Winner: Pike Place Market
Tourists and residents alike understand that Pike Place Market is like the beating heart of our city. Old favorites — like Golden Age Collectables comics store and the Market Theater Gum Wall — are as much of a draw as the market’s stunning new section, MarketFront, which offers amazing views of Mount Rainier and the Seattle waterfront.
Locales cherish the Ballard Locks, officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, bringing their guests to see salmon navigate the fish ladder, to watch boats work their way through the lock’s channels and to enjoy free outdoor music concerts. “A perfect spot for a picnic and some boat-watching,” wrote one Golden Teddy voter.
Your votes showed serious love for Pacific Science Center. There’s something for everyone at this play-and-learn institution, which is no stranger to the Golden Teddy Awards.
For close-up views of gorgeous sea creatures, our readers can’t get enough of the Seattle Aquarium. Kids and adults alike love to touch starfish and sea anemones in the Puget Sound tide pools exhibit, watch salmon and ling cod swim by while standing in the cool Underwater Dome, and take in the playful nature of sea otters and river otters from both indoor and outside perches.
While our readers are still lining up to visit the iconic Space Needle, they can hardly wait for the big reveal of its revolving restaurant renovation, which is expected in the coming months. At press time, the floor-to-ceiling glass viewing experience on the Observation Deck’s exterior perimeter was nearing completion.