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Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

1. 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: Pacific Northwest Sunset Sailing Cruise

2. Seattle: Pacific Northwest Sunset Sailing Cruise

Seattle's Original Sunset Sail - Est 1984! Join us on our 70ft ocean sailing yachts as we view the Seattle city skyline, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. We are the only harbor cruise in Seattle that allows you to bring your own beer, wine, soft drinks, and food onboard for a fun and relaxing Pacific Northwest evening.

From Seattle: Ferry Day Trip from Seattle to Victoria RT

3. From Seattle: Ferry Day Trip from Seattle to Victoria RT

Board a high speed catamaran and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Salish Sea to Victoria, and explore the best Victoria has to offer, from historic buildings to beautiful gardens on this day tour. Hop on board the boat in Seattle and get ready for the perfect day trip to Victoria. Settle in and find yourself a comfortable seat by a window. Enjoy a short and scenic cruise through the Salish Sea, and admire the beautiful scenery along the way. Arrive in Victoria and enjoy five hours to explore the city however you wish. Browse unique shops, sample artisanal delicacies, or visit the flower-filled Butchart Gardens. Explore Victoria with the freedom to choose your own stops, before heading to the Victoria Clipper Terminal in the heart of the city to return to Seattle. Board the boat and venture North through Puget Sound to take in the majesty of the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise with Live Narration

4. Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise with Live Narration

Take a ride on a boat elevator during a 2-hour cruise departing from the Seattle Waterfront or South Lake Union. On this 1-way cruise, venture through Elliott Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union. Enjoy spectacular views and experience first-hand the transition between salt and fresh water on this exciting ride. During the journey, get a feel for what it means to follow the tides of the Puget Sound, as the boat is lifted and lowered in the Ballard Locks. Fully-narrated and full of fun facts, bring the whole family along for an entertaining and informative experience. Glide past large fishing vessels docked to unload their catch, seaplanes landing or taking off, the fascinating Gasworks Park, and more.

Seattle: Scenic Night Tour with Space Needle & Skywheel

5. Seattle: Scenic Night Tour with Space Needle & Skywheel

Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Seattle, the Emerald City, on an evening of adventure. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup on this guided night tour. Stunning panoramic views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier accompany your nighttime urban exploration. Begin your tour with a pickup from your designated location, then head to the iconic "Great Wheel." The tallest wheel in the western United States, the Skywheel offers breathtaking views of Seattle's skyline. Step into a spacious cabin and admire the lights stretching down to sparkle off Elliott Bay. Next, visit the picturesque Kerry Park for more stunning panoramic views with Mount Rainier towering in the background. Take in the harmonious blend of natural and urban beauty as you admire the cityscape from this vantage point. Continue on to the Space Needle, the hallmark of Seattle. Marvel at the innovative, striking architecture as it juts above the city. On the observation deck, admire a breathtaking, 360-degree panorama of the city, the vast expanse of Puget Sound, and the surrounding mountains. Finally, enjoy the thrill of a city drive through Seattle. Ride along bustling streets and see iconic landmarks dotting the urban landscape. Once you've felt the pulse of this vibrant city, your guide will drop you off at your desired location to conclude your tour.

Seattle: Pacific Science Center General Entry Ticket

6. Seattle: Pacific Science Center General Entry Ticket

Ignite your curiosity with tickets to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Fuel your passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking. Enter an interactive attraction that looks to expand access to science, serving as a resource for educators, and as a vibrant community laboratory. Explore exhibits and immersive experiences, including the Tropical Butterfly House, which houses hundreds of breathtaking butterflies in their tropical habitat, and the Planetarium and the Destination: Outer Space exhibit to explore space through live, immersive presentations and interactives. Discover the hands-on Tinker Tank Makerspace to experiment, innovate, design, and build, and the Salt Water Tide Pool to get a closer look at local marine life from Puget Sound. For an extra cost, visit the region’s largest IMAX® theater and one of the largest dedicated laser domes in the world. Explore these and hundreds of other activities across PacSci's seven-acre campus, located in the heart of the vibrant Seattle Center.

