Dozens of Downtown Seattle, Washington Attractions Await

Blessed with natural beauty and teeming with unique attractions, Seattle is a city that rewards visitors with endless possibilities to see and do something new. Maybe you’ll start with a stroll through the salty air of Pike Place Market before braving the dizzying heights of the Space Needle. Or perhaps you’ll take a journey through rock and roll history at the Experience Music Project while you sip a latte from the world’s very first Starbucks café. Wherever your Seattle journey takes you, you can always count on having more opportunities for fun just around the corner.

On this page, we’ve highlighted some of the top downtown Seattle, Washington attractions. But this still just scratches the surface of what our city offers, so don’t be afraid to set out on your own quest to discover Seattle’s hidden gems. And don’t hesitate to give us a call to chat about all the great things to see and do within minutes of our downtown Seattle hotel.


Argosy Cruises

A variety of cruises that offer you a touch of Seattle history, breathtaking scenery and a first   hand look at one of the world's largest shipping terminals, the historic houseboat district of   Lake Union and Portage Bay, the scenic views of Lake Washington, and the amazing homes that   surround the lake, or the famous Hiram Chittenden Locks.

Burke Museum

Dinosaurs, fossils, Native American masks, Asian cultural costumes, bugs and birds! Get the inside   story on Washington State natural history and Northwest Native American culture. Check out   state-of-the-art exhibits on subjects ranging from fossils to wildlife photography.

Benaroya Hall

Seattle Symphony’s stately $118 million-dollar home is the crown jewel of downtown’s revitalization.

Boeing Everett Plant

Ever wondered how airplanes were made? The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located 25 miles north of Seattle in Everett and showcases the 747, 767, 777 and 787.

CenturyLink Field

Formerly known as the Qwest Field Event Center, the CenturyLink Field is home of the Seattle Seahawks National Football team and the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team. The CenturyLink Field Event Center is also the location for numerous annual trade shows.

Children's Museum

eattle's Children's Museum brings to life the joy of discovery for children and their families through fun, creative, hands-on explorations of the world around them.

Chinatown/International District

This historic area is home to one of the US’s largest Asian communities. At its heart is the Uwajimaya grocery store, where live seafood, unusual imported gifts and rare produce can be found. Wonderful!

Emerald Downs

Nestled under the majestic shadow of Mount Rainier, Emerald Downs has established itself as the premier Thoroughbred racing venue in the Pacific Northwest. The 167-acre facility is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma in the Auburn valley and features a state-of-the-art, six level stadium with commanding views of the entire one-mile racing oval.

Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum at Seattle Center

For the music lovers, EMP is a museum of music history founded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft is located at the Seattle Center.

Future of Flight

Experience the marvel of commercial jet aviation. See the future of powered, winged flight. Digitally design and test your own jet. Ride the XJ5 Flight Simulator and “fly” at supersonic speeds. Watch the world's largest jets assembled in the world's largest building.

KeyArena at the Seattle Center

Located on the Seattle Center grounds is the home to the Seattle Storm Women’s Basketball and the Seattle University Redhawks Men’s Basketball. It is also used for non-athletic entertainment purposes, such as ice shows, circuses, and concerts.

Klondike Gold Rush Museum

The park offers a glimpse at the stories of adventure and hardship of the gold rush.


The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has been a Seattle favorite since 1952. MOHAI features award-winning exhibits and programs that bring over 150 years of Pacific Northwest history to life.

Mt. Rainier

The “mountain” is an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and stunning wildflower meadows. The park is also rich in cultural resources and was designated a National Historic Landmark District as an outstanding example of early park planning and NPS rustic architecture.

Mount St. Helens

On May 18th, 1980 the eruption of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington State disrupted the lives of thousands and changed more than 200 square miles of rich forest into a grey, lifeless landscape. Now, more than twenty-eight years later, the land around the mountain is slowly healing. Nature may be covering the scars of the 1980 eruption, but many people will never forget what happened that spring day.

