Where to go and what to do on a rainy day around Seattle and Puget Sound.
Rumor has it we might have rain showers by the weekend. In any case you can be sure you’ll find a use for this list before February is up:
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; $8-$11 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
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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, visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle; $16/ages 13 and older, $10.50/ages 4-12 or combined with Argosy Harbor Cruise, $28/ages 13 and older, $17/ages 6-12, $10/ages 4-5 (206-386-4320 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
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; 11 a.m., 1, 2, 3 p.m. daily plus 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 608 First Ave., Seattle; $7-$15, not recommended for ages under 6 (206-682-4646 or www.undergroundtour.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 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 cactuses, succulents, bromeliads and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-684-4743 or www.cityofseattle.net/parks/parkspaces/volunteerpark/conservatory.htm).
Seattle Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, food vendors; 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, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; one-way tickets 75 cents-$2 (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 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 400 Broad St., $8-$20 (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com).
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Seattle 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; visitor center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays, closed for lunch 12:45-1:30 p.m.; 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle, free (206-783-7059).
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 CQ);
• 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 (206-296-4410or www.metrokc.gov/parks/pools/evergreen.html).
Mercer Island Pool
Mercer Island Public swims, swimming classes, competitive swimming, Mercer Island 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 Racing in state-of-the-art electric go-carts, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 2207 Bel-Red Road, Redmond (425-462-7299 or www.k1speed.com).
Redmond Public swims, swimming lessons, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Redmond Pool, 17535 N.E. 104th St., Redmond (425-233-3031 or www.nwcenter.org).
Bothell Swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Northshore Pool, 9815 N.E. 188th St., Bothell (206-296-4333or www.nwcenter.org).
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 (425-823-6983or www.nwcenter.org).
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 available, reservations recommended, museum open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., tours on the hour 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $8-$15, gallery only $4-$9 (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, noon-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; free admission, prices for activities vary (425-775-2174 or www.familyfunpark.com).
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Issaquah Interpretive displays about salmon and their life cycles year-round; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-427-0259 or www.issaquahfish.org).
Renton Public swims, swim lessons for all ages, advanced training courses, competitive aquatics, exercise programs, Lindbergh Pool, 16740 128th Ave. S.E., Renton (425-204-4440).
Tukwila City Pool
Tukwila Public swims, lessons, water exercise, 4414 2. 144th St., Tukwila (206-267-2350).
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 through 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).
Federal Way Laser-tag fantasy adventures with audiovisual effects and themed scenery, call for hours, 2210 S. 320th St., Federal Way (253-946-4500 or www.laserquest.com).
King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way Facility hosts competitive events and offers swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise classes, specialized water sports training and competitive team programs, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Drive, Federal Way (206-296-4444 or www.metrokc.gov/Parks/KCAC/).
The LeMay Car Collection
Tacoma Guided two-hour tours of the display of more than 400 vehicles, from the earliest automobiles to 1990s models, from the largest privately owned collection in the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, LeMay Collection at Marymount, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma; $5-$15, call for reservations (877-902-8490 or www.lemaymuseum.org).
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; free, donations appreciated (253-591-5330 or www.metroparkstacoma.org).
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Eatonville Tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville, Pierce County, $6.50-$15.50 (360-832-6117 or www.nwtrek.org).
State Capitol Tours
Olympia Guided public tours of the Washington State Legislative Building, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour daily, meet at the foot of the rotunda steps on the north side of the building, free; reservations required for group tours; public tours of the Executive Mansion, mornings and afternoons most Wednesdays, reservations required; self-guided tours of the Temple of Justice, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Conservatory, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Veterans Memorials and Monuments, information on self-guided tour available online, brochure available at the north entrance of the Legislative Building and at the Visitor Information Center, 416 14th Ave. S.W., Olympia (360-586-8687 or www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/).