Isamu Noguchi's sculpture, "Black Sun," in Volunteer Park. (©hackerfriendly/Flickr, Creative Commons)
At this beloved Olmsted Brothers-designed park, watch the sunset sparkle on the reservoir or climb the water tower for a 360-degree view of the city. The park is also home to the Asian Art Museum, the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Neighboring Lake View Cemetery is the resting place of Seattle pioneers and Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon.
Highlights and Tips:
- The Volunteer Park Conservatory, built in 1912, has collections of bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti and more. Admission is free the first Thursday and first Saturday of the month.
- The Asian Art Museum, housed in the Seattle Art Museum's original building, is home to the museum's collections from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Philippines and Vietnam. Admission is free on first Thursdays, first Fridays for seniors and first Saturdays for families.
- The water tower has an observation deck with views of the surrounding city. Built in 1906, there are 107 steps to the top, and it's free.