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center

Home to the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. Don’t miss “The Nutcracker” in December.


The elevated monorail line that runs from Westlake Center to the Seattle Center. The “only fully self-sufficient public transit system” in the U.S. that has a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). It is the fastest full-sized monorail in the country.

Museum of Flight

One of the largest air and space museums in the world includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn® -the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Company.

Olympic Sculpture Park

This new waterfront park transforms a nine-acre industrial site into an open and vibrant green space for all to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains.

Pacific Place Shopping Mall

Seattle's downtown premier shopping, dining and entertainment Center, including an 11-screen AMC Theatres complex. It's the place for fashion, food and film.

Pacific Science Center

Perfect for the kids! A great science museum that teaches children and adults about environmental stewardship, wetland ecology and nature awareness.

Pike Place Market

Don’t forget to pick-up fresh flowers or some flying fish at the second-oldest continually operational public farmer’s market in the country. Built on an edge of a steep hill overlooking Elliott Bay.

Pioneer Square

This National Historic District is “Where Seattle Begins”. It’s a gorgeous piece of history with plenty shops and restaurants. Check out First Thursday each month for Art Walk.

Safeco Field

Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back, Let me root, root ... for the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle Aquarium

Recently expanded, the Seattle Aquarium now includes a fresh new exterior, new Alaskan Way entrance,   and exhibit hall. At the heart of the expansion, a three story, light-filled building with interactive   educational kiosks, sea life art and thought-provoking conservation exhibits focused on Puget Sound’s   ecosystems. Visitors will be drawn to the end of Puget Sound Hall by the Window on Washington Waters,   a 17-foot by 39-foot, 120,000 gallon showcase exhibit filled with salmon, colorful rockfish, vibrant   sea anemones and other marine life swimming amid a kelp-filled sea.

Seattle Art Museum

Commonly known as “SAM” is Seattle’s Art Museum located in downtown. Admission is free first Thursday of each month.

Smith Tower

The oldest skyscraper in Seattle, named after its builder, firearm and typewriter magnate Lyman Cornelius Smith. The building is being converted into condominiums. Visit the Observation Deck and Chinese Room for some fantastic views of Seattle.


Did you know that the first original Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971 at 2000 Western Avenue? Then in 1976 they moved the store to 1912 Pike Place.

Space Needle

The Space Need is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest and symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962. World's Fair, The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high. The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (158.4 m), the Sky City restaurant at 500 feet (152 m), and a gift shop. From the top of it, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands.

Tillicum Village

The Tillicum experience features a spectacular combination of award-winning fire-roasted salmon, an intriguing cultural arts dance performance, magnificent scenery, and a relaxing cruise across Elliott Bay.

Seattle Union Station

Formerly a train station from 1911 to 1971 , sitting empty for many years, the Seattle Union Station was renovated in the late 1990s by Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. In Seattle, the term Union Station refers not only to the main station building, but also to the several adjacent office buildings (505 5th Avenue South; 605 5th Avenue South (“US1”) 625 5th Avenue South; 705 5th Avenue South (“US2”), whose tenants include Amazon.com. Union Station office complex, built where abandoned Union Pacific Railroad tracks once ran, and home to much of Amazon.com's operations.

University of Washington

The University of Washington or known locally as The U or UW (usually pronounced “U-Dub”), is the largest university in the Northwest US and oldest public university on the West Coast.

WaMu Theater

This unique design and versatility that accommodates corporate, special events, seminars, television productions and other hospitality. Check out their concert schedule online.

WestLake Center Shopping Mall

UPS started here 100 years ago in Pioneer Square Westlake Center Four-story shopping center in downtown, it is located across Pine Street from Westlake Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues. It is named for Westlake Avenue, Westlake Park is considered Seattle's “town square” and celebrities and political figures often make appearances or give speeches from the building's balcony.

Woodland Park Zoo

Considered to be one of the “Best in the World”.

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