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Things to do in Seattle that AREN'T Pike Place Market

Seattle, The Emerald City, is known for its gorgeous Space Needle, lack of umbrellas, and the Famous Pike Place Market. Which is certainly worth a visit, in fact you could spend an entire day there but there are so many other sites and attractions to visit in Seattle! Read on for a list of things to do that aren't in the market.

1. Watch the sunset at Gas Work Park

Grab some friends and head to Gas Works park for incredible views of Lake Union and it's iconic houseboats and the city skyline! During the summertime there are plenty of events including music performances and concerts.

2. Visit the Museum of Museums

This museum lives up to it's namesake as I can guarantee it's unlike any museum you have visited before! Museum of Museums (MoM) is a contemporary art Museum in Capital Hill that beckons you to extend your belief of reality and dive back into your childlike sense of wonder. Every hand selected piece of art commands attention and intrigue. You can feel the amount of work every artist puts into their craft.

The entire third floor is home to the installation “Energy Drink,” from Brian Sanchez and Neon Saltwater. This immersive exhibit feels completely surreal as you walk through each room, a cross between a neon futuristic scape and quick nod to the past.

3. Find a Cocktail Bar on Capital Hill

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From hidden speakeasys to rooftop bars, Capitol Hill is the IT place for nightlight in Seattle.

Foreign National is a hidden gem in the heart of bustling Pike St., you can get cozy in this dimly lit speakeasy that serves some truly unique cocktails and bites from around the globe.

Head over to Bai Tong Thai Street Cafe if you're looking for authentic Thai food and impeccable ambiance.

Last but never least, no trip to Seattle is complete without a drink at Unicorn Bar. This circus themed nightclub has an event nearly every day of the week including Drag Bingo, Karaoke, and a Mimosa Cabaret!

Try your hand at pinball or see if you can grab a naughty toy from the claw machine. Find out more on their website.

4. Visit the Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture, known as MoPop, lives up to it's name with resident exhibitions for Science Fiction and Horror Films, The Art of Disney costumes, and an inside look into the world of Harry Potter, the Wizard of Oz and more.

Highlighting their musical roots and some true legends to come out of Seattle, their are musical exhibitions paying homage to legend Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. Traveling Exhibits include Tattoo Culture and Minecraft, see them before they're gone!


5. Check out the view of the city from the Dr. Jose P Rizal bridge

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There are many places to get a fantastic view of the Seattle skyline but the view from the Dr. Jose P Rizal bridge will give you a complete panoramic view of the city, stadiums, and highways. This is the perfect location for an iconic sunset view of the city.

6. Grab some dinner in the International District

You could actually spend an entire day just in Seattle's Chinatown, there is so much to do, see, and taste in this neighborhood! Stop in Uwajimaya Seattle for a variety of classic Asian foods and snacks (and check out their bookstore), visit the Wing Luke Museum to learn about the city's Asian history and Culture, or see the Cherry blossoms on a stroll through Kobe Terrace.

With a plethora of family-owned restaurants offering authentic tastes of their motherlands, there are so many options for places to eat. From Hot pot to Dim Sum to Korean corndogs or even fusion there are endless culinary options in Chinatown.

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Hi! I’m Rachel, a Florida native, who left home in search of big adventures. I've traveled to 24 countries in 4 years and I'm here to share my best tips and travel hacks with you!

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