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Bell Street Pier Rooftop Deck in Seattle

Bell Street Pier Rooftop Deck in Seattle

Put yourself in this situation: it’s time for lunch on a beautiful day in Seattle. You packed your meal and you want to enjoy the sunshine. There are a hundred different places you can go around the city: Kerry Park on Queen Anne, Seacrest Park in West Seattle, or how about the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck? It doesn’t share the same hype as other top viewpoints in Seattle, but there’s no reason the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck (2225 Alaskan Way) shouldn’t be included in the conversation. Located on Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront, the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck offers one of the best views in the heart of the city. I know two different ways to access the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck: You can walk across the Bell Street Pier Pedestrian Bridge from Elliott Avenue (located near the Art Institute of Seattle at 2323 Elliott Ave), or you can take the large staircase (located near the entrance of Anthony’s — click here for a photo) to...

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Centennial Park on the Seattle Waterfront

Centennial Park on the Seattle Waterfront

Centennial Park is one of the premier waterfront parks in Seattle, and it’s easily one of our favorite spots to stroll on a sunny day in the Emerald City. Centennial Park is just north of Myrtle Edwards Park on Elliott Bay. The two parks are actually connected, and it’s really hard to tell where one park begins and the other ends. The parks honestly seem like they’re just an extension of themselves. The only real difference between the two parks is Myrtle Edwards Park is run by the city of Seattle, while Centennial Park is operated by the Port of Seattle. Centennial Park was formerly known as Elliott Bay Park, but it was rededicated to commemorate the port’s 100th anniversary in 2011. Tove and I love Centennial Park because of the Elliott Bay Trail that guides you right along the waterfront (the park boasts 4,100 linear feet of shoreline). The 11-acre park provides great views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and even a sliver of the...

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Seattle Aquarium | A Peek Inside Puget Sound & Beyond

Seattle Aquarium | A Peek Inside Puget Sound & Beyond

Whether it’s Lake Washington or the Puget Sound, Seattle is surrounded by water. To most of us, it’s a mystery what lies beneath the waters around us. We usually only see the surface from the shore. Thankfully, the Seattle Aquarium is here to introduce us to the all the incredible sea life from our region and well beyond. The Seattle Aquarium has entertained locals and tourists on the Seattle waterfront (located at 1483 Alaska Way) since 1977. It continues to grow, luring in nearly one million visitors per year. With numerous fascinating exhibits, the aquarium is perfect for children, adults, and seniors alike. No matter how old you are, trust me when I say that your eyes will light up with wonder when you experience the aquarium. When you first enter the Seattle Aquarium, you see the large ‘Window on Washington Waters’ exhibit. It’s a massive 120,000 gallon tank loaded with more than 800 fish and invertebrates that are native to Pacific Northwest waters. The viewing window takes up...

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Ivar’s | A Classic Seattle Seafood Restaurant

Ivar’s | A Classic Seattle Seafood Restaurant

No visit to Seattle is complete without a at stop for some grub at Ivar’s. The local seafood chain has been making tasty food in Seattle for 75 years, and there’s no sign of them slowing down. With fast-food chains and full-service restaurants, Ivar’s is a classic Seattle eatery worthy of attention from locals and tourists alike. The Ivar’s story starts with a fellow named Ivar Haglund. In 1938, the Seattle man opened the city’s first aquarium on the waterfront. He quickly began selling fish ‘n chips and red clam chowder to aquarium visitors. The food was an instant hit, and the rest is history. Haglund and his famous seafood restaurants have made such an impact on Seattle that his nicknames include  the “King,” “Mayor,” and “Patriarch” of the waterfront. Today, Ivar’s has restaurants as far north as Bellingham, as far south as Tacoma, as far east as Spokane and everywhere in between (including multiple locations around the Seattle area). There are 24 fast-food seafood and fish bars and three full-service...

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The Crab Pot | Seafood Served with a Hammer

The Crab Pot | Seafood Served with a Hammer

“Don’t play with your food!” My mom screamed that at me a million times when I was a kid. Now that I’m an adult (which is still weird for me to admit), I’ve finally found a restaurant where I can’t be scolded by my parents. At The Crab Pot in Seattle you get a bib, a mallet and a bucket full of seafood dumped on your table. It’s your mom’s worst nightmare, but a seafood lovers dream. As we’ve mentioned before, Tove and I drew up a Seattle staycation when I first moved back to the city last year. We wanted to do what all the tourists do in Seattle (The Great Wheel, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, etc.), including a trip to The Crab Pot. I’d never been to The Crab Pot (1301 Alaskan Way) before and Tove had never even heard of it, so we introduced ourselves to what turned out to be the most bustling seafood restaurant in Seattle. You can usually walk right into your favorite joint at 8pm on a...

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