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305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.621637 -122.350700
Fun Forest outdoor rides: Days and hours vary with season (call for hours). Indoor attractions open year-round at 11am (closing time varies)
Neighborhoods: Magnolia / Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia - Queen Anne
Film, theatre, music, dance and visual art venues share space with a food court that is a cut above and the beloved International Fountain.
The Center plays host to dozens of festivals each year including PRIDE, Bite of Seattle, Folklife, Bumbershoot and more.
There's a lot to offer and it's all in one place! – Seattle Center has so much to offer, all in one central location adjacent to downtown Seattle. There's the Space Needle which is so often a must-see attraction for tourists and natives alike. Right next to that is Paul Allen's museum concept and Frank Gehry's architectural vision, the Experience Music Project. This offers a lot of music history, although I have not been too impressed with the place in general. There have been some good shows there and there's a fun bar/restaurant inside. The Center House offers a food court with all kinds of (expensive) offerings of mediocre to decent foods. There's nothing mind-blowing. It's just a food court. Down one level from the food court is the Children's Museum which is great fun for the kids! Also on the grounds is the Key Arena, where you can catch a great basketball game (at least currently), hockey games, and other shows inside. There are a number of rooms near the Key Arena where all sorts of activities go on as well as the Seattle Opera House. Then, there's the Fun Forest, a small amusement park that offers an arcade located inside of a large pavilion building that also houses bumper cars and a couple of other rides. Then, outside, you can find a carousel, a ferris wheel, a number of childrens' rides, as well as a roller coaster, a water ride, and other fun rides for the whole family. The Seattle Center grounds are used for a lot of festivals such as the Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot which are fun to attend. There are so many things offered at the Seattle Center throughout the year that it's usually an interesting place to visit. There's a Starbucks in the food court for the caffeine-starved.
Entertaining more than 9 million people a year, Seattle Center proves it knows how to throw a party. – In Short
Enjoy a huge festival with food, drink and music, or take in a play at the Intiman Theater. Seattle Center's 74 acres provide entertainment for Seattleites and tourists alike through local events like Bumbershoot and tourist-heavy attractions like the Space Needle and Experience Music Project. The Center hosts more than 5,400 performances a year. On sunny afternoons, the central fountain will likely be full of kids and adults alike frolicking in the spray.
Home of Space Needle, Seattle Opera and Ballet and theatres galore! It is the closest thing to a total cultural and tourist experience an urban center can have....anywhere in the world!
Science Museum and much, much more! A perfect place for family outings, day or night, year round!
Center Fountain was the meeting place for the City to weep and share the losses of 9/11; a million flowers were brought and placed in many memorials. It was the truest communion a city could give to the losses of that terrible occasion.
Being that, Seattle Center is, perhaps, the heart and soul of this city. Any changes to the place are widely debated and much concern is shared that future planning include all the community of Metro Seattle.
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