Attractions

Top Choice Market in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Pike Place Market

A cavalcade of noise, smells, personalities, banter and urban theater sprinkled liberally around a spatially challenged waterside strip, Pike Place Market is Seattle in a bottle. In operation since 1907 and still as…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Art Museum

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum is no slouch. Always re-curating its art collection with new acquisitions and imported temporary exhibitions, it's known for its ext…
Public Art in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Gum Wall

Seattle’s oddest and most unhygienic sight is the bizarre gum wall situated at the southern end of Post Alley. The once venerable redbrick facade is now covered in used pieces of chewing gum originally stuck there b…
Library in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Central Library

Rivaling the Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture with its architectural ingenuity, Seattle Central Library looks like a giant diamond that's dropped in from outer space. Conceived by Rem Koolhaas and LMN Architec…
Market in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Main & North Arcades

Rachel the Market Pig marks the main entrance to the Main & North Arcades, thin shed-like structures that run along the edge of the hill; these are the busiest of the market buildings. With banks of fresh produc…
Aquarium in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Aquarium

Though not on a par with Seattle's nationally lauded Woodland Park Zoo, the aquarium – situated on Pier 59 in an attractive wooden building – is probably the most interesting sight on the waterfront, and it's a hand…
Landmark in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Corner & Sanitary Market Buildings

Across Pike Place from the Main Arcade are the 1912 Corner & Sanitary Market Buildings, so named because they were the first of the market buildings in which live animals were prohibited. It’s now a maze of ethn…
Monument in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Hammering Man

Although not unique to Seattle, Hammering Man, the 48ft-high metal sculpture that guards the entrance to the Seattle Art Museum on the corner of 1st Ave and University St, has become something of a city icon since i…
Ferris Wheel in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Great Wheel

With the Alaskan Way Viaduct soon to be confined to the ‘ugly postwar architecture’ chapter of the history books, Seattle has started work on beautifying its often neglected waterfront. Leading the way is this 175ft…
Viewpoint in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Columbia Center

Everyone rushes for the iconic Space Needle, but it's not the tallest Seattle viewpoint. That honor goes to the sleek, tinted-windowed Columbia Center at 932ft high with 76 floors. An elevator in the lobby takes you…