Time Out in Seattle


Time Out in Seattle

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If you’re short of ideas for what to do in your spare time during the Annual Meeting, you may want to consider a baseball game or even a mountain hike, as Aaron McDonald reports.

Nicknamed the “Emerald City” due to its luscious greenery, Seattle, Washington is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or prefer the comfort of four walls, here are some of the top things to do during your stay in Seattle, as picked from recommendations by Visit Seattle, a nonprofit marketing organization. 

Space Needle

“If you want to sit back and let somebody show you around the city, the lively Ride the Ducks land and sea tour will keep you entertained.”

Standing at 605 feet, the Space Needle provides impressive views of the city and its surrounding landscape. It is a 25-minute walk from the Washington State Convention Center and, from the Space Needle itself, it takes 43 seconds via elevator to reach the summit—the perfect vantage point for the sights of Seattle. The tower is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday and for an additional hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission price: US $26.

Seattle Art Museum

At the center of Downtown Seattle is the Seattle Art Museum. The galleries house global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions. Art lovers can take in African, Mesoamerican, Islamic, European, and Australian Aboriginal arts, among others. During the course of the INTA Annual Meeting, the museum is hosting an “Everyday Poetics” exhibition of the work of contemporary Latin American artists. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and later on Thursdays, until 9:00 pm. It is a 10-minute walk from the Convention Center. Price: US $24.95.

Pike Place Market

This market is famed for its “fish throwing” tradition—where fishmongers pass fish to one another before a customer purchases it. The market started trading in 1907 and now contains more than 500 shops, vendors, restaurants, and bars. It recently added a MarketFront feature, which houses an open-air plaza and views of Elliott Bay. The market is just over a 10-minute walk from the Convention Center.

Ride the Ducks Tour

If you want to sit back and let somebody show you around the city in a wacky style, the lively Ride the Ducks land and sea tour will keep you entertained. The Duck is a World War II amphibious landing vehicle. According to Visit Seattle, the Ride the Ducks Tour has been voted the number one tour in the city for nine consecutive years. Departing from the Seattle Center, the tour operates Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and for an extra hour on weekends; from the Westlake Center, you can join the tour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Price: US $35.

Catch a Baseball Game

With the baseball season in full swing, there’s a great opportunity to catch a game on May 25, for those who are staying on in the city. Seattle’s beloved team, the Mariners, will be taking on the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field. The stadium is an eight-minute drive from the Convention Center, or just over a 30-minute walk. Tickets are available from US $17.

Mount Si

Just a 40-minute drive outside the city is Mount Si, peaking at 3,150 feet. According to Visit Seattle, it is one of the most popular walks in the area and attracts both serious hikers and those looking for a more leisurely day out. The local Snoqualmie people believe Mount Si was the body of the moon that fell to the earth.

For more suggestions on what to do during your stay in Seattle, log on to www.visitseattle.org

Want to explore Seattle as a group experience with fellow Annual Meeting registrants? INTA has arranged myriad networking excursions that fit a range of interests. Check out the daily schedule of activities and buy tickets at the Registration Desk.

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