Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Seattle Center Today

Seattle Center Space Needle Entrance
It has been almost 51 years since the 1962 Seattle World's Fair opened on April 21, 1962.  The theme of the fair was "Century 21" which was intended to showcase new technology and a look into future. The old fair site is now the site of the Seattle Center which explains why many of the buildings including the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center have a Jetson's look. 
 Century 21 - The 1962 Seattle World's Fair

There have been many changes in the past 50 years, but recent renovations include the demolition of the old carnival rides and replacing them with the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Some of the other attractions that are worth enjoying include the Pacific Science Center with its hands-on exhibits, butterflies in the tropical butterfly house, IMAX theaters and laser shows.

 Butterfly in the Pacific Science Center Tropical Butterfly House

And if you've never taken a trip to the top of the Space Needle on a clear sunny day, it is something you must do at least once in your life!

Seattle Space Needle on a sunny day

Of course there are always the annual festivals and events held on the grounds like the Northwest Folklife Festival, Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot or it is a great place to spend a sunny day relaxing around the International Fountain while the kiddies run from the spray.

 Seattle Center International Fountain

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