I love picking different places and being a tourist in my own town. Seattle has so many cool places to go to that are different than just the Space Needle or Pike Place Market. I love the summer time when I can take a little time and go enjoy Seattle!
I gave the nanny the day off and decided to take my kids to a few different places in Seattle this week. I had a whole list, but my 19 month old quickly decided that he was finished half way through my list, so we will try and complete it next week if I get a day.
First up for our Seattle fun day?
Seattle Aquarium: Every time we go to the doctor's office my baby boy squeals in delight over the "bubbles" - this is the only word he can say that has anything to do with the fish tank at the doctor's office. I have been there a ton, but figured it might be a nice place to take him. In addition, my eight year old was begging to go. Both kids delighted in the "bubbles" and all of the fun activities at the aquarium and we seemed to get there right before the crowds did (about 10:30 AM). The fish tanks are amazing there and we were even lucky enough to witness a diver waving to us from one of the tanks.
Here are their hours from the site:
9:30am to 5pm daily
Last entry at 5pm, exhibits close at 6pm
A little lunch on the pier....
My husband works downtown, so we called up Daddy and asked him to walk down to the waterfront and join us.. Fish and Chips, Crab Cakes, Salads while watching all of the passengers get on the Argosy boats. The Seattle waterfront has a great combination of restaurants. You can go from sidewalk eateries like we did to Red Robin to fine dining - all with wonderful water views of course.
Big Plans After Lunch
Well, I had big plans after lunch, but little guy wasn't having it - that and I also needed to get home to make showing appointments for some buyers that had called that day. We headed down to Georgetown. Georgetown is one of my very favorite neighborhoods in Seattle - mostly because it is just so unique! The houses are gorgeous and the urban spots are just wonderful. Georgetown has always been one of my favorite places to sell houses - mostly because the clients that want to live in Georgetown are so fun and full of life.
The neighborhood of Georgetown got together and bought the ailing Hat N Boots a few years back for the sum of $1, but moving the iconic historical pieces took a lot more than a dollar. Eventually funds were raised and these darling pieces of Seattle history were moved and placed in their current location: Oxbow Park on 6400 Corson.
I just love the history of the Hat and Boots! It was originally a gas station in the fifties and located just off 99 when there was no I-5. The hat was the storefront portion of the gas station and the boots were the restrooms - there was a girl boot and a boy boot. People say Elvis was even there according to some of my readings. The gas station was going to be part of an elaborate western themed village which never came to be and the gas station eventually stopped all operations in 1988.
A lot of love and money has been put into these monuments from Seattle's history. The boots have been lovingly restored and the hat is next when there is funding. My kids loved checking out Georgetown's P-Patch and also the wonderful play structure there.
Tourist In My Own Town
Well I think once a week or so my kids are going to want a repeat performance - that is great because there are plenty of cool little things to check out in Seattle!