Are you thinking of coming early or staying after the convention? See below for some ideas of nearby attractions to visit while you extend your stay.
Pike Place Market: Steps from the Sheraton is the iconic Pike Place Market. Made up of hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, small businesses, and nearby restaurants, the market is not to be missed. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit, vegetables or seafood, unique crafts, or eclectic gifts that you can’t find anywhere else, you will be sure to find whatever you’re looking for at the market.
First Starbucks location: While you’re at the Market, stop by the original Starbucks location at 102 Pike Street. Opened in 1971, this store has kept its early appearance and frequently draws a crowd as a tourist destination.
Market Theater Gum Wall: If you’re in the area of the Pike Place Market and are looking for an unusual tourist destination, visit the gum wall located in Post Alley. A popular site for wedding photographers, the tradition of adding chewing gum to the wall began in 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions’ Seattle Theatresports stuck gum to the wall and then pressed coins into the gum. Workers scrapped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up, and the market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction in 1999.
Seattle Great Wheel: See Seattle from new heights by taking a ride on the Great Wheel. Located on Pier 57, each gondola can fit eight people and offers amazing views of the city.
Seattle Aquarium: Not too far from the Great Wheel is the Seattle Aquarium. The ninth largest aquarium in the United States was opened in 1977 and currently includes six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Birds and Shores, Underwater Dome, and Marine Mammals.
Pioneer Square: Pioneer Square is Seattle’s original neighborhood and dates back to 1852. Now home to thriving businesses, vibrant shops, lively arts, top rated restaurants and a variety of nightlife, the square features the perfect balance of old co-existing with new.
Space Needle: Not to be missed is the iconic Space Needle. Built in 1962, the Space Needle was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Standing at 605 feet, the structure offers an observation deck at 520 feet and a revolving restaurant at 500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the city lights, the Space Needle offers a view like no other.
Chihuly Garden and Glass: Located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass opened in 2012 and houses a long-term exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s artwork.
Chinatown-International District: Whether you are looking to eat, shop, or just play, the diverse Chinatown-International District offers it all!
Underground Tour: Seattle might be the only city that can claim to be built on top of another city. After the Great Fire of 1889, citizens raised the street level and started over. Venture through intriguing subterranean storefront and sidewalks by talking the city’s Underground Tour.
Sports: If you are a sports fan, visit Centurylink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks football team. If football isn’t your cup of tea, try baseball by visiting the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, or maybe you’d prefer watching a Seattle Storm soccer game at KeyArena.
Seattle Art Museum: If you’d like to take in some art while you’re in town, stop by the Seattle Art Museum. Upcoming exhibitions include Art After 1945, Art and Life Along the West Coast, Emblems of Encounter: Europe and Africa Over 500 Years, Pacific Currents, Views from Venice, and Paintings and Drawings of the European Avant-Garde: The Rubinstein Bequest.
Washington State Ferries: To get a true Seattle experience, take a ride on a ferry while you’re in town!