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Lori and Matt's Seattle Guide

Lori

Lori and Matt's Seattle Guide

Museums
The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) was founded by Microsoft Paul Allen. Exhibit topics include fantasy and horror films, rock music, video games, and more
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Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue North
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The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) was founded by Microsoft Paul Allen. Exhibit topics include fantasy and horror films, rock music, video games, and more
A new gem in our neighborhood- learn all about Scandinavia, and check out their amazing cafe!
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National Nordic Museum
2655 Northwest 67th Street
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A new gem in our neighborhood- learn all about Scandinavia, and check out their amazing cafe!
Mind-blowing blown glass sculptures interspersed with beautiful flowers and plants.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St
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Mind-blowing blown glass sculptures interspersed with beautiful flowers and plants.
About 20 miles north, the Boeing Factory has tours that let you watch actual planes being built. Book tickets in advance!
Future Of Flight Museum
8415 Paine Field Blvd
About 20 miles north, the Boeing Factory has tours that let you watch actual planes being built. Book tickets in advance!
Art museum with notable collections of modern and ethnic art, plus a second 9-acre outdoor location with huge sculptures
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Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
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Art museum with notable collections of modern and ethnic art, plus a second 9-acre outdoor location with huge sculptures
A museum focused on shipbuilding, industry, and local history right on Lake Union. Several boats parked outside are available to tour for small donations as well
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
860 Terry Ave N
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A museum focused on shipbuilding, industry, and local history right on Lake Union. Several boats parked outside are available to tour for small donations as well
Paul Allen’s collection of vintage computer materials. You can play Oregon Trail on an old school Mac!
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Living Computers: Museum + Labs
2245 1st Avenue South
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Paul Allen’s collection of vintage computer materials. You can play Oregon Trail on an old school Mac!
Science museum with laser light shows, an Imax theater, and more
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Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Avenue North
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Science museum with laser light shows, an Imax theater, and more
230-acre nature preserve that includes all sorts of trails and a Japanese garden
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Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
2300 Arboretum Drive East
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230-acre nature preserve that includes all sorts of trails and a Japanese garden
Sightseeing
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Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Avenue North
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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
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The ultimate symbol of Seattle, newly renovated!
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Space Needle
400 Broad St
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The ultimate symbol of Seattle, newly renovated!
Taller and cheaper than the Space Needle, with great views of downtown
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Sky View Observatory - Columbia Center
700 5th Avenue
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Taller and cheaper than the Space Needle, with great views of downtown
An awesome collection of food stands, crafters, and shops on the lower levels. Try going on a weekday to avoid the crowds
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Pike Place Market
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An awesome collection of food stands, crafters, and shops on the lower levels. Try going on a weekday to avoid the crowds
Large ferris wheel on Seattle’s waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound
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The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way
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Large ferris wheel on Seattle’s waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound
A pun-fueled, funny walking tour that highlights downtown Seattle’s highlights and lowlights. Tip: there are now several underground tours. This one is the original!
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Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
614 1st Avenue
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A pun-fueled, funny walking tour that highlights downtown Seattle’s highlights and lowlights. Tip: there are now several underground tours. This one is the original!
Several really impressive farmer’s markets operate year-round. Here’s a rundown: https://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do/2018/05/29/26788239/your-guide-to-seattles-farmers-markets
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Ballard Farmers Market
Ballard Avenue Northwest
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Several really impressive farmer’s markets operate year-round. Here’s a rundown: https://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do/2018/05/29/26788239/your-guide-to-seattles-farmers-markets
A great inexpensive option to see Seattle’s amazing skyline and get off the beaten path is to take the WSDOT ferry from downtown Seattle to quaint Bainbridge Island.
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Seattle Ferry Terminal
