The glass sculptures exhibited in these beautiful gardens are not to be missed when you’re visiting Seattle. Not familiar with Dale Chihuly’s stunning artistry with glass? Prepare to be amazed at the complexity of his work and wowed at how beautifully it sits amongst the thoughtful landscaping. There’s a movie detailing how Chihuly creates his masterpieces that is well worth watching, and gallery tours and talks that you can join while there should you want to go a bit deeper.
You can buy a combo ticket that gives access to both this attraction and the Space Needle, should you want a perfect view of Seattle from above. (These popular attractions are located right next to each other.) Seeing the collection at night is quite lovely, and there’s live music in the gardens on some evenings too. The garden is fully wheelchair accessible, and laid out in such a way that there are plenty of places to stop and sit for a while if you need to.
Since it started in 1907, Pike Place Market has been the go-to place to buy local produce, fresh fish, meat, and just about everything else produced in and around Seattle. These days it is also a great place to search out artisan and specialty foods, grab lunch, or check out the craftspeople that sell there too. The market covers nine acres with more than 200 stores, and 80 restaurants (serving up everything from fine dining to simpler fare). There’s a lot to see, and Pike Place Market is much loved by visitors and locals alike.
Most parts of the market (and the stores that are a part of it) are wheelchair accessible, but there are no rentals available on site. Because the market is huge, it’s a good idea to arrange to have wheelchair or electric scooter on hand before you go, which of course Scootaround can help you with.
This super cool museum is one of the biggest collections of air and space vehicles in the world, and offers plenty for visitors to explore. There are fighter planes from the two World Wars, a Concorde, Air Force One jet, flight simulators, exhibits demonstrating the science of flight, and plenty of neat stuff from NASA explaining the mechanics of space travel.
All galleries in the Museum of Flight are wheelchair accessible, and there are courtesy wheelchairs available for guest use. This is a big museum, so come prepared to be covering a lot of ground. Don’t worry about leaving to eat as there’s a decent café there too, which is useful considering you’ll need a full day to properly explore the place.
Just visiting the building that houses this fantastic museum is worth the ticket price, being that it was designed by Frank Gehry and is an architectural work of art. Inside The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame you’ll find exhibits highlighting the most exciting people and ideas in popular culture, from exhibits on Star Trek to Hendrix to wearable art through the ages. Fittingly, considering that Seattle is the birthplace of grunge music, the EMP Museum has the world’s largest collection of Nirvana memorabilia. There are also 236 epic guitars in their permanent collection, each having belonged to one music legend or another. If you like music, this is an essential addition to your Seattle itinerary.
One extra cool fact about the EMP Museum: It was designed in collaboration with members of Seattle’s disabled community to be fully inclusive to everyone. The building is fully accessible and wheelchair users are able to fully partake in every experience offered there.
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