See and Do in Seattle

Seattle is a culturally rich city with a number of museums and art galleries in addition to some iconic attractions. Expats moving to Seattle will find that there's plenty to see and do.

From a unique dining experience at the top of the Space Needle to exploring the city's galleries and stopping off at the original Starbucks coffee shop, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Another plus point is that most attractions are child-friendly, which is great for expats moving to Seattle with kids.


Attractions in Seattle

Space Needle 

This is the quintessential feature of the Seattle skyline. At 184m (605 feet), it's the place to be for spectacular views of the city. Dining at SkyCity, the tower's rotating restaurant, is an experience in itself.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass displays the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition has eight galleries indoors in addition to a beautiful outdoor garden and magnificent glasshouse. Apart from offering guided tours, the centre also hosts a number of fitness classes in the glasshouse itself, including yoga and taichi.

The Museum of Pop Culture

Unique to Seattle, this museum houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artefacts. From horror films to music icons to comic books, there's an exhibition for everyone. Sci-fi lovers in particular will find a treasure trove of attractions here, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame to the dedicated Science Fiction museum.

National Nordic Museum

One of the few museums in the United States to honour the legacy of immigrants from the Nordic countries, the National Nordic Museum shares the cultures of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. There's more to the museum than its fascinating exhibits, though – it also offers classes such as Nordic wood-crafting, cooking and language lessons.

Pacific Science Center

The centre attracts more than 1 million visitors a year and offers up exciting exhibits, events, movies and games related to science and technology. From its impressive dinosaur display to its beautiful butterfly house, the museum aims to inspire curiosity. 

Woodland Park Zoo

Spanning an impressive 92 acres, the Woodland Park Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing 300 animal species. This is a great attraction for families and includes an indoor play and education area known as the Zoomazium. The zoo also offers private tours where visitors can meet lemurs, penguins, otters, giraffes and more.

Seattle Children’s Museum

The Seattle Children's Museum was custom-built for kids to peep into the adult world. From grocery shopping and theatre to kitchens and DIY stations, a visit to this museum is sure to be a fun stop for families. The exhibits are designed for children from the ages of six months to six years.

Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh Our Expat Expert

Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh is a new expat from India and a rookie Superwoman. She is the mother of a high-energy preschooler who presents her with the challenges of preserving the culture of her homeland while embracing the culture of her new home in Seattle. From driving on the 'right' side of the road to understanding the craze behind Halloween candy, Padmaja's trying to make meaning out of the madness around her. Visit her blog at www.vasudhaiyer.blogspot.com

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