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.
Nancy Whitlock deals in the ineffable. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she yearned for a connection to her neighborhood. One day, she was making cards using swatches of fabric and colored pencil, and got the idea to host an art festival on her block with the theme “What Is Your Art?” Neighbors came together and shared quilts, paintings, photography, and kids activities. Still not satisfied, though, Nancy hosted an even bigger festival in Lincoln Park the following year to celebrate the connection between art and nature. From there, she expanded even further to offer programs as Nature Consortium.
The Arts in Nature Festival continues today from Camp Long. Every year, people return to view musical performances and multimedia presentations in the woods and take part in naturalist activities in the meadow. In addition to the festival, Nature Consortium connects people to art and nature through two primary programs: Urban Forest Restoration Project and the Youth Art Program. The Youth Art Program provides out-of-school training in painting, music, culinary arts, urban arts, and dance, whereas the Urban Forestry Restoration Project sponsors volunteer parties to remove invasive species and plant native trees while local musicians play. Nature Consortium’s regular events also connect people with art and nature through wine tasting in the woods, an art walk, and outdoor indie-film nights.
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Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge indulges hearty appetites with a menu of hand-formed burgers, creamy pastas, and sauces made in-house at a cozy, wood-paneled setting first opened in 1927. Swirls of sharp cheddar cheese sauce saturate al dente cavatappi in the restaurant's signature mac 'n' cheese plated with a barricade of onion straws, bacon, and tomato to prevent corkscrew-shaped pasta from sneaking behind the bar and opening wine bottles. Chefs garnish 1/3-pound burger patties with a splash of homemade chili, barbecue sauce, and a slice of cheddar cheese or reimagine traditional vegetable sandwiches with gourmet enhancements such as marinated zucchini, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh spinach. A chicken cobb salad balances grilled chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, and crumbles of blue cheese and bacon atop the crisp leaves of its romaine foundation. This Groupon includes all available substitutions, so diners can replace fries with yam chips or decorate sandwiches with avocado, a slice of cheese, or edible top hat.
A wellspring of golf knowledge culled from 36 years on the links, Modern Golf Instruction founder Martin Gonzales helps clubbers across the handicap spectrum hone their swing. The PGA-certified instructor helps golfers accomplish new goals, covering everything from the basic rules and etiquette of the game to the finer points of the swing, putting stroke, and short-game techniques.
The Little Gym fosters the healthy growth of children by allowing them to progress at their own pace in a nonthreatening, nurturing environment. As wee ones from 4 months to 12 years-old tackle challenges, overcome fears, and learn to confidently express their opinions about Platonic theory, The Little Gym's original music graces their ears and supports their lessons. The month includes four classes that let tots develop through weekly, age-specific curriculum, with programs including pre-school/kindergarten gymnastics, dance, sports-skills development, and karate.
Tiger Lounge swells with the sounds of live music and the pings of pinball-machine points, both of which create a welcoming brand of martini-lounge ambience. Resident makers deal out drinks from the bar and organic fare from a menu blanketed with gourmet pizzas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Start out with an app such as the Tuscan garlic bread ($4), which paves the palate-pleasing path toward The B-52 Bomber sandwich—Cajun-seasoned turkey, provolone, roma tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and spicy bistro sauce on whole-wheat bread ($8). For sharable satiation, snag The Goody Goody pizza topped with pesto, fresh basil, mozzarella, goat cheese, parmesan, and feta ($7–$10) or lighten the consumption level with a bowl of the soup du jour ($5) or a La Tigra salad, which blends organic greens, pineapple, avocado, and Pico de Gallo beside tortilla chips and Cajun ranch dressing ($7–$9).