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.
If you’re an art fan, you’ll want to take the chance at our North Seattle Hotel to absorb the city’s rich museum scene. Seattle is covered with art galleries of every flavor, but only one truly encompasses the full art world and brings it together for your viewing pleasure under a single roof. Therefore, if you only have time for one museum visit, make it the Seattle Art Museum.
It’s here that you can find art from all over the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Australian aboriginal art, and art from the native peoples from across the Americas. And after taking an artistic world tour, you can take a look into the new and exciting world of modern art. When you’re done with the museum itself, take a scenic stroll through the exhibits at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, absorbing an array of unique outdoor pieces amid the gentle sparkle of the Sound’s waters.
You can learn more about the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and all current exhibits at the official website.
The expansive, 92-acre Woodland Park Zoo is located only 10 minutes south of the Comfort Inn hotel in North Seattle. The zoo features more than 1,100 animals from over 300 different species, including elephants, tigers, and wolves.
Throughout its history of over 130 years, the Woodland Park Zoo has also been a strong advocate for wildlife preservation and conservation, providing many fundraisers and events to support and protect our natural surroundings. Reaching the zoo from our North Seattle hotel is fast and easy, whether via car on highway 99 or by one of the many convenient buses.
Rock and roll is a part of America’s musical heritage. It’s in our history, it’s in our blood, and it’s within a short drive of our North Seattle Hotel in the form of the Experience Music Project. If you’re an aspiring rock star, or just a rabid fan of the guitar-and-microphone scene, find your way down there to experience your favorite sound like you never have before.
Housed in a Frank Gehry building at the foot of the Space Needle, the EMP offers a rich tapestry of rock and roll flavor under a single roof. Witness exciting museum exhibits, with new features rotating in all the time. Try your hand at the art of making noise in the sound lab, and then take to the stage to see life through the eyes of a true rock star. Visit the museum website to find out more about current exhibits and events.
The Book-It company is a unique treasure amid the Seattle theatre community. Every year, it puts out a season full of world-premiere shows, each one based on either classic or contemporary literature. Their adaptations make use of dialogue to replicate the original narrative voice of the novel, a trademarked style known as the Book-It Style®. In this way, they have produced over a hundred different original shows, which have included the likes of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and more.
Book-It shows have attracted the attention of groups throughout the country, with numerous shows earning productions outside of Seattle. The company has also been the recipient of many awards, including the Governor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and others.
You can experience the magic of Book-It for yourself in the Center Theatre in the Seattle Center’s Armory, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. To learn more about the company, read up on its current or upcoming season, or purchase your tickets online, visit the official Book-It website.
Are you a fan of folklife and folk art? If so, you won’t want to miss the Northwest Folklife Festival. Held every year since 1972, this festival is among the largest free folklife festivals in the United States.
The theme of this year’s festival is “The Power of Human Voice through Song”. You can experience this theme in the numerous musical guests, which will include choral groups, doo-wop artists, barbershop, glee, and more. There will also be thousands of other presenters, with a wide variety of performances, workshops, arts, crafts, and foods on display. If you have kids with you, take them to the Discovery Zone for a family-friendly, hands-on folk art experience where they can learn in a fun environment and try their hand at creating their own masterpieces.
The 45th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival shall take place at Seattle Center, not far from our North Seattle Hotel. It is scheduled to run from May 27th through May 30th. For more information on this year’s schedule, check out the official Northwest Folklife website.
Seattle has had a robust Chinese population for many years. If you’re in town this May, you can get a closer look at the culture of this unique group with the help of the annual Glimpse of China Arts and Culture Festival, provided by the Washington Chinese Art & Culture Committee. It is here that you can experience traditional Chinese art, including authentic dance performances, live music, art displays, and more. Enjoy some quality Chinese fare with the food and tea tasting. Try your hand at some Chinese arts and crafts with calligraphy, language, cooking, and painting workshops.
This year’s Glimpse of China event is scheduled to take place on the twenty-first of May, beginning at 11:00 am. You can find it in the famous Seattle Center Armory, not far from our North Seattle hotel. The event is free to the public. You can learn more about a Glimpse of China by visiting the website of the Washington Chinese Art & Culture Committee, or the event’s page on the official Seattle Center website.
North Seattle’s own Dunn Gardens date all the way back to 1915. Today, these historically significant gardens are preserved for the enjoyment of the public by the E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust. Experience naturalistic tree groupings, shrub-bordered lawns, and woodland walks. The gardens’ plant life includes majestic douglas firs, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, ferns, and dozens of other species from throughout the globe.
If you visit during the gardens’ regular tour schedule, you can experience the sights of the gardens through a docent-led guided tour. These tours last roughly one and a half hours, and are held on Thursday at 1:00 pm, Friday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, and Saturdays at 10:00 am. Tours are held from April 1st through July, and from September 1st through October. Reservations must be made in advance, and tours generally book up weeks beforehand, so give yourself plenty of time. Admission is $10.00, with a $5.00 senior discount. Check out the official Dunn Gardens website to learn more.
May has been designated Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is at this time that the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition takes over Seattle Center for their annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. If you’re staying with us at our North Seattle hotel early this May, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more of this fascinating and colorful region of the world.
Explore the art and culture of the Asian-Pacific Islands by experiencing numerous live performances, including dances, music, martial arts demonstrations, youth drill teams, local celebrity appearances, and more. There are also games and hands-on activities to engage visitors, as well as a marketplace vending a fascinating array of cultural goods. Little ones can participate in a number of children’s activities.
This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, May 1st, from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm. It shall be held in the Seattle Center’s Armory. This is a free, family-friendly event. Check out the official event website to learn more about this year’s schedule and special guests.