4 Unique Places to Visit in Seattle
There is always the Seattle Space Needle, the original Starbucks, the Great Wheel and wine and beer tastings to see and experience when in Seattle but what about those not so well known spots? Here are four to keep in mind when in the Seattle area:
1. Tillicum Village
Eight miles from the waterfront of Seattle is Blake Island State Park. You'll be greeted by Tillicum Village employees costumed in Northwest Coastal Native tribal costume and taken on a tour of the village. You can watch salmon being cooked on cedar stakes over a fire of alder wood. After a Chinook salmon buffet of beef stew, wild grain rice, green salad and Tillicum whole grain bread there will be a 25 minute show featuring song and dance from the local Coastal Native culture. Tillicum Village presumably dates back to the 1962 Seattle's Worlds Fair. There is also camping on Blake Island. It is unexpected to find such a spot less than ten miles away from the metropolis of Seattle.
2. Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Chihuly Garden and Glass is a culmination of the artist Dale Chihuly's work. Dale Chihuly established the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 1968. He has work in over 200 collections in museums around the world. The Seattle Center has been a part of the community since the World's Fair in 1962. The Wright family, who owns and manages the facility, felt it was time to rejuvenate the place and invited Chihuly to design the exhibition hall, a glass house and newly installed garden area. Glass mixed with art mixed with vegetation is a unique and interesting thing to visit and experience.
3. The Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll is something everyone will enjoy. The one eyed giant troll stands 18 feet tall and is clutching a Volkswagen Beetle. It was created in 1990 to scare away druggies and to help clean up the area. The Fremont area is known for being a little different and this just adds to the eclectic feel of the area. Under the north end of the Aurora Bridge, also known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge, at Troll Avenue North and North 36th Street it is located in the Fremont area of Seattle. Take Bus Routes 26 and 28 from downtown or Route 30 from Seattle Center and both will take you to Fremont. Overlooking Salmon Bay, Fremont is in a north-central area of Seattle. It's a very artsy area with street fairs and Sunday markets. Enjoy a bit of an oddity you would probably not find under a bridge back home.
4. The Experience Music Project Museum
The EMP Museum was established in 2000 by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen. It is located at the base of the Space Needle (325 Fifth Ave. N) and is in the building that was built in 1962 by the Wright family. This contemporary museum is a non-profit. The 11th annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival will be held here on July 1, 2015. The Museum will be celebrating their 15th birthday with the Wild Blue Angel- Jimi Hendrix music exhibition June 23rd.
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