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    Magnolia - Slightly Detached

    by tpal Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    The view to the Northwest was that of Magnolia Point. What caught my eye first was the large marina with its array of sailboat masts. Impressive anytime but when you are from New York State and it's January this is truly an inspiring sight. We could also plainly see the connecting bridge presumably necessary for convenience as the Magnolia neighborhood is on a peninsula rather than an island.

    Crossing the bridge we first turned left to stay along the shore and found Magnolia Park offering terrific views back to to the city and to our good fortune a glimpse of Mount Rainier breaking through the haze in the distance (see General Tip). Continuing on we explored the neighborhoods themselves finding a wide mix of homes from modest older suburban bungalows to elaborate gated "hanging-off-the-cliff" dream houses. This was definitely a not too far get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of the city...if that's what you're looking for.

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    Giggles comedy Club

    by Summer33 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is my favorite weekend pass time. Giggles always has such a great line up, we've seen tons of comedians there and although some are better then others never have we had a bad time. It's usually around $15 to get in plus you get a free ticket to one of the next three or four shows so it's a good deal.

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    check out the many parts of Seattle

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 9, 2009

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    Seattle like most great cities is one of neighborhoods and unfortunately most tourists do not leave the downtown area, missing much of the nuances that make this a great town. The outlying areas are not suburbs but more like boroughs of Seattle, very much in the city but more where people live and therefore play. Great ones to check out include Fremont, Ballard, Green Lake, Tangletown, Queen Anne, and the University District. There are no attractions per se but they are great areas to walk around and admire the architecture. The best way to get a feel for them is to grab a coffee, meal or beer.

    Seattle's neighborhoods are full of local color
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    Golden Gardens

    by Summer33 Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    At the edge of Seattle you can visit this amazing beach on the ocean which hosts the most amazing sunsets possible. Bring some wood and have a fire while your at it, there are tons of firepits and bbq pits for you and friends. You will be missing out if you don't pay a visit to this park. And for the dog owners there is a huge off leash area for dogs.

    Busy Saturday at golden gardens
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    Seattle's Gum Wall

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2010

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    This is one of the weirdest attractions I've ever seen! Down in Lower Post Alley, in the Pike Place Market area, the Market Theater's wall is almost entirely covered with chewing gum! Apparently, back in 1993, people started sticking their gums to the wall as they were waiting in line before a show. At first the theater's owners would periodically scratch the gums off the wall, but as the tradition grew and more and more gums were being stuck, they simply decided to embrace it. The theater is now covered 15 feet high in gum, over about 50 feet. Sylvain thought it was rather disgusting and wouldn't go anywhere near the wall (well, it did come in second place on a list of the world's germiest attractions), but I thought the colour effect was rather nice to look at!

    The Market Theater is located at 1428 Post Alley.

    Visitors getting their pic taken at the Gum Wall Another view of Seattle's Gum Wall Close-up of the Gum Wall on Lower Post Alley
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    The arts at Pine Street

    by joiwatani Written Jan 16, 2009

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    I was just walking around Pine Street, waiting for the show to start at the Paramount Theater and saw this great artwork besides the theater. These are made of stainless steel wires coiled together to form like a man, woman and child.

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    Go to Deception Pass

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    One of the best thing to do in Seattle is actually going to a side trip to Deception Pass in Whidbey Island. There are many things to do over there. You can either walk to the narrow bridge and see how high the bridge is and how deep the water down below. Sometimes when I go there with a friend to tour around, I have butterflies in my stomach!

    You can also cross the bridge with your car and park. Then go down to the beach and gather drift woods or white pebbles. If you have more time, you can also have a picnic down below the beach or take a tour via cruise ship or a boat. They also have a sunset cruise.

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    Lincoln Park

    by Summer33 Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    Ok this is one of the best known secrets in Seattle, in my opinion anyways. Lincoln Park is located in West Seattle on the sound. It's a large park full of trails, beaches, softball/baseball fields, picnic areas and the Vashon ferry is it's neighbor. The park is almost always quiet during the year except I've seen it quite busy in the summer due to the Saltwater pool located right on the water. this draws crowds in the summer and is actually pretty cool because on top of being a saltwater pool you can sit in the pool and look out at the ocean which is literally just a few yards away. the views are amazing and its one of my favorite places to run with all the trails that go through the park and the wonderful trail that goes along the ocean where you can get that cool breeze on a hot day. I also suggest parking at the Lincoln Park parking lot and riding your bike just a minute away to the Vashon ferry. Here you can take your bike across the ferry to Vashon island and ride around this beautiful island all day. My husband and I did this and had such a great time. Once you get past that first steep off the ferry (we never thought about it but every road to a ferry has the decline/incline you must get past) it's about 10 minutes up the steep road and then your on a two lane highway but keep in mind your on an island and there really isn't that much traffic. It took us about an hour on mountain bikes (were slow) to get to downtown and from there you can keep riding south on the island where we wanted to get to this bay that has a great swimming area, sorry I'm being so vague, I'm sure you can find better information if you google vashon island. We wanted to play frisbee golf and found a camp that had a coarse, but it wasn't quite what we expected. We ended up just eating lunch on a dock as we looked out at the ocean and then riding back up the highway to downtown Vashon and grabbing a drink at one of the local restaurants and then back to the ferry. Such a wonderful way to spend a weekend day!

