|Dallas had a great time playing on Microsoft Surface at the Microsoft Visitor Center! (Me too actually!)|
Dallas LOVES going to the aquarium, any aquarium. So I knew he would love to see the Seattle Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium is located on Pier 59, right on Elliot Bay. The aquarium showcases many of the sea life found in and around the Puget Sound region along with sea otters, river otters, and sea lions.
Both of us were a little scared of the touch pools. But we got brave and were able to touch some pretty neat sea cucumbers, sea stars and other cool things.
He was one of my favorites! Just chilling out enjoying the Seattle drizzle.
After a visit through the Seattle Aquarium's gift shop we headed up for a quick peek at the Pikes Place Market to see the flying fish and
|making sure that coin went in the giant piggy bank!|
a visit to Rachel the pig. The market can be a crazy place to take small kids or (wandering adults for that matter) during peak hours. To avoid crowds I recommend going to the market first thing in the morning, during the middle of the work week, and/or last thing in the evening if you don't mind not having to much time there.
|Apologies for the poor picture quality.|
We had originally planned to take the Monorail over to the Space Needle but when we popped out of Pikes Place Market the rain was pretty heavy and the skies were a thick grey. (Not the best weather for viewing from atop the Space Needle.) Thankfully Dallas had another suggestion. We headed into the Seattle Art Museum for a tour of the galleries. I could tell it wasn't all that interesting to a seven year old but he did like a few of the pieces. Like this one above titled Some/One by Do-Ho Suh.
He's favorite part of the museum had to be the kid's play area that was tucked at the top of this grand staircase. You actually don't have to pay to get into the museum to access this area!
After the some drawing Dallas became a sculptor. Creating a masterpiece with giant building blocks which he titled Sky City. There are some interesting things going on within this wood sculpture including lots of balancing acts. Again it was a joy to watch his mind work and create!
We headed home after another long and wonderful day getting lost in Seattle!
Some other places of interest:
Around the Seattle Aquarium:
- The Waterfront
- The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
- Argosy Cruises (The Locks cruise is one of my favorites!)
- Olympic Sculpture Park (a free 9 acre park filled with art and sculpture presented by SAM)
Pikes Place Market
Food & Wine
- La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe and Specialty Foods (knowledge staff on small vineyard Italian wine, wine pairings, amazing balsamic vinegars)
- Le Panier
- Beecher's Handmade Cheese (There is a great window where you can watch the cheese makers at work!)
- Local Color: Art, Coffee, & More
- The Original Starbucks
- Perennial Tearoom
- Crumpet Shop
- Rose's Chocolate Treasures
- Dragon's Toy Box
- Metsker Maps of Seattle
- The multitude of flower stalls throughout the market are a must see!
Here's part one and two if you missed them. Up next... a lighthouse and exploring the beach.