Seattle Aquarium Pier 59

Seattle Aquarium Pier 59

The Seattle Aquarium will take you “under the water” and give you a “real feel” for the marine life in Puget (pew-jet)  Sound.  Come join us as we stroll through the Under-the-sea,  Seattle Aquarium.

In fact, you ‘otter’ come and visit the  sea otter during feeding times.  These little balls of fun and fur will touch your hearts as you watch their antics.

Joe...Joe...wake up! People are here and it's time to eat...again!

Joe…Joe…wake up! People are here and it’s time to eat……..again!

The Tide Pool

One of the most popular exhibit is the tide pool where you’ll be able to have that “real feel” of these animals.  Why not come and see for yourself?

Join us at  the waterfront off Alaskan Way and look for the Giant Wheel.  After finding the Wheel, you can’t miss the Seattle Aquarium with it’s view and dock, extending out into the Sound on Pier 59.

Need an address?  1483 Alaskan Way Seattle , Wa.  98101  or just call (206) 386-4300 and you’ll be able to find all the information you’ll need to make your visit in Seattle enjoyable.

Seattle's Wheel and nearby Aquarium

Seattle’s Aquarium and nearby Wheel

An Enjoyable Short History Lesson

Being located on the waterfront, it was only a matter of time before Seattle created the Seattle Aquarium.  Initially it was owned and operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation beginning in 1977.  However, in 2010, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium Society took over management.

The Aquarium averages some 800,000 visitors annually.  With conservation and instructions for future marine interests, students and visitors alike, come to learn about their impacts on local marine life.

The gift store and cafe are handy for a little break and a memorabilia of the aquarium so you can remember your visit to Seattle’s waterfront Aquarium.  🙂

The Window On Washington Waters

One exhibit you’ll enjoy is the 120,000 gallon tank that was designed and built in 2007.   It’s purpose is to duplicate the waters off the coast of Washington.  It has a variety of  local marine life.  Keep an eye open for the Sea anemones, salmon and even some rockfish.

Oh, and don’t forget to wave at the divers in this huge water tank as they entertain visitors during the day!

Come See The Crashing Waves Exhibit

If you enjoy watching and/or hearing the soothing sounds of the ocean waves on a beautiful beach, then the Crashing Waves Exhibit will really give you that peaceful, restful atmosphere.

The tidepool exhibit will give you that “up close and personal” experience.  You’ll get the “feel” of it very quickly.

The Tidepool

The Tide pool & Life on the Edge Exhibit

Life of a Drifter features a large glass “donut” where you’ll quickly be surrounded by ‘moon jellies’ and  giant Pacific octopus along with the nearby and very handy, 13 foot touch-tank.

The Pacific Coral Reef keeps us informed about the local marine life that surrounds the reefs.  It will give us a peek into coral reef life.

Strange But True

Oddities that live in and around the Puget (pew-jet) Sound and Elliott Bay waterfront, can give us much enjoyment along with many ‘oohs and aahs’ when we see the pinecone fish, the cowfish, flying gurnards, potbellied seahorses and even the short dragonfish.

Harbor seals, Northern fur seals, sea otters and river otters can be seen also.

The Marine Mammals and “Killer Whales”

The Orca Family Activity Center a.k.a. Killer Whale exhibit, will help us to understand these highly intelligent  creatures.   Being social, you’ll learn how they stay together and see how their hunting techniques and vocal behaviors are passed on to succeeding generation.

Often times we can see these magnificent animals in the wild when on the ferry boats.

Viewed as a threatened or endangered animal because of habitat loss, pollution or capture for marine mammal parks along with conflicts with some local fisheries, you’ll want to see how you can help.

Feels like you can reach out and touch them

Feels like you can reach out and touch them

The Underwater Dome

As you enter this underwater room with it’s 400,000 gallon water tank, you’ll be transfixed by the clarity of the water and the glass.  Sharks, salmon, Lingcod, sturgeon, skates along with more rockfish will be seen here.

Still want to reach out ?

Still want to reach out ?

The “Other Zoos”

The Seattle Aquarium has so much to see that you may not be able to see it all in one day.  However, don’t let that stop you from a return visit.

