We only stopped through here 'cause we happened to be walking by and I remembered the hype from different travel websites. Hmmm. Creepy shrunken heads, a couple of mummies, dead mutant animals, a whole lot of tchotchkes and a mob of fanny-packed tourists peeing their pants over this stuff. We couldn't get out of there fast enough. Just sayin'.
Our tickets to Experience Music Project covered this as well: good thing as it's not worth forking over $15 for. The museum is in the EMP complex and you enter one at the end of the other, or either of them from outside. Maybe sci-fi geeks will get a rush out of it but IMHO there's really very little of interest to see (a bunch of book covers, posters, a few costumes from movies and TV shows, some models of this-and-that) and too much of the memorabilia are reconstructions. And, of course, this has a gift shop too. Yawn. Don't waste your $$ - or a sunny day - unless you want to see EMP.
I did see one thing that woke me up for a second or two: the robot from "Lost in Space." This was a very corny TV drama series back in the 1960's that used to have my Dad and I in hysterics because it was so terrible. We never missed an episode.
Unique Suggestions: As I mentioned, do this only if interested in EMP - that's the far better of the two attractions. At $15 a pop for adults and $12 for kids, it's $54 (family of 4) of not-much-to-see-otherwise. There are WAY better (and cheaper) things to see and do in Seattle.
Fun Alternatives: Anything. Really.
Seattle is very proud of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). It does have an occasional worthwhile exhibit, but the standard collection looks like it could have been purchased at any airport gift shop. The most embarrassing thing is the big steel statue of "Hammering Man" out front. Supposedly it is an homage to blue collar workers--a nice sentiment that has nothing to do with the art inside, or Seattle in general, which is a white collar city full of lawyers, bankers and computer programmers. And the statue is not even an original, but is one of many mass-produced by the sculptor. Many art museums have lousy art collections housed in spectatular buildings. Not SAM! A nothing special collection in a nothing special building. The museum is in financial trouble, too. It entered into a unique agreement with a local bank in which the bank agreed to rent several floors of an office building that would house an expansion of the museum on the ground floors. The bank was crooked and went belly up in the economic collapse, leaving the museum with a white elephant of a building that it can't pay for.
Unique Suggestions: If you like healthy, fancy, politically correct, sustainably produced food, the SAM cafe might be to your taste. Just don't order a hamburger.
Fun Alternatives: The Frye Art Museum on Pill Hill (so called because of the collection of hospitals located there) is a private museum full of very cool stuff. The cafe is terrible, but the art is a fascinating pot pourri of classic and modern.
There are so many things to do inside the Museum of Flight. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to check and see on all the planes.
It depends on what time you decided to visit the museum. If you started late, it's better to check the Air Force One plane and the Concorde first because there is always a long line after 12 pm. Besides, the tours on these two planes close at 3:00 pm. So, make sure that you got your money's worth and not miss the two tours. The fee is $16.00 and that is costly!
Unique Suggestions: If you are late, take the tour of the Air Force One and Concorde first and then move to the museum.
Fun Alternatives: Go visit the museum early! Then you will have all the time and not miss anything including the live drama and/or the movie shows!
If you order a coke - be warned it will be nearly 1 litre in size. If you order a regular coffee it will be huge, if you order a sandwich it will be stacked, if you order a burger you wont be able to close the lid. If you are not used to HUGE meals then be careful what you order. See the pics :))
This little shop is located on the waterfront in an area where lots of tourists come and go all day long. It is listed in all the guide books as a "must see", however the reason for this is beyond me. The store sells every imaginable type of junk from snow globes to Mexican jumping beans, but none of it is very nice.
The shop also has a collection of strange items, a type of museum almost, featuring all sorts of "curiosities" from mummified house pets to real shrunken heads. It's kind of gross, but kids seem to love it.
Unique Suggestions: If you make a stop here, I guess it's worth seeing their collection of old bones and two-headed pigs. Side show stuff can be fun. They also sell pretty good homemade fudge.
The store is located on Elliot Bay at Pier 54.
