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What to Do in Seattle

  • Restaurants and Coffee Shops
    12th Avenue runs right through Seattle University's campus and features a number of restaurants. We've featured a few local spots below:


    Plum Bistro Making veganism accessible to everyone–we have worked to develop a sustainable business model using what the earth provides to supply wholesome, nourishing food to our community.

    Skillet Diner A neighborhood joint that uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and continually seeks to “redefine the meaning of comfort.” 

    8 Oz Burger A fusion of flavors combining California and Pacific Northwest inspired dishes, accented by fresh, local, and organic ingredients.

    Yoshino Teriyaki A locally owned teriyaki restaurant.

    Caffe Vita - Independent, locally owned company, meticulously sourcing some of Seattle’s best coffee, while investing in farmers who are committed to sustainable practices.

    Cafe Presse Features Caffe Vita coffee and house-made pastries; a full bar open until 2am everyday; and a menu of casual Parisian café classics.

    Stumptown Coffee is a local coffee shop committed to the well-being of everyone they work with, from the farmers and the communities they live in, to their employees and communities here in the States.

    Canon Whiskey and bitters emporium with the largest collection of spirits in the western hemisphere.


    Downtown Attractions

    The Seattle Center hosted the 1962 World’s Fair; the area is now a park, arts, science and entertainment center. 

    The Space Needle is perhaps the best known feature of Seattle’s skyline. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Needle is located on the grounds of the Seattle Center 

    Seattle’s Great Wheel opened in June of 2012; the Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, rising to 175 feet.

    The Underground Tour explores a network of passageways and basements that used to be at ground level before the streets were elevated.

    World famous Pike Place Market is one of the oldest public farmers markets in the United States and features many unique shops and produce stands.

    The Bainbridge Island Ferry, the one closest to Seattle University, takes 35 minutes to cross Puget Sound and provides great views of the skyline and surrounding mountain ranges

    The Seattle Aquarium is located on Pier 59 on the Elliot Bay Waterfront.

    Pioneer Square is a historic neighborhood in Downtown Seattle where Seattle’s founders settled in 1852.


    Other Attractions

    Gas Works Park is located on the site of what used to be the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. Situated on the north end of Lake Union, the park offers views of the Seattle skyline. 

    The VW bug-cradling Fremont Troll is a funky public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood. 

    The Chittenden or Ballard Locks are part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The locks maintain the water levels of Lake Washington and Lake Union, prevent the mixing of seawater and fresh water, and move boats from the lakes to Puget Sound.  The locks also feature a fish ladder allowing salmon safe passage, and a viewing room in order to observe the returning fish. 

    Woodland Park Zoo is located in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood north of downtown and features more than 1,000 animals and 35 endangered species


     Seattle Art Museum - SAM’s main museum is in downtown Seattle; the Seattle Asian Art Museum is in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill; the Olympic Sculpture Park is on the Seattle waterfront.

    Seattle’s Museum of Flight (Boeing Field) is an air and space museum south of downtown Seattle at King County International Airport. It holds more than 150 aircraft and Boeing’s original manufacturing plant.

    The Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum (at Seattle Center) features award-winning exhibits covering different aspects of pop culture and includes many interactive activities and a sound sculpture.

    The Pacific Science Center (at Seattle Center) contains an IMAX Theater, a butterfly house, a planetarium and many hands-on exhibits.

    The Wing Luke Asian Museum, in the International District, is the only museum in the country devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience.

    The Burke Museum, at the University of Washington, is Washington’s oldest museum and has a permanent collection of over 14 million artifacts highlighting natural history.


    Hiking  and Outdoor Attractions 

    Seattle Cycling Tours explore downtown Seattle and various neighborhoods.

    Hiking:Washington State is a hiking mecca, from the Olympic Peninsula to Eastern Washington.

    Mount St. Helens is an active strato-volcano in the Cascade Range that erupted on May 18, 1980. 

    Mount Rainier National Park contains many hiking trails and beautiful views.

    Olympic National Park, located on the Olympic Peninsula, includes exceptional diversity: the Pacific coastline, alpine country, the temperate rainforests on the west and drier forests on the east.



    A map of the greater Seattle area and downtown Seattle, including location and information for Seattle's premier attractions.

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