Between the sea and the sky there is a jewel sometimes known as the Emerald City. Lush and green, Seattle’s official nickname became The Emerald City in 1981, the result of a nicknaming contest.
In Part One I gave information on The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Aquarium, The Underground and The Underground Tour.
In this article you will learn about The Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington, The Monorail, Woodland Park Zoo, The Experience Music Project , Seattle Art Museum, Uwajimaya and the International District.
The Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Winter Hours Of Operation
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri – 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holidays – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$18 Adult (16-64 yrs)
$16 Senior (65+ yrs)
$13 Youth (6-15 yrs)
$13 Child (3-5 yrs)
Free Children (3 and younger)
The Pacific Science Center is located on the south side of the Seattle Center and was part of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. It is geared towards kids, but adults can also enjoy everything there. The best way to learn something is to be able to experience it hands-on and there are a lot of hands-on activities in the Science Center. You will want to visit the Volcano Watch exhibit, Starlab Planetarium, the dinosaurs and butterflies and the Photography Of Modernist Cuisine. You will also want to see a 3-D movie in the Boeing IMAX Theatre, however there is an additional cost for the theater.
University of Washington
4060 George Washington Ln NE, Seattle, WA 98195
Nicknamed the U-Dub, the University has a park-like campus. A walk or drive around the campus is made very enjoyable because the campus has about 480 different kinds of trees that beautify the U.W. Only twenty-eight are species native on campus. The colors are gorgeous in the fall. If you are in Seattle when the Cherry blossoms are blooming you will want to walk through the Cherry blossom trees in the Arts and Sciences Quad next to Suzzallo Library. Everyone is welcome to visit the University of Washington Library and use the books, journals and most other materials while in the library. The architecture is exquisite. You will enjoy the gothic stone buildings, right out of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. The art gallery has some interesting work and is worthy of a visit. And best of all it doesn’t cost a thing.
All prices are one-way:
$2.25 for Adults
$1.00 for Youth ages 5-12
$1.00 for Reduced Rate (Seniors 65+, disabled, persons with Medicare cards, & active duty U.S. military)
Children 4 and under ride free
The Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and has been a Seattle icon since the World’s Fair. It departs every 10 minutes form it’s 2 stations. One is at the Seattle Center Station next to the Space Needle and the other is the Westlake Center Mall Station at 5th Ave. and Pine Street.
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Ticket costs and open times:
October 1 to April 30:
$12.75 Adult (13-64 yrs)
$8.75 Child (3-12 yrs)
Free Children (0-2)
Senior (65+ yrs) and disabled discount – $2 off regular admission
Open 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily (except Christmas Day, December 25, closed).
May 1 to September 30:
$18.75 Adult (13-64 yrs)
$11.75 Child (3-12 yrs)
Free Children (0-2)
Senior (65+ yrs) and disabled discount – $2 off regular admission
Open 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily
Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre park with more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world. New exhibits include Zoomazium, an indoor, nature-themed play space for kids. Wear comfy shoes, you’ll do a lot of walking. Little legs will absolutely need strollers. There is so much to see, both indoors and outside. Along with the normal and expected lions, elephants, giraffes, bears and monkeys swinging through the trees, you will also see birds in the rain forest exhibit. The animals have a lot of space and realistic habitats. They are grouped into bio climatic zones. One region blends very well into the next so walking through the zoo feels seamless and peaceful.
The Orangutan enclosure has several levels with massive trees in it for the animals to climb on. There is also a bridge going right by the animals at tree level as well as a viewing station near a clearing at the base of the trees. The elephant enclosure is also a very large area. It is entertaining to watch the bears fishing for trout. While they are hunting for trout, the bears will get very close to the glass so do your best to capture a picture of yourself with the bear.
Woodland Park Zoo is all about the visitor experience and exceptional animal care. Every exhibit is suited to the animal that is displayed. The zoo staff are helpful, fun to talk to, and very engaging and approachable. There are tons of restrooms and food vendors. All in all, it’s a great place to visit.
