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Seattle's Weird: Unusual Things To Do in Seattle

By Travel Savvy

With companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing calling Seattle home, this dynamic city is definitely leading the way for the tech industry. The world famous Space Needle is a testament to that! However, Seattle also boasts a weird and wacky side, which makes it a perfect city for the traveler who loves a little something strange. Check out these four unusual places in Seattle!

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Unicorn and Narwhal

1118 E Pike Street


Unicorn Bar open Monday through Friday 2:00PM - 1:45AM; Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM - 1:45AM | Narwhal open Monday through Friday 6:00PM - 1:45AM; Saturday and Sunday 4:00PM - 1:45AM

Are you randomly looking for a corndog and a cocktail, perhaps together? Unicorn and Narwhal is a one-of-a-kind carnival themed bar offering creative cocktails with cheeky names like Snozzberry Frost and Moustache Ride. An arcade is located in Unicorn’s downstairs bar - Narwhal - featuring a stage for weekly events like Mimosas Cabaret, Gayme Night, live shows, karaoke, trivia and more!

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Mystery Soda Machine

916-918 E John Street

What appears to be a mere soda machine from the 70's is actually an enigma. Located in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Mystery Soda Machine has long baffled the locals. Where did this machine come from? When did it arrive? Who collects the money? Plenty of questions, but no satisfying answers. The most pressing question is what you'll get when you press the cryptic buttons -- all marked "Mystery." 

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Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

1001 Alaskan Way


Open Monday through Wednesday 10:00AM - 6:00PM; Thursday through Sunday 9:00AM - 9:00PM

If you think the Mystery Soda Machine is odd, prepare yourself for Ye Olde Curiosity Shop! Established in 1899 by Joseph Edward Standley, this curio and souvenir shop has been around longer than the city’s iconic Space Needle. With shrunken heads, mummies, natural oddities, taxidermy treasures and much more, this quirky shop is visited by more than a million people a year. 

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Gum Wall

1428 Post Alley

Located in an alleyway next to the Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most intriguing sights -- the Gum Wall. Much like the tradition of putting a lock on the famous Parisian bridge, residents of Seattle have adopted a different ritual of sticking wads of chewed gum to the wall of this alleyway. Sure, some find it distasteful, but most others view it as a work of art that represents Seattle's unique charm and character.  


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