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5 free things in Seattle, from salmon to library

  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

    FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

    FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish, at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish, at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

  • FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

  • FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

    FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

  • FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

    FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish, at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

    In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )

  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

    FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, library patrons take a look at a video projected art installation called “Braincast” at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)
  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, Carleigh Davis walks her dog Ruby on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
  • FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
  • FILE - This July 31, 2006 file photo shows boats and tribal canoes taking part in the taking part in a Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The Tribal Journey is held every year as a way to preserve Indian heritage and promote positive lifestyles for Indian youth. Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day, lowering and elevating before crowds of onlookers. It's an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the exterior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)
  • FILE - This Jan. 18, 2007 file photo shows the 39-foot-tall "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder next to the Space Needle at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 bringing a free cultural experience to visitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)
  • FILE - This July 11, 2009 file photo shows Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish,  at  Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors to Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows a woman working on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • This image taken April 3, 2013 shows the interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • In this image taken April 3, 2013, a man walks past the art installation called "Wake" at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, a lighthouse lines the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • In this image taken Jan. 16, 2013, two people walk the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle. At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and it features seaside bluffs, views of the Puget Sound, trails, a light house and a beach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes )
  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file photo shows the "Eagle" sculpture by Alexander Calder, during the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  The Seattle Art Museum opened the art park on the downtown waterfront in 2007 to bring a free cultural experience to visitors.  (AP Photo/Dustin Snipes, file)

It’s not something that people in Seattle like to broadcast too much, but the Emerald City gets plenty of sunshine. Last year, there were 48 straight days of no rain to go along with the long summer days, presenting a perfect setting to explore the numerous free parks, bike trails, markets, beaches and lakes the city offers. Here is a small collection:

Pike Place Market

There are few landmarks that invoke Seattle as much as the glowing red letters of the Pike Place Market. Sure, it’s a tourist trap, but it recalls a time when nearby farmers sold their produce to the hungry city masses. Peruse the bounty of flowers, chocolates, fish, fruit and much more in the multi-level market built on a steep hill in downtown Seattle. Stop by the Gum Wall to leave your own chewy legacy. Take in the fishmongers throwing salmon around. But don’t confine it to this one market. Seattle boasts a healthy arsenal of neighborhood outdoor markets. One example: The market in Fremont sells everything from consignment clothes from the 1980s to whole furniture sets, old maps, old records, old games and more on Sundays right next to a ship canal. Information: fremontmarket.com.

Hiram M. Chittendon Locks

Known locally as the Ballard Locks, this water gateway constructed and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers separates the salty Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington using a system of water elevators. Recreational, tourist, working and research vessels make their way through the locks every day. It’s an engineering gem that opened in 1917, a miniature Panama Canal in the middle of the city, but the locks offer more than that. There are fish ladders that salmon use for their annual spawning migration. Sockeye, king and coho salmon as well as steelhead can be seen making their way on outdoor and indoor (and underwater) views of the ladder. Occasionally, a hungry sea lion will also hang around the entrance to the ladder to grab himself a salmon meal, like a true Seattle-ite. The locks also feature botanical gardens, rolling greens that make for nice picnic spots and free one-hour tours of the facility between March and November. Information: 1.usa.gov/11nY2KR.

Seattle Central Library

It’s a bit of a quiet tour to take in the 362,987-square-foot Seattle Central Library. After all, even though it’s renowned for its modernist architecture, it’s still a well-used library. Explore the nine levels open to the public to admire the bright neon escalators, lipstick red hallways and the slanted steel and glass roof that looks like an oversized chain-link fence. Information: bit.ly/16phdmO.

Discovery Park

At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle and it features some
of the most stunning views
within city limits. On top of seaside bluffs, visitors can overlook the Puget Sound, islands and the Olympic Mountains to the west. Look south and Mount Rainier and the city skyline rise above the horizon. The park, which used to be a military fort, features hiking and jogging trails through acres of forest. Down below, a sandy beach adorned with a lighthouse snakes around the park. Lucky visitors encounter baby seals sleeping on the beach, sea lions swimming just offshore or bald eagles perched on trees. There are also wide open grassy areas on top of the bluffs. Information: seattle.gov/parks/
environment/discovery.htm.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Think of it as an outdoors museum. The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, provides visitors the opportunity to relax on its green grass or stroll through its collection of artwork. There’s the “Eagle” with its red-painted steel pointy curves; benches that are giant eyes; an oversized typewriter eraser; a stainless steel tree; and 14-foot high steel curved forms called the “Wake.” The park also features a walkway along the waterfront. Information: bit.ly/10rSPjy.

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