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iFly Seattle | Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila

iFly Seattle | Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila

Before I get started, I have something to say. I know it’s the first two sentences of my post, but I just need to put this out there: iFLY Seattle is AWESOME. Tove and I just went indoor skydiving there for the first time, and it’s all I can think about (I’ve even had a full night of sleep). As far as I’m concerned, it’s a thrill everyone should experience. iFLY Seattle isn’t actually in Seattle. You can find it 20 minutes south of the city in Tukwila (349 Tukwila Parkway). In fact, you’ve probably seen their big, red, square building along I-405. The iFLY building is designed like that because it houses a huge wind tunnel that makes indoor skydiving possible. A typical building just wouldn’t do for this atypical activity! We were invited by iFLY Seattle to come experience the thrill of indoor skydiving. This isn’t a carnival ride; it’s a real sport that everyone can enjoy. iFLY Seattle has hosted anyone from 2-years-old to 97-years-old. We were told...

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Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door

Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door

I was convinced The Triple Door was simply just another music venue in Seattle, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. While The Triple Door does have an awesome 270-seat theater, there’s also the Musicquarium Lounge — a unique bar with craft cocktails, great food, and of course, fun music. So, why is this place called the Musicquarium Lounge? First, let’s focus on the “quarium” part of the name. The Musicquarium Lounge (216 Union St.) features a 1,900 gallon freshwater fish tank. Loaded with more than 100 yellow, blue and albino African Cichlids, the aquarium is what makes the bar unique. NOTE: We got a sneak peek at the Musicquarium Lounge fish tank, but it was undergoing renovations when we were there. We’ll add a picture as soon as we go back and get one. The other part of the Musicquarium Lounge name is clearly “music.” The Triple Door features up-and-coming national and local bands inside the bar. We were there to see Wren, The Sky Colony, and Perfect...

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Bumbershoot | Music and Arts Festival in Seattle

Bumbershoot | Music and Arts Festival in Seattle

Nothing says Labor Day weekend in Seattle more than Bumbershoot. No, I didn’t just sneeze — Bumbershoot (another word for umbrella) is the name of Seattle’s largest music and arts festival, and it happens over the three-day holiday weekend every year (since 1971) at Seattle Center. It’s our can’t miss event of the year in Seattle. With more than 100 acts playing on 6 different stages, the highlight of Bumbershoot for us is the music. Bumbershoot claims to have the “most diverse and carefully curated musical lineups in the world.” From Grammy Award winners, to old-time rockers, to up-and-coming hip-hop artists, there truly is something for everyone at Bumbershoot (click here for the 2015 lineup). There’s a constant flow of music blaring through Seattle Center all weekend. Tove and I were only there for one day last year, and we got a taste of more than 10 different bands. While the festival does reel in national and international acts, it prides itself on showcasing local performers. While music is the...

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Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah

Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah

Did you know there’s a zoo in Issaquah? No, I’m not kidding. I’ve seen the “ZOO” signs while driving down the road a few times, and I even ran into a volunteer once around town. I never really thought it would be worth checking out, but I was wrong. Cougar Mountain Zoo is really cool. Cougar Mountain Zoo (19525 SE 54th St. in Issaquah) is much smaller than Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, but it’s still packed with incredible animals. Listed as only eight acres, Cougar Mountain Zoo is home to cougars, tigers, lemurs, wallabies and several species of birds. There are also deer, alpaca and reindeer that you can feed at anytime throughout the day (all you need is 50-cents for a handful of food). Cougar Mountain Zoo is unique because you can get so close to the animals, including the cougars and tigers. You can literally stare the creatures in the eye from just a few feet away. That right there is worth the price of...

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Olympic Sculpture Park | Free 365 Days a Year

Olympic Sculpture Park | Free 365 Days a Year

In 1910, Union Oil of California bought property along the Seattle waterfront and turned it into a petroleum transfer and distribution center. UNOCAL operated on the site until 1975, and then spent the next 10 years on cleanup efforts. In 1999, the Seattle Art Museum took “cleanup” to a whole new level. They purchased the property and turned it into the Olympic Sculpture Park. It sounds like one of those movies where the nerdy high school girl meets the cool guy and becomes the stunning prom queen, but that’s the actual history behind the Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave.). The beautiful 9-acre offshoot of the Seattle Art Museum (also known as SAM) is free and open to the public 365 days a year. There are nearly 20 sculptures at the Olympic Sculpture Park. From Type Writer Eraser, Scale X (taking a mundane object to a massive scale) to Perre’s Ventaglo III (the reflective material is meant to create an optical illusion), each of the park’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. My...

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The Great Wheel | Ride the Seattle Ferris Wheel

The Great Wheel | Ride the Seattle Ferris Wheel

If there wasn’t enough to do in Seattle already, there’s a new tourist attraction that makes the city even more exciting. I’m talking about The Great Wheel — the new Seattle Ferris wheel. Not only is the Ferris wheel a nice addition to the skyline, but I think it’s also a fun ride for tourists and locals alike. The Seattle Ferris wheel first opened to the public in June 2012. It stands 175 feet tall, making it the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. To make The Great Wheel even more unique, it was built on Pier 57 on the Seattle waterfront. That means the Ferris wheel literally stands more than 40-feet over the Puget Sound, so The Great Wheel offers views you can’t find anywhere else. Tove and I recently went for a ride on the Seattle Ferris wheel. It was part of our Seattle staycation in August. I had just moved back to the city after several years away, so I wanted to get acquainted with the city again. We checked out the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, The...

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