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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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New Year’s Eve in Seattle

New Year’s Eve in Seattle

New Year’s Eve in Seattle, watching the fireworks at the Space Needle, is the most incredible and easily the coolest New Year’s Eve I have ever experienced. The show is spectacular, the crowd is always energized, and it’s the best way to ring in a New Year. Link: Best Places to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Seattle The firework show at the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve is a sight not to be missed. Tim and I are fortunate enough to get front row seats on the rooftop of a neighboring building (Tim’s hookup, not mine). The fireworks start just before midnight. The first few fireworks are actually a ten-second countdown to the New Year.  This was actually a little bit confusing for us the first time we spent New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle. We didn’t realize the start of the fireworks signaled the countdown until a few seconds after it struck 12 o’clock. It wasn’t a huge deal missing the actual moment the new year kicked off...

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Fish Throwing at Pike Place Market

Fish Throwing at Pike Place Market

There’s arguably nothing more original and entertaining than fish throwing at Pike Place Market. It’s become a tradition in Seattle. Fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market (one of the many seafood vendors in the market) have shouted orders and tossed fish to each other, or even paying customers, for more than 30 years. I’ve lived in the Seattle area for a large chunk of my life, so I’ve seen fish throwing at Pike Place Market hundreds of times. With that said, it never gets old. How can it?! They are fishmongers throwing fish through the air at folks who are completely uncomfortable with the situation. It’s pure entertainment. Where in the world can you find anything else like that? NOTE: Many people wonder when fish throwing at Pike Place Market happens. Well, it all depends. The fishmongers will toss your order when you pick out the fish you want, or we’ve also seen them toss fish for people who are celebrating a special occasion (like a birthday, bachelorette party, etc.). If...

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Deck The Hall Ball | A Holiday Tradition in Seattle

Deck The Hall Ball | A Holiday Tradition in Seattle

The holiday season is a special time of year in Seattle. There are bright lights, plenty of Christmas cheer, and downright alternative music awesomeness at Deck The Hall Ball. 2019 Deck the Hall Ball Lineup: The 1975, The Head and the Heart, Of Monsters and Men, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Regrettes, and Chong the Nomad. The event is Tuesday, December 10th at WaMu Theater. Click here to buy tickets. Deck The Hall Ball is an annual event put on by 107.7 The End, and it’s become a holiday tradition in the Emerald City. The concert typically takes place the first or second week of December, which is perfect timing to ramp up the Christmas season. The first Deck The Hall Ball happened in 1992, featuring Evan Dando and Sarah McLachlan performing live on the steps of the Seattle Art Museum. The concert has grown exponentially since then, showcasing more than 100 different bands (Green Day, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, and many, many more) in several different locations...

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Allen Stone Performs at Easy Street Records

Allen Stone Performs at Easy Street Records

It’s not every day a budding music star performs inside a record store, but it used to happen all the time at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne. The keywords there are “used to.” Unfortunately, Easy Street Records was forced out of its location by increasing rent, and there’s a bank in its place now. Easy Street hosted several artists before they were bumped, including the soulful Allen Stone. Allen Stone is the only performer Tove and I saw at Easy Street Records. Unfortunately, we weren’t living in the city when most of the concerts were happening. The one and only show we watched there was awesome though. Yes, it was strange to be rocking out next to racks of CDs and vinyls. Yes, it was packed. And yes, it was hot. But no matter where you were in the building, you were up-close and personal with the band. We have to give credit to Allen Stone for treating Easy Street Records like a “normal” show. The guy rocked...

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