Center Walk, Seattle (Self Guided)

Seattle Center is a 74 acre campus within the city that combines a park, museums, entertainment and a fairground. It is one of the most famous places in Seattle where the entire family can have fun. You can visit the famous Experience Music Project Museum or go visit the Children's Museum that will offer an absolutely unique experience for your children. Take this walking tour to discover the amazing Seattle Center.
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Center Walk Map

Guide Name: Center Walk
Guide Location: USA » Seattle (See other walking tours in Seattle)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: doris
Key Arena

1) Key Arena

The Key Arena at the Seattle Center plays host to major sporting and music events. The arena can seat over 15 thousand spectators and has won accolades as one of the safest and most comfortable stadiums in the world.

Key arena is located north of downtown Seattle in the 74 acre Seattle Center that was originally built for the 1962 World’s fair. The stadium has well known basketball teams as its tenants including the Seattle University Redhawks basketball team, the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics, WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. The public supported arena is funded by the income earned through rents and events that take place at the stadium.

The Key Arena was built on the site of the former Washington State Coliseum. The stadium was built to suit modern NBA standards after adding many facilities that were lacking in the Coliseum. The reconstruction was carried out by the Seattle office of NBBJ architects who are the second biggest architectural firm in the US. The stadium was also equipped with ultra modern sightlines and acoustics. There is also a five story parking garage that can hold 600 cars. Besides basketball games, the stadium also hosts music concerts and ice hockey events.

For sports enthusiasts and music lovers, an event at the Key Arena provides an enriching and enjoyable experience.
Sight description based on wikipedia
International Fountain

2) International Fountain

The international fountain forms part of the Seattle Centre that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The fountain as it is today bears no resemblance to the original international fountain of 1962.

The appearance of the International Fountain was changed completely in 1995. The fountain was replaced and the landscape altered and expanded making it a human friendly fountain. The first international fountain had iron nozzles and jagged edged white rocks. The new fountain has a bowl where even children can play safely. The fountain today, is environmentally friendly and the water undergoes three recycling treatments making it the cleanest water in Seattle. The fountain also has five synchronized water displays.

The International Fountain has newly designed and landscaped surrounding with shade trees, lawns, sculptures that children can climb, and planters. The landscape was designed by Kenichi Nakano and Associates. The WET Design Company formulated the mechanics of the fountain. The bowl has a diameter of 220 feet and the dome stands 10 feet tall with a width of 27 feet. The fountain also has a water capacity of 9000 gallons.

The International Fountain is not only a beautiful structure of the Seattle cityscape but a place that will give hours of family entertainment for visitors and their children.
Children's Museum

3) Children's Museum (must see)

Located at the Seattle Center’s Center House, the Children’s Museum entertains and educates children of all ages and their parents. The lowest floor of Center House is the home of TCM. The museum is an educational facility for children and not a children’s play center. Children learn about Seattle and its surrounding places and other cultures from the exhibits on a visit to the facility.

The Children’s Museum is the brainchild of a group of creative Seattle parents who formed a nonprofit organization in 1979 to educate their children in an entertaining and informative way. The museum was first part of the Wing Luke Museum in Chinatown and later shifted to the Pioneer Square Store Front. The facility moved to its present location in 1985.

Highlights of the Children’s Museum include a Playstage Theater, Imagination Station, Activity Annex and an Exhibit Center. TCM also hosts several children friendly traveling exhibits. The museum encourages field trips from schools around Seattle and beyond. Children need to be accompanied by adults while visiting the museum. The facility has a children’s play area of 22,000 square feet. Children from 10 months to 10 years are welcome.

The children’s museum is an interesting and fun place for visitors and their children. The facility stays open all week and for longer hours on weekends. Children under one year of age are admitted for free.

Why You Should Visit:
A great way to combine education and vacation for young children.
Close proximity to the best outdoor play structures in King County, too!
If you head out on a clear day the kids will also love the International Fountain.

Ask at the desk about the jungle gym with huge slides and go there first if you so desire.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
Mural Amphitheater

4) Mural Amphitheater

Mural Amphitheater is one of the most popular venues in Seattle for outdoor concerts, films and festivals, located in the very heart of the city. Set against the backdrop of the world famous Space Needle, the amphitheater's main highlight is the 60 foot long cycloramic wall mural created by Paul Horiuchi in 1962 in its signature collage technique, featuring 54 panels of Italian-made Venetian glass with 160 color variations. It provides a sound-reflecting acoustic backdrop for the stage. The theater itself, a terraced lawn lying in the shadow of the Space Needle, was designed by local architect Paul Thiry.
Space Needle

5) Space Needle (must see)

The icon for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Seattle Space Needle has become the symbol of the city over the years. The Space Needle is a 605 feet high observation tower built to weather winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of a magnitude of 9.1 on the Richter scale. The tower also has 25 lightening rods to withstand lightning damage.

Edward. E. Carlson, the President of Western International Hotels is said to have doodled the design of the space needle. His diagram looked like a balloon. Architect John Graham and his team changed the original sketch and gave the top of the tower a saucer shape rather than the balloon shape of the Carlson sketch. The tower has 832 steps from the base to the top and three elevators. The space needle was ready in December 1961 and the structure’s famed revolving restaurant hosted a gala in March 1962, one month before the opening of the World’s fair. The tower hosts fireworks displays for major holidays or events and from 1999, the Legacy Light, a powerful beam of light, illuminates the skies from the top of the Space Needle on all major holidays.

The Space Needle stands in the center of Seattle on Broad Street. The observation deck hosts public and private events and the tower is open to visitors throughout the year.

