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Hidden Seattle: Some Lesser-Known Areas

Seattle is one of those places where you have a good idea where you’re going and what you’re going to do once you get there. That’s all well and good — and for some people, it’s even ideal that they don’t stray off the beaten path.

If you’ve ever gazed out of your Space Needle hotel and wondered what else does this city have in store, well, you’re in luck. We’ve managed to find some pretty interesting areas in the city that are well worth your time to explore.

Des Moines Marina

If you want to see a little bit of the sea in Seattle, head down to the Des Moines Marina, a strip of beach that’s one of Seattle’s better-kept secrets. Protected from easy access by a rather steep downhill climb, it’s nonetheless a good area for anyone looking to explore the city and looking for water on the way.

Waterfall Garden Park

Speaking of water, the Waterfall Garden Park is another good attraction to visit. Originally the headquarters of UPS, it was converted to a tourist attraction once the company moved its headquarters, and is now one of the favorite places for people to go. Be early, though, as the park usually closes before 4 P.M.

Knee High Stocking Co.

For those who want to get a drink, but don’t want to hit the club, there’s a couple of speakeasies literally hidden around the area that you can access from the street. The most famous of these is the Knee High Stocking Co, which boasts an impressive menu with Filipino choices and absolutely delicious drinks.

The Pink Door

On the other hand, if you want to get a little more action with your meal, try going to Pink Door — an Italian restaurant that serves delicious dinner and a show. A lively space where you can see spectacles like trapeze artists, it’s also home to Saturday evening burlesque shows. Might want to leave behind the kids for that one.

Frye Art Museum

If you’re looking for something a little more cultural but still similarly out of the way, try visiting the Frye Art Museum, the home of paintings and sculptures from the 19th century to the present. They serve beer and wine with their exhibits, and for a small museum, the pieces on display are well curated and maintained.

Theo Chocolate

Chocolate bars

Finally, those with a sweet tooth can look for Theo Chocolate, the first bean-to-bar chocolate factory. They offer tours of their production line to give you a first-hand glimpse into how their chocolate is made, and you can even taste some fresh off the line! Afterward, you might want to drop by the shop to bring a little piece of the factory home with you.

While visiting Seattle’s main attractions are all well and good, there’s some merit to taking the beaten path towards these hidden gems scattered around the city. There’s something for every tourist that goes to these attractions, and it will make your experience more memorable.

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