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Must see/do in Seattle for one day?

I will be in Seattle for one day (7am-4pm) during a cruise at the end of September. What are some budget (and time) friendly must see/do experiences for a solo traveller? 

Since I will be arriving and leaving by ship, suggestions near the port or easy to reach without a car would be great.

I love music, art, architecture, markets, nature and wine. I also enjoy a good tourist attraction, but would like some ideas that the average tourist might miss out on as well.

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  • Michael McKinnon

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    Debbie offered several good choices for a day in Seattle. (The weather should be good, and probably dry, at the end of September.) There are many options within easy reach of the terminal. I'm not sure if you'll be arriving at Pier 66 or Pier 91. (Pier 66 is closer to downtown.) A .3 of a mile walk from the Pier 91 terminal will bring you to the nearest bus stop which you can take into the center of downtown Seattle. Bus fare is $2.25-$2.50 per ride (exact change only). The same bus might well take a route that brings you within about a 5-minute walk of the Space Needle, The Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Chihuly Garden and Glassimage from commons.wikimedia.org

    Pacific Science Center, and the Experience Music Project

    Chihuly Garden and Glassimage from butlerseattle.com Experience Music Project

    Science Fiction Museum. All of these sites lie within yards of each other. You could take the Monorail (in the shadow of the Space Needle) to Westlake Park. Pike Place Market

    Seattle Art Museum

    is located within a five-minute walk. There's much to explore in a variety of shops. Kells Irish Restaurant is another Market option. The Seattle Art Museum is two blocks from the Market. (The 'H' pin on the map shows the former museum location.) A downhill walk via the Pike Place Hillclimb staircase will bring you to the Seattle Aquarium. Ivar's Acres of Clams seafood restaurant and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop are nearby.

    Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

    Olympic Sculpture Park, a free, outdoor museum is located on the waterfront near Pier 71.Olympic Sculpture ParkThe Space Needle is a .5 mile uphill walk from The Olympic Sculpture Park. I've given you too many options for a one-day visit. One could easily focus on one area or use frequent public transit (and/or Monorail) to visit sites in more than one area. The Space Needle and Westlake Park are less than a one-mile level walk apart.

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  • Ben Turner

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    Check out the Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square for a hidden gem. Grab some lunch nearby (perhaps at Grand Central Bakery just across the way) and eat at the waterfalls! There are lots of lovely old buildings in Pioneer Square for an architecture lover -- there may even be tours available from the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

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    Pioneer Square also has lots of art galleries. Take the King County Water Taxi from the south end of the waterfront over to West Seattle if the weather is nice--I particularly enjoy El Chupacabra for Mexican food and Slices for pizza. The Seattle Underground Tour is surprisingly entertaining and informational for a tourist attraction.

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    The Olympic Sculpture Park is right near the cruise terminal and is a lovely place to see some large-scale art or just watch the boats on the water.

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    World Spice Merchants is anawesome spice market tucked across the street from Pike Place Market, and both the Paris Grocery and Spanish Table are right there, too, for international food & wine shopping.

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      Thank you so much, I really appreciate the inclusion of a bunch of places that aren't commonly recommended! · (0 likelikes)

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      October, 2014 update: Seawall construction along the waterfront near Piers 54-56 has forced a nine-month closure of Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and other nearby businesses. The Seattle Aquarium and The Great Wheel will remain open. The Great Wheel is 175' high. 42 climate-controlled gondolas extend as far as 40' over Elliot Bay at some point during the 12-minute ride. The ride is $13, less for children and seniors. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Todd Bernave

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    Hi Kassidy,

    Wow ... 9 hours! OK ... Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Space Needle, Waterfront Park, and maybe take a water taxi over to Alki Beach Park. Other fun spots are Gas Works Park, Ballard Locks, and Golden Gardens.

    Music and architecture ... Experience Music Project, art ... Pioneer Square or Seattle Art Museum, wine ... that might be another trip unless you want to go to a restaurant like Purple Cafe and Wine Bar.

    Have fun!!!

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      Tell me about it! 9 hours is about average for most of my stops, so I'll be having quite a few jammed packed days. Thank you for your recommendations! · (0 likelikes)

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    Nice! My parents recently did a cruise in that area and I came up with a little list ideas for them, so I have a few to share! Do you know which port you'll be arriving in? It seems like most ships go to the Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91 in the Queen Anne neighborhood, which is a bit far from Downtown.

