Appreciating the Sea World at Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium in Pier 49 is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among Puget Sound’s top draws. Learn of the aquarium’s many attractions.
From their exhibits, watch the large, fearful-looking yet very shy sixgill sharks, the mysterious and beautiful Pacific giant octopus, mesmerizing moon jellies, and then there’s the gregarious sea otters, river otters, harbor seals and fur seals. Be one of those enjoying a dive show in front of the huge 20’ x 40’ Window on Washington waters exhibit. It’s a breathtaking 120,000-gallon exhibit that greets you as you come into the Seattle Aquarium.
More than 800 fish and invertebrates – salmon, rockfish, lingcod, wolf eels and more – swim in and out of the exhibit’s large rock formations, which are also homes for anemones, sea stars, sea urchins and corals. These are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest’s local waters. You’ll see divers three times a day in this exhibit: at 10am, 11:30am and 12:15pm, and they also answer questions from the audience.
Another feature of the aquarium is the Underwater Dome, where a short tunnel leads you into a one-of-a-kind exhibit: an undersea dome with a 360º view into a 400,000-gallon tank filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. They hold fish feeding, daily at 1:30pm. See, touch and explore the sea life of Puget Sound tide pools, by touch-interacting with sea cucumber, sea urchins, hermit crabs, sea stars and anemones.
Then see a slice of the magnificent Pacific Coral Reef through the Aquarium’s 25,000 gallon community exhibit – brightly colored creatures and delicate habitats. Finally, take a walk outside in the beautiful open-air exhibit along the rough and rocky shorelines of Puget Sound, and find many species of shorebirds, many of them reclusive little creatures.
A Puget Sound Adventure Close By
Are you now ready to explore the underwater world of Puget Sound? Make a visit to the Seattle Aquarium. Staying at our North Seattle hotel, the Comfort Inn, just 8 miles away from the Aquarium, is an opportunity for education, fun and relaxation for the entire family.
Enjoying the Water at Moss Bay
The Moss Bay Rowing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding and Sailing Center is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts of all ages. You and the entire family can take to the water as soon as you arrive and waste no time to paddle board, kayak, or sail. Breathe in the sights, sounds and smells of Union Lake when you rent our excellent paddle boards and kayaks.
Whatever your experience level, you can have a safe place to have fun on the water. Our sheltered waterways have a 7-knot speed limit. Navigate the local waterways to the University of Washington, the Ballard Locks, through local houseboat communities, or to our beautiful arboretum.
If you are more adventurous, Moss Bay’s kayaks may be rented for take-away to your favorite remote waterway by the day, weekend or long weekend, at 5 days maximum. However, we only allow this from May to September, for overnight paddling expeditions through the San Juan Islands, the scenic waterways of beautiful British Columbia, or the hundreds of amazing fresh water lakes in the area.
During summer, we have a Kids Camp, a week-long boating camp on Lake Union, open to children between the ages of 6-12. Your kids are guaranteed a terrific staff, quality adventures, excellent sports equipment, good times and fantastic instruction. We also provide 90-minute lessons for basic skills and a two and a half hour of guided tour for adults and for kids around Lake Union. Whatever your need, we surely have a program to fit it.
Easy-going Outdoor Recreation near North Seattle Hotel
If this is the outdoor fun you’re looking for, then come to Moss Bay. Stay at the Comfort Inn, your affordable hotel in North Seattle. We are conveniently located just 14 to 32 minutes away, or 9.7 to 10.3 short miles, depending on your choice route. Ask us about getting there.
What’s FEMA got to do with our Hotel in Seattle?
FEMA stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security. The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the disaster efforts occurring anywhere in the US and comes in when the resources of local and state authorities are overwhelmed.
FEMA extends its authority to buildings and lodgings, like hotels and motels. To be an approved lodging, any building four stories and above should have at least one single-station and hard-wired smoke alarm in each guest room, and must have an automatic fire sprinkler system in each guest room as well. Also, said particular lodgings are approved for U.S. federal government employees while on official travel.
Simply put, our hotel in Seattle has taken steps to protect its environs and its occupants from the hazard of fire. Comfort Inn is a safe place to stay.
FEMA Hotel Fire Safety Tips: Be safe when traveling
- Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.
- During check-in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.
- Entering your room, review the escape plan posted in your room.
- Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.
- Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
- If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
What’s it like at University of Washington
You’ve researched all you can about your prospective school and now it’s time to ocularly check it out. You certainly need to feel the vibes of the place where you’ll be spending the next four years or so.
Since we can readily get information about the university from many sources, like web research, it is a different thing to feel the place personally. And Comfort Inn has had its share of would-be students who’ve checked in to our Seattle hotel and found a great deal about their UW visits to share.
Many made mentioned of the wide, open spaces in the campuses, the greenery and the climate that make this institution one of the best places to study. The buildings themselves, some are so old but truly retaining wisdom, bear the markings of learning in their walls, rooms, and hallways. Student life seem a breeze as everything a student may need in the voyage are available and for the taking. Stuff like temporary housing, out-of-campus lodging options, budget meals, welcome receptions, dress code and code of conduct, assistance and loans, even a language exchange program are taken quite seriously. Places on campus like The Avenue and the Red Square are hubs of student interaction, not to mention heaps of attractions outside UW for rest and recreation.
We are in this together
So why not be your own advance party inspection to the University of Washington? Bring along family or friends and stay awhile at our hotel in Seattle for your home away from home. We have full amenities to keep you and company comfortable as we know you are to make a life decision with your visit. UW is less than 15 mins from our hotel.
