Strictly for grown-ups, Add-a-Ball is open from 14:00 to 02:00 with cup-holders on every machine to keep your beer within easy reach. The small, irregular namesake plaza is shaded by plane trees and has an elegant Beaux-Arts shelter. The only way to venture into the brick-lined bowels of the city is with. When it was topped off in 1985 this skyscraper was the tallest building on the whole West Coast, though it has since dropped down to fourth on the list. Pike Place Market From the iconic market sign and Rachel the Piggy Bank to the gum wall, the original Starbucks cafe, well over 225 local artisans selling their wares, the famous fish-tossing tradition, and music-playing street performers, there are enough sights and sounds at to pack a day or more.
. Over nine acres and composed of winding alleys and stairways down to lower levels, Pike Place Market is the kind of place that benefits from a bit of local perspective. The designated historic landmark can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and weaves between skyscrapers above the city streets. The Smith Tower is named for its financier, Lyman Cornelius Smith, who made his fortune in the typewriter business. A lovely way to watch the sunset and do some stargazing is beside a campfire, and there are fire pits on the beach on a first-come-first-served basis. In late spring, the Rhododendron Glen is obligatory, with dozens of rhododendron bushes grouped according to species and accompanied by ferns, hardwood trees, firs, shrubs and magnolias. The Seattle Great Wheel may seem like a tourist trap at first glance, but has a lot going for it.
Twenty years after completion, T-Mobile Park is still a benchmark stadium, with retro-modern hints in the Art Deco-style brick facade, as well as unbroken sightlines for spectators, a retractable roof, a natural grass field and a food and drink selection that goes well beyond typical ballpark grub. The work is designed to be climbed on, and in 2005 the stretch of Aurora Avenue North under the bridge was renamed Troll Avenue in its honour. Spawning season is from around early June to the middle of August, and you can view the salmon through underwater windows. This was just a temporary measure as the Gum Wall has been recognised as a tourist attraction since 1999 and has picked up a new coating already. The windows on the observation deck now have floor-to-ceiling glass panels that are unobstructed by mullions, in line with the original sketches in the early 1960s. Perhaps the best trip is the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry, departing from Pier 52 and taking 40-45 minutes.
The heat and humidity varies from area to area and is computer controlled, rising to 27°C in the cactus house. The pièce de résistance is the glasshouse, with a vibrant 100-foot-long sculpture in hues of red, orange, and yellow suspended from the ceiling. This takes place three times a day, seven days a week in June, July and August, with a more limited schedule at other times of the year. Source: Wing Luke Museum A recommended stop in the Chinatown-International District, the Wing Luke Museum has a collection of more than 18,000 pieces documenting the Asian American refugee and immigrant experience in north western United States. Established in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has a top-notch winter garden, as well as world-class collections of maples, oaks and camellias.
There are pieces of rugged coastline, grassy areas, woodland for walks, two wetlands, a pier for fishing, a boat launch and fire pits for campfires. You can delve into specific events like the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, the foundation of Boeing in 1916 and the Red Scare Smith Act Trials of the 1950s. Also in the collection is painting, decorative art and furniture from the Northwest, and 20th-century American art by the likes of Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence. Mount Rainier is a Decade Volcano, one of 16 around the world considered worthy of study because of their history of destructive eruptions and closeness to built-up areas. The Fryes had exacting conditions for their donation, one being that the galleries could only be illuminated by natural light.
They are accompanied by the likes of French landscape painter Eugène Boudin, Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, along with later acquisitions, from Edward Hopper to early-phase Picasso. You can amble along the waterfront, past the two imposing sets of towers, while the old pump house has been converted into a play barn for children and the boiler house is now a picnic shelter. Add-a-Ball is like a time capsule from the early-1990s and has a suitably grungy vibe, with dim lighting and improvised decor. The Garden, planted with handkerchief trees, fuchsias, camellias and daylilies, is a stage for four monumental works, while the Theater screens videos with interviews and glassblowing demonstrations. Tours set off on the hour every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Most of the computer terminals are on Level Five at the Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, while the Red Floor on Level Four has 13 different shades of red on its floor, ceiling and walls.
Gothic and early-Renaissance Italian painting is also well-represented, with works by Giovanni di Paolo, Puccio di Simone and Paolo Uccello. Kati Vegan Thai and the Portage Bay Café are two favourites. Come in the evening when the Space Needle and wheel are dazzling, and you can trace the brightly lit ferries crossing the Puget Sound. Watch scuba divers feed the fish, gawk at sharks swimming overhead in the underwater dome, and even touch a sea anemone. The permanent display, Honoring Our Journey, explains how people from Asia arrived in the Northwest in the 19th and 20th centuries and details the livelihoods and customs of these communities.
Enjoy three revolutions around in one of the air-conditioned gondolas to see the city, water, and mountains on the horizon. In the 2010s the Sky View observatory on the 73rd floor has been modified to give you a 360° view, while two new express elevators and a new lounge have also been modified. The theatre is part of the Neo-Renaissance Skinner Building, going back to 1925, and has an extravagant interior full of flourishes inspired by Chinese temples. Give yourself as much time as possible to be tempted by the aroma of baking bread, or to browse collectibles, vinyl and retro decor in little shops. From 1906 to 1956 this was the site for the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, the remains of which were preserved rather than pulled down when the park was laid out in the 1970s. Established at the Seattle Center in 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a dazzling museum dedicated to his work. Source: Kreielsheimer Promenade And Marion Oliver McCaw Hall Reconstructed at great expense in the early 2000s, the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is a plush performing arts venue at the Seattle Center, seating 2,963.
This vast space holds scores of aircraft, many suspended from the ceiling. In 2014 the museum unveiled the Bezos Center for Innovation, detailing the many inventions that have come out of the Seattle area, and investigating creativity as a concept. The wall has been cleared three times, most recently in 2015 as chemicals in the gum were damaging the brickwork in the alley. In this space, look for the historic jade tree, while the sago palm in the Palm House is also older than 75 years. Since the 2000s the area has quickly become a biotechnology hub, joined to downtown by the South Lake Union Streetcar and home to all sorts of research institutes, as well as campuses for Amazon and Google.
The Smith Tower may have been overtaken almost 60 years ago, but a visit to the observation floor 35 storeys up is something you have to do in Seattle. It is the most comprehensive collection of his art to date, with interior galleries featuring a variety of his work in the medium. The Tropical Butterfly House is warm and humid all year round and has hundreds of free-flying butterflies, with a different mix of species every few months. The Graham Visitors Center will help you get started, and is also the departure point for deep dive tram tours around the arboretum on summer weekends. Views from the top feature Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountains, and even Mount Rainier.