The Emerald City offers numerous attractions for visitors to enjoy, but some of those Seattle attractions are a little more accessible than others. If you want to have a good time without dealing with a lot of traffic or be standing in long lines, then here are 3 accessible attractions in Seattle for vacation fun the next time you stop for a visit.
Their official name is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, but you'll rarely find anyone around Seattle actually call them this. Boats up to 760 feet in length travel through the locks so they can be linked to Puget Sound from Lake Washington or Lake Union. It takes about 15 minutes to cycle the fresh water for salt water and during the peak times on a beautiful day, the line of boats can stretch out for quite some distance in both directions.
There are also botanical gardens to walk through at this park and plenty of open space for a picnic lunch. The locks are also part of the migratory patterns for steel-head and salmon. You can watch the fish climb the 21 step ladder and see the young fish that have spawned come back home. Admission is free and the park is just minutes west of the Woodland Park Zoo.
This museum is located on the south shores of Lake Union and is in an old Naval Reserve Armory, which makes it interesting enough for a visit on its own for some folks. It's just a short hop from downtown to get there and it brings to life the maritime history of the city. You'll also get to know some of the other businesses and events that have helped to shape Seattle over the years, such as Microsoft, Boeing, or the World's Fair in 1962 that brought the Space Needle.
There are plenty of kid-friendly exhibitions that are interactive and anyone under the age of 14 is admitted free. Don't forget to see the Center for Wooden Boats while you're there and take advantage of the vintage boat rides on the lake that happen every Sunday.
#3. Wing Luke Museum
The International District in Seattle is almost as old as the Emerald City itself, having first begun to form in the late 1800's. It used to be the city's Chinatown, but now is a cultural hub for all immigrants. You'll find plenty of high quality restaurants and unique shops in this district. The best option, however, is the Wing Luke Museum, which takes visitors through an exploration of this international culture.
The top exhibit is the personalized look at Bruce Lee and how Seattle helped to shape his career. Rotating exhibits from local artists, examinations of the World War II Japanese internment camps, and how this community explores its identity are all part of the changing experience for this fascinating museum. It is closed every Monday.
The most accessible attractions in Seattle are also some of the most interesting places you'll discover. Add these options to your next visit to the Emerald City and you will have an incredible experience.
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