For our weekend in Seattle, we used the CityPASS—a super easy way to save almost 50% on Seattle’s top attractions. As we soon discovered, though, you need more like a week to take full advantage of everything in the CityPASS!
After checking into our hotel on Friday afternoon and picking up our CityPASS booklets (which had been shipped to the hotel, but are also available at any CityPASS attraction), we set out to see the sights. First on our list: the Experience Music Project and the Space Needle.
Growing up listening to country music, I wasn’t terribly interested in Nirvana or Jimi Hendrix. Lily fell asleep in the Ergo, so I followed Sunshine around, listening to various music clips with her (she loved all the headsets and “iPods” to play with) while my husband read the displays.
The Avatar exhibit was more interesting; Sunshine used a computer to create her own plants, stood in a pair of avatar boots, and tried to do the motion-capture for the movie. We watched a big-screen movie about the filming of Avatar and then wandered downstairs to the sci-fi exhibit. Here, the girls played with a movie camera again while I watched a video with interviews by and about sci-fi greats such as Anne McCaffrey and George Lucas.
From there, we walked around to the Space Needle and bypassed the long ticket lineup to head straight for the elevators (thanks, CityPASS!). As we went up, the girls said, “Oh, wow!” They were quite impressed. Outside on the decks, Sunshine ran from binoculars to telescope to binoculars, checking out all the sights. We saw a clipper ship coming into harbour and looked down on the back side of the Holiday Inn. CityPASS would have given us a second admission to the Space Needle on Saturday, except that we got too busy on Saturday with the Zoo…
On Saturday morning, we caught the bus from the Holiday Inn to the Woodland Park Zoo. We had to pay for Sunshine’s admission here, as we’d chosen not to get her a CityPASS—many places let kids under five in for free. We thought we’d explore the Zoo for a couple hours, but we ended up there for most of the day.
The girls loved the animals. They also loved the Zoomazium, an indoor play area for kids under 8 which offered a super cool playground, a toddler area and more. Another place they enjoyed was the Habitat, where they could climb in a spider’s web, hide in a cave, pretend to be turtles, and sit on some eggs in a giant next. And even though my husband and I have been to quite a few zoos now, there were a few new animals here that we hadn’t seen, like the tree kangaroo (who was very cute and very agile in the trees!).
Sunday morning found us checking out of the Holiday Inn and walking back to the Pacific Science Center under the Space Needle. We only had a few hours to spend here before catching the clipper back to Victoria, so our visit felt rushed.
We caught the toddler’s show at the Planetarium (a little story about the moon, with pictures on a dome-shaped roof) and explored the Butterfly House and Dinosaurs before going to see Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Lily wasn’t feeling very good so spent most of the time in the Ergo on my back, but Sunshine loved all the hands-on activities, from assembling giant wood puzzles to playing with the water machines.
After that, it was time to grab lunch and then walk down the hill to the clipper terminal. We ran out of time for the Argosy Harbour Tour or the Seattle Aquarium. We’d also chosen to take the girls to the Zoo rather than the Museum of Flight (CityPASS holders get to choose one or the other).
Overall, it was a fun-packed weekend but next time, we’ll give ourselves more than three days in which to use a CityPASS!
CityPASS is available for nine cities across the United States, plus Toronto, so if you’re on the road this summer, I recommend checking it out.
I received our CityPASS booklets courtesy of CityPASS; all opinions expressed are my own.