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Go Back to the Future with Bite of Seattle and Seattle Monorail!

Back to the Future

DeLorean from DeLorean Motor Company Northwest

Looking for something to do this Friday night? Why not head down to Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater for a special screening of the 1985 classic Back to the Future? Seattle Center is hosting Bite of Seattle all weekend, so there will be loads of delicious foods to try before the show!

But that’s not all! Head over to the Seattle Monorail platform before the show and get your photo taken with a real DeLorean! We have partnered with DeLorean Motor Company Northwest will have one of their cars parked on our platform all weekend! How cool is that?

Admission is FREE! The movie starts at 8:30 p.m., and Bite of Seattle is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Glittering Glass and Molded Masterpieces at the Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Still haven’t been to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma? There’s no better time to visit! The stunning facility perched along Tacoma’s revitalized waterfront features an incredible array of permanent and temporary exhibits that are sure to amaze and inspire.

But don’t just think of this as a passive viewing experience. Step into the Hot Shop and watch incredible glass artwork being created right before your eyes! Nearly every week there is a new glass artist featured in the Hot Shop, so there’s always something to see. And there’s always a MC on the floor so you’ll know exactly what is going on!

On sunny days make sure to take a walk down the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The bridge, designed by renowned architect Arthur Andersson, features three distinct collections from legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Closest to the museum is the Venitian Wall. The 80-foot installation features 109 sculptures from Chihuly’s Venitians, Ikebaba and Putti collections. Further down the bridge are the Crystal Towers, featuring 63 huge polyurethane crystals in each tower. Finally, walk beneath the Seaform Pavilion, an enormous ceiling which is comprised of 2,364 unique sculptures from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series.

Have kids in tow? Have them enter the MOG Kids Design Glass Program! All they have to do is sketch a design they’d like to have made into a glass sculpture! The Hot Shop team selects one design each month, and if selected you and your child will be invited back to the museum to direct the creation of the sculpture. The Hot Shop team will then create two sculptures, one to display and one for your child to bring home! How cool is that?!

Visitor tip: Bring a camera! The Hot Shop offers fantastic opportunities for photos!

Museum of Glass

Explore Pike Place with Public Market Tours

Public Market Tours 1With the abundance of smells, sights and sounds at Pike Place Market, it’s easy to overlook the rich history behind the oldest continuously operating pubic market in the United States! Thankfully, Public Market Tours offers all of the insight you could want into Pike Place Market. Learn about how the first Starbucks isn’t really the first Starbucks. Discover the origins of the infamous gum wall. Learn the story behind Rachel, Pike Place’s iconic bronze pig.

Tours depart at 10:00am and 2:00pm daily, rain or shine. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged but walk-ups are available on a first come, first served basis.

With so much history to explore, this hour-long tour is guaranteed to give you a whole new appreciation for the Market.

Visitor tip: Be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on where to eat. Pike Place is absolutely brimming with delicious things to try!

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Explore the underwater world of Puget Sound with Seattle Aquarium

Sea otterRain or shine, there’s no bad time to check out Seattle Aquarium. For nearly 40 years the Aquarium has been a must-see attraction at the Seattle waterfront! Marvel at the Window On Washington Waters exhibit, a 120,000-gallon exhibit full of more than 800 local creatures! Watch frolicking harbor seals, lounging sea otters and playful river otters in the Marine Mammals exhibit. Come face to face with the strange, elusive giant Pacific octopus, and watch it feed at 12:00pm and 4:00pm daily.

Still looking for a summer camp for the little ones? Take at look at Seattle Aquarium’s Marine Summer Camps! Campers will explore tide pools and coral reefs, study invertebrates and even learn to sail! Slots are filling fast, so act soon if you’d like these Puget Sound adventures to be a part of your summer!

You’ve already seen the beauty of Puget Sound, now take a peek below the surface. Seattle Aquarium is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily.

Visitor tip: Be sure to ask the docents plenty of questions! They are extremely knowledgeable and offer incredible insight into what you’re looking at.

Seattle Aquarium

Explore Seattle’s waterways with Argosy Cruises!

ArgosyWant to explore the waters around Seattle but don’t know where to start? Give Argosy Cruises’ Seattle Locks Cruise a try! Cruise through Seattle’s Lake Union and ship canal, home of fishing boats from The Deadliest Catch, the floating home from Sleepless in Seattle and historic Gasworks Park! Make the transition from fresh water to salt water in the nearly 100-year-old Hiram M. Chittenden Locks! Top off your tour with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and downtown Seattle!

Looking for a change of pace? Why not take an Argosy cruise to Tillicum Village? This 4-hour escape will take you to Blake Island, the historic birthplace of Chief Seattle. There you will explore the island, dine on an incredible Northwest feast and experience traditional dances and songs. It’s sure to be an experience that you’ll never forget!

In all, Argosy Cruises offers six different cruises in addition to dining cruises and special events. No matter what you choose, there’s no better way to explore all the waterways that Seattle has to offer!

Visitor tip: Make sure to grab your camera! There’s so much to see, and the views of downtown Seattle from Puget Sound make for fantastic shots of the city!

