Seattle Center is a park , arts and entertainment center in Seattle, Washington. The 74-acre (300,000 m2) site was used in 1962 by the Century 21 Exposition . First built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Seattle Center is located just north of downtown Seattle, and offers everyone a beautiful relaxed environment for people to enjoy life and forget about every day problems.
- The International Fountain built for the 1962 World’s Fair operates all year round.With over 20 spouts, the fountain goes through programmed cycles of shooting water patterns, accompanied by recorded world music.
- The Space Needle , symbol of Seattle
- Seattle Center Monorails , an elevated glide to downtown Seattle
- Center House (formerly known as the Food Circus) includes the Center House Theater, as well as the Children’s Museum and The Center High School.
- The Experience Music project / SF Museum and Hall of Fame
- The Fun Forest amusement park
- The Kobe Bell, an official city landmark
- The Mercer Arena , a formely sports, concerts, and opera.
- The outdoor Mural Amphitheater
- The Northwest Rooms, a small conference center
- The Pacific Science Center, home of the Boeing IMAX Theater, Eames IMAX Theater, and Seattle Laser Dome
- The Seattle Center Pavilion
- Seattle Center Skate Park aka Sea Sk8 Park
Seattle Center Events
Seattle Center hosts many cultural, music or art events . The most important are :
- Festal , a year long series of world cultural events, the largest of which is Northwest Folklife
- Winterfest runs from the day after Thanksgiving to Jan 1. It is an annual celebration including ice skating, artistic and cultural performances, concerts, student showcases from area schools, storytelling, exhibits and movies. Winterfest also includes the Seattle trademark miniature train and village and New Year’s Eve concert
- Bite of seattle
- Seattle International Children’s Festival
- PrideFest – Gay Pride
Seattle PrideFest is the Official Seattle Gay Pride Festival held annually at the Seattle Center over Pride Weekend. The festival takes place on the last Sunday in June between 11am and 7pm. 2008 had record numbers at the Seattle Center with over 50,000 people attending on a 95 degree day in June, with over 100 vendors and dozens of sponsors participating. 2009 promises to further expand on the event and give a world-class city a world-class PrideFestival.