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Several years ago, after a grueling stretch of very hard work, I visited the fish ladder at the Ballard Locks. Watching the fish work their way up the steps was almost ...
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Home to the Seattle Seahawks professional football team, and the loudest fan base in the United States, CenturyLink Field hosts games, events, concerts and more. Home to the 12th ...
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The 534-acre Discovery Park offers one of the best waterfront walks in any US city. With great views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, as well as the Puget Sound, the trails ...
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Located at the foot of the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is housed in a Frank Gehry building is said by locals to have ...
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In the 40 or so years since big-time pro sports came to Seattle, the town has really become something of a sports town, with even folks who migrate to Seattle for work becoming ...
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Animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium, two IMAX theaters, a Tropical Butterfly House, a Laser Done, and heaps of interactive exhibits spread over six acres make the Pacific Science ...
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Make sure you come early to see Pike Place's famous fish tossers at full strength, and be prepared to get involved; the wags behind the fish counter will toss a fish to Mom with ...
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Ride the Ducks of Seattle takes site seeing to a level that families -- kids and adults alike -- will absolutely love. Depart on a real WWII amphibious landing craft on a tour of ...
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The Seattle Aquarium is modest in scale but ambitiously fun, with lots of creatures at arm's length that are extremely kid-friendly, including touching pools and special ...
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With current exhibits such as " A Black-and-White World: The Art and Lessons of Chinese Rubbings" and a big upcoming Andrew Wyeth exhibit, The Seattle Art Museum does not seem a ...
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If skies are cloudy or the lines too long at the Space Needle, walk a few steps to the Seattle Children's Museum, which turns out to be the interactive experience the Experience ...
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If you get a clear and sunny day, a trip to the top of the Space Needle isn't a bad outing at all, particularly if "the mountains are out," as the locals say. Don't expect to ...
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Reserve a tour at Theo Chocolate, the first organic and fair-trade chocolate factory in North America. Tours last an hour so, with the first half-hour in a seated room and the ...
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This award-winning, 92-acre zoo emphasizes biodiversity and replicating native habitats, with more than 1,090 individual animals representing nearly 300 species. The grounds are ...
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