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Originally published Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Seattle attractions: Ideas for Mother's Day

Where to go and what to do in Seattle.

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Downtown

Seattle Art Museum

Permanent exhibits include American, African, Australian Aboriginal, Asian, Native American and European art; special exhibit "Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past," June 19-Sept. 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; also open Memorial Day (May 26), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 1); Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., Seattle; $13/adults, $10/ages 62 and older, $7/ages 13-19 and students with ID, ages 12 and younger free, extra charge for special exhibits; free admission for all the first Thursday of each month; free admission first Friday of each month for seniors 62 and older; free admission for ages 19 and younger with student ID 5-9 p.m. second Friday of each month (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Soundbridge Seattle Symphony

Music Discovery Center

Hands-on activities and interactive exhibits to bring the orchestra and symphonic music to life for people of all ages and levels of musical experience, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Benaroya Hall, Second Avenue and Union Street, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 5-18 (206-336-6600 or www.soundbridge.org).

Pike Place Market

The oldest continuously operated farmers market in America, with more than 100 day stalls for local farmers, 200 craft-sellers and more than 200 permanent businesses, including antiques and collectibles, restaurants, fish markets, delis and the original Starbucks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, hours of individual businesses may vary; First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle (206-682-7453 or www.pikeplacemarket.org).

Waterfront

Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle Art Museum's nine-acre waterfront park with outdoor sculptures, natural landscapes of mostly native trees, grasses and wildflowers, open 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset daily, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle; free (206-654-3100 or

www.seattleartmuseum.org).

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Myrtle Edwards Park

On the waterfront, with path for walking and biking, Alaskan Way just north of Pier 70, Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Seattle Aquarium

The waters of Puget Sound and around-the-world exhibits including Sound to Mountains with interactive marsh mural, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, closed June 6; visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle, $15/ages 13 and older, $10/ ages 4-12, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4320 or

www.seattleaquarium.org).

Odyssey Maritime

Discovery Center

Interactive exhibits on the working waterfront's trade, fishing, recreation and environmental activities; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bell Street Pier, Pier 66, 2205 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 5-18 years and seniors, $2/2-4 years old (206-374-4000 or

www.ody.org).

Elliott Bay Water Taxi

Water taxi operates across Elliott Bay, 12-minute trip daily with free shuttle van between Seacrest Park and the Admiral District, Alki Point and the West Seattle Junction, bicycles welcome as space permits; 6:50 a.m.-7:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday (extended hours after weekday Mariner games), 6:50 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, between Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle and Seacrest Pier, 1660 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; one way $3, $1 with Metro transfer, free with Metro pass (206-205-3866 or transit.metrokc.gov/).

Argosy Cruises

Tour boats, including the Royal Argosy fine-dining lunch/dinner ship, cruise the Seattle Harbor, Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Ballard Locks; departures daily from Seattle waterfront, Lake Union and Kirkland Marina Park, prices vary; special events include Fourth of July cruises, greet the fleet, hydro and Blue Angels cruises (206-623-1445 or www.argosycruises.com).

Tillicum Village

Boat cruise to Blake Island, salmon dinner, Northwest Coast Native American dance performance 11:30 a.m. and/or 4:30 p.m. daily, Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $30-$79.95 (206-933-8600 or www.tillicumvillage.com).

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

In continuous operation since 1899, gift novelty store with curio displays including Sylvester and Sylvia Mummy, 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).

Seattle Center

Fun Forest Amusement Park and Entertainment Pavilion

Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, Inflatable Castle, food vendors; outdoor carousel and Ferris wheel; birthday-party packages available, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, weather and crowds permitting; outdoor midway rides, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather and crowds permitting, some rides open daily starting in June, full park open daily mid-June through Labor Day (206-728-1585 or www.funforest.com).

Center House

Food court and family activities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Seattle Center Monorail

The monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall every 10 minutes, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; one-way tickets 75 cents-$2 (206-905-2620 or www.seattlemonorail.com).

