I’ve wanted to take a seaplane tour of Seattle ever since I moved here a year ago. The seaplanes buzzing around the Seattle skies are a common site. I wanted to see my city in a new way, so I signed up for a seaplane flight over Seattle from Lake Union.
Tillicum means “friendly” in the Chinook tribal language, and this half-day tour really is friendly. There’s a 45-minute cruise filled with storytelling and local history lessons, an excellent meal and a spectacle of a show highlighting native tribal dancing and masks.
I’ve lived in Seattle for 20 years and I’d never done the Tillicum Village Cultural Experience. I rounded up a local friend who had also never been and headed to Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront. Tours leave twice daily, at 11:30 a.m. (our sailing) and 4:30 p.m. We boarded right on time and took seats at the rail on the upper bow. But shortly after we left the dock, we moved inside; the sound was better and we wanted to hear our guide, Haida, talk about the history of the region.
Have a sweet tooth? Love festivals? Simply looking for something fun to do? We’ve got your answer.
The Northwest Chocolate Festival annually celebrates one of life’s greatest pleasures: chocolate! Each October, Bell Harbor Pier comes alive with cacao-laced events. Sample the creations of over 80 of the world’s best chocolatiers, watch bean-to-bar demonstrations, take a pastry class, develop your palate and learn how to distinguish chocolate from different regions, taste fresh-picked cacao, educate yourself on chocolate for health, explore the art of bean crushing and much more. Picture loads of samples, 70-plus workshops and more than a dozen hands-on classes. It’s truly a memorable Seattle experience.