Attractions/Points of Interest
Museums throughout Seattle offer information about the history of the Pacific Northwest, natural history and culture. Museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Coast Guard Museum Northwest, Frye Art Museum, Maritime Heritage Center, Museum of History and Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Museum of Flight, and Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle IMAX Dome are located at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Seattle Center is located on the site of the 1962 World's Fair and includes the Children’s Museum, Experience Music Project, Fun Forest Amusement Park, Pacific Science Center, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Space Needle.
Other areas of interest include Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and the Mercer Island Floating Bridges. The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens are adjacent to the Locks. Kubota Gardens feature plants native to the Northwest along with water falls, rock gardens and walking paths.
Shoppers will find everything they could possibly want and need at Pikes Place Market. Opened in 1907, the below-street-level market is connected to the waterfront via the Pike Street Hillclimb. Fresh seafood, arts and crafts, boutiques, restaurants, musicians and fresh produce are staples at the market. Pioneer Square Historic District is a 30-block area of historic buildings built after the Great Fire of 1889. A Tlingit Indian totem pole and a statue of Chief Sealth welcome visitors to the District which includes art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes.
There are sports to watch and sports to play in Seattle. The Seahawks and Sonics offer the thrill of professional athleticism. Golf, hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, windsurfing, jogging, bicycling, scuba diving, skeet shooting, and hydroplane races on Lake Washington are just some of the area's recreational activities.
Kirkland residents are a mix of young business people, families and retirees. All the residents enjoy the city's friendly atmosphere and the abundance of outdoor space and activities in the parks and on Lake Washington.
In addition to city parks and Bridle Trails State Park, there are three county parks in Kirkland. Big Finn Hill Park, the largest county park at 300 acres, has four baseball fields, a soccer field, a hiking trail, a playground and plenty of open space. Argosy Cruises depart from Kirkland Marina Park for narrated tours of Lake Washington, including a look at the luxury homes that dot the shoreline. The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train travels along Lake Washington, offering the nostalgia of rail service of days gone. The train crosses the historic 102 foot high and 945 foot long Wilburton Trestle.
The Burke-Gilman Trail connects Kirkland to Green Lake, one of the most beloved parks in the Seattle area. Woodland Park Zoo is near Green Lake Park and is comprised of more than 90 acres and houses more than 300 animal species and a Tropical Rain Forest with 700 plant species. Zoo habitat areas include Tropical Asia with the Elephant Forest; Trail of the Vines with orangutans, lion-tailed macaques and siamangs; the African Savanna with hippos, giraffes, monkeys, oryxes, zebras and lions; the Northern Trail features bears, river otters and bald eagles while the Temperate Forest features waterfowl and "bug" world. Woodland Park Rose Garden contains more than 5,000 rose bushes representing over 250 varieties. The rose garden, one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the country, also has a lily pond and topiaries.
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