We had a fun family adventure in Seattle in the Spring of 2014. We went for a quick weekend get away. Due to the limited amount of time we were going to be there we decided it would be best to buy the Seattle City Pass for $74 and knock out all the main attractions. If you too are going to go to Seattle for a few days make sure you don’t miss these top destinations.
1. Space Needle -A must see in this spectacular city. You take an elevator to the top of the 520 foot Observation Deck. From this vantage point we could see where the ocean meets the city. You can make out Mt. Rainier and watch the boats and ferries come in through Elliott Bay. The City Pass included two visits to the top so we went once in the day and returned at dark to see all the city lights a glow in the city below. Observation deck is open Mon-Sun from 10am-9:30pm. If you were to go without the pass it is $22 per person.
2. Seattle Aquarium -Also included in our City pass was this small aquarium right on the water front. It was our sons favorite attraction. A gigantic octopus, colorful touch pools, sea lions, and many other fish in their various exhibits. The Aquarium is open from 9:30-5pm daily and admission is $24.95 for adults and$16.95 for children ages 4-12.
3. Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour -Very fun one hour narrated cruise of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Harbor included in our City Pass. We were lucky we got beautiful skies on the day we picked to go. We were able to take lots of panoramic pictures as we circled around bay. We saw lots of wildlife including seals, sea lions, various birds and fish. Admission is $25 per person You can book times online.
4. Woodland Park Zoo -It was raining when we went to the zoo. That didn’t stop us from enjoying all the animals, we just didn’t get very many good pictures. They have a great safari of giraffes, zebras, and gazelles. Lots and lots of monkeys! They of course have all of the big cats including a tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard. They are open from 9:30am-4pm daily. Admission is $13.75 for adults and Children are $9.25 ages 3-12. The Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden is also just outside of the zoo and is always free. It is a great place to have a picnic lunch if you aren’t up for the whole zoo that day.
5. Museum of Flight – You could spend hours here. There is so much information and really cool exhibits of the history of WWI and WWII. They have so many planes and a lot of which you can hop inside the cock pit. Open daily from 10-5pm. Admission is $21 for adults if you purchase in advance online and $13 for children ages 5-12.
6. Pikes Place Market – No trip to Seattle would be complete without making it to the famous Pikes Place Market. Make sure you go early to have enough time to wander around all the fun shops and get your early bird parking rate. Lots of fun fishy action and so many flowers and fruits for sale. Great atmosphere and lots of people.
7. Ballard and Hiram M Chittenden Locks Admission is FREE and tours as well as the fish ladder are open from 7am-9pm year round. Great place to enjoy down by the docks where all the action happens.
8. Olympic Sculpture Park– We walked here from our hotel. Great place where a lot of people take there dogs. There are trains that go by frequently and lots of odd shaped sculptures. It’s free to walk around anytime you like.
9. Take a Downtown Seattle Bus– These city buses downtown are free from 6am-7pm. Route 99 Waterfront Streetcar Line buses free rides through waterfront, pioneer square and Chinatown.
10. Tillicum Village– I have taken this 4 hour tour before a long time ago. We didn’t get to do it on our trip but I thought it was fantastic and had to still include it. It is another tour with Argosy Cruises that takes you to Blake Island in the middle of Pudget Count. Here there is a little village of Chief Seattle’s featuring totems and other handcrafted art of Northwest Native Americans. We received an amazing traditionally prepared alder fire roasted salmon lunch while watching a live stage performance with native american storytelling. Incredible experience I will never forget. Tickets are $84 a person.