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 is 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. Both the day and night tours provide visitors with an incredible experience.

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.

The Nordic Heritage Museum

One of the only museums in the United States to honour the legacy of immigrants from the Nordic countries, the Nordic Heritage Museum shares the cultures of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. 

Pacific Science Center

The centre attracts both kid and adult audiences and covers a range of topics, events, movies and games related to science and technology. From the dinosaur display to the butterfly house, it inspires curiosity. 

Woodland Park Zoo

Spanning 92 acres, this is the largest living collection in Washington State. More than 1,000 animals representing 300 animal species thrive in this well-maintained zoo.

Seattle Children’s Museum

A place built for kids to peep into the adult world. From grocery shopping and theatre to kitchens and DIY stations, it's a kid’s paradise.

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

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