfront, next to the Omnidome, this aquarium features exotic fishes, sea mammals and other ocean life. See the sea lions, harbor seals, incredibly cute sea otters and even come face to face with a shark. New exhibits are added often along with, special events and outings.
Take a walk under the streets of downtown Seattle through passageways and tunnels long forgotten for a truly unique experience. Beneath The Streets is a tour company that will take you on a trip through history that's extremely enlightening, engaging and will fascinate the senses. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and will make sure your underground adventure is pleasant and memorable.
When the city sleeps, the ghosts come out to play. Interact with these other worldly spirits by signing up for a tour with Spooked In Seattle. Since 2004, Ross Allison, the founder of this tour service, has been enlightening visitors with the knowledge of how paranormal investigators and ghost hunters function. The tours are led by official paranormal investigators who will take you to real haunted sites while narrating true incidents. Visitors even get a glimpse of sites shown on SyFy Ghost Hunters & Ghost Adventures. Guests can visit the haunted USS Turner Joy, crime scenes that writer Neil Low's has mentioned in his novels, haunted pubs 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.
Join Diane LaVonne for an engaging and unique food experience, one which connects the farmer, the ingredients, and cooking, with the finished product. You will start with lessons on choosing fresh ingredients for the days menu at the "Heart of Seattle", the Pike Place Market, where you will meet many of the farmer vendors and shop owners she has known for more than 20 years. After the tour you will go to her kitchen for a fun, interactive experience, learning about, preparing, and enjoying the best of what the Northwest has to offer from its waters, farms, orchards, and vineyards.
Seattle's premier venue for trade shows and conventions serves as a hub of Northwest and Pacific Rim business activity. Almost any day of any week, you'll find a hive of information booths, product demonstrations, and services from the industry of the moment. The center features 236,700 square feet of exhibit space that are equipped with advanced support for the technology. For Seattle and Puget Sound-area information, stop by the visitor info booth.
Founded in 1989, the Pike Brewing Company is a brewery, pub, and restaurant. Stop by for lunch or dinner in this 1920s industrial-style restaurant and watch beer being crafted right before your eyes. The creative menu complements the beers well. Try the handmade German sausage with smoked pork chop, bacon and sauerkraut, and the poached salmon. And don't forget the Pike Street Stout float for dessert! Finish up with a cigar in the Pike Pub Lounge. The pub also hosts meetings, receptions and parties for up to 500 guests, with table service or buffet-style catering. Also visit the Seattle Microbrewery Museum.