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Your foolproof guide to entertaining any Seattle visitor

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
Photo: The Seattle Great Wheel
Photo: The Seattle Aquarium
Photo: Chihuly Garden and Glass
Photo: Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Seattle Pinball Museum
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1. Ride the Ducks 516 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

Ride the Ducks is as interesting and fun as...riding a van into water and having it float...which is exactly what's going to happen on this drive/boat tour of the city.

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2. Seattle Great Wheel 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

The Great Wheel's the giant Ferris wheel-y thing on Pier 57, which you can ride while enjoying eats from the food court including BBQ from Yukon Jack’s, and handmade pies from Sourdough Pizza Co.

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3. Seattle Center 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

From sports to performing arts, to opera concerts and art fairs, this city center's activities are so diverse that you will definitely walk out with an infinite amount of cultural bragging points.

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4. Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

The Seattle Aquarium is the best place for a refreshing reminder of what's going on below you every time you step toe in the abyss of the ocean.

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5. Saba Ethiopian Cuisine 110 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Saba Ethiopian is a great place to get your hands dirty in some really good, ethnic grub. Their flare and attention to spice and detail will send your stomach into a fantasy land of full and delighted.

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6. Pike Place Market 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This is one of the country's oldest public farmers markets, and is home to a zillion unique vendors selling crafts, specialty foods, fresh produce, and playing live music.

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7. Chihuly Garden and Glass 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

The Glasshouse (there are like 980 of them since Philip Johnson welcomed the idea into our minds) of Seattle is inside Chihuly Garden and it's a pretty spectacular conservatory. Once you're done ogling the installments, head to Collections Cafe where you can indulge in some craft brew.

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8. Bainbridge Island Ferry 801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

"The boat" is a 35-minute trip across the Puget Sound, and they boldly claim this memory will last a lifetime. It's that beautiful.

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9. Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Downtown)

The OSP is located at the SAM, and it's on the waterfront. But if you get bored of over-your-head installations and performances (way to be cultured, bro), you can always head to a number of ongoing activities or pop-up food places right there.

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10. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Feeling starved for historic Seattle information? Head to MOHAI and indulge in your inner-nerd.

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11. El Gaucho 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

This old-time-y steakhouse in Belltown is serving up serious cuts of beef and fresh seafood, with impressive service to boot. The menu offers upscale takes on Cajun fare (its well known for its spicy Wicked Shrimp and Tenderloin Diablo tips in cream sauce) including a solid array of steak featuring 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch and all-natural Certified Angus beef.

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12. Seattle Pinball Museum 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Dedicated to the "preservation of pinball for future generations", this riotous arcade in an ID storefront boasts more than 30 working vintage pinball machines (all set to free play!), including a Bally Ballerina from 1948, the pulpy devil-arted Gorgar, and one from '77 called Stern Pinball, on which players should be careful or they'll end up getting locked out.

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13. Northwest Riders 6100 NE 175th St, Kenmore, WA 98028

This clothing-company-turned-boarding-school is doling out well-priced wakeboarding lessons, with a slick boat, top-notch instructors, and new perspective on just how cool you really are. Allied: While you're out picking up some new gear swing by Viva Mexico at 26015 Pacific Hwy S and pick up some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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14. Vertical World 2330 W Commodore Way, Seattle, WA 98199 (Magnolia)

Vertical World was made for those who love to look down, and still keep climbing. This rock climbing establishment caters to all age groups and body types ... but uh, you should probably have some muscles... Allied: Put your feet back on the ground and head on over to Big Foot Tavern at 112 Mashell Ave N and pick up some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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15. Deja Vu Showgirls 1510 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This "premier gentleman's club" has dancers with names like Cherry and Barbie, and they host Amateur Nights, which is obviously an invitation to just be yourself.