Best Places To Learn About Seattle

Best Places To Learn About Seattle

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Those who live here know that Seattle is a lot more than just a place where it rains a lot. However, many don’t really know much about the history of the city and newcomers to Seattle may have a hard time getting their bearings without first getting a good view of the city. So, here we have some of the best ways to get to know your city is by taking tours on land, on the water, underground, in the air and more.

Washington State Historical Society (Museum)
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
(888) 238-4373

If you are new to Seattle, one of the best ways to learn what it is like to actually live here is from others who have made Washington their home long before you at the new “Washington, My Home” exhibit found at the Washington State Historical Society. Located in the museum’s Great Hall of Washington History, you’ll hear various stories from people who came to the state as early as 1840 up until 2015 along with numerous artifacts, multi-media displays and interactive exhibits. Some of the clever displays include the Arrival Windows, Step into My Shoes, the Story Chests and for those who would like to share their story, they can do so at the Migration Station. Other interesting exhibits include the History Lab, the Great Hall of Washington, Glasnost & Goodwill: Citizen diplomacy in the Northwest, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more.

The Space Needle
400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109

You won’t find a better view of the city of Seattle than the Space Needle. Though some like to “poo-poo” the Needle as a tourist trap, it is almost required viewing for anyone who lives here. The Observation Deck stands 520 feet above ground and from there you can practically see one end of Seattle to the other. It’s impressive regardless of what the weather is like outside, but on a clear day, it’s amazing. While the meals are fairly pricey at the revolving Sky City Restaurant at the top of the needle, the trip up there is waived. On your way back down, be sure to check out the large gift shop at the Space Base.

Ride the Ducks Tour
516 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109


4th Avenue and Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-3825

Though the Ride the Ducks Tour will come across as a bit too silly for some, this is a great tour for families as the large tour bus drives though Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, Downtown and the Seattle Waterfront. Then, the tour continues on the waves of Lake Union. The company describes the tour as a “party on wheels that floats.” Tours are given every day rain or shine.

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1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8600

For those who aren’t into taking tours of the city, the Wings Over Washington “flying theater” might be the right choice for them. Patterned after the Disney theme parks’ “Soarin’” rides, this one takes visitors on the wings of an eagle and take them on a multi-sensory trip in and around Seattle. During this attraction, you’ll actually feel the mist coming from the Snoqualmie Falls and smell the pine trees. While safe and secure the whole time, guests will feel that they are actually in flight. Wings Over Washington is located right by Seattle’s Great Wheel, which is also another great way to view the city from above.

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
614 1st Avenue
Seattle, Wa
(206) 682-4646

The weather is never a factor when deciding on taking the Underground Tour since it takes place entirely underground on the sidewalks and streets of Seattle that were built over in 1889 after the Great Fire which burned much of the city down to the ground. The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city. While fascinating, the tour guides at the Underground Tour pride themselves for offering great humor with their tours.

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