Events to Explore in Seattle: Inspiring Activities for Your Next Trip
There is plenty to do and see in Seattle, but this list helps point out a few extra fun events to explore during your unique and memorable holiday to the East.
Seattle Washington is one of the most eclectic and creative cities on the east coast. With more than 3 million urban residents, this city offers a lot in way of fun activities and interesting attractions for visitors and those who call the Emerald City home. Sure you can visit the staple stops like the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market, but this list of 6 fun events to explore may help guide you to a few special memories to make your trip extra special.
1. Take a Tour at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
Some may not have heard of the brilliance of Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned glass blower and artist. Don’t miss out on seeing his long-term exhibit, Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center near the Space Needle. His vibrant and colorful glass sculptures mesmerize guests as you walk through a serene garden setting and other constructed exhibition spaces. Enjoy Chihuly’s unique creations from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sunday through Thursday and to 7:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Adult admission is $22 with a combo package to include exhibits admission as well as Space Needle Observation Deck entrance for $36. Find more information and check for early closure times on the website.
The centerpiece at Chihuly Garden and Glass includes the Glasshouse, a 4500 square foot atrium with a vibrant 100 foot long sculpture suspended from the ceiling.
2. Catch Dinner and a Show at Teatro ZinZanni
What could be better than a three hour dining performance including singing, dancing, burlesque, circus performers and comedy, nothing, except catching a dinner show, at Teatro ZinZanni. With performances always changing (guaranteed three new shows per year) and a gourmet multi course meal included in your ticket, this is a great and often overlooked way to enjoy the creative culture of Seattle. With both matinee and evening performances, ticket prices can range from $99 to $174 per person depending on date and time of performance. Find more information about the shows, performers and what to expect online.
3. Rock Out at the Experience Music Project Museum
Not your ordinary museum, the Experience Music Project is just next to the famous Seattle Space Needle with more than 140,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, histories of famous rockers, exhibits that are both beautiful and educational. A $25 adult ticket or $16 youth ticket gets you all access to many of the exhibits and features like; the Guitar Museum, Sound Lab, and Indie Game Revolution to name a few. A great stop for both kids and adults, this museum invites you to participate right along with the exhibits giving a hands on experience you won’t forget!
The famous guitar sculpture at EMP Museum allows guests to interact with some of the guitars, hearing their efforts play out in the atrium space.
4. Be a Party Animal at the Zootunes Summer Concert Series
The Woodland Park Zoo is a great place to see the cuddly animals and ferocious beasts that Mother Nature has shared with Seattle, but you can also act like a party animal yourself at their annual summer concert series, Zootunes. Hear live performances from bands such as the Doobie Brothers, Ziggy Marley, The B-52s, or Melissa Etheridge during summer months. Ticket costs vary depending on the performer and are in addition to zoo admission fees, which range from $9 to $15 depending on season. These concerts are rain or shine and offer both residents and visitors an opportunity to see the wildlife and then party like an animal at a live concert after.
5. Grab a Pint on the Road Dog Brewery Tour
Seattle is known for many things, founding the grunge music scene, supporting the arts community, fresh seafood and of course great craft beer. Be your own critic on the Road Dogs Craft Beer Brewery Tour which includes transportation to three craft breweries in three hours, history on the beer scene in Seattle, a little bit about the brewing process, a commemorative T-Shirt and pint glass. Tours are kept small at around 10 to 13 people and tickets start at $79 per person with tastings included. Indulge your taste buds on this special event and try a bit of what Seattle is gaining a reputation for, which is good beer.
6. Sail Away on Lake Union for Free
If your wallet is a bit light after your wonderful Seattle trip, then try one of the best free activities on the waters of Lake Union. Every Sunday, the Center for Wooden Boats offer free rides to guests (although space is limited, and first come, first served) on any number of their watercraft including sailboats, steam, paddle and ore powered boats. Visitors can sign up for a ride beginning at 10:00 AM each Sunday with vessels departing from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for a quick 45 minute to 1 hour ride. Unfortunately reservations cannot be made in advance and tour capacities vary depending on available staff, so get there early to ensure you are among the first in line at 10:00 AM. More information is available online including policies and FAQs.
Seattle is certainly diverse in its offerings of places to go, things to do, and delicacies to temp any visitor on a holiday to the Emerald City. These 6 fun events should make your holiday and trip more enjoyable with a few unique and creative options to tide your itinerary over.
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