Why You Should Visit:
The new renovations have you in awe right off the elevator. Lots of glass and lots of view – they did a great job getting rid of the cage.
You also get to go to the lower section to stand on the revolving floor and look down, which is very cool.
The virtual reality bungee jumping experience at the base is free (yes, even if you don't have a ticket!).

Try to get your tickets and your reservations for the café a few days in advance – especially if visiting on a weekend.
Note that if you eat at the (expensive) restaurant, you can go to the viewing tower free, but if you do it backwards you won't benefit from that.
Note also that you're NOT required to print out the tickets when you purchase them online – just open the email you receive after the online purchase, click on the link to view tickets and when you're asked to present the tickets, just show the worker the tickets on your device to be scanned.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Pop Culture / Sci-Fi Museum & Hall of Fame

6) Museum of Pop Culture / Sci-Fi Museum & Hall of Fame (must see)

The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP (previously called EMP Museum) is a nonprofit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Since that time MoPOP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the US and internationally.

The Experience Music Museum opened in the year 2000 at the Center of Seattle. At first, the museum did not succeed financially and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame was established in 2004. Although the Science Fiction Museum as a permanent collection was de-installed in March 2011, a new exhibit named Icons of Science Fiction opened as a replacement in June 2012, at which time the new Hall of Fame display was unveiled and the class of 2012 inducted. Nominations are submitted by the public but the selections are made by "award-winning science fiction authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals."

MoPOP is home to exhibits, interactive activity stations, sound sculpture, and various educational resources.
> A 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) building, designed by Frank O. Gehry, that houses several galleries and the Sky Church, which features a Barco C7 black package LED screen, one of the largest indoor LED screens in the world.
> Exhibits that cover pop culture, from the art of fantasy, horror cinema, and video games to science fiction literature and costumes from screen and stage.
> Interactive activities included in galleries like Sound Lab and On Stage where visitors can explore hands-on the tools of rock and roll through instruments, and perform music before a virtual audience.
> IF VI WAS IX, a guitar sculpture consisting of more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers conceived by UK exhibit designer Neal Potter and developed by sound sculptor Trimpin.
> The largest collections in the world of artifacts, hand-written lyrics, personal instruments, and original photographs celebrating the music and history of Seattle musicians Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.
& more!

Why You Should Visit:
Though the permanent exhibits/displays are rather hit-or-miss, this is a good idea for a museum and the design & architecture are also worthy of seeing.

Either purchase a CityPass ticket or a combo ticket to the Space Needle and Chihuly's Garden and Glass exhibit to bring the price down. You can get the CityPass right inside the museum!
If you're short on time, dare to ask when buying your ticket/s if there's a way to come back the following day.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Memorial Stadium

7) Memorial Stadium

Built in 1948 after World War II, the stadium is dedicated to the memory of the former students of the Seattle High School who died in the service of their nation. A memorial wall has all the names of the old students who did not return from the war.

The Memorial Stadium occupies the North East Corner of the grounds of the Seattle Center. At first the stadium seated 12,000 spectators but expanded to seat 17,000 spectators in 1974 to 1975. The facility hosts several events besides sporting events. The Seattle Sounders Soccer team and the A-league Sounders Soccer team played in the stadium till they moved to other new stadiums. It is the home field of the Seattle Majestics - a woman’s American football team.

The Seattle Public Schools own and operate Memorial Stadium. Major high school tournaments, especially football tournaments between high schools in the school district, are played on the grounds. The stadium also plays host to music concerts and other cultural events. A major Seattle event hosted here is the Bumbershoot, a well known annual international music and arts festival. In 1962, the opening ceremony of the World’s Fair was held at the venue.

The stadium is located in 401, 5th Avenue North and visitors may get to see a sporting or music event hosted by the venue while paying homage to the Seattle students who lost their lives fighting for their country in World War II.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Seattle, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Seattle

Create Your Own Walk in Seattle

Creating your own self-guided walk in Seattle is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Nightlife

Downtown Nightlife

Downtown is a very famous historic district in Seattle and offers a wide array of nightlife options where you can visit great nightclubs, trendy lounges and great bars. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in Seattle Downtown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Seattle

Religious Buildings Tour in Seattle

Seattle's religious buildings play a very important role in the city's social life, as they did at the moment of their construction. Besides their religious input, Seattle's religious buildings are an important source of the community's architectural and artistic heritage. This walking tour will lead you to some of the most beautiful and famous religious sights in Seattle.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Seattle without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Seattle, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Capitol Hill Nightlife 1

Capitol Hill Nightlife 1

Capitol Hill is the well-known gay neighborhood in Seattle. It offers a large variety of nightlife options. Whether you’re in the mood for trendy dance clubs, chill nightspots, or simply a cocktail night out with your friends Capitol Hill's nightlife is varied enough for anybody to find one that fits. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in Seattle.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Seattle's Famous Museums and Galleries Tour

Seattle's Famous Museums and Galleries Tour

Seattle is an amazing tourist attraction that has something of interest for everyone. Besides its amazing architecture, this city offers a wide variety of spectacular museums and galleries on art, history, science and music. This walking tour will lead you to some of the most famous museums and galleries that Seattle has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Fremont Neighborhood Tour, Seattle

Fremont Neighborhood Tour, Seattle

Fremont is one of the most famous and beloved neighborhoods of Seattle. It is well-known for its amazing shops, but also for such sights as the Lenin Sculpture, Fremont Troll and the Aurora Bridge. Take this walking tour to discover the Fremont Neighborhood in Seattle.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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