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Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

1. Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you to the most iconic spots of Seattle, Washington. Enjoy the flexibility and safety of an activity ran entirely on an app. Use clues, solve problems, and unlock stories as you explore the city and learn its history. Start your exploration game at the Father and Son fountain. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Visit the Seattle Cloud Cover, Anne Frank Chestnut Tree, Space Needle, and more. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

Seattle: 3 Hour Emerald City Bike Tour

2. Seattle: 3 Hour Emerald City Bike Tour

This one-of-a-kind guided bike tour starts across from the gorgeous Seattle waterfront. You will be fitted for your bike and helmet before hitting the bike trails. Seattle has become the most bike-friendly city in America! First, you will explore the Queen Anne Neighborhood and pass through the Seattle Center. Get close up with the Space Needle, MoPop, the Pacific Science Center, and the brand new Climate Pledge Arena before you pass through South Lake Union before heading North. Get off the beaten path as your ride through local neighborhoods. Take a break at the Ballards Locks and check out the Ballard fish latter. Finish off the tour where is started. A quick walk over to Pike Place Market.

Seattle: Space Needle Area Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Pacific Science Center

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

We had a lot of fun. The story was engaging and it even got two teenagers excited to get to the end. Customer service was terrific, and when we were stumped on one clue and reached out for help, we were directed to a hint within a minute of requesting. I definitely will do this again in other cities that we visit - and maybe even at home.

Nice tour of much of Seattle. The guide was enthusiastic and told a lot. He grew up in Seattle and therefore knows a lot, especially with the changes of the last 10 years

A very nice way to get to know Seattle. Some puzzles were difficult to solve. However, the help was good. Exploring the city this way was fun.

Very informative and places to see that I would not have known about if I didn’t participate

Great family event and thanks to brilliant guide Darrell!!!