You! And me. And other PAX peeps. AKA your future friends.
Visit interesting places in and around Seattle.
Schedule posted below.
The two days before PAX: Wed 8/31 and Thurs 9/1. Traditionally runs from 9am to 5pm but
See something of Seattle other than the convention center and your hotel. And do it with cool people!
Seattle's public transit.
Here is the current list of places we may visit. Read them over, visit the websites, form an opinion, discuss their merits in this thread. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST NEW DESTINATIONS!
What: Vintage arcade. From the website: "We have the largest collection of vintage coin operated arcade machines in the city, along with a stunning line up of pinball machines."
Price: free to enter, pay to drink/play
Hours: 4pm - 1am
Additional Notes: 21+
What: A long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach, and there you'll find the monument to the arrival of the first white settlers on November 13, 1851.
Hours: 4am - 11:30pm
-Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
What: 45 minute tour of a chocolate factory sampling opportunities.
Hours: 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm
Additional Notes: Tours by reservation only. People with disabilities may have trouble (stairs, gravel walkways, etc), but they will do factory-only tours for those with mobility concerns.
-Boeing factory tour
What: A tour of an airplane factory. See how planes are built.
Price: $18 ($20 at the door)
Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm, tours on the hour (last one at 3pm)
Additional Notes: 25 miles north of Seattle. No one under 4ft tall. Handicapped people require advance notice so they can make proper accommodations.
What: 1 hour tour of the greenest commercial building in the world.
Price: $5 (+$1.17 service fee)
Hours: private tours by appointment
-Chocolate Indulgence Tour
What: 2 hour guided walking tour of several local chocolatiers with tastings.
Price: $50 (+$0.99 ticketing fee)
Hours: 11am and 11:30am
Additional Notes: Pricey and walking-intense. Max of 16 people per tour.
What: Tour Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft! (90 minute tour)
Price: $29 plus tax
Hours: 9:20am - 7pm from Seattle Center, 9:30am - 6pm from Westlake Center
Additional Notes: Boats are NOT wheelchair accessible: must be able to walk up 8 steps (with handrails on both sides) onto boat.Now Strip Search approved.
What: The most artsy part of Seattle. Visit the Fremont Troll, Statue of Lenin, the Rocket, universal signpost or just do some shopping.
-Full Tilt Ice Cream
What: An ice cream parlor with pinball machines.
Price: Free to enter, pay to eat/play.
Hours: 12pm - 11pm
-Gas Works Park
-Ice Cream Cruise
What: 45 minute narrated tour of Lake Union.
Hours: call to schedule
Additional Notes: They changed this to be on Sundays, so we'd have to charter a special tour, hence the price. Ice cream, coffee, and soft drinks are $2-$4 each.
What: 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida. Tours available.
Hours: 10am - 7pm
Additional Notes: Group tours available with advance notice and guide reservation fee.
What: The nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system, it runs between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center.
Hours: 7:30am - 11pm
What: Visit the scenic outdoors. Would take a whole day, but the views and nature are amazing.
Price: $15 per vehicle or $200 flat rate for the group if we rent a bus
Hours: Anytime. Museums and visitor centers have varying hours.
Additional Notes: 1.75 hour drive from downtown Seattle. Not accessible with public transit.
-Museum of Flight
-Museum of History and Industry
What: Largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington. MOHAI collects, preserves, and presents the rich history of the Pacific Northwest.
Hours: Wed 10am - 5pm, Thu 10am - 8pm
-Old Ballard Liquor Co
-Olympic Sculpture Park
-Pacific Science Center
-Pier 57 Ferris Wheel
-Pike Place Market
What: A Market. Wander around, do some shopping, watch the fish throwers, marvel at the gum wall. This is always our meetup place, so you're practically guaranteed time to walk around.
Price: Free to visit.
Hours: 6am - 1:30am
-Pioneer Square/Historical District
What: A library. With some cool architecture.
Hours: 10am - 8pm
-Qwest Field (now CenturyLink Field)
What: An aquarium. Otters, octopi, fish, anemone, etc.
Hours: 9:30am - 5pm
Additional Notes: Group rates (20+ people) available if purchased in advance.
-Seattle Art Museum (downtown location)
What: Culture! Look at the art!
Hours: Wed 10am - 5pm, Thu 10am - 9pm
Additional Notes: Group rate (10+ people) with advance purchase.
-Seattle Asian Art Museum
What: In addition to the big things already on this list (EMP, Pacific Science Center, Monorail, Space Needle), there are a number of smaller museums, gardens, and shops. (Like the Chihuly Garden and Glass
Price: Free to wander, some spots (like the museums) have their own admission prices.
Hours: Outside is always open. Shops and museums will have their own individual hours.
-Seattle Harbor Tour (Argosy Cruises)
-Shorty's Pinball Bar
What: Full service bar with pinball and arcade machines.
Price: Free to enter, pay to eat/drink/play.
Hours: 12pm - 2am
Additional Notes: 21+
Closed This Year
What: Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, you can now visit the observation deck for 360 degree views. And you get to ride an old-fashioned manually operated elevator. (Less famous than the Space Needle, but also significantly cheaper.)
Hours: 10am - 7pm
What: Icon of Seattle. Go up and look down on all the little people-ants.
Hours: 8am – 12am
Additional Notes: Group rates (15+ people) available.
What: 1 hour tour of a chocolate factory with samples.
Hours: 10:30am - 4:30pm, departing every 30 minutes (except 1:30)
Additional Notes: Max group size for private tour is 25. No one can wear any perfume or cologne, must wear closed-toe shoes. Not recommended for children under 7.
-University of Washington
What: A college. Tour the campus, or take in one of the museums and exhibits. Arts UW, Burke Museum, Henry Art Gallery, The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, UW Botanic Gardens, UW Libraries Exhibits, Gallager Law Library, UW Fish Collection
Price: Free to wander, but some exhibits may have a fee.
Hours: Varies depending on what you want to see.
-Wing Luke Asian Art Museum
What: Nation’s only museum devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Additional Notes: Includes all-day pass to gallery exhibitions & guided tour of the 1910 Historic Hotel and Yick Fung Company.
-Woodland Park Zoo
What: A zoo. Makes faces at the animals.
Hours: 9:30am - 6pm