When talking about Seattle Center, most people probably immediately think of the big landmarks - the Space Needle, the EMP, the Science Center, or the Key Arena. Those things are nice, but the Seattle Center is so much more than that.
Our favorite spot is the International Fountain. The water is choreographed to music, dancing right along to Irish jigs, classical music, and more contemporary songs. It is an amazing sight to see in any weather, although summer is an extra treat with children and adults alike running around in the water.
In addition, Seattle Center is home to many festivals showcasing everything from food to music including all things in between.
Enjoy a huge festival with food, drink and music, or take in a play at the Intiman Theater. Seattle Center's 74 acres provide entertainment for locals and tourists alike through local events like Bumbershoot and tourist-heavy attractions like the Space Needle and Experience Music Project. Native Americans used the Seattle Center site over a hundred years ago as a ceremonial encampment, or potlatch.
In 1927 the Civic Auditorium was built, the first of the buildings that make up Seattle Center today. With over 5,400 performances at Seattle Center each year, it's easy to find something of interest. You can also play video games, box, do laser tag, snowboard and just plain have fun here also. (courtesy of MSN Expedia)
The monorail is the nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system. It is a favorite part of the Seattle skyline and provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center and Space Needle. The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair to provide a crucial link between the fairgrounds and the amenities downtown.
The Science museum was a great way to spend sunday morning. It's designed and geared towards children and discovery. Let yourself be a child again for a few hours, and you might learn something new. We had a ball. And the butterfly garden is a nice quiet spot to watch the childrens eyes light up when they spot the 'flutter-bys'.
At some point during your Seattle explorations, you might end up at the Seattle Center. The SC is located right by the Space Needle and is a popular location for prominent events in Seattle. The SC is a venue for concerts, festivals, performing arts endeavors. Other parts of the Seattle Center are the Key Arena (where sports and productions take place), the EMP (Experience Music Project), the Pacific Science Center (a hands-on science museum, great for kids), the Pacific Science Center IMAX, the International Fountain (another neat place for kids) and the beginning of the monorail. The Seattle Center is definitely worth a visit because of its wide range of fun things to do.
This is the complex which houses the Space Needle (which, in and of itself is a tourist trap; but the rest of the place is worth a visit) and the Experience Music Project. The Seattle Center is 74 acres in total and was originally constructed in 1927, with the building of the Civic Center Auditorium. The modern Seattle landmark, the Space Needle, was constructed in the 1960's for the World's Fair.
The Seattle Science Center is an interactive exhibit great for kids and families. The center consists of several connected buildings which host unique scientific exhibits. Inside are all kinds of scientific hands-on displays, perfect for an afternoon with the family.
Seattle has a somewhat impressive Science Center that would be really cool for kids. I went an saw an IMAX show because I had a free admission ticket, other adults may find it quite boring, just like other science centers. Though, they do have free internet service if you need to check your email. There are two IMAX theaters, a large one, and a smaller one. Both are good and show a variety of shows throughout the day. The cost to enter the Center are as follows; Adults: $9.00, Kids: $6.50, under 3 is free. Open 10-6 during the summer, during school year, hours are 10-5 on weekdays, 10-6 on weekends.
The Space Center is probably Seattle's most recognizable landmark. Built for the 1962 World Fair (the World Fair seems to be the progenitor of many tall towers), the Space Needle stands 605 feet tall. The complex has been turned into an amusement park which may or may not be what you come to see.
However, nearby is something you should not miss. The Experience Music Project is housed in a Frank Gehry-designed structure that resembles a modern-art sculpture more than a building. Mere mention of the name of the brainchild of the Bilbao Guggenheim museum and other eye-popping buildings should give you an idea of what to expect.
The sleek steel-and-glass structure resembles crumpled metal. Its smooth sides of riveted steel plates are reminiscent of the metal skin of an aircraft, but its writhing shape creates the eerie impression of a monstrous creature that's very much alive. There's no right angle to be seen anywhere. And if this is to be the representation of something organic, you'd be hard-pressed to tell which end is the head and which is the tail...
This is where you'll find the Space Needle... at Seattle Center, home of the 1962 World's Fair. Here you'll find rides and a few shops, and of course the Space Needle. I didn't actually go up in it because of the price, and I'd been to the top of other towers and such across the U.S. anyway. However, I'm sure there's a wonderful view from up here of the city and Mt. Rainier. I've heard night is a nice time to see the city (although you'll miss the mountain).
Also found here is the Experience Music Project. a large building that's supposed to be in the shape of a human ear. Anywho, check the outside out at least. When I was here in 2000, they were having a huge concert with lots of major names appearing.
Lastly, you have to ride the monorail. It's less than $2.00 one-way, and it zips you over to Westlake Center Mall, downtown, in a matter of minutes. My advice is to go to Seattle Center first, which is slightly northwest of downtown, where there are excellent parking rates in the nearby public lot, and then take the monorail into downtown so you can see Pike Place and other things.
The Seattle Science Center is a must see. It is directly next to the Space Needle so you can see it all in one day. Not only that but there is everything from Theaters to Cafe's to anything you could possibly want, all with in walking distance.
Interesting hands on stuff. I really enjoyed watching a robot interact with some little kids. It talked to them and the kids were stunned that it knew what they were saying. I noticed an employee sitting on some steps a ways away operating the robot.
Is the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. A park with so many attractions such as the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Museum, Intiman Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the dazzling Seattle Children's Theater and the rebuilt KeyArena, home of the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association and the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
Bumbershoot is a big festival held in Seattle under the Space needle each Labor Day weekend. There is so much to see and do you will need the three days to see it all. There are music acts of every category, Rap, R&B, Blues, Rock, African,Coutry ... Everything.There was Circus acts,music, comedy, poetry, puppetry, modern dance,art, crafts not to mention the wonderful food. Polish sausage, blackened salmon, Elephant ears ?, ribs,piroshky,strawberry shortcake, (now I'm getting hungry) If you're going to visit Seattle the perfect time is during bumbershoot.
The Bite of Seattle (July) is the Pacific Northwest's premiere food and beverage showcase and one of the city's largest summer festivals. In one weekend, 60,000 ears of corn, 25,000 scoops of ice cream and nearly 5,000 pounds of salmon are consumed. The Bite features six restaurants, over 40 food product companies, six outdoor entertainment stages, beer and wine bardens, wine tastings, a comedy club and more.