Break out the flannels and your best grunge playlist: This year, DrupalCon is coming to Seattle. We can’t wait to rub elbows with DrupalCon’s expert speakers and other sponsors.
For the hours we’re not networking and sharing how Pantheon supports Drupal, we want to explore the city! If you’re looking for a little added adventure in Seattle before or after the con, look no further. We put together the following list of local attractions to explore during your stay.
1. Space Needle
The Seattle Space Needle is the most iconic and recognizable landmark in Seattle. It was first built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the theme of which was “The Age of Space.” Since then, the futuristic tower has transformed from a symbol of the Space Age to a tourist attraction. The Space Needle stands 605-feet tall and is one of the most photographed structures in the world.
Thanks to its recent renovation, The Space Needle now offers multi-level, floor-to-ceiling glass views of the Emerald City—as well as dining options like the Atmos Cafe and Atmos Wine Bar. The renovation even introduced The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor—an item to check off your bucket list, indeed!
2. Pike Place Market
Arguably just as iconic as the Space Needle, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ market in the United States. As you enter Pike Place, you’ll be greeted by street musicians and entertainers who have long roamed the grounds, serenading visitors as they arrive.
Pike Place’s fresh produce and fish markets attract thousands of passersby every month. While you’re there, be sure to drop a few coins in Rachel the Piggy Bank, pose for a few pictures, and grab a Pike Place roast from the original Starbucks store.
Image credit: Sarah Brink
3. Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located right next to the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is a jaw-dropping spectacle and an absolute must-see during your time in the Pacific-Northwest.
Among lush greenery, fresh florals, and sculptures that defy gravity, you’ll feel as if you’ve just transported you to a fairyland akin to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. In reality, you’re just experiencing the artistic vision of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
4. Gum Wall
Not for the weak-stomached, the Seattle Gum Wall is a pretty self-explanatory local attraction. Yep, just as you imagined, it’s a wall full of old chewing gum. Located just outside the main entrance to Pike Place Market, the Seattle Gum Wall has been gathering gum since the early 1990s. Cleaned only once in 2015, the wall spans about 50 feet and has been named one of the germiest tourist attractions in the world—second only to the Blarney Stone.
Image credit: Evelyn Quek
5. Seattle Aquarium
If you’re an animal or sea lover, the Seattle Aquarium is for you. Dedicated to conserving the marine environment in Seattle, the aquarium currently offers six major exhibits, including:
Window on Washington Waters. This 120,000-gallon exhibit, featuring eels, starfish, rockfish, and anemones is the first thing you’ll see when you enter the aquarium.
Life on the Edge. Ready to get your hands wet? At Life on the Edge, you’ll get up-close and personal with the sea life of Puget Sound tide pools.
Pacific Coral Reef. A variety of warm-water fish, like puffers, tangs, wrasses, and triggerfish, live among the coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. See them for yourself at Seattle Aquarium’s 25,000-gallon community exhibit.
Birds & Shores. As its name suggests, the Birds & Shores exhibit takes you on a walk through the shores of the coastal Northwest, paying special attention to the unique birds and shorelines that add to the fabric of the Seattle community.
Underwater Dome. The Underwater Dome is Seattle Aquarium’s largest exhibit, featuring a 360-degree, 400,000-gallon tank filled with hundreds of Puget Sound fish.
Marine Mammals. Seattle Aquarium is the birthplace of the first northern fur seal born in an aquarium or zoo. Meet seals and otters big and small at the Marine Mammal exhibit.
Image credit: Wildcat Dunny
6. The Museum of Flight
Seattle plans still up in the air? Check out Seattle’s Museum of Flight—the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. Experience for yourself what it might have been like flying the world’s oldest fighter plane, or try your hand at piloting a Boeing Aircraft in one of the museum’s many simulations. With more than 175 aircrafts and spacecrafts, thousands of artifacts, rare photographs, and unique exhibits, the out-of-this-world museum helps bring one of history’s most incredible feats to life for visitors young and old.
7. Kerry Park
Offering “the best view in Seattle”, Kerry park was gifted to the city by the Kerry family back in 1927. Atop a high hill overlooking downtown, you can capture a perfect, panoramic picture of the Seattle skyline, Space Needle, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier. As the sun sets on DrupalCon 2019 and above the Seattle skyline, Kerry Park is the perfect place to watch and reminisce on all you learned.
Image credit: Lio Photography
See you in Seattle!
DrupalCon 2019 may be what brings you to Seattle, but it doesn’t have to be the only way you spend your time. Throughout the historic city, there’s no shortage of sites to see and activities to participate in. However you prefer to spend your time, these awesome attractions will inspire and energize you as you experience all that DrupalCon 2019 has to offer.
Ready to drive digital transformation with Pantheon and Drupal? Come find us at DrupalCon!