I actually read about the Sound Garden on VT while researching things to do in Seattle and decided that I had to give this a go. Basically, the Soundgarden is a group of about 10 hollow metal pipes suspended vertically from pylon-style towers in a way that allows them to spin around in the wind. When the wind blows over the top of the pipes, it creates a beautiful, supernatural and quite eerie sound. I rounded up a group of friends from the hostel and we set off together in search of it. It's not easy to find, but I won't give instructions, as I thought that was part of the fun and made it all the more rewarding when we got there! What I will say is be sure to take an ID (passport or US driver's licence with you) or they won't let you in to see it! It was a beautiful sunny day when we went, so we sat on the grass among the pipes, talking, relaxing and listening to the beautiful music. Sadly, while they were checking our ID they also confiscated our cameras, so no pics, but it's really cool!
Top secret favorite cool thing: the Soundgarden. what the band named themselves after. It's an awesome place. I can't tell you where it is, then everyone would know. You should find it though. If it's windy that's a big plus.
Check out the Sound Garden, which is at Magnuson Park. Once at the park, follow the path along the water (Lake Washington) for awhile, until you wind around and hit a fence. Go through the opening across a little bridge, and there it is, in all its glory. Some days it's very quiet, some days you can hear it from the fence! Sit on the grass or a bench and commune with nature. You'll swear aliens put these bizarre artifacts here! Check out my mini-movie at my website: http://www.mysie.com/alienmus.mov
Visit a dog park! This is a must if you're traveling with a dog. If you're dogless, this may seem like a strange thing to do, but if you're a dog-lover, this can be a good way to get your 'fix.' Seattle has several of these areas where dogs can run unleashed; the nicest one by far is at Marymoor Park in Redmond (take 520 east and exit at West Lake Sammamish Way; turn right, then left at the first light). There's also one at Magnuson Park, in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle (about 2 miles northeast of the UW campus -- this is also where the 'Soundgarden' is). Both of these provide places where dogs can swim. It's a lot of fun to watch dogs charge into the water to retrieve thrown objects. And if you bring a pocketful of dog biscuits, you'll make lots of new friends.
This picture shows how my dog reacts whenever she hears the words 'dog park.'
The Sound Gardens. This is, of course, the place where the famous band got it's name. It is located adjacent to Warren G. Magnusen Park in the Sandpoint area east of the University Village. This place is essentially a hill with specially made metal cylinders which make beautiful haunting sounds when the wind comes blowing off the water. Especially wonderful at night when it's very windy.
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The Sound Garden is one of my favorite places. Aside from being the inspiration for the band name, It is a really cool peace of art. There are several harmonically tuned pipes that rotate to face the wind and produce an incredible eerie and beautiful sound. Unfortunately, it is located on NOAA property adjacent to Magnusson Park. You use to be able to walk over from where the dog park is located, but access has been limited since the 911 security measures. If you can somehow work a tour of NOAA then it is definitely worth it.
I talked to the head of security the other day and he said it was still open to the public on his discretion. If you check in at the main gate, more than likely they'll let you in to view the art.