Seattle is a great city to explore because there is just so much to see and do. In a previous blog, I offered a Weekender’s Guide to Seattle that listed four top tourist sites to see. However, the hustle and bustle of these major tourist sites are not for everyone. If you want to stay away from tourist bait, check out these places instead!
Underground Seattle Tour
An unusual Seattle attraction is the Underground Tour, which takes you through the interconnecting tunnels of the famous Seattle Underground. In 1889, there was a tremendous fire that destroyed the entire business district of Seattle. The fire destroyed 25 blocks, causing $20 million in damage. As a result of the tragic blaze, streets in the Pioneer Square neighborhood were elevated above the pre-fire street level. This tour allows you to see old Seattle and what the town was like before the fire.
Rat City Roller Derby
If baseball and football aren’t your thing, then check out the Rat City Roller Derby. The derby is home to the Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle’s premiere all-female, flat-track roller derby league. The league started in 2004 and now has 80 active skaters. If you want to enjoy some fun competition, check out their schedule and catch a home event!
Seattle Art Museum
Another favorite Seattle attraction of mine is the Seattle Art Museum. While the museum does bring in many visitors, it is never too busy because there are three different locations. The main Seattle Art Museum is located downtown whereas the Asian Art Museum is located on Capitol Hill and the Olympic Sculpture Park is placed on the waterfront. Each location offers something different, meeting the needs of all art lovers!
Center for Wooden Boats
Another small Seattle site to visit is the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), which is a museum devoted to preserving and documenting the maritime history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Similar to the Seattle Art Museum, the CWB also has more than one location. However, the South Lake Union is located in Seattle and offers rentals, workshops, classes, and field trips. Even if you don’t want to take a trip on the water, admission to the CWB is free so you can still enjoy walking the docks, browsing the exhibits, and exploring the boats for no cost.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Seattle! If you don’t want to get caught in the busy and hectic top tourist sites, be sure to check out these awesome spots!
Mitch Levy has spent nearly 30 years in radio and sports broadcasting after earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse. Read more of his advice for the radio industry or check out his Twitter!