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Fun At The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle and many other fascinating, one of a kind museums and activities. This area is approximately 5 minutes north of downtown and is a major attraction for tourists from all over the world as well as Seattleites.
The Seattle Space Needle
The Space Needle was constructed in 1962 in honor of the World’s Fair that came to Seattle, Washington.
The top of the needle stands 605 from the ground with the top floor being almost 519 feet up. This amazing structure has 3 elevators and 6 floors, including an observation deck.
SkyCity Restaurant is one of the main attractions of the Space Needle because it rotates 360 degrees while diners are enjoying their meals. It takes 47 minutes to complete the full circle.
The restaurant offers lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily and there is a kids menu. The view is breathtaking and the food is exquisite.
The Space Needle also offers banquet facilities for groups up to 500 people on the observation deck and groups up to 360 people on the SkyLine level. The Skyline level is 100ft from the ground and has an amazing 360 degree view.
The Space Needle even has a web cam on top that is accessible on the website so anyone can see the amazing view that is available.
It isn’t quite as good as being there but it does give a glimpse of how breathtaking it can be.
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More Fun Things at The Seattle Center
There are many other attractions to experience at the Seattle Center as well.
The Experience Music Project is there, the Chihuly Gardens and Glass Exhibit, the incredible Pacific Science Center and no visit can be complete without a Ride the Ducks of Seattle Tour!
The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, also referred to as the EMP/SFM is a unique interactive museum filled with music and science fiction memorabilia with classic artifacts. A few of the extraordinary exhibits include:
- Jimi Hendrix tribute
- Icons of Science Fiction
- The Lure of Horror Film
- Guitar Gallery
- Iconic Interviews
- Avatar; The Exhibition
- Genuine Sci-Fi Artifacts
The EMP is located about a block north of the Space Needle and is an experience every music lover and science fiction fan should have at least once.
Chihuly Gardens and Glass
The Chihuly Gardens and Glass Exhibit is a remarkable collection of glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly. His amazing vision and artistry is displayed in beautiful and unique ways.
The Exhibition Hall showcases 8 galleries and 3 drawing walls:
- Glass Forest
- Northwest Room
- Sealife Room
- Persian Celling
- Mille Fiori
- Ikebana and Float Boat
- Numerous Chandeliers and a Glass Tower
- Macchia Forest
The Glasshouse is at the center of this massive collection of amazing glass art. This large structure is 40 feet tall and 4,500 square feet in size. Chihuly’s colorful sculptures are descending from the celling and dazzling all who walk through with a spectacular view.
Visitors to the Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit will also get the chance to view the four tremendous and beautiful sculptures showcased outside in the Gardens.
The Theater is where guest get the chance to see a personally narrated account of Dal Chihuly’s life and artistic development up on a big screen.
This collection of glass sculptures is truly one of a kind. Its beauty and imagination is a wonder for all ages to see.
Science and So Much More
The Pacific Science Center location also offers different experiences that reach beyond the interactive museum.
Visitors can get thrilled and amazed at the Imax Theater, The Laser Dome, The Planetarium or watch the Live Science Stage.
The Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center is located right at the base of the Space Needle. There are many fun and interactive ways for everyone to get excited about all things science related.
The boring lab coat approach is a thing of the past when you enter the Pacific Science Center. Kids and adults alike see and do so much cool stuff that they forget they are learning and simply have a great time.
Some of the amazing exhibits and attractions you will find here are:
- The Tropical Butterfly House
- The Wellbody House
- Science on a Sphere
- Adventures in 3D
- Insect Village with giant robots
Imax is the best way to watch a movie! The screens are generally larger, resolution is much greater and the sound is unmatched by a traditional movie theater experience.
The Laser Dome
The laser dome offers a spectacular laser light show set to music.
The theater seats in the dome recline all the way back so everyone can experience the light show going on over head. Some people choose to bring blankets and lay directly on the ground so they are guaranteed not to miss one beam of light darting across the dome.
The mesmerizing and perfectly choreographed light and music is an event that every music lover will appreciate and remember forever.
The Planetarium at the Pacific Science Center is an entertaining and informative way to learn about our universe. There are a few different interesting shows available:
- Sky Tonight
- Gravity and Black Holes
- Star Secrets of the Pyramids
These shows are available for adults and kids ages 6 year old and older.
The planetarium offers a free show designed specifically for preschoolers that is fun and age appropriate. Kids will learn about planets, see a puppet show and even see a dance party on the moon!
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Live Science Stage
The Pacific Science Center offers an exciting way to see science in action on the Live Science Stage.
Theses entertaining experiment demonstrations are perfect for getting people of all ages interested in all things science!
A few of the available shows are:
- The Physics of Bubbles
- Monster Sound Live
- Live Snakes
- Danger Science
- Amazing Air
- Amazing Psychic Powers
- Wheel and Deal is an audience interactive science game show. How much do you know?
Each show lasts 20-30 minutes and is appropriate for ages 6 years old and older.
There are many incredible exhibits at the Pacific Science Center and new ones are introduced all the time so your visit is never exactly the same twice.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
A ride on the Seattle Duck is the most unique way to tour Seattle.
The Ducks are refurbished WWII amphibious landing crafts so the tours are all given on land and water in the same vehicle.
The Duck tour begins approximately 1 block north of the Space Needle and takes its passengers on a wildly entertaining ride through downtown Seattle and into Lake Union.
The amazing tour guides and drivers play music, pranks the other Ducks as they pass by and plays trivia with passengers all while providing an extremely informative tour of Seattle.
The Ride the Ducks tour ride typically lasts 90 minutes with 60 minutes allotted for the land tour and 30 minutes spent on the water tour.
Visit The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is spacious and beautiful with many entertaining attractions for everyone. Whether you are visiting Seattle for the first time or you've lived there your whole life, if you havn't seen the Seattle Center lately, the time is now.