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Other Activities

This is a short list of nearby museums and other attractions. See the con guide for a map. More information will be available in the hospitality suite or at con.puzzlers.org.

See the Program and Activities for official activities including the pre-con picnic and the Underground Tour.

Downtown Area

  • Pike Place Market, 85 Pike Place. The famous public open-air market, open daily until 5 pm, boasts a wide variety of goods, as well as fish-flinging.
  • Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1 Ave. A varied collection. Special exhibit of Kurt Cobain photos. Free Thursday 7/1, $15 otherwise.
  • Qwest & Safeco Fields. The Seahawks, the Sounders, and the Mariners all play just south of downtown. Tours available.
  • Seattle Underground Tour, 608 1 Ave. A walking tour of historical Seattle Below. NPL group tour 3:30 Thursday, see the Program and Activities page
  • Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave. The US's only outdoor public sculpture park is worth a visit.
  • Whale Watching Cruises depart from many of the waterfront piers. Argosy and Clipper Vacations are the two majors.
  • Duck Tours involve riding an amphibious vehicle around downtown before cruising Lake Union and making quacking sounds. They depart near the Space Needle.
  • Pacific Science Center, 200 2 Ave N. Good-quality science museum, with the requisite planetarium and IMAX theater. Part of Seattle Center.
  • Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, 325 5 Ave N. Paul Allen and Frank Gehry's monument to rock and roll and future science. The spectacularly weird building houses both museums. $15 for adults. Part of Seattle Center.
  • Space Needle, 400 Broad Street. Symbol of the 1962 World's Fair, the Needle remains a distinctive part of the Seattle skyline. $17 gets you to the top to investigate rumored Wheedle sightings. Part of Seattle Center.

Further Afield

  • Museum of Flight, Renton. Fantastic aerospace museum, accessible via bus #124, 45-minute ride. $15.
  • Museum of Glass, Tacoma. Breathtaking and quirky museum featuring live glassblowing demos. 45- minute drive. $12.
  • Leavenworth Village. An entire town built to recreate a Bavarian village. Shopping, dining, and Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen. 2-hour drive. Day Trips
  • Mt. Rainier National Park, Ashford. If you look southeast on a sunny day, you can probably see it looming 14,411 feet high. The park is about 3 hours SE of Seattle. $15/car.
  • Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Amboy. Simply driving through the blast zone is eerily fascinating, but the Johnston Ridge Observatory has a good hiking trail and exhibit on the 1980 eruption. About 3 hours SE of Seattle. $8.
  • Vancouver, BC. You'll need passports to cross the border, but Vancouver and Victoria are an excellent way to extend your trip. Car, train, bus, and ferry are all reasonable options. 3.5-hour drive from Seattle.