I LOVE SEATTLE, including all the iconic things you have to do on a visit: going up the Space Needle, watching people throw fish at Pike Place Market. A lot of people don’t realize that the water tower in Volunteer Park, built in 1906, is open to the public.
Anyone who’s in any way into rock climbing should make plans to spend a few hours at Stone Gardens.
I’m the kind of person who can spend (and has spent) hours at a place like this, examining each boat in detail. If you need a little extra incentive to geek out on boats, the Center for Wooden Boats is right next to the Museum of History and Industry.
My first trip to Japonessa Sushi Cocina came right after visiting the nearby Seattle Aquarium.
Japonessa mixes Asian and Latino influences to create sushi rolls like the Orange Crush, which combines crab, sockeye, and salmon with cilantro, coconut mango, and shibazuke pickle. Central Cinema makes its business screening cult classics, from Hackers to The Big Lebowski.
Check to see if your screening includes Hecklevision, a system that allows the audience to text insults and heckles directly to the movie screen. Yes, this is one of those movie theaters that has tables in front of nearly every seat, and lets you enjoy both food and drinks (including cocktails) during the films. Central Cinema also has special theme events, like Cartoon Happy Hour: Arrive at 5pm and watch two hours of family-friendly cartoons. Seattle has a huge social dance culture, and the Century Ballroom is one of the most popular dance spots in the city.
Drop in for one of their nightly dances, which focus on everything from Lindy Hop to Kizomba. If you’d like a mini-lesson before you dance the night away, show up an hour before the nightly dancing starts for a quick course in rock steps and mambos. This is one of my favorite places in the city, and I love it in part because it’s a true Seattle secret (I discovered it by accident while taking a walk).
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An informational sign is awesome, but the Center for Wooden Boats is about much more than that.
On top of the vessels at the Center for Wooden Boats, there are also much larger ships on display next door at the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Museum (it’s practically connected to the Center for Wooden Boats). We suggest taking the time to check out the Center for Wooden Boats and the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Museum.


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Luckily, there are plenty of other amazing spots, ones you might not find in the guidebook literature. You have to walk right up to the base of the enormous brick tower to see the open door inviting visitors inside. This quirky spot sells an astonishing number of sandwiches and all-day-breakfast options, from the Battered Elvis (peanut butter and banana in French toast) to the Thanksgiving Hangover (turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce between two slices of bread).
You’ll see more than 100 historic boats, most of them wooden, and all of them fascinating examples of structure and design. We heard stories about the aquarium’s very smart octopus, who liked to climb out of its tank at night, and then I went to Japonessa and ate octopus for the very first time. I like to order the Spicy Redhead, first because of the color of my hair and second because it includes salmon, avocado, and chili allioli. They also host musical sing-along nights, so if you’ve ever dreamed of matching pitch with Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago, now you know where to go. I’ve been taking lessons here since the beginning of the year, and have mastered both the Charleston and the Reverse Charleston. Check their events schedule to confirm, but they’re generally set up for two dance styles each night, one in the main ballroom and one in the West Hall. Also, check out the Tin Table, the restaurant and bar inside the Century Ballroom building.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were boathouses (also known as liveries) all over Seattle. Located in Lake Union Park (1010 Valley Street), the museum (which is free to the public — although a donation is suggested) is home to more than 170 wooden vessels, which represent a wide variety of hull designs, sailing rigs, construction techniques and more. You can see the historic Fireboat Duwamish (built in 1909), the beautiful steamship Victoria V (built in 1921), the fishing troller Twilight (built in 1933) and many more vintage vessels.
Even if you don’t know a lick about boats, the museum is a nice place to spend a sunny day in Seattle. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.
Photographers take note: The water tower windows are grated, so be prepared to crop your skyline shots between the bars.
And if you’re traveling alone, there are auto-belay walls so you can climb without a partner. Their events calendar lists free public sails, where you get a chance to experience the boats in motion.


You’ll be very close to Pike Place Market, the Aquarium, and a lot of other popular downtown spots. The Louisa Boren Lookout is to the east of Volunteer Park, so make sure you don’t end up in Volunteer Park by mistake.
People could rent boats and take them around area lakes for transportation or entertainment.
Every boat on display at the Center for Wooden Boats has a sign loaded with information, so you can learn all about the historic vessels. Tove and I even had a chance to tour the tugboat Arthur Foss, which is one of the oldest wooden-hulled tugboats in the United States (built in 1889). We didn’t rent a boat when we were there (we will soon though), but many other people were throwing on life vests and getting ready for an awesome day on the lake. The first shelter we came to housed an ancient Native American styled wooden dugout canoe that was about ninety percent completed. As technology started to advance, and street cars and public transportation grew, the need for boathouses disappeared, leaving them high and dry.
The Center for Wooden Boats plans to start constructing its new education center in Lake Union Park this winter. I always feel so calm and refreshed afterwards, and very glad I get to live in this amazing city. Don’t forget to also check out Seattle Bloggers for more fun attractions in the Emerald City! Simply email me with a time to set up your video call and I'll be available to answer your questions and help you get started.
This gives the joints total rest from the effects of gravity which is good for all of us especially those with chronic pain, arthritis, injuries acute and chronic. More than 100,000 people visit the center every year, taking sailing and woodworking classes and hopping aboard free boat rides.
Inside, they’ll restore boats and build new ones, hold workshops for adults and classes for kids. Big backers include the Norcliffe Foundation, the Washington State Historical Society, Foss Maritime, and Lake Union Dry Dock. The plan is to open by spring 2015.



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