An octopus gently pushes itself through crystal waters, sea otters twist and flip at the surface as they work through a crab, shore birds perch over pools, and between them all visitors smile in wonder. Seattle Aquarium has attracted millions of guests to its waters with such exhibits since it opened more than 35 years ago. By combining environments for fish, mammal, and avian species, the aquarium captures a slice of the Puget Sound ecosystem, inspiring guests to examine the breadth of life off their shores and how their daily actions impact it. Feedings and daily talks about the animals expand on the wealth of information, whereas touch pools allow many to experience life in the waters in a way they never have before.
In addition to being the ninth largest aquarium in the United States, the Seattle Aquarium is home to biologists who conduct critical research on northern sea otters, the giant Pacific octopus, and other Puget Sound species as part of efforts to contribute to the health of the local marine environment. Focused exhibits work to raise awareness about conservation by imparting an understanding of the threatened orca whale and the sixgill shark—the third-largest predatory shark in the world.
A nationwide department store with a prominent outpost in Downtown Seattle, Macy’s is the place for one-stop shopping for the family and the home. The longtime retailer carries brand name and private label clothing and shoes, and have extensive furniture and housewares departments for any upscale homeowner looking to bring their look up a few notches. Even better, they are known for their frequently-occurring sales, which means even mid-level folks can splurge on great pieces for their home or their closet. The stately 1929 building takes up a city block and spans six floors, plus a basement, and holds an annual holiday parade with inflatable floats, marching bands and costumed characters, which ends in the lighting of the huge Macy’s star on the corner of the building.
Monahan Studio's philosophy revolves around encouragement: anyone can create art, and should have fun doing it. Drawing and painting classes for adults fuel creativity, whereas children?s sessions cover everything from paper collage to sculpture. Private lessons pair students with an instructor who customizes a project to the client's ability level and speed. Illustration services are also available for traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.
We have a regularly changing variety of original fine art and prints. Our art ranges from abstract to figurative, and from affordable to pretty pricey! All our art is available as high quality giclee prints as well in a variety of sizes on paper or canvas.
What does a city taste like? If you're on Taste Seattle Food Tours' excursions, it tastes like the multicultural blending of cuisines found in Pioneer Square, one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. An intimate walking excursion travels through the neighborhood at a leisurely pace and visits eight independent businesses, from boutiques such as Intrigue Chocolate Co. and Sous Sol Winery to gourmet caf?s and restaurants. Each stop introduces a small business owner, chef, or other culinary artist who divulges some of their establishment's history and explains its role in the neighborhood, whether as a cutting-edge food destination or the place where all the celebrity farmers hang out. Locations are chosen for their passion for seasonal and sustainable ingredients as well as their stories. Between each stop, the guide also delves into the history of Pioneer Square and points out some interesting elements of its Renaissance Revival architecture.
Big cities have a wealth of entertainment, but the options can be overwhelming if you don?t know where to start. Luckily, the founders of Festivals Inc. have established several events that gather the Seattle region?s diverse food, drink, and music all in one place. Their flagship shindig, Groupon Bite of Seattle, attracts over 400,000 people with healthy appetites to try cuisine from more than 60 eateries alongside craft beers and live bands. During the fall, Oktoberfest Northwest and Oktoberfest Monroe celebrate the German beer festival, while the Taste of Tacoma rings in the last weekend of June with culinary offerings from its titular city.