The Space Needle

Observation deck offers 360-degree view, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, gift shop, espresso bar; observation deck and gift shops, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 400 Broad St., $7-$16 (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com).

International Fountain

One of Seattle's favorite gathering spots, 200-foot-wide-bowl with water sprays synchronized to music, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. most days (206-684-7200).

The Children's Museum

Ongoing interactive exhibits include Mountain Forest, Discovery Bay, Global Village, Cog City and The Neighborhood, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Center House, lower level, $6-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org).

Experience Music Project

Music museum with interactive and interpretive exhibits on rock 'n' roll; its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and blues; and its influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres, featuring "Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound" and "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music;" 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily May 23-Sept. 1, hours may vary due to special events, Seattle Center, Seattle; combo EMP / SFM admission $15/adults, $12/ages 5-17 and ages 65 and older; free admission 5-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month (206-EMPLIVE or www.emplive.com).

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Exhibits include sci-fi robots, monsters, aliens, spaceships, art and literature; opening Friday, "Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels"; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily May 23-Sept. 1, in Experience Music Project building, Seattle Center; combo EMP/SFM admission $15/adults, $12/ages 5-17 and ages 65 and older; free admission 5-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month (206-724-3428 or www.sfhomeworld.org).

Pacific Science Center

Exhibits include Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time, Tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, Puget Sound Tide Pool, Kids Works, Body Works, animal, technology and outdoor exhibits; Imax theaters showing "Grand Canyon Adventure 3D," "Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience," "Wild Ocean 3D," "Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs," "The Eruption of Mount St. Helens" and "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure"; laser theater, classes and camps, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through June 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily starting June 16, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $11/adults, $9.50/ages 65 and older, $8/ages 6-12, $6/ages 3-5, additional charge for Imax and laser theaters; parking, Claypool Memorial Garage, Second Avenue North and Denny Way, rates subject to change depending on events at Seattle Center (206-443-2001 or www.pacsci.org).

Parking and transit service

Seattle Center operates several garages and parking lots; Fifth Avenue Parking, at Fifth Avenue North and Republican Street, offers reduced parking rates for vehicles with three or more people. Call the Seattle Center traffic hotline for traffic and parking info (206-233-3989); Metro Transit service information (206-553-3000 or tripplanner.metrokc.gov/).

Pioneer Square

Smith Tower Observation Deck

Seattle's first skyscraper, the 42-story building that was the fourth-tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1914, with 35th-floor open-air Observation Deck with views of the downtown skyline and waterfront and the ornate Chinese Room, 10 a.m.-sunset daily, hours subject to change, call or check Web site; Yesler Way and Second Avenue, Seattle; $7.50/adults, $6/ages 60 and older and students with ID, $5/ages 6-12 (206-622-4004 or www.smithtower.com).

Underground Tours

Walking tour of the burned-down 1890s Seattle with a humorous look at the early days of Seattle, starting from Doc Maynard's Public House, a restored 1890s saloon; no reservations available, arrive at least 30 minutes before the tour to buy tickets, throughout the day 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in May, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in June, July and August, call ahead, 608 First Ave., Seattle; $14/ages 18-59, $12/ages 13-17, college students with ID, ages 60 and older, $7/ ages 7-12, not recommended for ages under 6; cash only (206-682-4646 or www.undergroundtour.com).

Klondike Gold Rush

National Historical Park

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).

Waterfall Garden Park

Privately maintained park with 22-foot-tall manmade waterfall, benches, tables and plants commemorates the spot where United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in 1907, open daily, 219 Second Ave. S. (at Main Street), Seattle; free.

SODO

Safeco Field tour

One-hour public tours involve a mile of walking, are wheelchair-accessible and include the press box, dugouts, visitors' clubhouse and other areas not usually open to the public, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on days with no home games; on days with home games at 6 p.m. or later, tours at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; no tours on game days, call to verify schedule, group and specialty tours available; $8/adults, $7/ages 65 and older, $6/ages 3-12 (206-622-HITS or www.ticketmaster.com).