But what about all the other animals and interesting sites of Seattle and it’s surroundings ?

The Woodland Park Zoo is located nearby for those of us who enjoy getting out of doors.

If you’re up for a short drive and would like to see a real frontier Fort along with more animals,  then the Point Defiance Zoo would be another great place to visit.

It's nap time

It’s nap time.  Thanks for stopping by.      🙂

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The Evergreen State Fair Logo

The Evergreen State Fair Logo

Washington is known to be:  The Evergreen State, so it’s only natural that the Evergreen State Fair is uniquely, one of the very best in entertainment, food, livestock, rodeo, games, lumberjacks, ax throwing, bull riding, hobbies, and trades.

The list goes on and on.

Don’t forget about the Evergreen Speedway and the tremendous fireworks displays that goes on in the evenings.

I can clearly recall, some years back, walking through the main street of the fair grounds.  While walking past a small stand, a certain type of music caught my attention.

There was a young man, about 20 something, short black hair, about 5′ 10″ in height, slight of build, promoting his music.  With a brief exchange of conversation, he told me that one day he would be famous.

He was selling/promoting his style of music on cassettes.

Never did catch his real name, but today he goes by the name of Yanni, and sure enough, he has made a name for himself. So…you never know who you’ll meet at the Evergreen State Fair.  🙂

Yanni...the way I remember him

Yanni…similar to the way I remember him


Yanni ... today

Yanni … today

Location And Time

The fair is in the city of Monroe, Washington.  It’s physical address is :  14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272   Look on the maps for US Route 2 where it crosses over 179th Ave.

However, if you just head towards Monroe, don’t worry about finding the fair.  You’ll see the cars parked all along the roadways leading up to it’s main gates.

One of the best things this Fair has going for it is the early bird entrance to the grounds.  This is especially true for the first day during the week.  Not only will you be able to get in early, but a real break on the cost of entrance per person!

Usually the Fair will begin towards the end of August.  Each calendar day changes every year, but it’s always towards the end of August and runs for two weeks.

Need to get in touch with them for tickets?  Give them a call at :  360- 805-6700.  You can find out all you’ll need to know from the folks at the other end.  🙂

Where Can We Stay?

The Fair events brings together, all types of great people.  Having a common bond, usually the outdoor type thinking, these folks do not hesitate to put in at the RV sites.

Some even choose to “rough it” with the tent camping sites with a first-come-first-served type of program.

Be aware though, that the RV-1 area is for those with horses (animals) and vendors only.  It’s 88 RV sites fill up very fast.  Located at the North end of the Fairgrounds.

Then the RV-2 sites where the general public can stay, is also available.  It’s location is East of the Fairgrounds.  Spaces can accommodate up to 42′ long RVs.  Water and power are close by.

Showers and dumps are on the site also.  So, rather than staying at a hotel or motel, why not consider “roughing it” with others?  It will be great fun!


Events You’ll Not Want To Miss!

Tickets And More

The Evergreen State Fair wants folks to come and enjoy a day (or more) at the Fair without “breaking the bank” with entrance fees.

Adults are $10 or $12 dollars per person.

Seniors get a bit of a break (62-89 yrs) are $6 or $8 dollars per person.

Over 90 years old? Amazing!   Your tickets or FREE!

Young folks from 6-15 yrs is $6 to $8 dollars per person.

Then the kids 5 and under is also FREE!

So whichever category you fit into, you’ll enjoy yourself by being at one the the VERY BEST Fairs in existence!

FYI….. the lower prices can be purchased on Labor Day only.

Remember too, that the State of Washington has many, many more attractions throughout the entire Seattle ….. Tacoma area, and the entire State.

What have you enjoyed at the Fair?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Point Defiance Park Zoo and Much More

Point Defiance Park Zoo and Much More…..imagebyweedist

Point Defiance Zoo is a unique blend of animals.  You’ll see the aquarium, along with sharks, reptiles and seals that can either frighten or amaze every person that comes to this easy to locate, zoo.  What is Point Defiance Zoo?

Fort Nisqually is one of those amazing things that can give us a look back in time when the Pacific Northwest was still “in the raw” with developing settlements.  It’s very worth while to consider stopping there and learning of it’s living history.