    Resting for lunch after almost two hours of riding Lincoln Park trails
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    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    by travelfrosch Updated Mar 3, 2010

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    About a 90-minute drive south of Seattle is the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Easily accessible by car (Exit 114 off of I-5), this area offers pleasant walking trails and fine views of the Olympic Range, Puget Sound, and various volcanic peaks of the Cascades when the weather is clear. In addition, as the name would indicate, it is an excellent place to view wildlife, especially birds. There are even a few special viewing blinds for photographers.

    The best walk in the park is the Brown Farm Dike Trail, a 5.5 mile (9km) loop which includes a long path on the western side of the park, affording excellent wetland views and some very good viewpoints for the Olympics and Tacoma Narrows. (UPDATE: This trail was closed permanently in May 2009, but a new trail called the "Nisqually Estuary Trail" is under construction and is partially open as of March 2010.)

    Entrance to the park costs $3 per family per day. An annual pass costs $12. The new National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass ($80) is also valid. Collections are on the honor system: Take an envelope from the box in the parking lot, put your fee in the envelope, fill out the small form, take your receipt, and place the envelope in the collection box (passholders write their pass numbers on the envelope and take their receipt).

    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Forest and Grasslands Hills and Wetlands Sara enjoying the view On the Brown Farm Dike Trail
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    Rose Garden

    by barney1974 Written Mar 9, 2006

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    There is a rose garden located right next to the zoo that is pretty cool to walk around on a sunny day in the summer. There are many, many, many different types of roses, of which I have no idea of the difference! It also looks like a great place for weddings or for taking some high quality pictures. Open year round

    Rose Garden Rose Garden

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    Go to Ocean Shores

    by joiwatani Written Dec 14, 2008

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    Most of the residents in Seattle, take their days off just to go to Ocean Shores especially during the summertime.

    It's an off beaten path since it takes you about three hours to get there by car. You might like to do this only when you have a lot of time spent in Seattle.

    My husband and I, including our newborn Sierra went to visit this place as we were checking a piece of land overlooking the beach as an investment. We checked it out and the owner was selling the land in installment plan. There is a hotel fronting the beach but it gets fully-booked during the summertime. Also, they were building a casino close to the beach.

    A lot of Seattle residents come here just to get out from the city. They bring their children to play in the sand or do some kite flying.

    My daughter Sierra at Ocean Shores My husband Erik, Sierra and me The kids playing on the beach Sierra and me
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    The Seattle Municipal Court

    by joiwatani Written Feb 7, 2009

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    The City of Seattle went to a face lift for the past 10 years. There are many new buildings that were built that are environmentally friendly. One of those buildings to name a few is the Seattle's Municipal Court. The natural lights are being used and the city saves a lot of money on electricity!

    In this picture, you will see the Seattle's Municipal Court's front. There is a pool of water at the front, just stagnant water and some elongated spaces where you can sit down to wait for the buses or where the employees just hang out. Some people passing by toss some coins for luck.

    This building houses the municipal courts and the place to pay your parking tickets! The city makes millions of dollars in revenue because of parking tickets.

    The Seattle's Municipal Court The environmentally friendly building
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    Go to Carnation and pick up strawberries

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    For $2.00 per person, you can go to the strawberry fields and pick up your basketful of strawberries! This is a fun thing to do for families. The children get to pick their own strawberries and they are also allowed to eat all the strawberries they can handle.

    The strawberry farms in Carnation are usually open in August. There is parking close to the farm. The owners of the farm provide for the baskets to put the strawberries.

    This is a whole day event for my family because we get to the farm early and go home later in the afternoon.

    We bring our children to the strawberry farm and also bring their friends. After the picking of strawberries, we make them into strawberry jams for give aways on Christmas!

    Rainier and Sierra picking strawberries
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    The Port of Seattle

    by joiwatani Written Jan 1, 2009

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    The Port of Seattle is the second biggest and busiest port in the Northwest United States. This is where most of the cargoes from the Pacific Rim come in like those from Hong Kong, Japan and China. Next to the port in California, the Port of Seattle received so many cargo ships on a daily basis.

    During the summer, you will see a lot of huge cruise ships coming in to the Port of Seattle docking in for a day to bring in tourists from all over the world. During the winter time, you will also find Alaskan cruise ship lines here. They bring in millions of revenues to the City of Seattle.

    If you wanted to see the view of the Port of Seattle, make sure to go to Alki Point. You can see the amazing view of the City of Seattle, downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound and the coming and going of the ferries, boats and ships.

    The busy Seaport of Seattle The ferry boat The ferry boat More site at the Alki Point More site at the Alki Point More view of the Port of Seattle My daughter at the view point More view of the Port of Seattle My daughter at the view point
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    Pirate's Plunder

    by joiwatani Updated Feb 7, 2009

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    The City of Seattle is also very famous for its Pirates. During the "Parade of Lanterns", which is held in August of every year, the famous float is actually the float of the Pirates of Seattle! The pirates use some fireworks during the parade and their show is very attractive to children.

    Anyway, there is a pirate's store in Seattle. How about that? So if you are interested in buying crosses, skulls, treasure chests, masks like those in the Pirates of the Carribean movie, then go to the Pirate's Plunder located at the Waterfront in Seattle.

    There are many things to buy at the store. Of course, related to the Pirates.

    The store is located at the Waterfront close to the Argossy Cruises.

    Another pirate statue outside the store The Pirates Plunder The statue of a pirate outside the store Another pirate statue at the store The items sold at the store
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