8 Seattle Oddities You Gotta See to Believe


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Weird, wonderful and wacky, Seattle has its share of oddities for your family to explore—each one guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Flip through the gallery for eight must-see tourist attractions you won’t necessarily find in the Seattle guide books.

Archie McPhee

What’s on your shopping list? Wind-up lederhosen, a deluxe rubber chicken or an emergency inflatable brain? Wallingford’s Archie McPhee has all those things and then some! Inside, you’ll find toys, crafts, candy, costumes, party supplies and more – of the whimsical and just plain weird variety. Kids will love the silly stuff like giant googly eyes, a bigfoot research kit and larger-than-life animal masks including a unicorn, a raccoon, an eagle and a mallard duck (“perfect for rainy days,” says Archie McPhee). For grownups, we like the Shakespeare Insult Bandages and a squirrel in underpants air freshener – a must for every car.

Take Notice: Watch out for the Wallingford Beast! And speaking of beasts – your pets are welcome to accompany you shopping!

Good to Know: Archie McPhee doesn’t have anything too grownup or inappropriate for kids.

Archie McPhee
1300 N. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Online: archiemcpheeseattle.com or Map It
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

photo: B Gallatin via Flickr

Do you have any odd or silly Seattle sights to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below.

— Helen Walker Green

Feature photo courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography.

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