Rainy day diversions
Good ideas for what to do when the weather is wet.
Northwest travel guides
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, Food Pavilion and Zoomazium play space for kids, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $7.50-$10.50 (206-684-4800 or www.zoo.org).
Seattle The waters of Puget Sound and around-the-world exhibits, including Sound to Mountains with interactive marsh mural, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle, $5.50-$12.50 (206-386-4320 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Seattle Shops, restaurants, arcade and vintage indoor carousel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle (206-623-8600 or www.pier57seattle.com).
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 www.yeoldecuriosityshop.com).
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Seattle Warm Victorian-style greenhouse with plants including cacti, succulents, bromeliads and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-684-4743 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/
Fun Forest Entertainment Pavilion
Seattle Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, food vendors; outdoor midway rides, including merry-go-round, Ferris Wheel, Windstorm Roller Coaster, Wild River, Music Express, Tornado and more, 11 a.m. daily, closing 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, weather and crowds permitting; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, call for daily update on hours (206-728-1585 or www.funforest.com).
Seattle The Monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall every 10 minutes, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; one-way tickets 75 cents-$1.50 (206-905-2620 or www.seattlemonorail.com).
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 www.spaceneedle.com).
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 www.nps.gov/klse).
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).
• Madison Pool, 13401 Meridian Ave. N., Seattle (206-684-4979).
• Meadowbrook Pool with rope swing, 10515 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-4989).
• 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).
• 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 (206-296-4410).
Mary Wayte Pool
Mercer Island Public swims, swimming classes, competitive swimming, Mary Wayte Pool, 8815 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island (206-296-4370).
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).
Redmond, Bothell Racing in state-of-the-art electric go-carts in 10-minute sessions, training available, reservations accepted for practice sessions and group events, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, 2207 Bel-Red Road, Redmond (425-462-7299) and 2-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 18311 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek/Bothell (425-481-1500 or www.champskarting.com).
Redmond Public swims, swimming lessons, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Redmond-Hartman Pool, 17535 N.E. 104th St., Redmond (425-233-3031).
Northshore Ruiz-Costie Pool
Bothell Swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Northshore Pool, 9815 N.E. 188th St., Bothell (206-296-4333).
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).
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, reservations recommended, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $4-$15 (425-438-8100 or 888-467-4777 or www.futureofflight.org).
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 www.familyfunpark.com).
Issaquah High-tech arcade games, laser tag, climbing walls, open daily, call for hours, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah (425-427-2444 or www.illusionz.com ).
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Issaquah Interpretive displays year-round about salmon and their life cycles; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-427-0259 or www.issaquahfish.org ).
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