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Anything worth doing/seeing within 10 mins of Seattle Airport?

I've only got a few hours left in Seattle and currently I'm on the south end of downtown (6th Street to be exact)... heading back to the airport but I want to experience some Seattle other than the dilapidated warehouses that currently surround me. Is all the good stuff to the north or is there something down here to do/see?

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top answer by
Debbie from San Francisco

I take it you're in the International District? There's the Seattle Pinball Museum there!  They close at 10 tonight, so you're good.  Close to a light rail station for a speedy and cheap ride to the airport.  It's a lot of fun to experience a blast from the past :)

Safe flight!

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answered by
Miriam from Seattle

Do you mean 6th Ave?  There are some pretty cool stores and museums there.  Just walk around and you'll see a lot of stores.  A couple of my favorite stores are the Kinokuniya Book Store and Liem's Aquarium.  For museums, there's the Seattle Pinball Museum that's a lot of fun, and the Wing Luke Museum for some Asian culture.

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Joel from Declo, Idaho

Quick stopover? Within about 15 minutes... The closest interesting thing is the docks in Des Moines (Washington). Quiet little town. You can get a view of one of the little islands and see the fisherman pulling in their crabs.  There are a couple of quiet cozy little seafood places as well.  You can even find a cheap movie theatre if you really need to kill some time, but the docks and nearby parks are definitely more scenic.  Got more time?  Take a drive along the Seaside.

City of Des Moines Marina

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answered by
Wendy from Gig Harbor, Washington

Head over to Pike Place Market...lots of good restaurants and shops.  The Original Starbucks is here as well.  Take a cab or walk to 1st and Pike.  Hope you have fun!

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answered by
Shannon from Vancouver

Honestly, no, not within 10 minutes. If you're already on your way to the airport your best bet is to check in, grab a coffee an a book and sit in the atrium and watch the planes take off. Seattle has a beautiful airport. You could get some Christmas shopping done, too, they have a lot of fun stores!

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