It is officially February, which.means it is the month of love. This year we are going to delay our Valentine’s Day celebration until the weekend after Valentine’s since it’s in the middle of the week. Plus we can have a 3-day weekend due to the Presidents Day holiday, Yay! We decided to head back to Seattle and see a few of the things we didn’t get to do while we were there to see such attractions as the Space Needle, Safeco Field, Pike Place Market, and the State Capitol Building in Olympia.
We had a great time while we were there in May last year, but we also spent a lot of money doing a lot of the traditional tourist attractions. This time we wanted to do it a little cheaper, so I decided to do some searching and find a few free and unique things to do while in Seattle. I also wanted to share a part of our trip with all of you guys and raffle off a Seattle souvenir upon our return. More details to follow, but first I wanted to share these half dozen things on our to-do list. The first thing however isn’t free, but it’s not too expensive and quite unique.
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
Even though it’s not free, it sounds pretty fun. It’s a 75 minute humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. Apparently it begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city. Here is a link to their website with rates and information.
The Market Theater Gum Wall
The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum, in an alleyway in downtown Seattle. It is located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. The wall is by the box office for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions’ Seattle Theater sports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs. Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction around 1999. Some people created small works of art out of gum.
Like I have said on many other posts, I like bridges and look forward to seeing this one while we are there. The Fremont Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge which connects the neighborhoods of Fremont and Queen Anne. Due to its low vessel clearance of 30 feet, the Fremont Bridge opens an average of 35 times a day, which makes it the most frequently opened drawbridge in the United States and one of the busiest bascule bridges in the world. I look forward to watching it operate in person.
Seattle Central Library
The 11-story glass and steel building in downtown has a unique, striking appearance, consisting of several discrete “floating platforms” seemingly wrapped in a large steel net around glass skin. Architectural tours of the building began in June 2004. In 2007, the building was voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects’ list of Americans’ 150 favorite structures in the US. It was one of two Seattle buildings included on the list of 150 structures, the other being Safeco Field.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room
Opened December 5, 2014, this is not to be missed while in Seattle. We definitely look forward to checking it out on our trip. You can try freshly-roasted coffee via a number of brew methods, including Clover brewed, siphon pot, pour over and more. You can watch coffee being roasted right before your eyes. It sounds interesting and fun. We have been to many wine and beer tours, but never a coffee tour, so it should be enlightening.
UPS Waterfall Garden Park
Waterfalls have always intrigued me, so I am looking forward to seeing this one during our visit. This private 60-by-80-foot pocket park was created in 1978 at the original United Parcel Service building in Pioneer Square. It is open to the public during the day and closed at night. The park is named for a man made 22-foot tall waterfall over which is pumped 5,000 US gallons of water per minute. It is described as “one of the most expensive parks per square foot ever built in the United States.”
Ok, now for the fun part – winning a souvenir for your loved one this Valentines Day. There are two ways to be entered into the raffle. The first way is to sign up to receive emails – link below – when I submit a new post ( A HUGE thank you to those you are already signed up). I usually post new articles 2 or 3 times a week and promise not to flood your email box. Don’t forget to go into your email and confirm subscription. For everyone who signs up during this contest will have their name submitted twice into the raffle. The second way to enter is to simply submit a comment or reply to a comment on this post. That’s it. Everyone who does this, will have their name submitted once into the raffle.. Some suggestions for comments would be:
- Sharing memories from a trip to Seattle
- What you would like to see in Seattle
- Suggestions on places to see and things to do in the area would also be nice to read
- If you haven’t been there but want me to check out something for you, please post those comments as well.
Good luck and I will come back and post the winner once the contest ends on February 25th at midnight EST. Look forward to reading your comments.
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