One of the most beloved parks in Seattle is Green Lake Park. The land and water offer a respite to urban residents from all over Seattle and provide plenty to do on more than 300 acres, from water-based activities to picnicking, walking, and playing tennis. The Green Lake Community Center offers classes for all ages and houses a pottery studio and a fitness center. Green Lake was formed by the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which formed Puget Sound and other lakes, more than 50,000 years ago. Volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak about 7000 years ago has been dredged from Green Lake. Green Lake was included in the parks plan drawn up by Frederick Law Olmsted for the city of Seattle in 1905. Olmsted is considered the founder of American Landscape Architecture and designed Central Park in New York City. Per the plan, Green Lake was dammed up, dredged and filled over the next 15 years until it was almost 100 acres smaller than its original size. Today the water is sparkling clean and ready for swimmers, boaters and those wanting to catch a fish or two. West Green Lake Beach has a swimming raft and lifeguards are on duty in the summer. Bathhouse Theatre is located in Green Lake Park offering live theater through the Seattle Public Theater program. Woodland Park is another large park in the Phinney Ridge, Green Lake and Fremont area. Amenities include a playground, dog park, lawn bowling, picnic areas, tennis courts, trails, a zoo and a rose garden. Woodland Park Zoo is more than 92 acres with more than 300 animal species and a Tropical Rain Forest with 700 plant species. Woodland Park Rose Garden contains more than 5000 rose bushes representing over 250 varieties. The garden, one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the country, also has a lily pond and topiaries. Gas Works Park features a large hill that is popular with kite flying enthusiasts. Gilman Playground has ball fields, courts, a playground and a wading pool. A most unusual park is found in Phinney Ridge. Called The Heart of Phinney Ridge Park, it was developed to eliminate an ugly traffic island and to serve as a gateway to the neighborhood. Neighborhood volunteers maintain the park. There are plans to rebuild an air raid tower in the park that was constructed in 1954 and develop an interpretive exhibit at its base.
Museums throughout Seattle offer information about the history of the Pacific Northwest, natural history and culture. Museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Coast Guard Museum Northwest, Frye Art Museum, Maritime Heritage Center, Museum of History and Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Museum of Flight, and Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle IMAX Dome are located at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Seattle Center is located on the site of the 1962 World’s Fair and includes the Children’s Museum, Experience Music Project, Fun Forest Amusement Park, Pacific Science Center, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Space Needle. Other areas of interest include Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and the Mercer Island Floating Bridges. The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens are adjacent to the Locks. Kubota Gardens feature plants native to the Northwest along with water falls, rock gardens and walking paths.
Shoppers will find everything they didn’t know they wanted or needed at Pikes Place Market. Opened in 1907, the market is connected to the waterfront via the Pike Street Hillclimb. Fresh seafood, arts and crafts, boutiques, restaurants, musicians and fresh produce are staples at the market. Pioneer Square Historic District is a 30-block area of historic buildings built after the Great Fire of 1889. A Tlingit Indian totem pole and a statue of Chief Sealth welcome visitors to the District which includes art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes.
There are sports to watch and sports to play in Seattle. The Seahawks and Sonics offer the thrill of professional athleticism. Golf, hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, windsurfing, jogging, bicycling, scuba diving, skeet shooting, and hydroplane races on Lake Washington are just some of the area’s recreational activities.
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