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Originally published Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM


Puget Sound under cover: Fun places, out of the cold and wet

Things to do, where to go when it's wet and cold around Puget Sound and Seattle

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Here's a list of Puget Sound-area attractions and fun places to go — under a roof.

Woodland Park Zoo Rainy Day Tour

Seattle The zoo provides a Rainy Day Tour map for its indoor and covered attractions including the African Savanna/African Village, Discovery Barn, Bug World, warm Tropical Rain Forest and Day and Night exhibits, Tropical Asian exhibit, Food Pavilion and Zoomazium play space for kids, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; Willawong Station bird-feeding experience, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends, seed sticks $1/each; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $11/ages 13-64, $9/ages 65 and older, $8/ages 3-12 through April 30; as of May 1, open until 6 p.m. daily, summer season rates $10-$15 (206-548-2500 or

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle The waters of Puget Sound and around the world; exhibits include Sound to Mountains with interactive marsh mural, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle; $15/ages 13 and older, $10/ages 4-12 or combined with Argosy Harbor Cruise, $28/ages 13 and older, $17/ages 6-12, $10/ages 4-5 (206-386-4320 or

Bay Pavilion

Seattle Shops, restaurants, arcade and vintage indoor carousel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle (206-623-8600 or

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Seattle In continuous operation since 1899, gift novelty store with curio displays including Sylvester and Sylvia Mummy, Petri-Fido and a family of mer-creatures, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle (206-682-5844 or

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Seattle Warm Victorian-style greenhouse with plants including cactuses, succulents, bromeliads and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-684-4743 or

Fun Forest Entertainment Pavilion


Seattle Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, food vendors, 11 a.m. daily, closing -6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, closing time varies, weather and crowds permitting; call for daily update on hours (206-728-1585 or

The Monorail

Seattle The Monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall every 10 minutes, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; one-way tickets 75 cents-$1.50 (206-905-2620 or

The Space Needle

Seattle Observation deck offers 360-degree view, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, gift shop, espresso bar; observation deck and gift shops open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 400 Broad St., $5.50-$14 (206-905-2100 or

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Seattle Photos, films and exhibits on the Gold Rush of 1897-98 and its effect on local history. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or

Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools

Seattle All offer swim lessons for all ages, public swims and exercise classes;

• Ballard Pool with rope swing, slide, spa, 1471 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-684-4094);

• Evans Pool with slide, sauna, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (206-684-4961);

• Medgar Evers Pool with rope swing, sauna, 500 23rd Ave., Seattle (206-684-4766 CQ);

• Queen Anne Pool with rope swing, sauna, 1920 First Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-4282);

• Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1944 CQ);

• Southwest Pool with sauna, spa, slide, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle (206-684-7440).

King County Evergreen Pool

Seattle Public swims, swim lessons for all ages, lifeguard and swimming instructor training, competitive aquatics, exercise classes, Evergreen Pool, 606 S.W. 116th St., Seattle (206-296-4410or

Mercer Island Pool

Mercer Island Public swims, swimming classes, competitive swimming, Mercer Island Pool, 8815 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island (206-296-4370 or

Bellevue Aquatic Center

Bellevue Two pools for public swims, lessons and exercise classes, the Blue Lagoon pool, 25 yards with six lap lanes, diving tank and 10-foot slide, and Warm Springs therapy and rehabilitation pool with wheelchair ramps; Bellevue Aquatic Center, 601 143rd Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-452-4444).

K1 Speed

Redmond Racing in state-of-the-art electric go-carts, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-10-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 2207 Bel-Red Road, Redmond (425-462-7299 or

Redmond Pool

Redmond Public swims, swimming lessons, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Redmond Pool, 17535 N.E. 104th St., Redmond (425-233-3031 or

Northshore Pool

Bothell Swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Northshore Pool, 9815 N.E. 188th St., Bothell (206-296-4333 or

St. Edward Park Carole Ann Wald Memorial Pool

Kenmore Public swims, swim lessons, exercise programs, St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore (425-823-6983 or

Future of Flight Museum/Boeing Tour

Mukilteo Exhibits and displays on creating aircraft, flight simulator, children's areas, Paine Field observation deck, store and cafe, 8:30-5:30 p.m. daily; tours of the nearby Boeing plant, the largest building in the world and the only commercial jet assembly plant open for tours in North America available, reservations recommended, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $8-$15, gallery only $4-$9 (888-467-4777 or

Funtasia Family Fun Park

Edmonds Family-amusement park with miniature golf, bumper cars, video games, kiddie playland, laser tag, restaurant, batting cages, 2-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds (425-775-2174 or

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Issaquah Interpretive displays about salmon and their life cycles year-round; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-427-0259 or

Lindbergh Pool

Renton Public swims, swim lessons for all ages, advanced training courses, competitive aquatics, exercise programs, Lindbergh Pool, 16740 128th Ave. S.E., Renton (424-204-4440).

Tukwila City Pool

Tukwila Public swims, lessons, water exercise, 4414 2. 144th St., Tukwila (206-267-2350).

Family Fun Center

Tukwila Attractions including go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, rock-climbing wall, laser tag, video arcade and restaurant, noon-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila (425-204-7800 or

Laser Quest

Federal Way Laser-tag fantasy adventures with audiovisual effects and themed scenery, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, additional hours available for groups by appointment, 2210 S. 320th St., Federal Way (253-946-4500 or

King County Aquatic Center

Federal Way Facility hosts more than 50 competitive events annually including top regional, national and international competitions; offers swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise classes, specialized water sports training and competitive team programs, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Drive, Federal Way (206-296-4444).

The LeMay Car Collection

Tacoma Guided two-hour tours of the display of more than 400 vehicles, from the earliest automobiles to 1990s models, from the largest privately owned collection in the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, LeMay Collection at Marymount, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma; $5-$15, call for reservations (877-902-8490 or

Seymour Conservatory

Tacoma Victorian-style 1908 conservatory with more than 200 species of exotic tropical plants and rotating floral exhibits, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma; free, donations appreciated (253-591-5330 or

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Eatonville Tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville, Pierce County, $6-$15 (360-832-6117 or

State Capitol Tours

Olympia Guided public tours of the Washington State Legislative Building, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour daily, meet at the foot of the rotunda steps on the north side of the building, free; reservations required for group tours; public tours of the Executive Mansion, mornings and afternoons most Wednesdays, reservations required; self-guided tours of the Temple of Justice, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Conservatory, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Veterans Memorials and Monuments, information on self-guided tour available online, brochure available at the north entrance of the Legislative Building and at the Visitor Information Center, 416 14th Ave. S.W., Olympia (360-586-8687 or

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