This professionally run, family-owned food and historic walking tour of Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is just steps from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Pike Place Market is Washington State's #1 tourist attraction with over 10 million visitors annually. Research has shown that navigating the market on your own can be challenging and overwhelming. This tour can accommodate as many as 16 guests, and is safe and great for individuals, groups, kids, or families, without a great deal of walking. We offer tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day in June. Cost is $39.99, and it includes several sweet and savory bites. http://www.seattlebitesfoodtours.com/wordpress/
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center near the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden. The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and three Drawing Walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work; the Glasshouse presents a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture; and the Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures and other installations. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m./Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Cost is $19 per person. http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/chihuly-garden-and-glass
If you are a baseball fan, don't miss this tour. It will take you to places such as the visitors’ locker room, presidential suite, press box, press conference room, dugout, and the field itself. The tour costs $10 and lasts about 90 minutes. Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on days when there are no games. On days when there are games at 6 p.m. or later, only the 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. tours will be given. Tours will not go on game days with a start time earlier than 6 p.m. http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com
Pioneer Square marks Seattle's original downtown, dating back to 1852. The district is characterized by late 19th century brick and stone buildings, and it is one of the nation's best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival urban architecture.
Pioneer Square is home to art galleries, Internet companies, cafes, sports bars, nightclubs, bookstores, the Seattle Underground Tour, and a museum and info center for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (free). www.pioneersquare.org/
The popular Seattle Underground Tour ($17) visits the eerie sunken storefronts of what was ground-level Pioneer Square before the Great Fire of 1889. Smith Tower, which overlooks the square, was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1914. Ride the last manually operated West Coast elevator up to the Smith Tower Observation Deck ($7.50 to visit the observation deck) for a panoramic view of downtown Seattle, the waterfront, and Mount Rainier.
The Seattle Aquarium provides fun and exciting ways to see, touch, and explore the underwater world of the northwest and beyond. Built in 1977, the aquarium is open daily and located on Pier 59 along the Seattle Waterfront, at the edge of Puget Sound's Elliott Bay.
Aquarium highlights include the Window on Washington Waters, a 120,000-gallon tank holding sea creatures from the coast of Washington, two large touch tide pool tanks, Life of a Drifter tanks featuring jellyfish and the Giant Pacific Octopus, harbor seals, sea otters, colorful animals of the Pacific Coral Reef, and the 400,000-gallon inverted Underwater Dome, showing sea life found while diving in Puget Sound.
With a wide range of colorful sea creatures in award-winning exhibits, touch pools, and trained naturalists, the aquarium continues its mission of inspiring conservation of our marine environment. It offers themed visits and learning programs for local schoolchildren and trains Beach Naturalist volunteers each summer who engage families in hands-on exploration of their local marine environment while increasing their understanding of how their everyday actions affect Puget Sound. $21.95 for adults. www.seattleaquarium.org
On Call Nanny
With over 65 nannies on call, On Call Nanny is able to take away the stresses and responsibilities of child care for all your events. We provide the assistance you need that allows you to keep your focus on providing
the best experience at your upcoming events while we meet your child-care needs. On Call Nanny is a perfect solution for onsite child care.Nannies come prepared with toys, games, activities, and arts and crafts to keep children entertained. You get access to licensed and bonded child care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in-hotel, starting at $20 per hour. 1-866-77-NANNY or www.oncallnanny.com
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