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A Seattle Trivia Quiz
How much do you know about Seattle Washington?
As a lifelong resident, I put together this little trivia quiz to see how much you really know about Seattle, WA. If you have never visited Seattle, or maybe even if you have, you might find some of the answers surprising!
The answers to all of the questions can be found in the sections below the quiz. For the most fun and to maximize the challenge, take the quiz first and then read some surprising facts about Seattle that even some residents don't know. There are also some tips about about some of the most popular Seattle attractions and other interesting places to go and things to see.
Don't forget to report your score (anonymously of course!) in the poll near the end.
How Much Do You Know About Seattle?
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#1 Seattle Weather
Does it really rain all of the time?
Seattle has what is called a temperate marine climate. The location near the Pacific coast and between two mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, makes the winters mild and the summers cool. The temperatures are ideal for enjoying outdoor activities year-round and many homes (including mine) have no air conditioning.
The Olympic Mountains and the 100 mile distance from the Pacific Ocean keep the level of rainfall much lower than places on the coast, but the clouds stack up against the Cascades to the east which creates a lot of overcast, gray days with intermittent drizzle. It surprises many people to learn that the average rainfall is only about 36 inches per year.
See the current weather in Seattle from the live Space Needle webcam.
The Tallest Building - It's the Space Needle, right?
#2 The Tallest Building in Seattle
Looks can be deceiving. Although it appears to be in many photos, the Space Needle is NOT Seattle's tallest building. The Space Needle is located at the Seattle Center which is over a mile away from the "downtown" business distict where all of the other tall buildings are located. The Space Needle appears to be the tallest building in photos because the best places to take photos of the Seattle skyline with the the Space Needle are from vantage points that put the Space Needle in the foreground making it appear taller than all of the other buildings.
The Space Needle is actually the 6th tallest building:
1. Columbia Center - 937 feet
2. 1201 Third Ave. (formerly the Washington Mutual Tower) - 772 feet
3. Two Union Square - 740 feet
4. Seattle Municipal Tower - 722 feet
5. Safeco Plaza (1001 4th avenue)- 630 feet
6. Space Needle - 605 feet
Seattle Seahawks NFL Team
#3 Seattle Professional Sports Teams
Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders and Storm
Seattle is home to several major league sports teams including the Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and Seattle Storm (WNBA).
The Seattle Supersonics are no more!
Unfortunately, the Seattle Sonics (NBA) Team was sold and moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma Thunder.
Seattle Supersonics NBA Team
#4 The Fremont Troll
Seattle has a lot of public art, but my favorite is probably the Fremont Troll. The Troll was the winning design in a contest to create a public art object for the neglected space under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. The contest was sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990. The troll was sculpted and built later that year by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is 18 feet tall high, weighs two tons (1814 kg), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete. He holds a real volkswagen beetle in his left hand. You can find the troll lurking under the Highway 99 bridge at North 34th Street and Troll Avenue North.
The Fremont Troll in Seattle
# 5 Where would you find a Mummy on Display in Seattle?
You would think that if you wanted to see a mummy, the most logical place to find one would be in one of the numerous fine museums in Seattle. Oddly enough, none are on permanent display in any Seattle museum, but two can be found on display in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a unique little shop on pier 54 on the waterfront.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
# 6 The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Seattle
The Pike Place Market is the most popular tourist attraction in Seattle, but it is also loved and frequented by local people. It opened in 1907 and has been designated as a National Historic District. It is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers markets in the USA.
The Pike Place Market
Seattle City Pass
Although many things to see and do in Seattle are free, there are some places that have an admission charge. If you are planning to visit Seattle, consider purchasing a Seattle CityPASS to save a considerable amount of money on the cost of your visit to the most popular attractions.
The Seattle CityPASS contains tickets to 5 of the most popular attractions in Seattle and is valid for 9 days. The booklet includes admission to the following:
1) Space Needle - two visits
3) Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
4) Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass
5) EMP/SciFi Museum or Woodland Park Zoo
# 7 Seattle in the Movies
The setting or location for numerous movies
Seattle's rich and colorful history and beautiful scenery have been the setting of many movies over the years. A short list of films of some of my favorite movies that were filmed at least partly in Seattle include Sleepless in Seattle, It Happened at the World's Fair, Tugboat Annie, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Cinderella Liberty, Harry and the Hendersons.
Sleepless in Seattle Movie Trailer
#8 The Montlake Cut
The Montlake Cut is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal that was dug between Lake Washington and Lake Union to make it possible for boats to move between the two lakes. Another canal was created between Lake Union and Salmon Bay. Salmon Bay was originally part of Puget Sound. Since Puget Sound is approximately 22 feet lower than the lakes, the Hiram Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks was built to accommodate marine traffic between the lakes and the sound.
The Lake Washington Ship Canal
How Many People in Seattle?
#9 Seattle Population
The official population of Seattle from the most recent US Census in 2010 was 608,660.
Seattle fun even if there is no sun!
#10 Festivals in Seattle
Seattle crawls out of its winter cocoon starting on Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Northwest Folklife Festival that celebrates the ethnic diversity of it's residents with music, folk dancing demonstrations, and foods from around the world. The fun continues throughout the summer, with the annual Bite of Seattle and the Seafair Celebration with street fairs, barbecues and parades in many communities.
The Seafair celebration reaches its climax the first weekend in August with the annual hydroplane races on Lake Washington. which often includes an aerial performance by the Blue Angels. The summer festival season ends with the annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival held over Labor Day weekend.
The celebrations and festivals continue through the end of the year with the Christmas Ship Festival. The parade of ships with lights and holiday decorations has been a tradition in the city for over 60 years. Several large commercial sightseeing vessels lead the flotilla and include choirs singing Christmas carols on the deck. Anyone with a boat is welcome to decorate and join in. The boats travel along the various waterways for several weeks bringing a colorful holiday tradition to people in gathering around bonfires in parks along the shore.
Scenes from a Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade
So How Much Did You Know About Seattle?
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© 2010 Vicki Green