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.
Chihuly Garden Glass amazes visitors with displays of colour and fine artistry. With the iconic Space Needle serving as its backdrop, this unique exhibit – conceived by artist Dale Chihuly – features glass sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. The splendour of lush gardens showcasing Chihuly's signature glass creations is a truly serene experience. Easily accessible via the Seattle Monorail, there is no excuse for not experiencing this incomparable display of nature and glass.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is the pride of Seattle. This museum houses approximately 4 million displays narrating the detailed local history of the city. Visitors can engage with exhibits such as Maritime Seattle, telling the story of ships and planes, including the 1919 Boeing B-1, Boeing's oldest planes for commercial use. Numerous seminars, workshops and lectures are conducted for various age groups, thus playing a vital role in educating the general public on world history. With the vast range of interactive artifacts, one can never get bored at this fascinating museum.
Seattle's most famous landmark, the Space Needle's futuristic design rises over 600 feet (182.88 meters) tall. The tower was originally built for the 1962 World Expo in Seattle, and was designed with cutting-edge know how by award-winning engineer John K. Minasian, known for his work at Cape Canaveral, home of the U.S. Space Program. From the top, the Space Needle provides 360-degree views of downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Besides the Skydeck restaurant, the Space Needle also features a gift shop and observation deck.
The Museum of Pop Culture is one of the most interesting stops in Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, this museum takes you through music history by immersing you in nearly 80,000 artifacts including photos, sound archives, costumes and musical instruments from notable artists. Most exhibits are interactive, allowing visitors to literally play with them. Also here is the Science Fiction Museum & Hall, which honors the greatest minds in the genre.
The Seattle Art Museum is internationally recognized for its excellent collection of Asian, African and Native American art and for its fine collection of modern art produced by Pacific Northwest artists. The permanent collection includes 21,000 pieces and while it doesn't have huge collections of European art, it does have plentiful local art and wonderful visiting exhibits. The museum is centrally located downtown near the waterfront and Pike Place Market.
Located a short drive away from Seattle, Historic Flight Foundation is a must visit for aficionados of aviation. A museum displaying some of the most fascinating aircrafts, this is the place to get acquainted about nuances of flights that were in use from 1927 to 1957. The place is home to several planes that are restored to their original glory with some of them still soaring high. Some of the must-see exhibits here are the Waco UPF-7, Wampus Cat from World War II that's still in motion, the striking red Beechcraft Staggerwing and the rescued wonder called Bad Kitty. Replicas of planes can be bought at the museum's gift shop which is one of the best of its kind in the city.
If you are fascinated by airplanes, then take this tour of the Boeing Everett factory. Housing the Boeing flight line, the building measures 472,000,000 cubic feet. See airplanes in various stages of manufacture. Follow the mighty 747 from start to completion. Tours are conducted in English and last one hour. Photos and video cameras are not permitted. Children under four feet, two inches tall (127 centimeter) are not allowed on the tour.
Paul G. Allen started collecting famous warbirds and war machinery since 1988 and now open for public display at the museum. Visit the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum with your family and explore the collection that consists of various American war monuments. Messerschmitt Me 163 B Komet, Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) and Republic F-105G Thunderchief are few of the planes on display. The museum also hosts a number of programs for adults and children explaining the significance and working of these war machines. From Memorial Day to Labor day the museum is also open on Mondays.
Nothing says "Pacific Northwest" like a rocky beach leading up to an old-fashioned white lighthouse. That's exactly what you'll find at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. The lighthouse itself, which turned 100 years old in 2008, is open for tours on weekends during the spring and summer months. The park has about a mile of gravelly beach, a large grass meadow for kite-flying, and plenty of picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. It's everything you'd need for a day of fun at the beach, Northwest-style. That being said, the water in Puget Sound is never really warm enough for swimming, so you'll only need to pack your bathing suit if you plan on working on your tan.
The entertainment, cultural and economic center of the city, Downtown Everett is a one stop shop for all things fun. One of the busiest areas of the city, this is one place you will find it all, from shopping centers and entertainment zones, to commercial, cultural and administrative centers. Best known for its craft brewing scene, there's plenty of great options for beer lovers, while the other factors of the neighborhood's nightlife are not to be underestimated either.
Thomas Family Farm, one of the finest event venues in Snohomish, plays host to everything from weddings and fairs to exhibitions and community events throughout the year. Food festivals, movie screenings, paintball and beer fest are some of the major fun events hosted here. Jeep tours of this huge farm are offered for those who wish to explore its beauty in depth. Apart from playing host to numerous events, Thomas Family Farm is also known for its amazing pumpkin and corn maze patch.