The Experience Music Project
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Winter Hours are:
September 3, 2013 – May 22, 2014
Open Daily 10:00am-5:00pm
To get there take exit 167 on I-5 and follow the signs to the Seattle Center. Merge onto Mercer Street, continue on Broad, and turn right on Harrison Street. The Experience Music Project will be on the left.
$20 Adult (18-64 yrs)
$17 Senior (65+ yrs)
$14 Student (with valid ID)
$14 Youth (5-17 yrs)
Free Children (4 and younger)
The Experience Music Project, now commonly called the EMP, also includes a wing called the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. The building itself is a work of art with it’s shining brightly colored, undulating surfaces. The building is part of the Seattle Center, a 74 acre park that was originally the 1962 World’s Fair. The EMP is next to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail runs through the middle of the building. Parking is easy because there are many parking lots around the Seattle Center. Many people also park a mile away at the Westlake Mall (Westlake Center) and ride the Seattle Monorail to the EMP.
Plan on spending a minimum of four hours inside this place. It’s not just a music museum. It’s a total music experience with many “hands on” things to try. There are sound proof rooms where you can try instruments, a guitar gallery that shows the evolution of the guitar from very early days to now and booths that are good for beginners because they teach you the basics of several instruments. The EMP has many collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. It also includes a great deal of books and materials from science fiction and movies along with a fantasy exhibit that should not be missed! Kids will love crawling through the tunnels and going inside the pretend tree.
One of the exhibits in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is a timeline showing events of various periods in science fiction and the real world. The Gallery of Fantastic Voyages is built to simulate the interior of an orbital spacedock. You will be able to see animated display of many famous science-fiction spacecrafts. Anyone interested in science fiction will want to visit the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Exhibits change from time to time, so there will always be something new to see.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
$19.50 Adult (18-61 yrs)
$17.50 Senior (65+ yrs) Military with ID
$12.50 Student (with ID) Teen (13 – 17)
Free Children (12 and younger)
Wednesday: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday: 10 am–9 pm
Friday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
The focus of the Seattle Art Museum is modern art but it also has an eclectic collection of objects, and you can surely find a collection that interests you. It is a large and airy museum with a respectable Native American collection. The objects are thoughtfully arranged throughout the galleries so that they aren’t over-crowded. There is a book shop and a Gallery shop of everything from artistic accessories to clever kitchen necessities. They are currently exhibiiting a beautiful Peruvian art exhibit that captures the native history and art of the country. It’s easy to see in an hour or two.
The museum’s permanent collections are varied. They include works from Africa, Europe, the U.S., the ancient Mediterranean and most of Asia. The museum is in the downtown area near Pike’s Market and well worth a visit.
600 5th Ave S
(between James St & Weller St)
Seattle, WA 98104
Mon-Sat 8 am – 10 pm
Sun 9 am – 9 pm
Huge Asian store with several different areas. The main part is a grocery store, but there is also a gift shop, a restaurant and a seafood market. There are a lot of the housewares, toys, toiletries and a large, fancy origami section. They also have any kind of oriental product you can think of and one’s you did not know existed.
There is parking there; when you drive in, you get a parking ticket and as you check out with your items, the cashier will validate your parking ticket so that your parking is free. Spend enough to get free parking. It’s really not that difficult. $7.50 for 1 hour $15.00 for two. It is worth doing to shop, then tour the international district while you are parked at the store. Don’t miss this experience.
The International District
Seattle’s Chinatown is called the International District. It is about 23 acres in size. The main thoroughfares are South Jackson Street and South King Street. The area is multi-ethnic, mainly occupied by people who are of Chinese, Japanese, and Philippine ethnicity. There are also significant populations of people who are of Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, and Pacific Islander descent, as well as other communities. The district is filled with restaurants, stores and cafes. Don’t expect it to be like the Chinatowns in New York or San Francisco. It is still worth a walk around. Park at Uwajimaya and buy your souvenirs there to get the free parking.