9 quirky Seattle landmarks that we're sure you'll love

Mar 4 2021, 10:53 pm

Seattle’s known for a lot of things.

We were the birthplace of grunge, we have an awesome Public Market, and of course, we house a lot of strange, quirky landmarks.

Whether you’re looking for a roadside attraction or simply want to step up your Instagram game with a new pic, these nine quirky Seattle landmarks are sure to surprise you:

Center of the Universe Sign 

Located in Fremont, the Center of the Universe Sign has been around since the ’90s.¬†The sign directs tourists and locals alike to several other landmarks both in and out of the neighborhood.

Where to find it: On a traffic island at the intersection of North Fremont Avenue and North 35th Street

Fremont Troll


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Another quirky landmark in Fremont happens to be one of Seattle’s most famous. It’s the Fremont Troll. Located under a Seattle bridge overpass, he can often be found crawling with children and adults alike.

Where to find it: 3468-3696 Aurora Avenue N, Seattle

Magnusen Park Fin Art


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You may be a little confused when visiting this art piece. No, you’re not seeing a pod of whales; instead, it’s¬†black shapes that only resemble the creatures peeking their fins above the waterline.

Where to find them: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Pac Man Park 


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Jump into the world of Pac Man in Seattle’s Pac Man Park.¬†At 2,600 square feet, the life-sized arena is complete with four ghosts, lots of yellow pellets, and of course, Pac Man himself.

Where to find it: 110 Summit Avenue E, Seattle



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Transforest¬†by Lead Pencil Studio “combines forms drawn from Seattle City Light‚Äôs industrial history and those of our Northwest landscape, creating a narrative of Seattle‚Äôs system of electrical generation that has been placed into the wilderness of Washington.”

Where to find it: 1250 Denny Way, Seattle

Sound Garden


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Created by Douglas R. Hollis,¬†A Sound Garden is, quite literally, a sound garden. When the wind blows, the giant pipe-like structures murmur, whistle, and howl. Because the garden is on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Western Service Campus, you’ll have to get a day pass in order to check this piece out.

Where to find it: 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Edith Macefield House

Also known as the¬†UP¬†house, the late Edith Macefield’s house is one of the most well-recognized in Seattle for being one of the last-remaining farmhouses in the city. Macefield was offered a million dollars to sell her Ballard home, but she refused, apparently explaining that she didn’t need the money or to move. While several believe that this house inspired the movie¬†UP,¬†the rumor has since been debunked.

Where to find it: 1438 Northwest 46th Street Seattle

The Wall of Death


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Brutal? Yes. Strange? Yes. Do we kind of love it? Also yes. The Wall of Death is an art installation on the Burke-Gilman Trail. Created by father-son duo Mowry and Colin Baden, the art is named after the structure used in a high-risk motordrome sport that was popular at carnivals and sideshows in the early 20th century.

Where to find it: 3925 Adams Lane NE, Seattle

Hat and Boots Park


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Built in 1954 as part of a Western-themed gas station, Hat and Boots Park boasts the largest hat and cowboy boots in America. The 44-foot-wide hat was supposed to hold the gas station’s office, while the 22-foot-tall boots served as washrooms. It’s rumored that Elvis Presley even came to visit.

Where to find it: 6430 Corson Avenue S, Seattle

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