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Things to Do in Washington

Many know Seattle because of its attractions: Space Needle, Klondike Gold Rush Park, Pikes Place Market, the Experience Music Project and cruises for Alaska. There are plenty of things to do on the water: take the ferry, kayak around Puget Sound or go whale watching near the San Juan Islands. Tacoma showcases art, glass and history museums, Spokane is filled with a broad landscape for outdoor recreation while Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River was the first city. Explore Mount Rainer or Mount St. Helens, both volcanoes, or Olympic National Park. Learn about aviation, Native American heritage and then explore the Cascade Mountains. Savor fresh fish and produce in restaurants. Stay in hotels, B&Bs, inns, resorts and cabins.
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Argosy Cruises

1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington
Argosy Cruises is Seattle's largest water sightseeing tour operator, offering excursions of Seattle's harbor, Lake Union and Lake Washington, the Hiram Chittenden Locks* and Puget Sound.

The one-hour, narrated harbor cruise offers views of Seattle's skyline, one of the largest commercial shipping terminals in the world, and an overview of Seattle's history. Depart from Pier 55 on Seattle's waterfront*....
Hours & Admission
Vary by cruise. Admission.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th Street
Seattle, Washington
Seattle Locks Cruise
One of the area's most popular visitor attractions, the locks funnel boats between Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay (saltwater) to the west and Lake Washington (freshwater) to the east via the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Also known as Ballard Locks, boats are raised and lowered between six and 20-22 feet, depending upon the tide. Barges, as well as pleasure craft utilize the canal and locks. Operated by the Army Corp of Engineers, also find a visitor center, botanical garden and...
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: October to April, Thursday to Monday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., May to September, daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. March to November. Admission.

Pike Place Market

First Avenue and Pike Street
Seattle, Washington
Food and Cultural Walking Tour Tickets
One of the oldest continuously operated farmer's markets in the U.S., Pike Place Market presides over a nine-acre historic district in the heart of downtown Seattle.

The market features fresh fish and produce stands, arts and crafts, ethnic groceries and gift stores, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, international restaurants, cafes and food bars. Street musicians (donations welcome), sanctioned by the Pike Place Market Preservation Development Authority (PDA),...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; during summer farm season produce and fish markets may open at 8:00 a.m. or earlier. Closed major holidays.

Ride the Ducks

516 Broad Street
Seattle, Washington
Tour Tickets
Ride the Ducks of Seattle during an entertaining 90-minute ride - 60 minutes on land and 30 minutes on water - that highlights Point Place Market, Pioneer Square*, Seattle's waterfront* and Lake Union. The tour features vintage DUKW vehicles ("Ducks"), amphibious landing craft developed by the United States Army during World War II.
Hours & Admission
See tours. Admission.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour

8415 Paine Field Blvd.
Mukilteo, Washington
Attraction and Tour Tickets
The 73,000-square-foot commercial jet interpretive center is located at the western edge of the Paine Field airstrip, directly across from Boeing's largest jet assembly plant. The center features an aviation gallery with interactive exhibits on commercial aviation, a theater and a rooftop observation deck to view the airport's take-offs and landings.

Exhibits include a flight simulator, cut-aways from fuselages of several Boeing airplane models and an airplane design program where...
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Tillicum Village and Tours

2992 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, Washington
Cruise to Blake Island and Discover Tillicum Village
Tillicum Village and Tours features an evening and dinner cruise, departing from Seattle's waterfront in route to Blake Island State Park for dinner and a northwest coast Native American dancing presentation.

Rain or shine, the four-hour tour includes a one-hour, one-way boat ride, a buffet-style salmon meal prepared in the traditional native-style and a presentation of Native American dances and legends from Northwest tribes....
Hours & Admission
March, Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., April and October, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m., May, Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:30 a.m., early June and September, Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m., Saturday and holidays, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m., early June to early July and late August, Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m., early July to late August, Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Admission.

Alaska Marine Highway

1801 Roeder Avenue
Bellingham, Washington
Alaska Marine Highway operates auto/passenger ferries year-round between Bellingham, Wash., 80 miles north of Seattle, through the Inside Passage and several southeastern Alaskan ports, such as Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Seward and Kodiak (to Unalaska) and return. Fares vary depending on season, automobile and final destination. Alaska's visitor season is from May to September.

Note: Alaska Ferry Services is an authorized vendor of the Alaska Marina...
Hours & Admission
Hours (Alaska Standard Time): Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission; reservations required.

Alki Kayak Tours

1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington
Experience the Alki Peninsula from the water, while overlooking the Seattle skyline. Also offering inline skate rentals, bike rentals, longboards, and fishing boat rentals.
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to sunset. Admission.

Blackball Transport

101 East Railroad Avenue
Port Angeles, Washington
Operating 90-minute auto/passenger crossings between Port Angeles (Olympic Peninsula) and Victoria, British Columbia (BC) via the ferry M.V. Coho.
Hours & Admission
Mid-February to early March, daily 8:20 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. return, early March to mid-May and late September to early January daily 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. return, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. return, mid-May to late September, daily 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. return, 12:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. return, 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. return Admission.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street
Seattle, Washington
The Burke Museum contains exhibits about dinosaurs, fossils and cultures of the Pacific Rim, as well as the bones of the Kennewick man, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in the Americas. While the museum has a collection of dinosaur skeletons, its real treasures are its Indian artifacts, especially the collection of hand-carved cedar canoes and totem poles. It also houses the university's fine art show space.
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
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