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A great inexpensive option to see Seattle’s amazing skyline and get off the beaten path is to take the WSDOT ferry from downtown Seattle to quaint Bainbridge Island.
Fremont’s Theo Chocolate is a local delicacy, and you can tour their factory and get delicious samples
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Theo Chocolate
3400 Phinney Avenue North
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Fremont’s Theo Chocolate is a local delicacy, and you can tour their factory and get delicious samples
This whimsical larger-than-life sculpture needs to be seen to be believed!
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Fremont Troll
Troll Avenue North
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This whimsical larger-than-life sculpture needs to be seen to be believed!
Great Outdoors
A small park with a great view of downtown. Excellent photo opportunity to get your picture with the skyline, Space Needle, and on clear days Mt. Rainier
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Kerry Park
211 West Highland Drive
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A small park with a great view of downtown. Excellent photo opportunity to get your picture with the skyline, Space Needle, and on clear days Mt. Rainier
This park hosts a botanical garden, a small museum, a “fish ladder”, and the Locks themselves- a manmade engineering marvel that works sort of like a boat elevator.
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Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
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This park hosts a botanical garden, a small museum, a “fish ladder”, and the Locks themselves- a manmade engineering marvel that works sort of like a boat elevator.
This park is home to the crumbling ruins of an old Gasification plant, but is also an amazing lookout point on Lake Union.
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Gas Works Park
2101 North Northlake Way
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This park is home to the crumbling ruins of an old Gasification plant, but is also an amazing lookout point on Lake Union.
That’s right- a beach in Seattle! Great views of the Sound and downtown, wildlife, volleyball games, and a great trail
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Alki Beach
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That’s right- a beach in Seattle! Great views of the Sound and downtown, wildlife, volleyball games, and a great trail
Day Trips
Wine tastings and restaurants galore!
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Woodinville
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Wine tastings and restaurants galore!
Nearby essentials
Closest grocery store
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QFC
5700 24th Avenue Northwest
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Closest grocery store
Convenience store and closest gas station
6111 24th Ave NW
6111 24th Avenue Northwest
Convenience store and closest gas station
Nearest cafe
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Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Avenue Northwest
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Nearest cafe
Nearby dry cleaner
Bon Ton Cleaners
801 NW 85th St
Nearby dry cleaner
Restaurants in the neighborhood
a great option in a former fire station. The wide-ranging menu can please pretty much everyone, and they have great brunch and dinner options and tasty creative cocktails
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The Hi-Life
5425 Russell Avenue Northwest
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a great option in a former fire station. The wide-ranging menu can please pretty much everyone, and they have great brunch and dinner options and tasty creative cocktails
Delicious coffee and fresh French pastries. The Quiche Lorraine is to die for.
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Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Avenue Northwest
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Delicious coffee and fresh French pastries. The Quiche Lorraine is to die for.
Puerto Rican restaurant with tasty empanadillas, a wide rum selection, and two happy hours per day with really good food and drink specials.
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La Isla
2320 Northwest Market Street
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Puerto Rican restaurant with tasty empanadillas, a wide rum selection, and two happy hours per day with really good food and drink specials.
Delicious and authentic Italian fare, including a bakery/espresso cafe, bar, and upscale restaurant. Their fresh pasta is amazing, and their back patio is an oasis.
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Ristorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Avenue Northwest
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Delicious and authentic Italian fare, including a bakery/espresso cafe, bar, and upscale restaurant. Their fresh pasta is amazing, and their back patio is an oasis.
Cheap Eats
Local fast food mexican chain- far better than taco bell! Multiple locations.
Taco Time NW
2853 NW Market St
Local fast food mexican chain- far better than taco bell! Multiple locations.
Caribbean food shack great for a quick bite. Very limited seating.
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Un Bien
7302.5 15th Ave NW
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Caribbean food shack great for a quick bite. Very limited seating.
Local make-your-own pizza chain with a wide variety of fresh toppings. Multiple locations.
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MOD Pizza
6010 15th Avenue Northwest
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Local make-your-own pizza chain with a wide variety of fresh toppings. Multiple locations.
A hometown favorite, this drive-in burger shop keeps it simple and cheap. Multiple locations. Note: the Queen Anne location after dark is a bit sketchy.
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Dick's Drive-In
111 Northeast 45th Street
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A hometown favorite, this drive-in burger shop keeps it simple and cheap. Multiple locations. Note: the Queen Anne location after dark is a bit sketchy.