The City of Seattle is nested in some of the most beautiful country North America has to offer. Visitors find a wide variety of activities waiting for them. Many tours are available in the Port of Seattle, including Seattle Tours, a 3-hour tour that includes the Boeing Assembly Plant and a stop at the Columbia Winery. You can ride the amphibious World War II "Ducks" in the Port of Seattle or take a small Show-Me-Seattle tour on a mini-bus. You can also get the more typical big-city tour through the Gray Line or Beeline Tours. Argosy Cruises offers several packages to explore the nearby harbor and lake. For more information about the many attractions and activities available in the Port of Seattle, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Seattle enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. The Olympic Mountains to the west protect it from heavy winter rains, and the Cascades to the east protect it from the extremes of heat and cold common to the mid-continent. Temperatures fall below freezing on ten to 15 days each year. Due to its proximity to the humid continental and oceanic weather systems, the sky in the Port of Seattle is often cloudy, yet the city receives only 940 millimeters of rain per year. Across the year, the Port of Seattle has less than 60 completely sunny days. Temperatures range from an average high of 24 °C (75 °F) in July and August to an average low of 2 °C (36 °F) in December and January.
You can visit the Tillicum Village on Blake Island, ancestral campground of the local Native tribes, and enjoy an authentic salmon feast and dance performance. You can also explore the Seattle Underground where, in pioneer days, the town buzzed with adventure and excitement. You can even get married underground. You can also tour the world's largest building at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour.
The Port of Seattle also offers a variety of museums for every taste: the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park (on the waterfront), Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery operated by the University of Washington, the Museum of Flight, the Pacific Science Center, the rock-n-roll museum called Experience Music Project , the Science Fiction Museum (home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame), and the Frye Art Museum.
Favorite spots for visitors to the Port of Seattle include the Pike Place Market and the famous Space Needle . The Port of Seattle's 1962 monorail takes you from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and the Experience Music Project. The Columbia Center is the second tallest building on the West Coast and offers a breath-taking view from its observation deck. The Seattle Aquarium on Pier 59 highlights native species of fish and mammals from the Pacific Northwest.
The Port of Seattle also offers enchanting outdoor entertainment. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks contain fish ladders where you can sometimes see Pacific Northwest salmon. The Woodland Park Zoo has some of the most spacious and realistic habitats for the animals it houses. The Port of Seattle also offers outdoor recreation like great mountain biking and hiking, boating, and cruises on Lake Elliott.
You can participate in a range of Port of Seattle events from the mid-summer Seafair and Bite of Seattle to the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. In mid-August, you can attend the two-day Hempfest, the world's largest marijuana rally and political event supporting the legalization of marijuana.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Seattle by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website and a schedule (in PDF format) for the calendar year on the Port of Seattle website.