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 always find in the guide books.

Giant Typewriter Eraser

This larger-than-life sculpture could be just your type (sorry, we couldn't resist).  You probably remember tapping away at a typewriter - and the satisfying "ding" when you pressed the return key - but 21st Century kids certainly don't! Which means they'll be quite nonplussed by this funky new addition to the Seattle Center (psst... it recently moved from its old home at the Olympic Sculpture Park). Pop down to the Harrison St. entrance by EMP and take a look. It's a good opportunity to give your techie crew a quick history lesson on the pre-computer world.

Take Notice: Artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen came up with the idea back in 1975 when a typewriter eraser was a common every day object - but they didn't create the sculpture until 1999, when typewriters were already well on their way out.

Good to Know: The Seattle Center Typewriter Eraser (officially called Typewriter Eraser, Scale X) is 19-feet, 4-inchs tall. There are two other identical sculptures to be found in the world- one in Las Vegas and one in Washington, DC.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St. Seattle, Wa 98109

photo: Helen Walker Green

  • Giant Typewriter Eraser
  • The Fremont Troll
  • Archie McPhee
  • Pike Place Market Gum Wall
  • Ride the Ducks
  • Underground Seattle Tour
  • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
  • Oxbow "Hat n' Boots" Park

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

— Helen Walker Green

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