If you’re planning on seeing some of the top attractions in Seattle, have you thought about purchasing a CityPASS? After all, with one of these tickets, you can save up to 46 percent to five of the city’s top attractions. In fact, the savings are so great, it’s almost like admission to five attractions for less than the price of three. With that in mind, think about how much you can save with a family of four.
Please note that advance reservations are required on most attractions. With a Seattle CityPASS, you get to choose five attractions from the following six. A seventh attraction, Pacific Science Center is expected to be reopen later this year.
For attraction information including reservations, visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for more information. Once a mobile pass is activated, it’s valid for 9 consecutive days.
Seattle CityPASS Attractions
Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
Seattle Waterfront Pier 55 & Pier 54
Seattle, WA 98101
For breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline, there is nothing better than a trip with Argosy Cruises. With several departures daily, the one-hour tour allows passengers to see many top attractions, like the Great Wheel and Space Needle. In addition, there’s a full-service bar for drinks, including non-alcoholic options and snacks. Some dates and time sell out well in advance. Therefore, it’s important to book as early as possible. You can find Argosy Cruises along the Seattle Waterfront, not far from the Great Wheel. You should allow some extra time to arrive prior to boarding. Although you may have to wait in line, you have a better chance of picking the perfect spot to sit onboard. Once you have your place onboard, you can sit back and enjoy some of the finest views of the city’s skyline.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
There isn’t a more colorful spot in Seattle than Chihuly Garden and Glass. Just steps from Space Needle and MoPop, the Instagram-perfect attraction is devoted to its namesake glass artist Dale Chihuly. The 45,000 sq. ft. exhibition features an impressive collection of works from the renowned Tacoma native, whose works represent more than 50 years of glass mastery. Highlights include the galleries, the immaculate garden and the equally stunning Glasshouse. When you visit the Glasshouse, you will have great views of the Seattle Space Needle. In fact, this is one of the most popular spots for taking photos at the Garden and Glass.
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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop)
325 Fifth Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
With a collection as distinctive as its architecture, MoPop is a must see for anyone interested in pop culture. Established by the late co-founder of Microsoft, MoPop is a non-profit Seattle attraction devoted to contemporary popular culture. In other words, a museum for science fiction, television, music and more. If that’s not enough, there are also a Science Fiction Museum and Fantasy Hall of Fame included with a CityPASS. For $6 more per person, visitors can also enjoy the special exhibit “Heroes and Villains: The Art of Disney Costume”. Above all, you should see some of the museum’s permanent collections. For instance, there is one of the world’s largest collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. In fact, the museum’s very first artifact is the iconic musician’s mixing console. What’s more, this collection features priceless guitars, clothing and memorabilia. This includes guitars that Jimi Hendrix used at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. In all, there is probably no better Hendrix collection than at MoPop.
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
With spectacular view of Puget Sound, the Seattle Aquarium is small in comparison to many other aquariums. However, what it lacks in space, it makes up with attendance as one of the nation’s best and most visited. Moreover, it’s clearly one of the most family friendly attractions in the Emerald City. Among the highlights are a giant octopus, enormous tank filled with colorful fish and always entertaining sea otters. If you visit the Seattle Aquarium, you can combine your visit with an Argosy Cruise, with your Seattle CityPASS. After all, these attractions are just minutes apart from each other. Besides, you have an extra perk by enjoying the beautiful view while walking along the Seattle Waterfront.
400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
A landmark attraction since its inception, the Space Needle is a must see for all visitors to Seattle. Soaring 605 feet high, Space Needle was once the tallest structure in the entire Northwest. However, with its high-speed elevators, it only takes 43 seconds to reach the 520-foot observation deck. Once there, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the city, Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. What’s more, you can get a welcome photo via the Space Needle’s official app. Of course, you will have plenty of opportunities for selfies or landscape photos. Additional packages are available for food and beverages. Afterwards, browse through souvenirs at the ground level gift shop. If you’re in the downtown area, the best way to get to the Space Needle is via the Seattle Center Monorail. You can book directly through the Seattle CityPASS travel guide.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave.
Seattle, WA 98103
Located 6.5 miles north of downtown, Woodland Park Zoo may be difficult to reach without a car. On the other hand, it’s one of the best family friendly attractions in the area. Established in 1899, the 92-acre zoo has over 1,000 animals representing approximately 300 species. Additionally, the special exhibit “Dinosaur Discovery”, featuring life-sized robotic dinosaurs will be on display through Labor Day. Visit the park’s website for up-to-date information. If you’re without a car, you can take Seattle’s RapidRide E line. The closest stop from the Zoo is about a .4 mile away. In addition, bus route 5 has a stop just footsteps away from the entrance to Woodland Park Zoo.
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