There is much more to see and enjoy throughout the Point Defiance Park.   Regardless of the time of year, you’ll find yourself in a different setting.  Spring, you’ll be amazed with the blooming flowers, along with leafy trees.

Summer, the paved trails throughout the park make it great for families.  Even those with small children or toddlers in strollers.  If you do decide to hike the trails, then be sure and take in the beach front.

Just be sure to drive down to the water as the hike back up to the main road can be a challenge.  You’ll see for miles, out over the water and enjoy the folks on shore going about their routines of barbecue cook-outs.

What To See First

I would suggest that you get a Point Defiance Park Map.  If you are driving or perhaps riding a bicycle, why not go through the entire park first.  Then you’ll have an overall view and idea, of what the park is all about.

Fort Nisqually is one place that you’ll definitely want to stop and walk through.  I’ll put up another blog page just on that aspect of the park soon.

Point Defiance Zoo - Aquarium Map

Point Defiance Zoo – Aquarium Map

Point Defiance Zoo Hours

Daylight savings has to play a part in the opening and closing times of the zoo.   The following schedule is the Point Defiance Zoo’s  normal operations throughout the year.

Jan – Apr   Hours are :  9:30 am  to  4:00 pm

May – Sep   Hours are :  9:30 am to 5:00 pm and sometimes till 6:00 pm

Oct – Dec   Hours are : 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Point Defiance Zoo Admission

Prices vary according to one’s age.  Here are the general guidelines for entrance to the zoo.

Two years and under…Free

Three and Four years…$8.75

Five through Twelve years…$13.00

Thirteen through Sixty Four years…$17.00

Over Sixty Five years…$16.00

Be sure and ask about the group discount if you come in as a family or with friends.

Point Defiance Zoo  address :   5400 North Pearl Street    Tacoma Washington 98407

One more thing to keep in mind is that all zoo parking is FREE !  

 Swim With The Sharks

If you are like most people, we are entranced with the power, and ferocity of sharks, especially the monstrous Great White Shark.  As long as they are in the open ocean, and we are on dry ground, we are not overly concerned with what they do.

But…have you ever considered “swimming” with these monsters?  This unique aquarium has made it possible for anyone to do so.  Whether we are a seasoned certified scuba diver, or a novice, we can “swim” with the sharks.

Certified divers can use the scuba equipment on hand while those of us (including me) don the underwater “dry diving suit” that go right over our street clothes.  Nothing gets wet but our face, hands and hair.

Oh, yes, and one more thing to keep in mind for the adventurous soul.  Novices (like me) are placed in a shark cage that is then  lowered into the shark pool.  Whew !   I was getting a bit nervous there for a few seconds.   🙂

Swimming with the Sharks Point Defiance Zoo

Swimming with the Sharks  At Point Defiance Zoo


Hotels Near Point Defiance Zoo

So you’ve decided to come see the zoo and aquarium have you?  Then you’ll need a place to stay while you are visiting the Greater Seattle/Tacoma area.  Here are a few hotels along with address’ and prices.  This will make it easy for you.

Rodeway Inn    3100 Pacific Highway East  Wa 99,  Fife Wash.  $57.

Days Inn located at the Tacoma Mall area… 6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd,  Tacoma Wash.  $54.

Travelodge of Fife   3518 Pacific Highway East, Fife Wash. $64.

Econo Lodge Fife   3501 Pacific Highway East, Wa. 99 Fife Wash.  $50.

Days Inn Fife    5601 Pacific Highway East, Wa. 99, Fife Wash.  $90.

Holiday Inn Express 8601 South Hosmer Street, Tacoma Wash.   $103

Comfort Inn   8620 South Hosmer Street Tacoma  Wash.  $127.

Red Lion Hotel   8401 South Hosmer Street Tacoma  Wash.  $129.

Quality Inn    5805  Pacific Highway East  Fife Wash.  $140.

Hampton Inn     8103 South Hosmer Street  Tacoma Wash.  $385.

Which ever you choose, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing city of Tacoma.  It too, has a charm all it’s own.  Seattle/Tacoma have a “sister” type relationship between them.  Each city of which is unique in themselves.

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