Just 30 miles from our humble small town in Washington State, you will find the Emerald City! Seattle was nicknamed the Emerald City because the city and surrounding areas are filled with greenery. Evergreens are prolific and lawns, shrubs, trees, grass, and moss are vibrant most of the year due to Seattle’s infamous rain.
When the sun shines and the mountain is out, we Washingtonians know how to play!
On one particular sunshiney day, our in house, self proclaimed, Star Wars nerd wanted to check out the ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ exhibit at the Experience Music Project. It was so nice that we also took a tour on Ride the Ducks of Seattle!
Come hang out with us on our Seattle adventure!
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
During World War II, the United States Army developed an amphibious landing craft, the DUKW. The DUKW could fight it’s way through choppy oceans, huge breakers, and exit the water onto soft sand without losing traction. Because of the DUKW’s agility, they were able to deliver cargo from ships at sea directly to the shore, deliver emergency supplies to troops, and evacuate wounded soldiers. The history of the DUKWs is really quite fascinating.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle has become quite the attraction. Not only is it a joy to take a ride in an amphibious vehicle, but the Captains of Ride the Ducks of Seattle will keep you laughing with their silly antics as they educate you on random facts about Seattle!
“She’s not very fast, but she’s better in water than any truck and she’ll beat any boat on a highway!” – Roderic Stephens, Jr., a naval architect of Sparkman and Stephens, Inc.
Ready for a tour of Seattle? Hop on board and enjoy the views!
Ride the Ducks are prepared with life vests in case of emergency. We’ve never had the opportunity to don these fine looking floatation devices and hope we never will!
The famous Hammering Man can be found in front of the Seattle Art Museum, affectionately known as SAM. The Hammering Man works hard day after day, hammering away.
I’m told The Hammering Man gets one day off per year, Labor Day, ba dum dum dum!
The rotating pink elephant sign of the Pink Elephant Super Car Wash has been a Seattle landmark since 1951. It was the very first automated car wash in the country and the sign is the most photographed object in the city. Say WHAT?!
Floating homes and houseboats line the edges of Lake Union. You may even spot the floating home from Sleepless in Seattle!
Gasworks Park was originally used to manufacture gas from coal. The plant became obsolete in the 1950’s when natural gas was imported. The city acquired the site in 1962 and opened the park to the public in 1975. The boiler house is now a picnic shelter and the former exhauster-compressor building is a children’s play barn with a maze of brightly painted machinery.
Teenagers love to hang out at this park and exercise their creativity through artwork! Ba dum tssssh!
A friendly duck! There are many friendly ducks on the streets and in the water waiting to one up you with song and dance!
Oh the sights you will see! If you look closely, you’ll see the space needle just to the left of the sailboat.
You may even see a float plane taking off or landing!
This is but a mere speck of the sights you will see on Ride the Ducks of Seattle.
I wouldn’t call The Ducks of Seattle a frugal adventure but, in our opinion, it is definitely worth it!
Experience Music Project (EMP)
The Experience Music Project building is a sight to behold and a conversation among many. Some call it a marvel and others think it is downright ugly.
Frank O. Gehry was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience. He sliced several electric guitars into pieces and used them as building blocks for the design.
It has been said that the building’s inspiration was a smashed guitar, in honor of Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix and his rebellious style.
The building consists of three-thousand panels, made up of 21 thousand individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles. The finishes appearance seems to change depending on the angle you are viewing the building just as music is constantly changing.
The Monorail passes through the EMP making it an even more enjoyable ride!
What do you think?! A marvel or just plain ugly?
Let’s take a look inside the EMP!
We Are 12 is an exhibit in the EMP that celebrates the Seattle Seahawks, its leadership, and its loud and proud fans.
The famed Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Is this crazy or what?!!!
Star Wars and the Power of Costume presents hand-crafted costumes from the first six Star Wars films and reveals the powerful connection between character and costume.
Update: This exhibit is no longer at the EMP as exhibits rotate throughout the year.
A focal point of the EMP is a huge pillar filled with instruments in a stunning display of awesomeness.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $16 for youth (ages 5-17). Children 4 and under are free. For just a few dollars more @ $95, we chose a family membership, however, Star Wars and the Power of Costume was an additional $8 per person.
Looking for a place to eat?! The POP Bar and Kitchen inside the EMP was actually quite tasty and hit the spot!
It was an easy, fun day in Seattle! Of course, there is a LOT more to see and experience in the Emerald City. Thank you for joining us in our little piece of the world!
Have you been to Seattle?
What’s your favorite Seattle attraction?
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