Exploring the World's Fair Grounds
Make your first stop the 74-acre Seattle Center, a legacy of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair. In this park, you'll find several worthwhile amusements and attractions. Our favorites include:
Experience Music Project facade
- The Experience Music Project (EMP). This very cool museum, conceived and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, relies on interactive technology to celebrate modern music and its influences. (The weird, multi-colored metal building itself is worth a look.) Its exhibits include the wild and wonderful Roots and Branches sculpture, an interactive, historical journey through American music -- featuring guitar-playing robots. The music experience continues in Sound Lab, where kids can play tunes using multimedia technology. Skip the memorabilia exhibits if they start getting antsy.
The Pacific Science Center. Dozens of hands-on exhibits feature robots (including five robotic dinosaurs), a planetarium, a laser light show, an IMAX theater, and a special area for tots.
The Space Needle. Get an eyeful of Seattle's Puget Sound setting -- including the Olympics and Cascades ranges -- from the observation deck of this 605-foot tower, which looks a lot like Hollywood's version of a Martian space ship.