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The Fremont Troll

3405 Troll Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi

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Our Take

Legends about trolls under Fremont's Aurora Bridge have plagued the area since 1932, and these stories inspired the massive sculpture that lives beneath the overpass. Despite the fact that it was created to help rehab the area below the bridge, it sometimes finds itself at the center of strange mysteries, like the time in late 2013 when some kids left rotten animal heads near it. The scariest thing you'll probably have to worry about when you visit are the confusing "no parking" signs in the area, though... you don't want to have to pay an unnecessary troll toll for your visit.

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“Troll Under the Bridge”

Also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge is a public sculpture in the Fremont district of Seattle WA. The Troll is a mixed media colossal statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (also known as the Aurora Bridge). It is clutching a VW Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle has a California license plate. The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The segment of Aurora Avenue North under the bridge, running downhill from the Troll to North 34th Street was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

Dope! Super easy, quick, fun stretcher! And downtown Fremont has all sorts of neat shops and eateries just essentially a block away!! Theo chocolate factory is right there too!! It was super awesome! And if you park by the troll it's pretty much free street parking!! Believe It! Go! Have fun!!

4 people found this review helpful

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Dawn G. Johancsik

  • Road Warrior
  • 51 Reviews
  • 58 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

Super fast and fun thing to see. It's up a very steep street where it dead ends into the troll. Kids and adults can climb on it and play but should be careful.

There is a donation box to help with the up keep. Donations keep fun things like this around, so donate.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SummerGaleVanWagoner

  • 18 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 10, 2016

I'm glad to see the address has been updated. When we went last month we had the hardest time finding it, because our GPS pinpointed it ON the bridge. I couldn't believe how many people were there! My 6 and 3-yr-old were afraid of it, lol.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Hannah Sager

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Very cool! A quick stop and fun for adults or kids, a real crowd pleaser. As the area is covered by the bridge, it is a rain, hail or shine type of attraction.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Josette Mitchell

  • 15 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 21, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was a very fun stop!! The kids had a blast, climbing on the troll trying to see who could get highest! A must do, these types of things are what make Seattle great!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Majungamike

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
May 05, 2016

It also inspired the song "The Fremont Troll." Read the Ballard Tribune article (song link included): http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2016/04/19/news/chicago-band-releases-songs-inspired-ballard-and

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JamieSwegles

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 28, 2015
Rated 5.0

Ok, so this is a troll under a bridge. Sounds weird, honestly it is a little. I like odd ball thing so this was right up my alley or right under my bridge (haha) 😁 it is a must see because it's not like anything I've come across.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dcb777

  • 31 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
June 26, 2015

Great FREE photo opt! Parking is difficult, but it's a fast stop.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Selena1006

  • 25 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
April 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is a must see. Kids can climb on it and take fun pictures. Very cool

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

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  • 297 Reviews
  • 134 Helpful
June 15, 2014
Rated 3.0

A pretty cool sculpture to check out. It's not as touristy as the space needle, but there's usually a few people there.

1 person found this review helpful

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The Fremont Troll

3405 Troll Ave N
Seattle, Washington
98103 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking

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