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A National Historic District
Pike Place Market, originally a farmers market, was founded in 1907 as a means to avoid middleman costs. Today it is an incredibly busy attraction all day long. There are some 100 farmers and fishmongers and more than 150 specialty shops and restaurants. Street performers provide entertainment.
There are hundreds of arts and crafts vendors and eateries. Fresh fish is a huge draw. When visiting, stop first at the information booth for a map of the market and vendors.
Pike Place Market has a fascinating history including its near demise during WWII when many of the Japanese farmers were sent to interment camps.
Pike Place Market
Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave, Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square, Seattle
Open Hours: Pike Place/First Ave. businesses Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Down Under stores daily 11am-5pm; many produce vendors open at 8am in summer; restaurant hours vary
Ballard is most associated with the famous Hiram M Chittenden Locks, is a largely residential area also noted for such Greenlake and other outdoor wonderlands. A sure bet for outdoorsy activities, this part of town does have some worthwhile cultural high spots including; Seattle Metaphysical Library, the Nordic Heritage Museum, as well as events like the Ballard Jazz Festival. Be sure and visit Fisherman’s Terminal for some of the best fresh crabs and seafood in the state.Find out more about Ballard
Capitol Hill, including the Central District, is situated just East of Downtown, a primarily residential and traditional center of Seattle’s African-American community. Besides the quiet neighborhoods in this area like Madison Park, this part of town is noted for some super parks such as; Cal Anderson Park, Volunteer Park, and Washington Park Arboretum. You’ll also enjoy showing the whole family the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Museum of the Mysterie.Find out more about Capitol Hill
Situated in between Elliott Bay, Pioneer Square, Queen Anne, and Capitol Hill, the Downtown neighborhood of Seattle is where you’ll find most of the city’s commercial and retail action. While visting this bustling part of town you’ll want to take in places like; the Central Library, Paramount Theater, Pike Place Market, as well as some of the best places to dine and people watch. Be sure and enjoy Bay Pavilion on Pier 57, as well as shopping at Pike Place Market, just for starters.Find out more about Downtown
Fremont - Wallingford is Seattle’s most active arts community. Quirky in the extreme, this bohemian-like neighborhood also plays host to some notable corporate tenants like Adobe Systems, and some others. The area is most famous for the Fremont Solstice Parade held yearly, as well as for the strange works of art lingering about. The Fremont Troll, Gas Works Park, and especially the Fremont Rocket from back in the 50’s retro flavor, are attractions no visitor will soon forget.Find out more about Fremont
Queen Anne, including the are of West Lake Union, sits just Northwest of Downtown. A massive mixed use district, the area is most famous for the famed Space Needle and Seattle Center, but serves as one of the fastest growing residential districts as well these days. The city’s wealthy residents cotton to Magnolia, and Interbay, and everything in between is commercialized in some way. Expect to find many of Seattle’s best restaurants, shopping spots, and excellent entertainment attractions.Find out more about Queen Anne
The University District (U-District), is so named for being home to the University of Washington. Mostly residential, the neighborhood bears an unmistakable student influence. Book shops, trendy cafes, and all the trappings of college oriented life are here. Expect one of the most beautiful University campuses in the United States and touristy sites like; the Burke Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and Magnuson Park, among the many others. Needless to say, there are plenty of pubs and bars too.Find out more about University District
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