Seattle: Mt. Rainier Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

7. Seattle: Mt. Rainier Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Indulge in a luxurious and exhilarating adventure like no other with Seattle Ballooning's hot air balloon ride. Your heart will race with excitement as you prepare to embark on a journey that will take you soaring over the stunning Pacific Northwest landscape.  You'll watch in awe as Seattle Ballooning's expert ballooning crew prepares the hot air balloon for takeoff. Once in the sky, you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens in the distance. As you soar at 3,000ft-5000ft above Seattle, you'll fly over hard-to-reach rivers, beautiful lakes, stunning farmland, and an incredible view of the tranquil waters of The Puget Sound. The highlight of your tour will be the stunning view of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens as you reach the peak of your ascent. After a slow and soft descent back to earth, you'll be greeted with a bottle of ice-cold champagne to toast to you checking hot air ballooning off your bucket list.

Seattle: Mt. Rainier Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. Seattle: Mt. Rainier Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Indulge in a luxurious and exhilarating adventure like no other with Seattle Ballooning's hot air balloon ride. Your heart will race with excitement as you prepare to embark on a journey that will take you soaring over the stunning Pacific Northwest landscape.  You'll watch in awe as Seattle Ballooning's expert ballooning crew prepares the hot air balloon for takeoff. Once in the sky, you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens in the distance. As you soar at 3,000ft-5000ft above Seattle, you'll fly over hard-to-reach rivers, beautiful lakes, stunning farmland, and an incredible view of the tranquil waters of The Puget Sound. The highlight of your tour will be the stunning view of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens as you reach the peak of your ascent. After a slow and soft descent back to earth, you'll be greeted with a bottle of ice-cold champagne to toast to you checking hot air ballooning off your bucket list. 

Seattle: Private City Driving Tour with Local Guide

9. Seattle: Private City Driving Tour with Local Guide

Join a driving tour of Seattle to explore the top-rated places and attractions bound to give you the full Emerald City experience. Visit lesser-known spots and shops in and around the Queen Anne neighborhood. Start your tour of the Pike Place Market and explore its dizzying array of shops and restaurants that have served the city’s residents for decades. Learn about the contributions of Asian immigrants to Washington's economy and African American influence on Seattle's culinary scene. Get recommendations on favorite local eats, from fresh baked goods to excellent seafood, from your guide. Discover the market’s most beloved tenants, from the flying fish handlers to artisanal cheese mongers. Next, stop at the famous Gum Wall and pass by the longest-running Starbucks. Once you’re loaded up with market goodies, take a short ride along the scenic waterfront, with the Puget Sound made even more beautiful by a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains on a clear day. Then, drive up to the Queen Anne neighborhood, known for its steep hillsides, million-dollar homes, and amazing views of the city skyline and the Space Needle. Time permitting, head north to Fremont and its Gas Works Park, enjoying more views of the Space Needle with Lake Union in the foreground. After a morning or afternoon of great photo ops and unbeatable local eats, get ready to head back downtown for a rest or even more exploring.

Seattle: Space Needle & Seattle Center Experience

10. Seattle: Space Needle & Seattle Center Experience

Seattle Center has a wealth of art, cultural institutions, and more to explore, and this two-hour Seattle walking tour will satisfy you with the absolutely must-sees of the city’s Uptown area. During our Seattle Center walk, we’ll be passing by the most iconic spots including the immediately recognizable Space Needle and two world-renowned institutions below, the Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Among the lesser-known attractions we might encounter on the tour are the historic Seattle Armory – a 1939 Washington National Guard building turned food hall – and McCaw Hall complex housing the Seattle Opera. Your guide will introduce you to the Center’s outdoor art scattered throughout, including the musical International Fountain and larger-than-life works of art imitating nature. There will be time on our tour to check out a local radio station and grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pastry while perusing vinyls at a local record store. After exploring the grounds below, your tour guide will navigate you back to the Space Needle for a 360-degree 605-feet-high tour, where you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the park and unbeatable vistas of the Seattle skyline and Puget Sound.

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What people are saying about Puget Sound, Seattle

Overall rating

4.7
(288 reviews)

It was awesome. The view was amazing at the Space Needle. The glass blowing at the Chihy Gardens was very interesting. The weather made it better!

I learned so much about the bay, the locks, and the history of Seattle from Ryan, our guide. He was such a wealth of knowledge!

We were really delighted with the Chihuly museum, videos, and outdoor garden.

Our favorite part was the glass museum- don’t miss it!

Great deal for both places and had an amazing time.