THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE
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This page is divided into the
& Dance, Music,
Art & Museums,
& Readings, Outdoor Recreation, and Beyond
The University of Washington is located 10 minutes
north of downtown Seattle. Cab fares between the U-District and Downtown
range from $10.00-$15.00, depending on distance.
Getting Downtown (from the University)
Local Cab Companies
Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500
Graytop Cab (206) 282-8222
Orange Cab (206) 522-8800
Bus - (206) 553-3000
Bus routes 70,
71, 72, 73, & 83 run from the University (stops along University
Way) to Downtown. Fares $1.50 (peak hours - Mon-Fri. 6-9 a.m. &
3-6 p.m.) $1.25 (off-peak).
Place Market - (206) 682-7453
Seattle's public market is famous for flying
fish, great seafood, fresh flowers and other arts and crafts. PIke
Place Market is the oldest continuously operating farmer's amrekt in the
United States. An inforamtion booth is located on the corner of Pike
Frist Avenue. Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m.
- 5:00 p.m.
Aquarium - (206) 386-4320
Pier 59, Waterfront
Admission (adult): $9.00. Hours: Daily
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visit the heart of "old" Seattle - Pioneer Square
is home to a thriving arts community, a variety of shops and restaurants,
and the Underground Tour (see below). Pioneer Square is located at
the south end of the city.
Center - (206) 684-7200
The Seatle Center is the home of a variety of
attractions, including the Space
Needle, the Children's
Museum, the International Fountain, and the Experience
Music Project. Take the Monorail from Westlake Center (downtown).
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - (206) 783-7059
The Locks are located on the west end of Lake
Washington Ship Canal. Completed in 1916, the Locks are used by pleasure
boaters and commerical vessels going between saltwater Puget Sound and
freshwater Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Cruises - (800)-642-7816
Offers a variety of cruises on Lake Union, Lake
Washington, and Eliot Bay.
City Tours - (206) 768-1234
Offers 3-hour tours of Seattle and a tour from
Seattle to Mt. Rainier National Park.
The Underground Tour - (206) 682-4646
Starting from Pioneer Square, this unique walking
tour takes you underground to the original street level (which was left
below after the Great Fire of 1889.
Waterfront Streetcar runs along Alaskan
Way (downtown), tickets ($1.00-$1.25) are good for 1 1/2 hours. For
more information please phone: (206) 553-3000.
Monorail, built for the 1962 World's Fair shuttles between downtown
Seattle and the Seattle Center. Tickets are $2.50 round trip, for
more information please phone: (206) 441-6038.
Seattle Walking Tours - (425) 226-7641
Offers private and group walking tours of Seattle.
Contemporary Theater - (206) 292-7676
A professional, non-profit theater company, ACT
presents a full season of contemporary plays and smaller productions, readigns,
and workshops throughout the year.
Repertory Theater - (206) 443-2222
Located in the Seattle Center, the Seattle Rep
puts on a full season of plays from contemporary to classic.
Schmeater - (206) 324-5801
"Committed to producing great plays simply and
fostering a love of theater as an art from for future audiences."
- (206) 269-1901
The Intiman Theater, lcoated in the Seattle Center,
is known for producing high-quality, award-winning works in an attractive
and intimate space.
Theater - (206) 467-5510
The Paramoutn presents a wide range of music,
dance, silent film, and other theatrical experiences in its historical
the Boards - (206) 217-9888
A center for contemporary performances on non-traditional
dance, music, theatre, and multi-media events.
Northwest Ballet - (206) 441-9411
Located at 301 Mercer Street (in the Seattle
Center), view their web site for more inforamtion.
Jazz and Blues
Jazz Alley is Seattle's premier jazz club. Washington
Blues Society promotes the blues and its artists throught he Puget
Sound region. The Pacific
Blues and Jazz site holds a detailed calendar of local events.
Moore Theater - (206) 467-5510
Presents local community events and artists as
well as national names.
Symphony - (206) 215-4747
Visit Benaroya, the stunning new symphony hall
located in downtown Seattle.
Opera - (206) 684-7200
Performances at 321 Mercer Street (in the Seattle
Other Music Venues
Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave.NW, 206/789-3599): "Check out all of your
favorite rock, alternative country, rockabilly, groove & psychedelia,
Celtic, Cajun & zydeco, folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass acts, to name
a few." The
Crocodile Cafe (2200 2nd Ave, 206/448-2114): "The Crocodile Cafe
is pleased to offer a eclectic and original format of live music and performance.
We are proud to be a part of Seattle's diverse and artistic community."
Art Gallery - (206) 543-2280
Art & Museums
Located on the UW campus, the Henry Art Gallery
is a contemporary art museum that hosts a vareity of shows.
Art Museum - (206) 654-3255
Located at 100 University Street (downtown),
the SAM is open Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Art Museum - (206) 622-9250
(704 Terry Ave.) Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sunday
12 noon-4, Thurs 10 - 8 pm.
on Contemporary Art - (206) 728-1980
(65 Cedar Street) Hours: Tue-Sat 11-6.
Luke Asian Museum - (206) 623-5124
(407 7th Ave South) Hours: Tuesday to Friday,
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission: $4.00.
of History and Industry - (206) 324-1126
(2700 24th Avenue) Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. Admission: $5.50.
of Flight - (206) 764-5700
(9404 E Marginal Way South) Hours: Daily 10:00
a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 9:00 p.m. Admission: $9.50.
Museum of Natural History - (206) 543-5590
Located on the UW Campus. Hours: Daily
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. Admission: $8.00.
Hugo House - (206) 322-7030
(1634 11th Avenue) "A place for people who love
reading and writing."
Bookstore - (206) 634-3400
The University Bookstore sponsors a number of
author readings and other book events.
Bay Book Company - (206) 624-6600
A bookstore worth browsing! Elliott Bay
Book Company has an average of 10 readings per week, and offers the book-lover
hours of browsing. Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday
9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Campus Events Calendar
Also see the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for
the Humanities (one of our generous conference sponsors) Calendar
for lectures and events of interest.
Gilman Trail - Contact Seattle Parks and Recreation: (206) 684-4075
A multi-use trail (biking, walking, roller-blading),
the Burke Gilman Trail runs from Fremont to Kenmore (approximately 30 miles).
The trail runs along the south side of the UW campus.
Greenlake Boat Rentals - (206) 527-0171
7201 E. Green Lake Dr. North
Rent a rowboat, paddleboat or sailboard.
Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union - (206)
2100 Westlake North
Kayak rentals on Lake Union.
University of Washington Water Activities Center
- (206) 543-9433
Rent canoes and rowboats and boat on Lake Washington.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
A few hours west of Seattle, the Olympic National
Park offers hiking, camping, and sightseeing.
Visit the scenic San Juan Islands for scenic
drives, hiking, camping, and other water sports.
Rainier National Park
The park was established in 1899 and covers 235,625
acres (97% is designated Wilderness). The park includes Mount Rainier (14,410'),
an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice. The
park contains outstanding examples of old growth forests and subalpine
St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens erupted in April 1980, and the
National Volcanic Monument is a stunning geologic display.
Visit this site to learn more about skiing, snow-shoeing,
and other winter activities.