The seaport city of Seattle is located in Washington state in the United States of America. Not only is it a seaport, but it is also the northernmost city of the United States. Rolling hills, mountains, waterfalls, and lakes form the landscape of Seattle, making it a scenic city to visit. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate and no doubt attracts millions of holidaymakers every year. The lively city patronizes culture, fairs and fests, shows and art galleries and its own attractions like museums, the Seattle Great Wheel, and gorgeous parks. Some of these parks have picturesque fountains that deserve a mention while there are others based on special themes or designed by prominent artists. Read on to find out about the best fountains in Seattle, Washington.
1. Fountain of Creation
Originally conceptualized in 1962 by Seattle modernist architect Paul Thiry, the Fountain of Creation represents the evolution of life and highlights the critical role of water in the process. It also showcases the significance of plants, animals, land, sea, and air. Later in 1990, with the artist’s permission, a remodel of the fountain was completed in Seattle by adding some more boulders and improving the water quality, making it the fountain you see today. The cool and green place attracts families and children.
2. International Fountain
The International Fountain is a re-built version of the original fountain of The World Fair. The fountain sits in an open lawn in a broad space where children love to play and families have a great time. The fountain was renovated in a multi-million-dollar project and now stands as a major attraction in Seattle. It is 6 feet (1.8 meters) in height and has flood-lamps around it, set on the floor. The best part is that the water is recycled several times before it reaches the fountain.
3. Father and Son Fountain
The one-of-its-kind Father and Son Fountain is a sculpture fountain set in the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Made entirely of stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze, the design was completed by artist Louise Bourgeois in 2005. As the water in the fountain rises, it submerges first the father, and then the son, separating the two. The statues with outstretched arms seem as if they are endlessly trying to hold on to each other’s hands.
4. Waterworks at Cal Anderson Park
Located in the Cal Anderson Park, on Seattle’s Washington Capitol Hill is the Waterworks at Cal Anderson Park. The massive park is also home to the Lincoln Reservoir and the Bobby Morris Playfield. The fountain lies on the north end of the park in the shape of a mountain feeding a shallow pool, a reflecting pool, and a wading pool. It is not just a great attraction for the local community, but the whole of Seattle. There are lovely promenade paths all around the park to enjoy a nice walk. There is a play area near the fountain and the entire park is beautifully lit with lighting and is a good place to relax or play.
5. Ballards Common Park
Nestled in the municipal center in Ballard is the gorgeous fountain of Ballard National Park. The fountain lies right in the center of the park which also features a skate bowl, intriguing public art and relaxing seating areas all around. You can take a refreshing walk amidst the greenery or just relax on the seating areas. The park is also home to the Seattle Public Library and the Neighborhood Service Center of Seattle, making it a major community attraction.
6. Drumheller Fountain
The Drumheller Fountain is popularly called the Frosh Pond by locals. The magnificent fountain, in the University of Washington campus in Seattle, adds to the beauty of the institution. The fountain area is a popular student hangout during break time. The present fountain is a successor of the Geyser Basin, originally built for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Its design was similar to the current fountain.
7. Fountain at UPS Waterfall Garden Park
The gorgeous stone cascade fountain of UPS Waterfall Garden Park in the heart of Seattle was created way back in 1978 and stands at tall. Masao Kinoshita, a famous architect designed the award-winning park which lies in the famous United Parcel Service building in Pioneer Square. The park derives its name from the 22 feet (7 meters) tall waterfall and is one of the most expensive parks per square foot ever built in the United States. The park’s Japanese garden includes native plants like Chamaecyparis obtusa and other flora native to Japan, as well as a pool designed by Yoshikuni Araki. If you want to visit a quiet place to relax, in the heart of the city, this is it.
8. Woodland Park Rose Garden Fountain
Situated in the beautifully sculpted Woodland Park Rose Garden is this phenomenal fountain, next to the Woodland Park Zoo. The garden gate and the fountain lies on the right side of the park while on the left is the zoo. The park was constructed around 1922 and is now one of the two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States. The garden displays its best show of special hybrid roses from May to August. The Woodland Park Zoo society has beautifully maintained the garden year after year.
9. Waterfront Park Fountain
Located on the Alaskan Way waterfront in Seattle is the Waterfront Park Fountain, gleaming with lights and lamps and offering picturesque views of the skyline, ship dockyard and even the grand Olympic mountains on a clear day. At the end of the park is the Seattle Aquarium, where you can find benches, picnic tables, fountains. Enjoy the giant Ferris wheel ride and the fountain made of cast iron and bronze cubical structures. In the evening, you can also dine at the restaurants on the dock with views of the fountain and dock.
More fountains in Seattle
The city of Seattle has several awesome parks where you can visit with family or kids or your friends and enjoy the luxury of nature in the heart of the city. These fountains are also ecologically supportive as they reduce nearby temperatures making the place cool and relaxing. For those who are looking for an escape amidst the hustle of the city, these parks are an amazing retreat for a day. If you liked visiting any of these fountains, please feel free to tell us by dropping a line below.
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