Seattle is a city full of unique, fun things to do. From The Gum Wall to shops with shrunken heads, here are 10 ideas for quirky things to do on your next trip to the city.
1. Check Out the Gum Wall
The Gum Wall is a somewhat infamous attraction located near Pike Place Market. This alley wall is almost entirely covered with several inches of chewing gum – and it’s been cleaned multiple times. The gum wall is a popular sight-seeing location with both locals and tourists, and its close proximity to Pike Place Market means you won’t have to go too far away from other attractions to take it in.
2. Dare To Enter Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
If you’re a fan of the grotesque and unusual, consider stopping by Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Part store, part exhibit, this shop is home to unique knick-knacks as well as memorable collections such as real shrunken heads and a mummy.
3. Head Over to the Meowtropolitan
Make some feline friends at Seattle’s Meowtropolitan! A Seattle version of the ever-expanding cat café trend, this is bound to make a memorable excursion. While you can usually look forward to grabbing a hot cup of coffee as well as visiting the cats, the coffee shop is currently closed due to the pandemic. You can still visit the cats, as well as check out the gift shop, however, by booking a visit online.
4. Visit a Troll
Stop by and say hi to a real-life (well, cement) troll under a bridge with a visit to the Fremont Troll. Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, this troll is a popular photo spot with visitors.
5. Eat Inside a Train Car
Eat inside an actual historic train car at Orient Express Restaurant. Opening in 1949, this restaurant is made up of 7 trains cars, one of which was once President Roosevelt’s personal transport. The restaurant is currently open to dine-in customers, as well as having options for ordering food to go.
6. Tour the Amazon Spheres
This Amazon office building puts other corporate buildings to shame! With a segment made up of several giant spheres, this is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. You can stroll through the sphere’s indoor gardens yourself every first and third Saturday of each month. Though a trip inside is free, reservations are currently required and can be made online.
7. Catch a movie at Majestic Bay Theatres
Majestic Bay Theatres is one of the oldest still operating movie theaters in the country. It held the title of longest continuously operating theater until the 1990s but briefly shut down from 1997-1998. When it reopened, it was fully renovated into a larger, modern theater, and still plays movies today.
8. Stop by Scarecrow Video
Here’s one that might bring back some nostalgia for readers that remember the days of video rental stores. For younger readers, this is still a pretty interesting stop – Scarecrow Video is the largest independent video rental store in the United States. This Seattle shop consists of several floors and thousands of videotapes and discs.
9. Play pinball at the Seattle Pinball Museum
Love old games? Looking to add a unique stop to your trip? Head over to the Seattle Pinball Museum. Featuring over 50 pinball machines in their collection, the museum is currently welcoming visitors. With an admission ticket, you can look forward to both viewing and playing as many of the pinball machines as you would like.
10. Visit the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture
Learn about movies, music, and more at the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture! This unique museum currently features collections such as the Heroes And Villains: The Art Of The Disney Costume exhibit or the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit. With many of their collections offering interactive elements, and the museum offering regular sensory-friendly programs, this is a stop that families of all ages and abilities can experience and enjoy!
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