Qwest Field tour

Tour the field, visitors' locker room, luxury suite and more; about a mile of walking, wheelchair-accessible, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through May, 12:30 and 2 p.m. daily June-September, subject to event schedule, call to confirm schedule, get tickets at least 30 minutes in advance from the Seahawks Pro Shop, Qwest Field, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 4-12 and ages 65 and older (206-381-7582).

South Seattle

Northwest African American Museum

Exhibits illustrating the history, culture and art of the region's African-American community, including the life and work of internationally renowned Northwest artists Jacob Lawrence and James Washington Jr., Multimedia Learning Center with small library and genealogy resources, cafe, bookstore/gift shop, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, guided tours noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $6/adults, $4/students and seniors, free for ages 5 and younger, free to all first Thursday of every month (206-267-1823 or www.naamnw.org).

Seward Park

and Audubon Center

277-acre park with 2.5-mile loop for walkers, joggers and cyclists; playground, beach, amphitheater and old-growth forest trails, Environmental and Audubon Center, programs include Super Saturdays games, walks, crafts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 24, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, Aug. 16 and 30; 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

Kubota Garden

Twenty-acre Japanese-American garden with a Northwest influence, waterfalls, ponds, ginkgo trees, bamboo and Japanese pines, open daylight hours daily, Kubota Garden Park, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, Seattle (206-684-4584 or www.kubota.org).

Museum of Flight

Display of aircraft, Apollo spaceflight artifacts; air-traffic control tower; children's area; history of aviation including Boeing's 100-year-old Red Barn manufacturing plant and "Personal Courage Wing" history, aircraft and memorabilia of World War I and World War II, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. first Thursdays; Airpark outdoor display open 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $14/adults, $13/ages 65 and older, $7.50/ages 5-17, first Thursday of each month free from 5-9 p.m. only (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

Chinatown / International District

Wing Luke Asian Museum

Museum dedicated to the history, culture and art of Seattle's Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian communities reopens in a new location with ribbon cutting and community events May 31-June 1, East Kong Yick Building, 719 South King St., Seattle (206- 623-5124 or www.wingluke.org).

Chinatown Discovery Tours

Walking tours of markets and historical sites on informal guided walking tours, some with meals, tea or dim sum, Seattle (206-623-5124 or www.seattlechinatowntour.com).

First Hill

Frye Art Museum

Collection of 19th- and 20th-century American, German and French representational paintings plus temporary exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, till 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; open Memorial Day (May 26) and Labor Day (Sept. 1), closed July 4; 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or www.fryeart.org).

Capitol Hill

Volunteer Park

Gardens, play areas, water tower, views of the city; with Volunteer Park Conservatory, a Victorian-style greenhouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily May 26-Sept. 1, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free, donation suggested (206-684-4743 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Art from China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays; Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; $5/adults, $3/students with ID, ages 62 and older and ages 13-17, first Thursday and first Saturday of each month free, free on the first Friday of each month for ages 62 and older (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Cal Anderson Park

Popular gathering spot with fountain, paths, plaza, wading pool, 4 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Lake Union

Center for Wooden Boats

Display of wooden boats of various vintages at center dedicated to marine heritage and craftsmanship, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through May 23, then 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, free, donations welcome; boat rentals, noon-6 p.m. daily through May 23, noon-8 p.m. daily May 24-Sept. 2, rentals suspended when wind speed exceeds 12 knots or other unsafe conditions; free classic boat rides, weather permitting, 2-3 p.m. every Sunday; 1010 Valley St., Seattle (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org).

Lake Union Park

Boardwalk and paths in waterfront park, first 1.6-acre phase of the 12-acre park that will be completed in 2010, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-684-7254 or www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/lakeunionpark.htm">www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/lakeunionpark.htm).

