So, you’re going to be in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con. You’re stoked, right? But what about those moments when you want to get away from the crowds? What about meal times? Too often I’ll go to a convention and hear people say that they’re having fun, but they neglected to think about what else they might want to do while they’re in town for the con. But don’t fret, because TGON has compiled a short list of activities to explore during your ECCC shenanigans!
Emerald City Comic Con has also blessed us with a food guide in its mobile app. Download that today and click the green bar at the bottom of your screen to see a variety of restaurant options. The best part is that they’re all within walking distance of the convention center!
Pike Place Market
Everyone should visit Pike Place at least once! The market features a variety of local shops and vendors all year round, as well as a plethora of local restaurants. If you’re looking for seafood in Seattle, Pike Place Market is the place to go. It’s always fun as an exploration destination as well, so if you just need a breather during the con I recommend checking out the market.
MoPOP: Museum of Pop Culture
This isn’t your typical museum. MoPOP is dedicated to the history of pop culture, science fiction and music and aims to creatively explore those subjects. Current exhibits include Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and, of course, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
The Seattle Pinball Museum
Need a quick pinball fix during the con? The Seattle Pinball Museum features games as early as 1934 up until present day. And all the machines have cupholders in case you want to purchase a vintage soda or a local craft beer while you’re there.
We know you’re going to get some awesome nerd merch at the convention, but sometimes you just need to purchase something weird, ya know? Archie McPhee’s is Seattle’s go-to place for wacky novelties.
If you’ve never been to a barcade, now is the time to visit. Seattle has a handful of gems that will keep you entertained for hours. Because, honestly, what’s better than arcade/video games and booze with friends? Check out places like Flip Flip Ding Ding!, Add-a-Ball, Vidiot and GameWorks if you’re looking for a saucy post-con hangout!
Living Computer Museum
We all spend obscene amounts of time on our computers, but have you ever wanted to explore the history of those little machines? The Living Computer Museum offers a hands-on learning experience with computer technology. The featured tech is from 1960 to present day, so you’ll get a wide swatch of knowledge with just one visit!
No, it’s not necessarily a nerdy activity, but trust me on this. Taking a break from the chaos of a convention to go see aquatic critters is AMAZING, and can be especially calming if you are struggling with anxiety. My personal favorites are the otters – the Seattle Aquarium features both sea and river otters, which is just double the cuteness!
Capitol Hill is the epicenter of gay culture in Seattle. The area has been home to many artists and musicians over the years and features some of the best coffee shops and live music venues Seattle has to offer. So, if you’re looking for a safe space to hang out, check out the venues at Capitol Hill! I recommend making a stop at the Unicorn for a drink before leaving the city!
The Washington State Convention Center has two parking lots available: The WSCC Main Garage and the Freeway Park Garage. These options will be the most convenient, but don’t feel obligated to park there. Downtown Seattle also has a number of public pay-to-park lots, as well as street parking, and the walks are generally short enough to be worth it!
Seattle also has an amazing public transit system, so give it a try if you’re able! The WSCC is easily accessible from the Link Lightrail System and several busses. If you’re not afraid to travel public transit in full cosplay, this will most likely be the cheapest option!
Like most big cities, Seattle is also home to a large number of Lyft and Uber drivers. Whether you’re just down the road or you’re traveling in from across the bridge, calling a ride is easy and convenient.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter for up-to-date announcements regarding ECCC. I’m pumped and can’t wait to see you all there!