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Seattle attractions

  • City of Seattle Historic Districts - Since 1970, Seattle has established seven historic districts: Ballard Avenue; Columbia City; Fort Lawton; Harvard-Belmont; International District; Pike Place Market; and Pioneer Square.

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  • Center for Wooden Boats - Provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and a small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations.

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  • Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas - Presents and produces African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area, to inspire new thoughts and challenge assumptions about African-American culture.

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  • Chinatown Discovery's Asian Cultural Tour - Chinatown Discovery has been in continuous operation since 1985, featuring an intimate, lively, personal guided tour that is true to the daily cultural life of the Asian Community in Seattle's Chinatown/International District.

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  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center - A Native American cultural center in Seattle, located in Discovery Park, in the Magnolia neighborhood, functioning as a conference center, a location for pow wows, the location for a Head Start school program, and an art gallery. The center's permanent art collection includes a variety of large art works by and about Native Americans.

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  • Fisherman's Terminal - Located on Salmon Bay in the Interbay neighborhood in Seattle, east of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and immediately west of the Ballard Bridge, is home to the Fishermen's Memorial, a bronze and stone sculpture with plaques memorializing local commercial fishermen and women who have been lost at sea since the beginning of the 20th century.

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  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - The Locks are the most popular destination along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. They are made up of 2 navigational locks, a dam and spillway, a fish ladder, a botanical garden, and a regional visitor center. The locks allow vessels to pass from fresh water Lake Washington, into the salt water of Puget Sound. An amazing place and an amazing engineering feat. The visitor center operates under two seasonal schedules, winter and summer. Winter hours (October 1 through April 30) of operation are from 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Summer hours (daily, May 1 through September 30) are from 10 am to 6 pm. Free guided tours are provided from March 1 through November 30. Call the Visitor Center at (206) 783-7059 for tour times and additional information.

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  • Historic Ballard - Bordered by Puget Sound, Shilshole Bay and Salmon Bay, Ballard has a rich history filled with maritime connections. Originally home to mill workers, fishermen and boat builders many of whom emigrated from Scandinavia Ballard was a separate city until annexed to Seattle in 1907. Today Ballard maintains its character as a small town within a big city, blessed with varied architecture and a notable Historic Landmark District.

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