The Original Starbucks
Unique Suggestions: While visiting Pike Place market you will probably pass by the original Starbucks which first opened in 1971, and still features the original logo.
Fun Alternatives: Well, if you are walking by, take a pix here. But there are so many independent coffee shops in Seattle, why not try something you dont have at home while here. Im not knocking Starbucks, just like the independents too.
This is the very first Starbucks located in the Pike Place Market. You may notice that the sign and logo are different from the normal Starbucks, but that's about the only thing special about it. It's normally very crowded with tourist. Wish I hadn't sold my SBUX stock back in 1997!
I didn't enter the 5 Point Cafe when I read the sign "We Cheat Tourist N Drunks Since 1929", LOL. Isn't that a great sign?
In all seriousness this place on 415 Cedar Street probably is an ok joint. I am told that from the men's bathroom there is actually a telescope going to the women's bathroom! Just joking, it actually looks up at the Space Needle apparently :-) Enjoy!
If you plan on taking The Clipper to or from Seattle and Victoria make sure to either (1)bring your own snack to eat on board or (2)plan to eat before or after your boat trip.
The drinks offered are good (some alcoholic beverages are offered too), plus they offer complimentary coffee or tea.
However, the "meals" are pathetic.
What is listed on the menu as the "Turkey Basket", or some other "Basket" meal, is basically a collection of ingredients wrapped in plastic, nestled in a plastic basket, which you have to open up and then assemble your own meal from the contents.
There is no such thing as a hot or fresh meal on board the vessel. Probably because it is too small to accommodate a kitchen.
At any rate, you'll be better off to stay away from "meals" while onboard.
Its a mall, but it doesn't have the usual type of mall stores like Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc. It has mostly touristy type shops. Which basically translates to expensive items.
Unique Suggestions: Pike market is just a few minutes away.
This is a crap tourist trap. Its a ride around Seattle in an old military amphibius vehicle. The problem is it doesnt really touch on what I feel Seattle is all about and certainly is geared towards tourists strictly. Its very expensive for what it is $25 US. Save your money and just walk around Seattle its not that big and the transit is very good there.
Well not quite a tourist trap more like a local trap, people are drawn to this restaurant and I just can't figure out why. Located on Union Bay next to UW it's a small mexican restaurant, I've heard the foods great but I never had a chance to try it because after waiting 90 minutes to sit down we realized that our table had been given away and we were about to explode with anger. There were 3 times more people located outside the restaurant and in the front area then actually sitting down. They say you can order a drink and sit out on the deck but there are no lights on the deck and as we figured out they don't call your name out there forcing you to wait inside with barely enough room to even stand. We felt like sheep being hearded around. I have no idea what draws these people there but it was the most horrible experience we've ever had!
Fun Alternatives: I would suggest Rosita's on greenlake, they have wonderful mexican food without having to push and shove for a table.
Stay away from Starbucks, any Starbucks! They are over crowded and the coffee is not all that great. People are constantly ordering those big sweet coffee drinks that are more like ice cream in a cup.
Fun Alternatives: If you really like coffee then I recommend any coffee shop that serves caffee vida coffee. There is one located at the bottom of queen anne near Tower Records, or at REI downtown or on Sand Point way near magnuson. I'm sure you can find many more online.
Boeing Everett Factory - Everett, Washington
The Boeing 747 pretty much revolutionized commercial air
travel in 1967, because it was capable of carrying nearly
twice as many passengers as previous models. A lot of
people were interested in seeing it and unofficial tours of
the factory soon began. Now, we know we are suckers for the
biggest-tallest-heaviest items of this planet. So we didn't
even try to pass on the opportunity to visit the biggest
building in the world, the 4.3 million square feet where
the 747, 767 and 777 are built.
By the way, you can leave the camcorder at the hotel since
picture taking is not allowed on the site -- competitive
intelligence gathering for Airbus being frowned upon by
Open Monday through Friday. There are six tours during the
day. All children must be at least 4'2' tall.
Adults : $5
Where: Highway 526 West
Find out more about the tour.
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