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Old 05-17-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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There are so many opportunities to learn new things and do new things in Seattle but every time I go there I am bored and can't find anything to do. What can I learn in Seattle that I can't learn elsewhere? What can I see that is awesome that won't cost me more than $50?

I am so sick and tired of the tourist scene. I want to get away from that and see the side of Seattle that makes Seattle, Seattle. How do I do that?

My background/interests:
  • Engineering student, interested in aerospace, astronautics, electrical engineering.
  • Love to learn martial arts/sports. Definitely into sports these days.
  • Into organic food and organic cooking/recipes.
  • Love science and technology in general.
  • Fascinated by planes.
  • Loves to avoid the tourist scene--which has no real educational value.
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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There are lots of great cooking classes in the Seattle area, ranging from the community colleges( South Seattle has a great baking program) to PCC natural markets to the Greenfresh Market in Renton...
Maybe slightly too touristy, but the Museum of Flight is kinda cool.
And the Cedar River Trail in Renton goes right by the Boeing plant, and there's a sign for pedestrians to watch out for aircraft.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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Default ... into the wild blue yonder ...

How's this? I took a tour to north of Seattle to the new Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center with interactive aviation exhibits, walking around inside the airplane factory viewing the flight line, sitting inside a 727 cockpit, riding in a flight simulator, and someone I was with designed their own aircraft using aviation software. I loved this. You can find this if you Google Gray Line Future of Flight Boeing Tour.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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Here's another idea: have you been to the Pacific Science Center near the Space Needle? It has a planetarium, an IMAX theatre, and a mind-boggling gaggle of science exhibits and interactive geegaws.
In the beginning of October, an amazing archaeological exhibit is coming to the Pacific Science Center: "the original fossilized remains of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy, the oldest adult human ancestor fully retrieved from African soil" along with other related exhibits.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Just checked out the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center & Pacific Science Center. The former is really just another tourist attraction with no real educational value. People do not really design aircraft at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, nor do you really get to see how manufacturing is done at the plant. You just gaze down and pass on by. As for the Pacific Science Center, I've been to places like those. They are heavily oriented towards kids. I'm 23 and have an Engineering degree.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is open to the public, on the campus of the University of Washington just northeast of downtown Seattle. It is a spectacular place. Their exhibits are mostly, but definitely not all, about the archaeology, palentology and zoology of the Pacific Northwest.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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There are lots of great cooking classes in the Seattle area, ranging from the community colleges( South Seattle has a great baking program) to PCC natural markets to the Greenfresh Market in Renton...
Maybe slightly too touristy, but the Museum of Flight is kinda cool.
And the Cedar River Trail in Renton goes right by the Boeing plant, and there's a sign for pedestrians to watch out for aircraft.
Do you know if there are classes lasting just for one day, and less than 2 hours, focusing on organic cooking? I'd like to talk to people who know a lot about how non-organic foods, specifically meats, are processed (surely people who are involved in organic cooking realize the dangers of processed foods).

I've been to the Museum of Flight--one of the best tourist attractions out there.

I'm definitely going to the Cedar River Trail--thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Too bad that in this town of science we have nothing that interests you.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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Too bad that in this town of science we have nothing that interests you.
I already stated that tourist attractions do not interest me.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is open to the public, on the campus of the University of Washington just northeast of downtown Seattle. It is a spectacular place. Their exhibits are mostly, but definitely not all, about the archaeology, palentology and zoology of the Pacific Northwest.
Definitely going to the Burke Museum, thank you.
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