    I arranged for my parents to have a rental car waiting for them at the port (even though I told them that I don't think driving in Seattle is a great idea for such a short few hours because parking's a pain). There will probably be buses or shuttles, or you can make some friends on the boat and split a cab. Latter option's probably the best. There will likely being many people heading out to where you're headed.

    For some breakfast, I highly recommend that you forgo cruise food and head to Le Pichet. Being there makes me feel like I'm in Paris. Order some pastries, some baked eggs and ham, and an espresso drink of sorts. Le Pichet

    Le Pichet is walking distance from Pike Place Market, where you can see the famous flying fish market, flower market, food stands, and the Original Starbucks. Obviously, this area's touristy, but still good fun.Pike Place Marketimage from trivworks.comIf you want to venture into the slightly more local neighborhood, head to Le Pichet's sister restaurant Cafe Presse in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. They have a great croque madame. Cafe Presse

    Or maybe you could head to this neighborhood for lunch after exploring Pike Place. From Pike Place, just walk all the way up Pike St till it turns to Pike St E. Tons of restaurants and cafe there. That's less than a mile walk on flat road. Quinn's Pub is a really good spot there. In general, it's a fun street to wander around and pop into random stores and restaurants.Quinn's Pub

    For some wine and oysters, head to Local 360 back near Pike Place for their happy hour that goes from 3-6 PM. Amazing deal for really good food and drink in a cool spot! They regularly have $1 oysters, but one time, they had so many that they were 50 cent oysters! They're called local 360 because all of their ingredients are sourced within a 360 mile radius of the restaurant.Local 360If you really want to go into the suburbs, the Queen Anne neighborhood is really cute. One of my favorite restaurants is there -- How To Cook A Wolf. The owner of the spot is a bit of a local legend in the culinary world and this is his more fun, casual restaurant. Can be a little pricey, but maybe you can sit at the bar and enjoy a drink an a couple apps. Even if you don't decide to eat there, you can use the restaurant's address as your destination. There are a ton of other restaurants, cafes, and stores around there. One of my favorites is Le Rêve Bakery & Cafe.

    Hope you have fun!

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      Sounds like a lo of great food tips! Just wanted to clarify two things for the inquirer: Queen Anne is not a suburb, it's a neighborhood just north of downtown within Seattle proper. Also, I'm not sure how budget-concious some of the restaurants mentioned are. I always thought How to Cook a Wolf was outside my price range. So you may want to take a peek on Yelp for $$$ ratings before risking an unexpected splurge. · (2 likelikes)

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      Thank you Debbie! Love the pictures (especially the one with the fish!) Thank you Liz, I'll definitely look into prices! · (1 likelikes)

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    Take a walk around the Pike Place Market; lots of places for breakfast and lunch and wine bars nearby for wine tasting; Olympic Sculpture Park in the same neighborhood; just down the street is the Seattle Art Museum and further down the hill is Pioneer Square. So much to see and do; all doable within your time frame and no car needed. Since you are already on a cruise, you may not be up to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island; beautiful views going and coming back plus a new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; lunch at Marché Bistro & Wine Bar; a glass of vino all walkable from the ferry dock...heaven!

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    Go to Olympic Sculpture Park on Waterfront - right near port. Visit Volunteer Park and Seattle Asian Art Museum (need to take a ride). Rent a kayak on Lake Union. Have lunch in Pioneer Square at Rain Shadow Meats Squared or Il Corvo or visit Sitka & Spruce at Melrose Market.

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    You should definitely start at the Pike Place Market. From there, head down to the waterfront - you can walk down various staircases, or take some elevators. Walk along the waterfront; you can stop at the Seattle Aquarium. You might want to take a one hour Harbor Tour. Go along the waterfront to Pioneer Square, where Yesler Way is the original Skid Road. There are underground tours which are supposed to be great fun but I've never done one. You can head back uphill to the International District for some great Asian food. Then walk on 5th avenue to see the Seattle Public Library - Central Library. You can get some free Internet there, plus they have a cute little shop and a coffee/chocolate cafe. That should make a very fun day.

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