South Lake Union Streetcar

South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar round-trip route from Fairview Avenue and Ward Street in the South Lake Union neighborhood to the corner of Westlake Avenue and Olive Way near Westlake Transit Hub at 15-minute intervals, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; 50 cents-$1.75, PugetPass, Metro passes and Metro transfers accepted (206-553-3000 or www.seattlestreetcar.org).

Discover Houseboating

Tour the city's Lake Union floating-home community on a six-person boat with a local houseboater; daily at 10 a.m. or by appointment, Seattle; $40, by reservation (206-322-9157 or www.discoverhouseboating.com).

Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society Museum

Historic photographs, ship models, nautical artifacts, gift shop, noon-5 p.m. daily, Chandler's Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-624-3028 or www.pugetmaritime.org).

Seattle Ferry Service

Cruise tours Lake Union and Portage Bay, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the hour Sundays, $11/adults, $10/seniors, $7/ages 5-13, $2/ages 4 and younger, snacks available; starting June 6, also 11:45 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $15/adults, $7/ages 5-13, $2/ages 4 and younger, pets OK, reservations recommended, from South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-284-2828 or www.seattleferryservice.com).

Gas Works Park

Open spaces, picnic areas, views of Lake Union and downtown, popular for kite flying and access to Burke-Gilman Trail, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

University District / Montlake

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Exhibits include dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, a walk-through volcano, traditions of the Pacific Rim and ethnobotanical garden; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed July 4), open until 8 p.m. first Thursdays, 17th Avenue Northeast and 45th Street, University of Washington, Seattle; $8/adults, $6.50/seniors, $5/students with ID and youth ages 5 and older, free admission on first Thursdays (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).

Henry Art Gallery

Permanent displays of modern and contemporary art and other art exhibits. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, University of Washington, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10/adults, $6/ages 62 and older, free for any high-school or college student with ID and ages 13 and younger, free on Thursdays (206-543-2280 or www.henryart.org).

Washington Park Arboretum

More than 200 acres with 5,500 trees and shrubs; dawn to dusk daily, guided tours, 1 p.m. most first and third Sundays, call to confirm; Graham Visitors Center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.depts.washington.edu/wpa).

Seattle Japanese Garden

Traditional Japanese garden, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through mid-August, then 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through mid-September, $3-$5, public tours at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Mondays, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; special events include photo sessions, poetry, concerts, tea demonstrations, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks/).

Museum of History

& Industry

Photographs, artifacts and exhibits on the growth of the Puget Sound region, including Seattle in the 1880s, Great Seattle Fire; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 62 and older, ages 5-17, free first Thursday of each month (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).

Sand Point

Magnuson Park

Waterfront park with boat ramp, sports fields, tennis courts, paved paths for biking, fields, 6500 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Green Lake

Green Lake Park

2.8-mile path around the lake for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers; plus pitch and putt, swimming beaches, boat rental, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Phinney Ridge

Woodland Park Zoo

African Savanna, African Village with Maasai Journey programs, Temperate Forest, Family Farm, Tropical Rain Forest, Tropical Asia Elephant Forest, Zoomazium indoor/outdoor play space for kids, Northern Trail, Day and Night building with snakes, reptiles and nocturnal animals, Rain Forest Food Pavilion, ZooStore; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; Butterflies and Blooms greenhouse tent with flowers and 1,000 free-flying butterflies of 15 species, open daily starting May 23; new Pink Flamingos exhibit opens May 24, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $15/ages 13-64, $13/ages 65 and older and people with disabilities, $10/ages 3-12; parking $4.50 (206-684-4800 or www.zoo.org).

Woodland Park Rose Garden

Thousands of roses; the garden also features a gazebo, ponds and scenic paths, tours available on request. 7 a.m.-dusk daily, 700 N. 50th St., Seattle; free (206-684-4863 or www.zoo.org).

Fremont

History House

Old Seattle photos, murals, computer-discovery stations; noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 790 N. 34th S., Seattle; $1 (206-675-8875 or www.historyhouse.org).

