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Seattle Center is Seattle's primary city park. Created for the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle, museums, performing arts venues, open space, the International Fountain and the northern terminus of the Seattle Monorail, which connects Seattle Center to the heart of downtown Seattle.
In addition to its permanent attractions, the park hosts a number of festivals every year, most notably the Bumbershoot music festival every Labor Day weekend.
Space Needle Framed by Olympic Iliad Sculpture (Z03A0004)
The 605-foot tall Space Needle is most famous attraction at Seattle Center and has become a symbol of the city.
International Fountain (Z04A0038)
Created for the 1962 World's Fair, the International Fountain is an especially popular attraction on warm days when park visitors splash around in its waters and dodge water shooting out of more than 20 spouts following programmed patterns.
Intiman Playhouse (Z04A0039)
The Intiman is one of a number of theatres, performing arts stages and art house movie venues located at Seattle Center.
Pacific Science Center (Z06A0001)
The Pacific Science Center comes across as more of a science-themed indoor playground for the kids than a science museum, which is great for the kids but it doesn't offer much geared towards an older visitor.
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Key attractions at Seattle Center include the following:
- Space Needle
- International Fountain
- Pacific Science Center, featuring two IMAX theatres
- Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
- Mural Amphitheater, featuring the Horiuchi Mural tile mosaic
- Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
- Center House
- Children's Museum
- Fisher Pavilion
- Intiman Playhouse
- Seattle Repertory Theatre
- Center House Theatre
- Theatre Puget Sound
- McCaw Hall, hosts the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet
- Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Cinema
- Seattle Children's Theatre
- Key Arena (Seattle University men's basketball, Seattle Storm of the WBNA)
Old timers may recall some traditional amusement park rides and the Fun Forest rides geared towards young children. These were dismantled in recent years. Chihuly Garden and Glass Musuem now occupies the old Fun Forest site.
And this gets to the one weaknesses of an otherwise great destination. Most of the attractions have significant entrance fees. Except for playing in the International Fountain on warm days, there is little at Seattle Center that is free that is geared for families with young children.
You may also like these Seattle Center sights:
- Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
- Space Needle Views, Seattle, Washington
- EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, Seattle, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
- Chief Seattle Statue, Seattle, Washington
- Elephant Car Wash Pink Elephant Sign, Seattle, Washington