Seattle is a beautiful city set on the sparkling Puget Sound, but it also has its weird and wonderful side to invite both adventurous tourists and local residents.
Fremont’s unofficial motto is “De Libertas Quirkas,” or “The Freedom To Be Peculiar.” This motto sums up the neighborhood’s pride in its many oddities and what residents call The Center of the Universe. The area is home to the yearly Fremont summer Solstice Parade. However, this not for the modest who would not want to view the parade’s traditional naked bike ride. Peculiarities that are more family-friendly in Fremont are the statues of Lenin or the Fremont Troll. The 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin was brought from the Soviet Union and stands at the corner of N. 34th Street and Evanston Avenue. The Fremont Troll, constructed of steel rebar, concrete, wire, an old hubcap and an actual Volkswagen Beetle, stands sentry at 3405 Troll Avenue N.
Some of the oddest attractions in Seattle, like the Lenin Statue and the Fremont Troll, are the public art works. These works range from the Hammering Man in front of the Seattle Art Museum at 1300 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle to the SAM-curated Olympic Sculpture Park. Visitors to this park can see the giant Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, or benches in the forms of eyes, and a steel tree sculpture entitled Split. The park, located at 2901 Western Avenue, is open daily. You can find more information on the Seattle Art Museum website. Strange and big often seems to describe many of the sights in Seattle, and this is also true of the giant Hat n’ Boots in the Georgetown area. The Hat n’ Boots is a 44-ft. wide cowboy hat and a pair of 22-ft. high boots that operated as a western-style gas station until dwindling sales forced the business’ closure. Preservationists rescued the attraction and it now has a secure future in Oxbow Park at 6430 Corson Ave S.
Seattle Great Wheel
The largest scale attraction in Seattle, besides the venerable Space Needle, is the Seattle Great Wheel. This giant Ferris wheel stands 175 feet tall and weighs 280,300 pounds. It has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas that seats up to eight people, so The Wheel can hold over 300 passengers at the same time. It is located on Pier 57 on Elliot Bay at 1301 Alaskan Way. Prices vary for regular gondola rides to the luxury suites.