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Good ideas for a cold, rainy January day
A list of good places to go and things to do on a rainy day around Puget Sound.
It's January on Puget Sound. Looking for something to do on a cold, rainy day? Try these good ideas:
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, 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; $8.50-$11.50, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 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, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle; $12-$19, ages 3 and younger free; or combined with Argosy Harbor Cruise, $12-$30 (206-386-4320 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Seattle Warm Victorian-style greenhouse with cactuses, succulents, bromeliads and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free, donations suggested (206-684-4743 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/parkspaces/volunteerpark/conservatory.htm).
Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle Seasonal highlights include Winter Garden, dawn to dusk daily, 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 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 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);
• Southwest Pool with sauna, spa, slide, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle (206-684-7440).
Bellevue Aquatic Center
Bellevue Two pools for public swims, lessons and exercise classes, the Blue Lagoon pool, lap lanes, diving tank, slide, Warm Springs therapy and rehabilitation pool; Bellevue Aquatic Center, 601 143rd Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-452-4444).
Funtasia Family Fun Park
Edmonds Family amusement park with miniature golf, bumper cars, video games, kiddie playland, laser tag, restaurant, batting cages and outdoor go-carts, noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, hours subject to change, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds; no admission fee, charges for attractions vary (425-775-2174 or www.familyfunpark.com).
Family Fun Center
Tukwila Attractions including go-carts, miniature golf, batting cages, rock-climbing wall, laser tag, video arcade and restaurant, noon-9 p.m. Monday-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; free admission, price varies for activities (425-228-7300 or www.fun-center.com).
Macadam Winter Garden
Tukwila Showcase for winter blooming plants, open daylight hours daily, South 144th Street and Macadam Road, Tukwila (206-768-2822 or www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/recreation/pkmacadam.html).
King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way Competitive events, swim lessons, public swims, exercise classes, specialized water sports training, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Drive, Federal Way (206-296-4444 or www.metrokc.gov/Parks/KCAC/).
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; suggested donation $4 (253-591-5330 or www.metroparkstacoma.org).
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Eatonville Tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area to see animals in forests, wetlands and meadows, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville, $8-$17 (360-832-6117 or www.nwtrek.org).