Travel Seattle for Less

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I love to travel! Seattle is one of the places that my family would travel to when I was young. We lived in Spokane and so Seattle was a great getaway destination. So I have fond memories of trips to Seattle. After my second child was born my husband and I went on a trip for our very first time ALONE since we had children. We got cheap flights to Seattle and spent a couple of days just the two of us. It was awesome.

Several years later after a cruise to Alaska we had 10 hours to spend in Seattle with our kids! So we made the most of our day with a CityPASS! In this post I share some highlights from each of those trips.

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When we went to Seattle with out kids we started at the Space Needle, a must see when you are in Seattle. You get fabulous views of the Ocean, the city, and Mount Rainer. I recommend doing this attraction first so you can get a good idea of where everything is in the city. With our kids we did it first so we could get our bearings, as a couple we did it last so we could watch the sunset. If you buy the CityPASS you get to go up twice. So you can enjoy it in the morning at the beginning of a day and at night for the sunset.


We enjoyed taking our kids to the Pacific Science Center. My boys loved the robotic dinosaurs that looked and moved  just like the real thing. My husband liked the 3-D movie and we all liked the Tropical Butterfly House. You get to walk through a rain forest like room and thousands of butteries fly right around you.  It’s so beautiful!

After the Science Center we headed to the Seattle Aquarium, but first we had to get some lunch. We chose Ivar’s for the entertainment. My kids had a blast watching the seagulls hover, squawk and beg for your extra fries. The Aquarium was fun. My children loved the Sea Otters!  Plus if you time it right, they have great interactive learning times, as well as a chance to have your kids relax and create some fun art during kid centered classes!public-market-seattle

You really can’t go to Seattle with out seeing Pikes Place Market and it is walking distance from the Aquarium. I love the hand made goods, the produce, fresh fish and the FLOWERS.

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After you visit Pikes Place Market wonder down below to the Market Theater and check out the gum wall. It is kind of a disgusting attraction. But we enjoyed checking it out as we had never seen anything like it before.

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Being from Boise we do not get to see any professional sports teams, so we have found that it is fun to visit professional sports areas when we are in a big city. While in Seattle my husband and I went to tour Century Link Field home of Seattle Seahawks Football.

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Century Link Field is right next to Safeco Field home of Seattle Mariners Baseball. Check out this page for info on tickets and tour schedule for Safeco Field. Go here for Century Link Field tour info.

snoqualmie-falls

I like the city, but I also like to get out in nature and see the natural attractions that God has given us. So when in Seattle I recommend a trip to Snoqualmie Falls. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on a picnic table near by the falls or for the not so frugal option enjoy breathtaking views of the falls at Salish Lodge Attic. The menu is not as pricey as you may think considering the location.

museum-of-flight

The Museum of Flight is a fun place to visit. I have not found a discount for this one, but you can get in for FREE on first Thursdays from 5 pm – 9 pm. We liked this museum and it is certainly worth the trip if you are in town on a first Thursday, but our visit to BOEING was far more superior.

boeing-tourThe Boeing tour at Everett Field is so cool. We loved it. This picture shows one of the buildings where they assemble the airplanes. We were not allowed to take any photos inside the tour. If you only have one tour to spend your money on in Seattle this is the one I would recommended. We enjoyed learning about the history of the airplanes and how they are assembled on the assembly line. It was amazing!

ballard-locks

 The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. It is fascinating and free to visit the locks and learn how they work.

Botanical Garden

When you visit the locks be sure to save some time to walk through the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden. The garden is right next to the locks and it is free to walk through.

Visit 5 Seattle attractions for just $69.00 CityPass price – $127.19 value!

Seattle City Pass

Tips for Success:

Kids Play Free: Be sure to check the rates for kids. Sometimes your children can get in free!

Check Your Local Memberships: If your local zoo participates in the Reciprocity Program, your annual membership will get you into Zoo’s across the country for Free or 50% off!!  Our local Discovery Center is a member of the ASTC Passport program!  You can get into other Science Centers and Museums for FREE!  If you are already a season pass holder, it’s a great way to add a little bang to your traveling experience.  (Woodland Park gets a 50% discount on admission, and the Pacific Science Center is free!)  That means with my 2 local memberships, my family could visit all 7 locations for $75 for adults and $54 for kids!!

PARKING: Almost everywhere you go in Seattle you have to pay for parking. My husband and I took a trip a few years ago and we never had to pay. You know our secret? We found a hotel with a free shuttle that would take us to the cities main attractions and then we would walk from there. When we were ready to go back to the hotel we just called the shuttle to pick us up again. This time we were not staying overnight so we could not use that strategy so I did a little research to find out the best places to park.

Visit the Space Needle and the Science Center one after the other and park at The Science Center for less. The Space Needle is in walking distance from the Science Center.

When you go to Pikes Place Market and the Aquarium park under the viaduct. You may notice that if you park near the viaduct, but not under it you will pay more for parking.

Save on Travel: Visit the sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, or Toronto for LESS with CityPASS, now that is fabuLESS!

Comments

  • d

    Also to save on parking….you can get on a bus downtown for free and go anywhere else downtown in the “free zone” no charge.

    • mmm

      They discontinued the free bus several years ago..stay in a hotel and park for free and take the many buses downtown, they are super good and cheap..just don’t go early in the morning or after 3 pm premium times..Walk most everywhere if you can manage…The attractions you mention are exorbitant if you don’t buy that city pass some hotels give nice pkgs to their hotel guests and there is a $3.00 bus to the airport now which saves about $25.00 from downtown seattle all the hotels and businesses will tell you about it, enjoy the emerald city!

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