Seattle is an epic city to visit, but it can be expensive; believe us, we live here! So save yourself some time and money by getting the Seattle CityPASS. CityPASS gets you into all the top sights without breaking the bank.
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What You Get
The Seattle CityPASS includes many of the cities most popular attractions all at one low price. You are probably planning on seeing these attractions when you come to visit Seattle, so you might as well save some money doing it! You also generally get to skip the line at most attractions which will save precious vacation time. So it’s an all over win win!
Let’s start with the most iconic Seattle symbol first, the Space Needle. We love a view and you definitely get it from the Space Needle. Plus they just finished renovations, on the world’s first revolving glass floor for those seeking an extra view and thrill! There is also an open air deck, so two different experiences for all the epic views.
The best part about the CityPASS is you get to visit the Space Needle TWICE in a 24 hour period, you don’t get this with a normal ticket. So this means you can see Seattle during the day AND night, it’s so fun to see everything during the day and it is so romantic with all the lights at night. This is also a great plus because the weather can change pretty frequently in Seattle, so you won’t always be able to see things like Mt. Ranier, but if the weather changes, pop back up quick to see it. Need some more thrills with a view? Check out our adventures at Skydeck Chicago and the Empire State Building.
The Seattle Aquarium is a great place to head to when it is raining. So save this for the rainy day on your schedule and you will enjoy seeing all the wonderful creatures. The Aquarium has a range of animals from otters to seals, all which call the Pacific Northwest home. They also have two giant tanks filled with indigenous invertebrates and fish. Check out our other favorite aquariums, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Downtown Aquarium in Houston.
Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
Seattle is definitely one of the prettiest cities we have ever been to, which is why we chose to live here. There are pine trees, water, mountains, city life, etc. Literally everything you could want all within a relatively short distance. Whenever anyone comes to visit we always recommend a Harbor Tour or ferry ride because you really get to see the beauty that is downtown and the serenity of the nearby less crowded islands. So take advantage of the City PASS Argosy Harbor Tour and relax away from the hustle and bustle of downtown all while learning about this beautiful city. If you love a good water view, make sure to check out the Circle Line Cruises in NYC.
MoPOP or Woodland Park Zoo
With the CityPASS you choose between the MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) or the Woodland Park Zoo. You really can’t go wrong as both are wonderful.
The Museum of Pop Culture is one of our favorite Seattle Museums because it is unlike any other museum. There is almost something for everyone there, not just the adults. MoPOP has tons of exhibits of costumes and sets from Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, the list goes on and on. They also have an incredible guitar collection at the entrance that is mesmerizing.
Woodland Park Zoo has a bunch of exhibits all located within the beautiful Green Lake Area. Make sure you don’t miss out on the Banyan Wild’s exhibit which is home to the tigers and sloth bears. They also have the world’s first sustainable penguin exhibit, who doesn’t love watching penguins?
The Woodland Park Zoo is located just north of downtown Seattle, so you will need to drive or take a short Uber ride. Some of our favorite neighborhoods and restaurants are located nearby, so there is plenty to do after the zoo. If you love a good zoo, make sure to check out the Houston Zoo.
Chihuly Garden or Pacific Science Center
We love Chihuly glass sculptures and have seen them in Denver, Oklahoma City, Vegas, basically if there is an exhibit we go see it! The Chihuly Glass exhibit is walking distance to the Space Needle and MoPOP Musuem which are also included on the CityPASS. You must check out the Glasshouse to see the 100-foot long sculpture for yourself, it is just beautiful. There is also an incredible garden path that provide an amazing setting for more sculptures.
The Pacific Science Center is also located in the Seattle Center so it is incredibly convenient way to spend the day. Check out the Tropical Butterfly House where you get to watch the butterflies and if you get lucky, one will land on you! There is also a live planetarium show, that offers a personalized tour of the universe, so make sure to catch it! We love a good museum, make sure to check out our other favorites, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Space Center Houston, Adler Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, and the Hayden Planetarium.
What You Save
The Seattle CityPASS saves you 49% off, which is a savings of $95. That is a huge savings in an already expensive city. This makes visiting Seattle way more affordable and you won’t miss out on anything!
CityPASS also offers discounted upgrades with the CityPASS, which is a definite plus when you are trying to save some money. Not to mention you get to skip the lines when getting tickets, which is definitely a plus on a vacation. Make sure to check out other CityPASS locations like Houston, Chicago, and New York City. We have used it in all these cities and cannot recommend it enough.
Hotels can be very expensive in downtown Seattle, but you get the convenience of everything being in walking distance or a short Uber ride away. We absolutely loved our stay at the Thompson Hotel, they also have an amazing rooftop bar! The Thompson is a very trendy hotel with a very high end level of service.
We have also heard amazing things about the Edgewater Hotel, plus the view can’t be beat. We have had amazing luck with these hotels in other locations the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, W Seattle, and the Kimpton Palladian.