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Old 02-07-2015, 07:44 AM   #1
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DW and I going on Alaska cruise out of Seattle. We figured we would spend a couple of days before or after in Seattle. Anyone with suggestions on what to see and do there?
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What are your interests?

There is a vibrant, flat track roller derby scene in the area with bouts most weekends (you might have to drive an hour+ to a neighboring city). Not the derby of the 70's, it's a real, amateur sport.

If the weather is nice, you can check out Aqua Verde for paddle boating through lake Union. But you might be burnt out on boats after your cruise.

Dukes is by far my favorite NW seafood joint. Ivars is also a local institution, but it's more of a fast food/red lobster type chowder house.

A lot of folks like the Underground Tour.

There is the Fremont Troll, which is under the Aurora bridge, not the Fremont Bridge. That is one large troll.

Lots of neat downtown neighborhoods. I probably like Ballard the best, classy and safe.

The list goes on...
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The underground tour was really interesting. The Columbia Center sky view was good.
I am kind of dumb but the first time I drove on the floating bridge (520) was pretty exciting.
My wife and kids love to ride the ducks even though we live here.
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Taking the ferry (along with the rental car) was also an interesting experience for us, as we had never been on one. The ride and view were wonderful.
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It you like architecture then you should see and go into the Seattle public library.

I happened to be there on a crystal clear day and went up the space needle. The view is great and the exhibits and food at the top of the needles are very good too.

A view from the ferry is also nice.

A walk through the Pike Place Market of course. There is a nice shoreline park and trail north of the Pike Place Market. Start at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
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+2 on the Underground Tour.
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The Ballard locks when the salmon are running!
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Take a ferry ride (walk on) to Bremerton and back. No need to hang out in Bremerton any longer than necessary to catch the next return ferry. But, time your return so that you approaching Seattle about 20 minutes before sunset. If the sun is out (big if!!) you will be rewarded with a very nice view of the city and its waterfront.
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There is also a tour of the Seattle harbor that is inexpensive. It lasts about an hour.

***Off topic:

If you have rain gear you should bring it, you will probably need it. Fleece is another excellent choice to wear.

I live in Portland and typically dress with waterproof running shoes, merino wool socks, water resistant or quick dry pants and shirt, waterproof and breathable pants, a fleece jacket, a high quality breathable rain jacket with a hood and a waterproof baseball cap (to keep the rain off my glasses) and light weight fleece mittens. I can be outside and walking about quite comfortably like this for miles and miles. Learning how to dress for this climate has made a big difference, especially in retirement where I have more time to be outside.
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I lived on Bainbridge Island for 15 years and make the following suggestions:

Ivar's SALMON House Ivar's Salmon House, Seattle Seafood Dining | Ivar's . I agree with cooch96 about their other dining establishments... but they are conveniently located close to the ferry dock. Ivar's clam chowder is served on the ferries.

Experience Music EMP Museum - Music + Sci-fi + Pop Culture & the Ducks - located across from one another adjacent to Seattle Center (& Space Needle).

Agree with ChuckaNut, ferry ride to Bremerton as a walk-on. As you pass the fish farm look straight up the bluff and see our former home.

Seattle has fine collections of Asian art. Asian Art Museum - SAM - Seattle Art Museum The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is downtown and often has top notch traveling exhibits.

Also - The Museum of Flight

Almost forgot http://www.pikeplacefish.com/

Helen is spot on, dress in layers and expect rain in OR, WA, BC & Alaska.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass | at Seattle Center.
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Seattle and Tacoma are well known for art glass. Permanent Collections - Museum of Glass Tacoma
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Again, it depends on your personal tastes, but I'll add to the above suggestions:
Welcome to the great Pacific Northwest!
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1. Pike Place Market
2. EMP Museum
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Need I say you are in salmon country? Don't choose Atlantic Salmon, they are fish farmed. All other salmon is wild caught. You want to choose a Pacific salmon that is 'in season' whose meat is red.
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DW and I going on Alaska cruise out of Seattle. We figured we would spend a couple of days before or after in Seattle. Anyone with suggestions on what to see and do there?
We went last summer for four days in August. Awesome! Check this site out Official Seattle CityPASS® | Visit 5 Seattle Attractions for $64. We did this and it was a good deal. I agree with the others Pikes place and if your a Starbucks fan going to the original one was kind of cool.
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Is this a spring/summer cruise?

Right now we are getting drenched in Seattle. Almost non-stop. I use roundup on my car windshield to remove the moss that grows overnight.

Summer is nice. Both weeks.
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We went last summer for four days in August. Awesome! Check this site out Official Seattle CityPASS® | Visit 5 Seattle Attractions for $64. We did this and it was a good deal. I agree with the others Pikes place and if your a Starbucks fan going to the original one was kind of cool.
Well, it is, and it isn't.
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I live in the Seattle area. Moved here in 1997 from Atlanta. One of the most awesome places to see is Mt. St. Helen's. You would have to rent a car and it is about 3 hours south on I5 but definitely worth the trip. If it is sunny a trip up in the Space Needle at sunset is a great plus! If summertime, a whale watching trip.
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The Arboretum is a tranquil getaway and can be glorious in spring and summer.
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