If you’re looking for geeky places to visit in Seattle, you’ve come to the right place. While the Emerald City is mostly known for having great coffee and seafood, it also has many geeky places and attractions for tourists (or native Seattleites) to visit. The geek culture here is strong. It is, after all, a city that is home to many a tech company. (I’m looking at you, Amazon.) Here are my top 10 choices for geeky places to visit:
1. Greenwood Space Travel Supply is the only place on this list that has rocket parking. (They claim it is on the roof, though I haven’t personally tried.) If you love space, or just love quirky shops, this is a great place to go. There are books and maps of space, but there are also a lot of novelty items. More common items have an attached description for their use in space travel, which is hilarious. I won’t give them away here, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone.
2. Kinokuniya is in the heart of the International District and shares a building with Uwajimaya, an Asian grocery store. Kinokuniya is an Asian themed book store that carries comics, anime, manga, plushies, toys, stationery, and a wide assortment of novelty and gift items. There is also a food court if you find you need to fortify your stamina to continue looking at all the cute stuff, or to keep from buying the many delicious snack items on offer.
3. Pacific Science Center is on this list because what geek would not enjoy a day at a science center? I couldn’t think of one. This particular science center also has a laser dome and an IMAX theatre.
4. Metsker Maps is a cool place to go if you’re into map projections or just maps in general. Maps of space? Transit maps? Map of Middle Earth? Game of Thrones map? Historical maps? Map of the evolution and classification of life? Poster of the Periodic Table of Elements? Books on maps, globes, and geography? You can find all of that and more here. This is definitely a place you can find yourself wandering around for much longer than you intended.
5. The Museum of Flight is the attraction you want to hit up if you’re into speedy flying things (of a non-UFO variety). There is tons of information to learn here, and you get to see some really cool planes up close. You might even be lucky enough to enjoy a flight simulator, or fly a drone. It makes sense that Seattle has such a great museum about flight, because it is the birthplace of Boeing.
6. Phoenix Comics and Games is, as its name would suggest, a great place to go if you love either comics or games. Come in and play with your friends, discuss geeky things with staff, or simply browse their wares to find something new to enjoy. A place like this is an essential second home to many geeks.
7. Living Computers Museum + Labs is for you if you’re a computer geek, or if you simply want to learn more about computers. Learn about the history of computing, how computers work, and the interesting lives of the people who had a part in their creation and development.
8. Odyssey Virtual Reality is for you if you want to try VR, or want to play VR games with your friends. There is a VR escape-the-room type game you can play here with your friends which sounds quite intriguing. If you love to solve puzzles and play games, this is sure to be a fun experience.
9. Otherworlds is for when you just want to explore a quirky shop with tons of steampunk, sci-fi, and geeky items. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend, this is not a bad place to look. You can find geeky cards here, too, if Hallmark just isn’t your thing.
10. The Museum of Pop Culture is for all kinds of geeks. They have exhibits devoted to science fiction, fantasy, Bowie, Star Trek, indie games, horror film, guitars, and sound. Just think of all the weird trivia you could learn about a variety of media.
I hope you’ll give these places a try the next time you visit Seattle. If you have any more recommendations, please help everyone find them by commenting down below. And, of course, don’t forget to use the DragonFruit app if you’d like some help connecting with more people who share your geekdoms!