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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Seattle

Argosy Cruises

The ultimate way to savor Seattle’s nighttime skyline is aboard the 180-foot Royal Argosy. Dinner is served on white linen with live music, too.

Pier 56, WA, 206-623-1445,
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | lounge | things to do

Experience Music Project

Learn about music’s history and the creative process through 140,000 Frank-Gehry-designed-square-feet of music memorabilia, exhibits (one traces guitar history), and recorded interviews with greats like Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

325 5 Ave. N, WA, 877-367-7361,
Tags: family | live entertainment | art | things to do | culture | architecture | history

Lake Union

The movie Sleepless in Seattle put this area on the map. Learn about Seattle's unique floating homes (they number close to 500) on a one-hour cruise with a local house boater.

117 East Louisa St., WA, 206-624-3028,
Tags: family | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | tour


This is the flagship store of the Seattle retailer, complete with a piano player on the main floor, two restaurants, and a coffee bar. After shopping, pop into Spa Nordstrom for a pedicure.

500 Pine St., WA, 206-628-2111,
Tags: family | shopping | expensive | things to do | department store

Olympic Sculpture Park

Don’t miss the Seattle Art Museum’s 9-acre sculpture park featuring work by Richard Serra and Alexander Calder – it’s only a twenty minute walk from the museum.

2901 Western Ave., WA, 206-654-3100,
Tags: family | editor pick | art | things to do | outdoors

Pike Place Market

One of the nation’s oldest continuously running farmer's markets has 9-acres of vendors selling everything from fresh fish to flowers, plus restaurants, the original Starbucks, and a museum featuring gigantic shoes.

First Ave. and Pike St., WA, 206-682-7453,
Tags: family | editor pick | art | things to do | culinary


REI’s flagship store is also one of Seattle’s top attractions. In addition to all the outdoorsy apparel and gear, there’s a mountain bike test trail and a 65-foot climbing wall.

222 Yale Ave. N, WA, 206-223-1944,
Tags: family | shopping | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | adventure

Seattle Aquarium

Check out Seattle Aquarium’s new “Windows on Washington Waters” exhibit. It connects visitors to marine life by placing them on the sea floor surrounded by marine animals and plants.

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, WA, 206-682-3474,
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Seattle Architecture Foundation Tours

Explore the city with an architectural tour. Themes range from historic skyscrapers to the intersection of art and architecture (the latter includes the Rem Koolhaas-designed public library).

1333 Fifth Ave., Third Fl., WA, 206-667-9184,
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | tour

Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum has expanded, tripling its works to 2,400. Don’t miss the lobby’s hanging art installation of nine full-size cars tumbling across two stories.

1300 First Ave., WA, 206-654-3100,
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture

Seattle Center

Built for the 1962 Seattle World Fair, this 74-acre park is a must for its iconic Space Needle (ride to the top!), science center, and Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project.

305 Harrison St., WA, 206-684-7200,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | architecture

The 5th Avenue Theatre

Founded in 1926, the grand 5th Avenue Theatre has undergone incarnations as a vaudeville venue, a movie palace, and, by the 1970s, a wrecking-ball target. Thankfully, a massive $2.6 million renovation saved the historic theater, which emerged in the 1980s as a home for as many as 150 live performances each year, including large-scale productions like the 2010 national tour debut of the hip-hop-, soul-, and salsa-filled In the Heights, the Tony Award winner for best musical in 2008.

1308 5th Ave., Washington, 888-584-4849; 206-625-1900,
Tags: historic | things to do | performing arts

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