A Neighborhood Mall, an Upscale Neighbor
It’s a neighborhood mall in 984,000 sq ft of space. Not too big, not too small either. Northgate Mall is a shopping center in upscale north urban Seattle, actually the first covered mall in the whole of US, back in the 1950s. It may be a long-standing structure but due to several major renovations over the years, the mall has that look of modern malls of the millennium. It is anchored by such contemporary brands of Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom.
Shop with ease among its 130 retail stores and dine in over 2 dozen eating choices. It does have its own food court and three major department stores and a play area for kids. Mall hours are from 10am to 9pm, Mondays to Saturdays while Sunday hours are 11am to 7pm.
Northgate Mall is conveniently located off of I-5, exit Northgate Way. The mall is bounded on the north by NE Northgate Way, on the west by 1st Avenue NE, on the south by NE 103rd Street, and on the east by 5th Avenue NE.
For your convenience: From Your Hotel to Shopping Haven
Our hotel is just 1.7 miles from Northgate Mall and conveniently accessible by car. If you’re driving, do ask directions from our staff; you must be headed southward. If you’d rather take a taxi cab, you should be arriving in 9 minutes via the 2nd cross street onto NE Northgate Way.
Just remember, if you like to splurge on a shopping spree and yet want to keep your lodging expenses to a minimum without sacrificing hotel amenities, go for Comfort Inn Seattle.
Why choose Comfort Inn Seattle?
Comfort Inn, your affordable Seattle hotel, provides you the option to stay in comfortable lodgings fitting your budget, but doesn’t skip on full amenities. See our well-appointed rooms where our bed and bath facilities are one of the cleanest and and freshest offerings known around town. You have a an office table, free wifi and use of internet, as well as a phone for your free local calls, among other standard amenities good hotels offer for guests’ out-of-town convenience.
Our Business Center is also on hand for your other work-related needs.
You have indeed come to the right hotel if you are such a food enthusiast. Just walking distance or even by short car trip, you will be amazed at the variety of great eating places of most known cuisine and ambience this side of Seattle. Let our multi-lingual staff be of assistance.
Staying in and Eating Out North Seattle Style
Your nearest eating joint is Outback Steakhouse, just .2 miles away for that famous Australian- inspired quality cuts of delicious steak. Try also Ivar’s, a seafood bar and full service restaurant that offers salmon or halibut or clams in season that go well with hot chowder and cold salads. And for your usual comfort food of burgers, just .3 miles off, see Kidd Valley, a not-only-for-kids place but grown-ups love their handmade cheeseburgers, shakes and onion rings. And all similarly .6 miles away – have Chinese dumplings at Fu Man Dumpling House, or pizza dine-in or delivered from Pagliacci.
We still got plenty up our sleeve for your dining delights and preferences; maybe some deserve a short trip but we have them all.
Full Amenities On Site
Comfort Inn’s different room and suite choices boast of well-appointed, luxurious spaces for your stay in this part of the city. With our accompanying amenities, we anticipate your needs and provide you the comforts of home away from home. Each room has its own individual heating and air conditioning system, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable/satellite service & built-in CD/DVD player, coffee maker & free coffee, and a writing or work desk. For your added convenience, we have room service, laundry service, wake-up calls, and free local calls and wifi. If you choose a suite, find a cozy living room with a sleeper sofa, an additional couch, and a kitchenette.
And for our guests’ main comforts, we offer our best. Love our down pillows and pillow-top mattresses. Enjoy your baths in our clean and fresh-smelling comfort rooms. And have a hot complimentary breakfast at our lounge at rise-and-shine.
Reservations at Comfort Inn Seattle Hotel
Just let us know when you are visiting. We’d like to add that our premises are totally smoke-free, some of our rooms have handicap-accessible features, and some are pet-friendly rooms. We are a no-problem parking establishment with our spacious lot for that purpose. Your stay cannot be more comfortable. Anywhere in our hotel find a courteous and eager-to-help staff to address your needs. We find ways all the time, here at our hotel in Seattle.
Not far from our hotel in North Seattle is historical Capital Hill, where you can find the Volunteer Park Conservatory. A fascinating historic landmark, this rare Victorian glass house is a treasure for anybody interested in seeing exotic and endangered plants.
Built back in 1912, the Conservatory has been dedicated for over one hundred years to the collection, conservation, and display of threatened plant species. The collection includes strange and beautiful plants that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere, including cacti, ferns, bromeliads, and the notorious corpse flower. Tour the five conservatory houses, or book the facilities for a wedding ceremony. Learn more at the site of the Friends of the Conservatory.
Back in 1906, a piece of land on the coast of Lake Union was cleared to create a plant to manufacture coal into gas. By the 1950’s, this plant was rendered obsolete. The city then acquired the site and converted it into a park, turning the old boiler house into a picnic shelter, the exhauster-compressor building into a play barn, and the old steam engines into a public display worthy of the quirky Fremont neighborhood. Thusly was born Gas Works Park.
Gas Works Park is a popular outdoor destination for many people. Offering a great view of both Lake Union and the Seattle city skyline, it’s a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of fun and relaxation within easy reach of our hotel in North Seattle. For more information on the park, see the Seattle parks website.
Who doesn’t love a ferris wheel? They’re a fun distraction, a romantic moment to share with a loved one, or, when you visit the Seattle waterfront, a great way to take in the wonders of the Emerald City’s coastline. If you’re looking for a simple way to see the sights while staying at our hotel in North Seattle, you can’t go wrong with the Seattle Great Wheel.
At 175 feet tall, the Seattle Great Wheel represents the largest observation wheel on the west coast. It has enough gondolas to hold over three hundred passengers, including the luxurious glass-bottomed VIP cabin. The wheel spins throughout the year, from ten or eleven in the morning to well after nightfall. See the Great Wheel’s website for ticket prices or additional information.