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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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Discovery Park

3801 West Government Way
Seattle, Washington
206-386-4236
Discovery Park is situated on a high bluff and offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula, as well as the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. The city's largest park at 534-acres, it occupies most of the former U.S. Army's Fort Lawton. The park features a children's play area, tennis courts, picnic tables, wooded trails and a visitor center. Explore 11.8 miles of trails.

Housed on 20 acres within the park is the Daybreak Star Indian Center, an urban location for...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hours Visitor center: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed holidays. Admission.

Gas Works Park

2101 North Northlake Way
Seattle, Washington
206-684-4075
On Lake Union's north shore, this park was once the site of an actual gas works plant that powered most of Seattle in the early 1900s before natural gas.

The grassy knolls offer spectacular views of the downtown skyline, houseboats and sailing vessels. Portions of the original facility remain, including the boiler room, which was converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building is now a large play barn for...
Hours & Admission
Daily 4:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Free.

Green Lake Park

7201 East Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, Washington
206-684-4075
One of Seattle's most popular parks, Green Lake Park features a 2.8-mile paved path - around the freshwater lake, popular for walking, running, rollerblading and bike riding.

Additional park amenities include a full basketball court, a seasonal life-guarded beach area, a hand-carry boat launch and boating area, fishing, an indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields and golf....
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.

Kerry Park

211 West Highland Drive
Seattle, Washington
206-684-4075
This small grassy strip in the upper Queen Anne Hill* neighborhood offers a picture-perfect view of Seattle Center*, downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay during the day and at sunset. On clear days Mt. Rainier looms above providing a stunning backdrop. (*see separate listings)
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

319 Second Avenue South
Seattle, Washington
206-220-4240
The museum in Pioneer Square* is actually one-half of the historic national park. The other half is in Skagway, Alaska. The museum exhibits commemorate the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s.

Seattle was a major gateway for 70,000 of the 100,000 Klondike prospectors, who boarded ships on their way to gold fields in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Photographs, artifacts and slide shows are featured....
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, Washington
206-654-3100
Nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park, one of three venues operated by the Seattle Art Museum*, features incredible views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Discover a variety of sculptures in an outdoor setting - permanent and rotating works and commissions that are redefined by the changing seasons, time of day and weaather.

Artists represented at the park have included: Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Mark Dion, Mark di Suvero, Teresita Fernandez, Ellsworth...
Hours & Admission
May to September, daily 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., October to April, daily 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free.

Volunteer Park

1247 15th Avenue East
Seattle, Washington
206-684-4075
The park, which recognizes the volunteers of the Spanish-American War, is home to Victorian-style Volunteer Park Conservatory* and the adjoining Seattle Asian Art Museum*.

The highest point in the park is known as Capitol Hill* and is home to the old tower. Walk the 106-steps to the top observation deck at 520-feet above sea level to see one of the best views of the city. (*see separate listings)
Hours & Admission
Daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free.

Volunteer Park Conservatory

1400 East Galer Street
Seattle, Washington
206-684-4743
Located on the north part of Capitol Hill, the Victorian-style conservatory features five separate houses: bromeliad, cactus with springtime blooms, fern with tropical plants and flowers, palm with a large collection of orchids, and seasonal with the best of each season.
Hours & Admission
Early September to late May, daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., late May to early September, daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.

Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Drive East
Seattle, Washington
206-543-8800
The arboretum collects, conserves and teaches about plants that are hardy to the Northwest. Its 230 acres are filled with 10,000 native plants and its landscape is an excellent setting for hands-on learning and recreation.

Paths wind through the park. The arboretum is recognized as one of the most beautiful and diverse collections in the western United States.

At the...
Hours & Admission
Arboretum: daily dawn to dusk. Japanese gardens: mid-February to mid-November, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free (arboretum). Admission (Japanese garden).
Information subject to change without notice.
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