Light house Mount Rainier

Soar into the Museum of Flight!

Great GalleryExplore the wonders of aviation, both past and present, at the Museum of Flight. Located just south of Seattle, the Museum of Flight features more than 150 historically significant aircraft scattered across the 12-acre campus. Get an up close view of more than 30 aircraft in the Great Gallery, including a SR-71 Blackbird! Take a tour of the West Coast’s one and only Concorde! Walk through the Red Barn, the original Boeing factory! Explore the museum’s new, one-of-a-kind space shuttle trainer! Just be sure to block out some time, you’ll be wanting plenty of time to explore!

Looking for a camp for the kids this summer? Why not check out The Museum of Flight’s Aerospace Camp Experience? If launching rockets, experiencing microgravity, building robots and piloting aircraft sound like fun, why not give ACE a try? Slots are filling fast, so act soon!

Visitor tip: Check out the 13-seat 4D-X ride! It features 3D graphics and plenty of motion to put you right in the action!

Shuttle Trainer

Explore the wonders of nature at Woodland Park Zoo

PenguinWith the weather warming up here in Seattle there’s no better time to make the trip to Woodland Park Zoo. The Zoo’s 92-acre campus features more than 1,000 animals comprised of more than 300 unique species! Watch proud lions, graceful giraffes and lumbering hippos in the African Savanna exhibit. See Humboldt Penguins frolicking in the waves. Observe elk, otters, bears and wolves on the Northern Trail. Bring the little ones to Willawong Station where they can feed colorful, exotic birds! With so many habitats and biomes to explore, Woodland Park Zoo has a little something for everyone!

Hoping to see some live music this summer? Why not take a look at the ZooTunes lineup? This year’s lineup features 11 artists with varying musical styles, so there’s sure to be something for everyone! So pack a picnic, grab a spot in the meadow and let the music wash over you. What better way to spend a summer evening?

Visitor tip: Make sure to check out the new Asian small-clawed otters. These cuddly little critters are sure to put a smile on your face!

Otter

Celebrate art and culture at Northwest Folklife Festival!

Folklife1Memorial Day weekend is upon us and what better way to spend it than at the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival? For more than 40 years the Seattle Center has hosted this vibrant celebration of art and culture. This year’s festival will feature 24 separate venues showcasing a wide variety of music genres. Feel like being a part of the performance? Participatory Dance workshops in Fisher Pavilion, The Armory and the Northwest Rooms are sure to please. Brought the little ones along? Swing by the Discovery Zone, full of family-friendly activities such as crafts and storytelling! And as always the festival features countless booths showcasing the work of local artists. All that dancing, shopping and exploring left you famished? Check out the many food stalls featuring delicious foods from around the globe! With so much to see and experience, the Northwest Folklife Festival is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Best of all? The festival is FREE with a suggested donation of $10. The Northwest Folklife Festival runs through May 26.

Visitor tip: Make the Monorail part of your Folklife travel plans. It’s by far the easiest way to get to and from downtown Seattle!Folklife2

The Burke Museum Presents: Imagine That

Imagine ThatWith the multitudes of items on display at the Burke Museum, it’s hard to believe that these are but a small fraction of the over 15 million items the Burke keeps in their archives. It is this astounding archive that serves as the backbone of their new exhibit Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum. The exhibit features over 2,000 items that have been hand-selected to amaze, intrigue and make you realize the value of having such a vast collection of objects. See one of Seattle’s first coffee mugs – carved from a walrus skull! Get a first-hand look at the newly-unearthed South Lake Union mammoth tusk! Take a peek into the Burke Museum’s Genetic Resources collection, consisting of nearly 60,000 tissue samples. A museum can collect some amazing things in 129 years, wouldn’t you like to take a look? Imagine That runs through October 26, 2014.

Visitor tip: Be sure to check out the Burke’s ongoing exhibitions while you’re there! These fascinating exhibits delve into both the natural and cultural history of Washington State, truly fascinating!

Common Goat

Spring has sprung at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly SealifeAs the weather begins to warm there’s no better time to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass. This stunning exhibition in the heart of Seattle Center explores the lifelong work of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic artists.

Experience the cool hues and flowing forms of the Sealife Room. Take in the vibrant colors of the Mille Fiori – a literal garden of glass! The 40-foot tall, 4,500 square foot Glasshouse features a stunning 100-foot long sculpture that serves as the centerpiece to the 1.5 acre exhibition.

Step out into the sunlight to experience glittering glass sculptures amongst fuchsias, daylilies, dogwoods and more. Top this all off with a delicious meal at the Collections Cafe and you’re in for the perfect spring excursion.

Hop on the Seattle Center Monorail at Westlake Center Mall (5th Avenue and Pine Street, 3rd floor) and ride the Monorail to Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center.  The Monorail provides fast, direct transportation between downtown and Seattle Center. The train departs approximately every 10 minutes.

Visitor Tip: We love visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass in the evening – all the glass is lit up at night. Beautiful! Also, the dessert at the Collections Cafe is amazing!

Chihuly ceiling