Using CityPASS in Seattle, Washington

Our last major road trip for 2015 was a jaunt up to Seattle, Washington. In all, we spent two full days (three nights) exploring many of the iconic attractions and landmarks, including the the Public Market on Pike Place, the gum wall, Miner’s Landing on Pier 56, and the Chinatown International District.


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Adult booklets cost $69 and boast a 48 percent savings off the combined admission to all five attractions. Booklets for children age 4-12 are available for $49. Inside the booklets are coupons for admission to the following attractions:

  • Space Needle (two trips to the to the top within the span of 24 hours)
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour (the one-hour harbor tour)
  • EMP Museum OR Woodland Park Zoo
  • Pacific Science Center (includes one regular IMAX) OR Chihuly Garden and Glass

Additional coupons include $2 off adult and youth admission to The Museum of Flight; $30 off admission to Tillicum Village; an Argosy Cruise upgrade coupon; and additional coupons for adult and youth admissions to Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, EPM Museum, and the Woodland Park Zoo. We also used the 15% off merchandise coupon at the downtown Macy’s department store and coupons for free small appetizers at the Collections Cafe inside Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Touch pool at the Seattle Aquarium.

Touch pool at the Seattle Aquarium.

In all, we used our booklets for adult admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Woodland Park Zoo. Using the additional child coupons in our adult booklet for two of our children, we spent a grand total of $135.90 (a savings of $11.10 over purchasing three individual children’s booklets). We also purchased combined youth admission tickets to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass (paid for at the Space Needle ticket counter). Had we taken the harbor tour, purchasing five Seattle CityPASS booklets would have made the most financial sense.

Penguins at the Woodland Park Zoo

Penguins at the Woodland Park Zoo

While Seattle CityPASS booklets are available to purchase at the individual attractions, pre-ordering allows you to bypass the most lines while taking the express service/VIP route. In general using the booklets was quite straightforward; you have nine days to visit all attractions in the booklet before it expires. You can also find CityPASS in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, Southern California, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Toronto.

Chihuly Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Happy Trails!


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About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.