What do I do with a day in Seattle?


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Paizo's located in Seattle, so I bet this is a decent enough place to ask. I've been to Seattle a few times at this point. Done a lot of stuff, like the Museum of Flight, checking out Bremerton with the ferry, Mt Rainier, Pikes Place, the Museum of Industry and History, and so forth. Never been to the Museum of Pop Culture, though,

Well, there's both a tattooing exhibit and a Minecraft exhibit at MOPOP right now, and flights from San Jose to Seattle can be had cheap even pretty close to departure, so I'm flying up on the 21st and returning on the 24th. Booked a hostel in Chinatown. I've stayed there before, it's pretty decent for the price.

On the 21st, I get there early in the afternoon, and I'm gonna go Pikes Place. I go to Metsker Maps every time I'm in Seattle (I have a degree in Geography, so this is a Thing), and I want to get some crumpets at the crumpet place and pop into the two gourmet popcorn stores.

On the 22nd, I'm gonna go to MOPOP. Already bought my ticket. I actually haven't ridden the monorail yet, so I'm gonna take a bus or walk from Chinatown to the monorail station and ride that to MOPOP. I may or may not go up in the Space Needle or visit the Science Center (is it for adults?). Haven't decided.

That leaves potentially Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday open to do stuff. And I dunno what to do. Is the National Historic Park at Pioneer Square any good? That's really close to my hostel. Is the Underground Tour worth it? Should I check out the Navy Museum in Bremerton? Is Fisherman's Terminal worth it if I'm going to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco all the time? Is the Seattle Aquarium any good (can anyone compare it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium)?

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Metsker Maps is amazing. When I first moved up here, I ended up working a temp job across the street from them and it was one of my regular "Go there and browse" stops.

The Space Needle is pretty touristy, and the restaurant is expensive and meh, but it's still a pretty amazing view. If what you're looking for is just a great view of the city, though, you might instead look into visiting the Columbia Center—it's the tallest building in the state, after all, and has less of a tourist clog going on than the Space Needle. I don't know what they charge for visiting the top of the tower or the like—haven't been up there myself in 20 years or so...

The Woodland Park Zoo's a nice place to visit—seeing the Komodo Dragons is my favorite part there.

The Underground Tour is interesting, particularly if you do the Adults-Only Underworld Tour. Best way to get there from downtown is probably to take a bus up there.

The Seattle Aquarium is quite good, especially if you like giant octopus stuff!

Elliot Bay Books is my favorite book store in downtown Seattle, and it's pretty close to Metsker Maps so I'd suggest stopping there if you need more BOOOOOOKS...

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+1 to the Seattle Aquarium, I go there at least a couple times a year. It's been a long minute since the last time I was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but my recollection is that it's a bit larger than the Seattle Aquarium with a few more exhibits, though focused on different types of marine creatures.

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James Jacobs wrote:


The Seattle Aquarium is quite good, especially if you like giant octopus stuff!

Or if you want to pet stuff! There is a big tide pool where you can pet water critters.


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I'm in Seattle now ^.^

I got some stuff done today. I bought my way overpriced gourmet popcorn at Pikes Place, went to Metsker's Maps, ate fish, shopped at two different art stores (one was called Monster and in Ballard, one was a branch of Monster under a different name at Pikes Place), went to a few bookstores, visited the Pioneer Square National Historic Park and toured the little museum.

Tomorrow I'm riding the monorail to MoPOP. Then I have the regular Seattle Underground Tour booked for 6, and the Adults Only booked for 8. If I get done with MoPOP early, the National Nordic Museum is 40 minutes away by transit.

There's a Utilikilt retail outlet a block away from the Underground Tour that closes at 6. I turned in my official paperwork to change my legal gender to nonbinary on Wednesday, and I'm a kilt owner who considers them THE nonbinary garment, so I am totally paying them a visit.

On Sunday, I've booked a factory tour of Boeing. I've been to the Seattle Museum of Flight, but not the factory tour. After the four ends at 2, I'll probably stay at the museum until it closes at 5.


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I recommend eating some teriyaki. It almost doesn't matter where. Seattle does teriyaki like Philadelphia does cheesesteak sandwiches, or New York Chicago Connecticut does pizza.


I think you misspelled Chicago, there.


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I thought Philadelphia was known for throwing batteries at Santa Claus.


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And punching police horses.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
And punching police horses.

Wait, what?


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Phillip Gastone wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
And punching police horses.
Wait, what?

Yea, it's a thing at Eagles games. Or at least was.

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