Ballard

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

The locks linking Lake Union with Puget Sound, built in 1917, handle more than 100,000 boats a year; fish ladder with views of migrating salmon making their way through the locks, with displays on the life cycle of salmon; visitor center exhibits explain the use and building of the locks; grounds include the Carl S. English Gardens with exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants from around the world; grounds and locks open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, tours available; visitor center open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; free concerts at the Locks, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays June-Aug.; 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle, free (206-783-7059).

Golden Gardens Park

Beach with picnic sites, trails and paths including forest and restored wetland areas, fishing pier, beach fire pits, dog off-leash area, boat launch, 4 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily, 8498 Seaview Place N.W., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Nordic Heritage Museum

Exhibits on Scandinavian contributions in the Pacific Northwest from 18th century to the present, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-789-5707 or www.nordicmuseum.org).

Magnolia

Discovery Park and Environmental Learning Center

Nature programs, summer camps, bird tours, campfire programs, beach walks at natural park with meadows, forests, cliffs and beaches, park open dawn to dusk, visitors' center open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle (206-386-4236 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

West Seattle

Log House Museum

Restored 1903 structure a few blocks from the site of the 1851 landing of the Denny Party, the first white settlers in Seattle, with historical displays; noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, 3003 61st Ave. S.W., Seattle; suggested donation $3/adult, $1/children (206-938-5293 or www.loghousemuseum.org).

Alki Beach Park

Beach, 2.5 miles of wide paths with bike lane, small boat access, picnic areas, art studio, birthplace of Seattle monument, campfires allowed in designated fire pits, dawn to dusk daily, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks).

Schmitz Preserve Park

Old-growth forest with walking paths, 5551 Southwest Admiral Way, Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

Lincoln Park

130 acres of woods, playground, playing fields, wading pool, trails and beach, Fauntleroy Way Southwest and Southwest Webster Street, next to the Vashon-Southworth ferry dock, Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/).

SSCC Community Arboretum

Six acres with a wide variety of horticultural specimens, daylight hours daily, South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-764-5308 or www.southseattle.edu).

Around town

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

City tour by land and sea in an amphibious landing craft; hours vary, ticket booth at Seattle Center, Seattle; $23, $13/ages 12 and younger (206-441-3825 or 800-817-1116 or www.ridetheducksofseattle.com).

MOHAI's

Summer History Tours

Museum of History & Industry tours to learn about local history; Gardens of Seattle University, 10 a.m.-noon July 5; Capitol Hill's Millionaires' Row mansions, 10 a.m.-noon July 12; boat tour of Lake Union, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 19; behind the scenes at Husky Stadium, 10 a.m.-noon July 26; Roanoke Park neighborhood, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 and Sept. 6; Columbia City walking tour, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 9; Seattle Center history, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 16; 3-mile walking tour of Lake Union's western shore, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 23; Mercer Girls history tour, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 30; boat trip down the Duwamish River to learn its cultural and natural history and see wildlife around Kellogg Island, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 13; all tours $25-$30, reservations recommended, space limited (www.brownpapertickets.com).

Mount Rainier and City Tours

Guided 3-hour Seattle tours, call for hours and reservations, service from Seattle, SeaTac, Tukwila, Bellevue and Redmond hotels, $49/adult, $34/ages 3-12; day tours to Mount Rainier, call for hours and reservations, service from Seattle, SeaTac, Tukwila and Bellevue hotels, $87, $59/ages 3-12; Boeing Assembly Plant tours, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, service from Seattle, SeaTac and Tukwila hotels, $59/adults, $43/ages 12 and younger, by reservation (206-768-1234 or 888-293-1404 or www.seattlecitytours.com).

CityPass

Buy a pass, good for nine days, at any of the featured attractions for admission to Woodland Park Zoo, the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour and option for Museum of Flight or Science Fiction Museum/EMP for about half the regular-admission prices; $44/adult, $29/ages 4 to 13 (888-330-5008 or www.citypass.com).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie

Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company

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