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Seattle: Space Needle Ticket

1. Seattle: Space Needle Ticket

Save time during your vacation by pre-booking your ticket to the iconic Space Needle. Enjoy the flexibility of a voucher that can be used for the next available timeslot. Take in never-before-seen views of the newly renovated Space Needle and Seattle from above as you float over the city. Exchange your voucher at the ticket booth for a ticket for the next available timeslot. Then, head up to the newly renovated Space Needle. Discover the world's first and only rotating glass floors, the Loupe, allowing you to take in never-before-seen views of the structure and the city from above. Lean into the Space Needle’s newly installed tilting glass walls, and float over the city as you admire the view. Float over Seattle on one of 24 Skyrisers, angled glass benches perched around the outdoor deck. You can also sip and sample some of the Pacific Northwest’s best snacks and beverages while you take in the views. The Atmos Café on the upper observation level features quick and quintessential Pacific Northwest food, plus locally-crafted beer and wine. The Atmos Wine Bar offers beer, wine, charcuterie, locally crafted cheese boards, and savory bites paired perfectly with the view. Both locations are open to all guests with no reservations. Don’t forget to stop at the Space Needle’s gift shop on the 1st floor as you make your way down and get yourself a souvenir-sized Space Needle to mark the memory.

Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

2. Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

Experience the stunning views of Seattle from the Space Needle with a timed entry ticket. Take a stroll through the imaginative artwork of Dale Chihuly with admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get access to both of these must-see attractions in one day. Exchange your voucher at the Space Needle and enjoy a thrilling 42-second elevator ride with views of the Seattle Center, the Puget Sound, and mountains. Step out on The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air outdoor observation deck. Float over Seattle on one of 24 angled glass benches perched around the outdoor deck. After taking in the all-new thrilling views at the Space Needle, immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get an insight into the inspiration and influences that drive the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Make your way through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries before heading out to the richly landscaped outdoor garden and glasshouse centerpiece. Be moved as you experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant work. Enjoy complimentary digital photo downloads and get access to daily gallery talks and live glass demonstrations. Admission includes a complimentary audio tour that you can downloaded to your smartphone.

Seattle CityPASS®: Save 44% or More at 5 Top Attractions

3. Seattle CityPASS®: Save 44% or More at 5 Top Attractions

The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to 5 of Seattle’s most famous attractions, including Seattle’s world-famous symbol, the Space Needle. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle towers over downtown, settling into the skyline with majestic mountains in the background. Other attractions included are the Seattle Aquarium, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Woodland Park Zoo, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, and Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. Seattle CityPASS includes admission to: 1. Seattle Space Needle Visit Seattle’s most iconic attraction—the Space Needle—located in the heart of the Seattle Center, originally the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. From the Space Needle’s saucer-shaped observation deck, visitors enjoy views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. For those who make the trip to the top after dark, the city’s expanse of shimmering lights is the big draw. 2. Seattle Aquarium Discover playful sea otters, graceful octopuses, luminous moon jellies, and more. Be amazed by the “Window on Washington Waters” - a 120,000-gallon exhibit with daily dive shows. Touch live sea creatures in tide pools. Immerse yourself in the Underwater Dome’s 360-degree view. Take a virtual trip to the tropics in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Learn about the Aquarium’s mission: Inspiring Conservation of the Marine Environment. Plus admission to 3 of the following: 3 Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Explore some of the most significant moments in rock music, science fiction, and popular culture with hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and video games. 4 Woodland Park Zoo Take a global journey at Woodland Park Zoo—a 92-acre oasis teeming with 300+ animal species in lush, spacious settings. Discover the world of gorillas, rhinos, red pandas, lions, birds, reptiles, and more. Meet charismatic ambassador animals at outdoor theater programs. Explore Zoomazium’s indoor nature play space for kids. Experience free-flying butterflies in a seasonal garden and stroll through a 2½-acre Rose Garden. 5 Chihuly Garden & Glass Immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity, and color come to life. Visit the Galleries, ever-changing Glass Garden, and signature Glasshouse, where you’ll be inspired by artist Dale Chihuly’s innovation and passion. Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour Learn about Seattle on this entertaining 1-hour, live-narrated cruise of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Harbor. Take in views of the city skyline, mountains, shipping terminals, and historic neighborhoods. Save 44% or more on prepaid admission to 5 must-see attractions: the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, plus your choice of admission to 3 of the following attractions: Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), and Woodland Park Zoo Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

4. Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

Discover the beauty of Seattle from above.  At nearly 1,000 feet this platform is the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest and is a perfect panorama to begin your Seattle experience.   Choose between 3 ticket options, where you can upgrade to receive priority entry and exit, receive a credit to spend at the Sky View Café or gift shop, and even enjoy reserved seating with the best view. Plan your itinerary from the vantage point of the observatory. Decide between taking a whirl on the Great Wheel, strolling through Pike Place Market, or journeying to the San Juan Islands. Interact with a touch screen technology to explore destinations, tours, and areas so you can create a virtual itinerary. Overlook the city’s skyscrapers, residential neighborhoods, shipping port, and sports stadiums, then look beyond to the mountains, the sea, and the sky. Be captivated by 360-degree panoramic views including Mt. Rainier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, the Space Needle and much more.

Seattle: Harbor Cruise with Live Narration

5. Seattle: Harbor Cruise with Live Narration

Admire the beauty of Seattle's vibrant and historic harbor on this narrated cruise. Enjoy the fresh air and a bit of history while taking in all the impressive sights, including the famous Space Needle. Start your tour from the Seattle Central Waterfront and get an impressive and comprehensive look at the city's most beautiful sights. Enjoy a perfect trip for tourists and locals alike and take in views from the outdoor open deck.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

6. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Sit back, relax, and enjoy Seattle's most popular and important sights on this sightseeing bus tour. Hop on and hop off at any of the allocated tour stops to explore the sights that interest you the most. As you travel, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the open-top deck on the bus, plus a wonderful audio commentary giving you all the information you need. Hop off at popular landmarks including the space needle, one of the cities tallest structures and home to a wonderful observation deck and revolving restaurant. With the Premium Ticket, not only will you have access to all 16 bus stops, but you can enjoy the Scenic Panoramic Tour which gives you completely unrivaled views of the city. This ticket also includes a walking tour in the Pioneer Square Historic District, allowing you to take an in-depth look at some of Seattle's fascinating past.  Must See Seattle Route: •Space Needle & Seattle Center •Clipper Vacations •Edgewater Hotel •Pier 66 Cruise Terminal •Pier 55 & Argosy Cruises •Pioneer & Occidental Square •Historic Chinatown Gate •Panama Hotel & Tea House •Seattle Sky View Observatory •Seattle Central Library •Seattle Convention Center •Starbucks Reserve Capitol Hill •Capitol Hill & Jimi Hendrix Statue •Paramount Theatre •Westlake Center & Shopping •Pike Place Market •Pike Brewing Company •Seattle Art Museum •Pier 55 & Argosy Cruises •Original Starbucks at Pike Place Market

Seattle: City Harbor Cruise

8. Seattle: City Harbor Cruise

Hop aboard a 1-hour cruise through Seattle’s famous Puget Sound. Departing from the city’s historic waterfront, you’ll have the opportunity to snap shots of iconic landmarks from an unimpeded viewpoint, all the while feeling the sea breeze on your face. Spot the Space Needle and Seattle’s skyline while listening to the on-board narration, learning about the diverse history of the Emerald City. On clear days, marvel at the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges as they stand tall in the distance, surrounding the entirety of the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the towering Mount Rainier in the distance, rising over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

9. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle on a guided minibus tour. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard the climate-controlled minibus and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish that are thrown at the market.  Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the country.  Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas by the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the distinctive Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum. Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away.  Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where Elliot Bays meets the waters of Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont. See the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Lenin. Make your way back downtown for convenient at a downtown attraction of your choosing or your hotel.

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

10. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

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based on 765 reviews

It’s a must see in Seattle. Even on cloudy, rainy days, go and experience it. I felt the restaurant, bar and snack tables should have been open by 11:00 am. Trying to scan the barcode for reservations didn’t work. The Chiluly Gardens & Glass is the most beautiful, awe inspiring exhibit I’ve ever seen. I was left speechless.

DC our tour guide is a mountain of fantastic information,he made our tour so personal,small group,very comfortable and really gives his customers 100 percent of himself,will highly recommend this tour going forward ,thanks so much

Amazing experience! Ron is super knowledgeable and accommodating! Strongly recommended!

Went up the Space Needle and visited the Chihully Gardens. Fab morning in Seattle.

The whole experience- especially walking on the revolving glass.