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What do City Hall’s lunchtime concerts, the Ballard Locks, the Seattle Center, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the first Thursday of every month at Seattle art galleries all have in common? They are all absolutely free. The only thing better than a wine tour and sampling at Chateau Ste. Michelle—Washington State’s oldest and best-known winery—is a wine tour and sampling that is on the house.

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Ballard Locks
  • Ballard Locks
  • The Ballard Locks turn engineers into tour guides, saltwater into freshwater, and salmon into courageous fighters. Combining education with entertainment, the Ballard Locks are one of the most unique destinations in Seattle. The Ballard Locks, known officially as the Hiram M.
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Center for Wooden Boats Maritime Museum
  • Center for Wooden Boats Maritime Museum
  • Located on South Lake Union in the heart of Seattle, the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a unique museum where visitors can see historic wooden boats, take sailing classes, rent boats, and take part in other events centered on the beauty and sport of sailing.
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Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
  • Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
  • Artist Sarah T. Skinner takes obscure, voyeuristic pictures of her own laptop. Paul Tonnes gleans inspiration for his visual art from a four-inch scar on his abdomen. Holly A. Senn plays with texture by tearing strips of paper from discarded library books.
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Central Library
  • Central Library
  • Maybe it’s something about the long, gray winters, but the people of Seattle really do love a good book. The city is consistently named one of the most literate in the country, and independent bookstores continue to thrive in Seattle neighborhoods.
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Fremont Troll
  • Fremont Troll
  • The Fremont neighborhood in Seattle— self-proclaimed the “Center of the Universe”— hosts its share of quirky events and attractions, including a giant statue of Lenin that was originally...
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Frye Art Museum
  • Frye Art Museum
  • You may have never heard of the Frye Art Museum, but don’t let its status as Seattle’s less famous art museum keep you away. The overlooked Frye is worth visiting both for its collection of late-nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century Western European art, and because admission is free.
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Green Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Though algae growth has been a persistent problem for this urban waterhole, don’t read too much into the name. Green Lake, a freshwater pond surrounded by grassy knolls and cherry trees, remains one of the most visited parks in the city.
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Kubota Garden
  • Kubota Garden
  • In 1927, skilled landscaper and gardener Fujitaro Kubota envisioned sharing his Japanese heritage with the citizens of Seattle through his love of gardening and landscaping.
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Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Venture down to the Seattle Art Museum’s most recent addition, the Olympic Sculpture Park, a nine-acre stretch of waterfront lawn that houses a permanent collection of inspiring sculptures.
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Pike Place Market
  • Pike Place Market
  • More than just a big red sign and a few flying fish, Pike Place Market is an elaborate and historic center for trade. Its humble creation, just after the turn of the century, was born from a desire to save money through direct connections between farmers and their customers.
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The Gum Wall
  • The Gum Wall
  • Unexpected Productions’ Seattle Theatresports started a tradition in 1993 when members used their gum as adhesive to stick coins to the Market Theater Wall next to its box office.
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Washington Park Arboretum
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Navigate away from downtown distractions, past quaint neighborhoods, and beyond busy bridges to find a tranquil respite of green where open meadows are flanked by sentries of ash and pine.
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