Can't Miss at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park:
Arts & Entertainment:
> Museum of Pop Culture (Seattle, 27 mi.) - A museum designed by the famed architect, Frank Gehry, that celebrates various forms of entertainment including musicians from Seattle, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and other special traveling exhibits from the entertainment world.
> Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, 26 mi.) - A museum featuring over 25,000 pieces from a variety of mediums, from paintings to sculptures.
> Paramount Theater (Seattle, 27 mi.) - A classic 1920's theater that hosts touring broadway shows, musicians and comedy acts.
> Festál Cultural Festivals (Seattle, 28 mi.) - Hosted at the Seattle Center, Festál is a series of smaller cultural festivals celebrating the many diverse cultures of the world represented by the people of the Greater Seattle Metropolitan area, highlighted by shows and performances by those that have come to the region from around the world.
> Seafair (Various Seattle Locations) - A summertime tradition of Seattle celebrating the region's maritime history, including festivities such as the Torchlight Parade in Downtown, and the Albert Lee Appliance Cup, the annual Unlimited Hydroplane race on the waters of Lake Washington.
> Ivar's (Federal Way, 5 mi.) - A Pacific Northwest seafood chain created by Seattle legend and folk singer Ivar Haglund, known for their clam chowder and their fish & chips in their nautical themed restaurants. The closest location is a short 10-15 minute drive from the park.
> Pyamid Brewery Alehouse (Seattle, 26 mi.) - A favorite pre-game spot near T-Mobile Park with local crafted beers and a menu featuring classic brewhouse favorites.
> The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (Federal Way, 2 mi) - Originally from Tacoma, this Pacific Northwest original pizza chain offers a great wood oven pizza, and a great selection of craft beers with an atmosphere that says "Rock 'n Roll!", and the closest location is right down the street from Wild Waves!
Landmarks & History:
> Museum of Flight (Seattle, 20 mi.) - An aerospace and aircraft museum located near Boeing Field featuring historic planes for several eras of aviation history. You can also see the barn where the Boeing Company first built airplanes and hop aboard the likes of the prototype 747, and one of the former Air Force One Airplanes!
> Pike Place Market (Seattle, 27 mi.) - One of the United States' oldest, continuously operating farmers markets, known for it's famous fish throwers, and the world's oldest operating Starbucks location. You can also enjoy the performance of buskers throughout the market at designated spots with red musical notes on the ground and an excellent variety of eateries inside the 4-block market space.
> Pioneer Square (Seattle, 26 mi.) - The oldest neighborhood and original Downtown Seattle, featuring a selection of restaurants, museums and shops in buildings that date as far back as the 1890's after the city was rebuilt following the Great Seattle Fire. You'll find tribal artwork, a variety of statues, and a free museum dedicated to the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and the role it played in the growth of Seattle.
> Space Needle (Seattle, 28 mi.) - The iconic tower of Seattle that offers panoramic views of Seattle and the surrounding landscapes. Recently renovated to offer more open visibility on the main observation deck, and the world's first rotating glass floor in the lower portion of the deck.
> Discovery Park (Seattle, 32 mi.) - The largest city park in Seattle, offering over 12 miles of hiking trails on the 500 acre nature preserve, with stunning views from the edge of Magnolia Bluff to the shoreline of the Puget Sound. Take a small look back in time as you can find the former barracks of old Fort Lawton which used to operate on this site.
> Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, 27 mi.) - On Seattle's waterfront in one of the classic piers, the aquarium features a variety of species of sea life found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest, including the Giant Pacific Octopus and Harbor Seals. Many species can also be seen in the 400,000 gallon underwater dome!
> Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie, 34 mi.) - A scenic 268-foot waterfall seen in the popular television show Twin Peaks.
> CenturyLink Field (Seattle, 26 mi.) - One of the world's loudest stadiums, and home to the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football Leauge, and the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.
> Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum (Kent, 14 mi.) - A museum for some of the fastest machines to race on water.
> T-Mobile Park (Seattle, 25 mi.) - One of the world's few open-air, retractable roof stadiums that serves as the home of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, and known for their popular garlic fries.
Theme Park-esque Attractions:
> Seattle Great Wheel (Seattle, 27 mi.) - The tallest Ferris Wheel in Washington with a location right on Elliott Bay offering excellent views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains
> Seattle Monorail (Seattle, 26 mi.) - A relic of the 1962 World's Fair that transports visitors from the central core of Seattle's Business District to the Seattle Center, the cultural center of Seattle that is home of the famous Space Needle is located.
> Wings Over Washington (Seattle, 27 mi.) - A flying theater attraction offering riders the opportunity to enjoy the sights and beauty of the State of Washington, from Mt. St. Helens, to the Olympic National Forest