The City of Seattle is far from an out of the way place, but considering today is the Superbowl and the Seattle Seahawks (GO Hawks!) are going for the win, I thought it quite appropriate to write about Seattle. And yes, I AM a Seahawk fan. I also Love Seattle. Wow, did you notice that all of the important things start with an “S”? I apologize that I don’t have many photos to post. I lived about 70 miles north of Seattle for 23 years, went there often, and took it for granted.
Seattle has so many things to see and do that you would need to stay there for an entire month and maybe even then you would probably miss places.
The places a lot of people have heard about: The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Aquarium, The Underground, University of Washington, The Monorail, Pacific Science Center, Woodland Park Zoo, the Original Starbucks and something I just learned about, the Great Seattle Wheel.
*In my defense, the Wheel was not built until 2012. The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall. It has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. Each gondola seats up to eight people. The wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
Lesser known but still popular: the Music Project building, Seattle Art Museum, Uwajimaya, the International District, Volunteer Park, Gasworks Park, The Arboretum, the Ballard Locks and Ship Canal, Green Lake, Alki Beach, Boeing Museum of Flight, Tillicum Village, the Houseboats on Lake Union, the West Point Lighthouse, and the piers along Alaska Way.
You can actually spend all day on the Alaska Way waterfront. You will kick yourself if you don’t go to Ivar’s Acres of Clams for lunch at Pier 54. Get there at 11:00 when they open for lunch to make sure you get a window seat. You will be able to watch the ferry boats come and go. And speaking of ferries, taking a ferry ride is one of the must do’s. Also on the must do list is a ride on the Monorail. Get there early, find a place to park, and spend the day there. From this one place you can visit the piers, go through Pike Place Market and watch them throw fish. You can spend several hours in the Market. There are several levels and many, many shops. Go across the street and get coffee at the original Starbucks. The cook in the family will want to shop at Sur La Table on the Pine Street end of Pike Place Market. Back down at the waterfront, take the kids to the Seattle Aquarium and the Great Seattle Wheel.
Now, for the Seahawks. When you leave your parking spot up by the piers and Pike Place Market, go south on Alaska Way and drive by the CenturyLink Stadium. Home of the Seahawks and their fans, the 12th Man. Yes, I know the 12th Man was coined by the Texas Aggies in 1922, but the Seahawk fans are owning it. Here is a little know piece of fan history; in 1984 team president Mike McCormack retired the No. 12 jersey and dedicated it to the fans. The was the beginning of the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man.
The Seahawks were born in 1976. Their first home was the famous Kingdome. Named that because Seattle is in King County. Many of us Old Timers have fond memories of the mighty Kingdome. Football games, tractor pulls, yearly Home Shows, and the Great Seattle Boat Show. I can still hear the jingle in my head, “The boat show, the boat show, the Great Seattle Boat Show”. Hmm….I digress, back to the Hawks and their fans. The 12th Maners are the Loudest fans in America and have actually caused low grade earthquakes under CenturyLink Field.
Today will be the Seahawks second time at the Superbowl. So who will win? Seahawks or Denver Broncos? I will be in front of the TV. Beer in one hand, chicken wings in the other, cheering for my mighty Seahawks.
Seattle Aquarium fees: Ages 13 and over – $21.95
Ages 4 to 12 – $14.95
Three and under – Free
A really GREAT deal is the CityPASS. This is a pass to six-attractions: the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Seattle Harbor Tour, the Seattle Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project/ Science Fiction Museum, and your choice of the Woodland Park Zoo OR the Boeing Museum of Flight. You can purchase a pass at the Aquarium ticket booth. It is good for up to nine days.
The CityPASS will cost:
Ages 13 and over – $74.00
Ages 4 to 12 – $49.00