A High-Energy Buzz Extends Beyond the Walls of KeyArena at Seattle Center

Since the KeyArena at Seattle Center opened its doors in 1995, the popular venue has hosted more than 17 million guests at sporting events, concerts and other family-friendly gatherings. Think basketball games, roller derby bouts and high-energy concerts showcasing rockers from Paul Simon and Cher to Kings of Leon and Alt-J. Located north of downtown Seattle on the 74-acre entertainment complex known as Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair, there is always buzz going on inside KeyArena.

The energy, however, expands far beyond stadium walls. Nearby attractions include museums of science and music, galleries of art (indoors and alfresco), family-friendly green spaces, even iconic Seattle sites like Pike Place Market and its nearby brewery. Local flavors abound downtown, making the Seattle Center a great jumping-off point for exploring the city. The unique architecture and perks like public art and a dancing fountain make walking around the Seattle Center an activity unto itself. 

Visitors will find what they need, whether they crave indoor culture offered on galleries walls and gargantuan screens, or whether they're looking for some urban Zen that can be found at tucked-away parks and beaches amazingly located within city limits. Seattle has much to offer; it's time to get a move on. 



A 48-foot Hammering Man sculpture marks the outside of this vast museum, and adjustable steel panels flank the glass walls and allow light to enter the innovative front space known as the Brotman Forum. Upon entering, visitors encounter an...  Read More



Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park--the largest in Seattle-- offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths. Ostensibly a bluff-top reserve, Discovery Park protects a remarkable...  Read More



1.4 acres in east Queen Anne, with open grassy spaces, playground equipment including regular and baby swings, a wading pool, softball field, and a half-court basketball area. Originally purchased in 1910 and converted to a park, the area...  Read More

Olympic Sculpture Park


Olympic Sculpture Park: Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown,...  Read More

The Pike Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of The Pike Brewing Company


Sipping local brews in one of the city's most historic and iconic spots: Who could say no to such temptation? Enjoy lauded beers from the Pike Pale and the Pike IPA to the Kilt Lifter and the Pike Naughty Nellie in a vibrant setting where the...  Read More

Pike Place Market
Photo courtesy of Magic in the Market/Richmond Public Relations


Sights, smells, and sounds make Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the...  Read More



If you could go to just one place in Seattle to visit, the Seattle Center would be it: 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages. This is the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962...  Read More

Pacific Science Center


The Pacific Science Center is a great place for the entire family to learn about the natural world in an entertaining way. Children love games and demonstrations about physical science; exhibits displaying dinosaurs, insects, computers and...  Read More

Space Needle


Well, we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, but the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise – the Space Needle – still stands as Seattle's most-recognized tourist attraction. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the...  Read More



If you're ever going to visit a venue dedicated to the magic of music, Seattle is THE place to do so. This intriguing museum celebrates the history of rock and roll. Over 80,000 American music mementos are showcased in the ultra-modern Frank...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne