Chihuly Garden and Glass#2 in Best Things To Do in Seattle
Bursting with artwork spanning the colors of the rainbow, Chihuly Garden and Glass offers visitors a look at creative, glass-blown pieces crafted by renowned Pacific Northwest artist, Dale Chihuly. The permanent exhibition opened in 2012 and has since attracted the admiration of Seattleites and tourists alike.
The venue is divided into the Exhibition Hall, which displays eight galleries of work and three "drawing walls," the Glasshouse (picture a greenhouse, but with glass-blown flowers) and the Garden, which features Chihuly's work integrated with lush shrubbery. Recent visitors were impressed by the amount of detail evident in each glass-blown piece and in awe of the intensely bright colors. Many say they were pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed the venue. Others recommended visiting after sunset to see the attraction illuminated.
Tickets are a bit pricey at $26 for adults and $17 for kids ages 5 to 12, but you can purchase a combo ticket and visit both the museum and the Space Needle next door for $49 for adults and $36 for kids. Keep in mind: The price of admission is included in the Seattle CityPASS, which grants entry to both these top sites along with several other attractions. You'll find Chihuly Garden and Glass in northwestern Seattle, a stone's throw from Seattle's towering Space Needle. (There are several parking lots and garages nearby, or you can hop on the monorail to the Seattle Center stop.) Ideally, you should pair a trip to the museum with a visit to the Space Needle, but also consider adding a stop at the Olympic Sculpture Park to your itinerary since it's located just half a mile southwest.
The museum opens at 10 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; tickets are available until one hour prior to closing. Sections of the museum can be closed for special events so check the website before visiting.
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#1 Pike Place Market
Since 1907, this bustling market near the downtown waterfront has been the go-to place for local produce. Today, you can find almost everything, from local artwork to vinyl records. Plus, the flower market is a particular must-see, according to reviewers. Though Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle (plan to run into crowds, especially during the weekend) that's no reason to scratch it off your to-do list. Recent visitors said the abundance of vendors and lively atmosphere make it an experience you shouldn't pass up, no matter how busy it gets.
The streets surrounding Pike Place Market are peppered with restaurants and coffee shops, and there's an information booth just west of the marketplace at First Avenue. If you want a little help navigating the massive market, guided tours and food tours are available from third-party companies. You can find a list on the market's website here.
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