3. Seattle: Space Needle Area Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Note: This 0.8-mile-long tour covers the essentials of the Space Needle in 1 hour. Go on a self-guided walking tour of the Space Needle and surrounding area in Seattle with an app that functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map, all in one. Explore the Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, Mural Amphitheatre, Kobe Bell Meditation Garden, and more. Begin your walking tour of the Space Needle area at the Museum of Pop Culture. From there, head to the majestic Space Needle, a prominent symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair. Hear the story of how the city sought a memorable centerpiece for fairgoers and the struggle to find a place to build it. Next, find yourself at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, featuring glass sculptures that emulate the natural world. Uncover the story behind Chihuly’s unique processes in creating these works. On the way, see the “Sonic Bloom” solar-powered floral sculptures that produce harmonic tones as you get close. Then, see the Pacific Science Center, built for the World’s Fair. Listen to the tale of some fugitive monkeys as well. On a tamer note, move on to the Neototems Children’s Garden. Learn how many Native Americans saw whales as symbols of good luck, while observing the whimsical sculptures around you. Continue your walking tour to the Mural Amphitheatre. Learn about the artist Paul Horiuchi, responsible for the mural before you. Step back in time and hear about the many struggles he experienced. Move past the Seattle Center and onto the International Fountain, another remnant from the World’s Fair. Hear how it’s changed, including the fact that it once had a jagged moon-like surface. You might even take in a water show, synced to diverse music like Beethoven and Northwestern bands. Up next is another original structure from the fair, the Climate Pledge Arena. Find out how the arena once housed the “World of Tomorrow” exhibit, complete with projected images of an imagined future. Head onto the Kobe Bell Meditation Garden and uncover the bonds between Seattle and Kobe, Japan, forged after World War II. See the great bell, given by Kobe as a gesture of peace and friendship. Laugh at the April Fool’s prank involving the very fake collapse of the Space Needle. Become spellbound by the base jumpers who once leapt from the Space Needle’s observation platform, but with a few frightening twists. End your self-guided tour at the Artists at Play Playground, designed around themes of sound and motion.