Seattle is such a hip, trendy city on the coast of Washington state. There are so many must-do attractions in Seattle that are awesome, but can seem a bit clichè. While I was in Seattle, my best friend and travel partner did all the typical Seattle stuff, but we also discovered some not so popular attractions.
The following is my list of off-the-beaten-path things to do while visiting Seattle:
1. See the Dragons in Chinatown
Ever wanted to see a life-size Mushu? Well, you have the chance if you want to travel to Seattle’s Chinatown. Not only is there an abundance of Asian cuisine, but there is some interesting art to see. The dragons were a surprise that I wasn’t expecting. Visiting Chinatown isn’t a main attraction, but I encourage it, because the dragons come in different shapes, sizes, and colors on most of the major light poles and street signs in the area.
2. Visit the Seattle Pinball Museum
Admit it, Pinball is cool! In the International District, you can find Seattle’s own pinball museum. It is filled full of classic pinball machines that you can play. It feels like a movie walking in there, because of all the different machines chiming. Note: The Pinball Museum is not free. Bring some coins with you if you want to play.
Address: 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
3. Climb the Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll was probably one of my favorite attractions! Packed tight under a bridge is the strange concrete troll. I don’t know anything about it other than it is so stinking random and cool! He sports one eye and a scowl, but doesn’t mind if people climb or take selfies with him. So be sure to stop by and get creative with your picture.
Address: Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
4. See the Grey’s Anatomy Intern House
Any Grey’s Anatomy fans out there? I am a very proud Grey’s Anatomy fan and was over the moon to visit the city where all the drama happens. Although the hospital isn’t actually there, Meredith Grey’s home is! Meredith Grey’s home is featured in the first seven seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. In the beginning, it was Ellis Grey’s home, but just about everyone has lived there or spent the night. Basically, if you are a fan of the show then you know the house! My friend and I had a blast fangirling as we took selfies outside. Note: Remember that real people live here, so be courteous and take your photos from the street.
Address: 303 W Comstock St. Seattle, WA 98119
5. Visit The Grave of Bruce Lee
Do you practice martial arts? Are you a fan of the infamous Bruce Lee? Well if you are then you can pay your respects at his grave. Personally, I only stopped by for my friend, but was surprised at how popular the gravesite was. Bruce is buried in a local cemetery next to his son, Brandon Lee.
Address: 1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
6. Relax in the Waterfall Garden
While visiting Seattle, you will most likely be doing a lot of walking. You’re feet will inevitably start to hurt and you will be begging for a place to rest for a moment. If you happen to be in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, you can pop into serene and beautiful waterfall garden. There are lots of tables and chairs for people to relax and enjoy the site.
Address: 219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
7. Learn about the Klondike Gold Rush
Ever heard of the Klondike Gold Rush? Ya, I hadn’t either before popping into this national historical park. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a great little piece of unadvertised treasure. It is full of interactive activities to teach you about the event and the nicest park rangers work here. I would especially encourage this attraction if you have small kids. It is definitely a fun learning environment. Note: The national historical park is air-conditioned for those of you visiting in the summer!
Address: 319 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98104
So if you’re visiting Seattle and want to add some not-so-typical attractions to your list, these are the ones I highly recommend! The Fremont Troll is definitely the most unique, but I definitely wouldn’t miss on relaxing at the Waterfall Garden.
Have you been to Seattle? Do you have any other off-the-beaten-path places to visit?
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