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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: Underground Walking Tour

2. Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

Take a journey back in time on a guided tour below the streets of Seattle. Explore over 4 city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and wander through 3 underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890s. Learn the history of Seattle's construction and about the tragedy that befell the city and its habitants along the way. Follow along as your guide regales you with fascinating true stories of how Seattle was born and the tragedies that befell it as it formed, including the Seattle Fire. Learn about the rebirth of Seattle after the fire, and the decision to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. See where retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads several feet above where they originally stood.

Seattle: Space Needle Ticket

3. 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: CityPASS® with Tickets to 5 Top Attractions

4. Seattle: CityPASS® with Tickets to 5 Top Attractions

Visiting Seattle? Experience 5 must-see attractions, handpicked and packaged together at a 48% savings, with Seattle CityPASS® tickets. Spend less time planning and more time exploring. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order. Valid for 9 consecutive days including the first day of use. Get admission to 5 attractions. Includes: •Space Needle- Day/Night admission, including two visits to the top within 24 hours •Seattle Aquarium- General admission to all major exhibits (additional events subject to change) Plus choose 3 of the following: •Chihuly Garden and Glass- General admission, plus a complimentary audio tour (smartphone required) •Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour- A one-hour narrated Harbor Cruise Tour •Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)- General Admission •Woodland Park Zoo- General Admission •Pacific Science Center- General admission, including access to the Tropical Butterfly House, Tinker Tank makerspace, Dinosaurs, Live Science Stage, Planetarium, and daytime laser shows (Planetarium and daytime laser shows require a reservation and are subject to availability.)

Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass Entry Ticket

5. Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass Entry Ticket

Lose yourself in the mesmerizing mix of colors and light, and glass and steel that is Chihuly Garden and Glass. Take your time to wander through the exhibition's 8 interior galleries, richly landscaped outdoor garden, and magnificent centerpiece Glasshouse. Venture through each gallery and marvel at numerous blown-glass works that demonstrate how Dale Chihuly pushed the boundaries of glass as art. While exploring the exhibition, receive complimentary digital photo download and access to daily Gallery Talks and live glass demonstrations. Let the 40-foot tall glass and steel structure that covers 4,500 square feet of light-filled space – the Glasshouse — completely captivate you. The installation in the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot-long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. Stroll through a lush garden that serves as the backdrop for glass sculptures made of impossible shapes and brilliant colors.

Seattle: Columbia Center Sky View Observatory Entry Ticket

6. Seattle: Columbia Center Sky View Observatory Entry Ticket

See Seattle from the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, the Pacific Northwest's tallest public viewing area. Located 1,000 high, this observatory offers a stunning panorama of Seattle's skyline. Choose between 3 ticket options, where you can upgrade to receive a credit to spend at the Sky View Café or gift shop, and even enjoy reserved window seating with the best view. Plan your itinerary from the vantage point of the observatory. Decide between whirling on the Great Wheel, strolling through Pike Place Market, or journeying to the San Juan Islands. Interact with touchscreen 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

7. Seattle: Harbor Cruise with Live Narration

Admire the beauty of vibrant Seattle and the historic harbor island on this one hour narrated cruise. Enjoy the fresh air and a bit of history while taking in all the impressive sights, including the famous Space Needle, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Emerald City skyline. Start your tour from Pier 55 on the Seattle Waterfront and get a comprehensive look at the city's most iconic landmarks & take in the view from the outdoor open deck. This is the perfect trip for visitors and locals alike.

Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

8. Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

Stroll through Seattle's buzzing Pike Place Market with a local chef and discover the exciting culinary scene of the Pacific Northwest. Make 9 stops to try a wide variety of light bites from local vendors, whilst learning more about the stories behind the food. Meet your guide and join your small group to explore Pike Place Market. First, watch cheese being made as you learn a bit about the local dairy industry. Then, head to Maiz for an heirloom corn taco, followed by a stop at Hellenika Cultured Creamery for a delicious Greek yogurt. See where Seattle's top chefs buy their vegetables, meat, and seafood, and benefit from a 10% discount card at selected partner vendors. Your chef guide can also give you insider tips on how to find the best products, as well as cooking tips to inspire you in your kitchen. Skip the long lines at Pike Place Chowder and taste their version of a seafood staple of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Hear the stories behind small businesses such as Chukar Cherries, where you will taste several types of chocolate-covered cherries, including Seattle's famous Rainier cherry. Enjoy the entire tour in the company of a smaller group, allowing you to ask plenty of questions and gain an in-depth knowledge of Seattle's food scene, as well as the Pacific Northwest.

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

9. 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 All About Seattle Ticket, not only will you have access to all 17 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 Centre • FRS Clippers • 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 Centre • Pike Place Market • Pike Brewing Company • Seattle Art Museum • Pier 55 & Argosy Cruises • Original Starbucks at Pike Place Market • Amazon Spheres

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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It was a lovely, sunshiny day! Once they located our reservation, it was a fabulous experience! My aunt, who is 70 + was escorted all the way to her seat! The staff was super nice, the narrator was so knowledgeable and lively with his delivery! I highly recommend this cruise for the entire family!! Whoop Whoop!

we really wanted to experience a ferry boat vibe thing but this was waaay waaay wayyy better than just riding the ferry. 10/10 the crew was so great - amazing vibes and even when it got super windy - crew and guests had such a great energy it made the tour so enjoyable. definitely do this harbor cruise!

What a fun time, had family here from Germany and they loved it. We saw tons of whales. The only "negative" is that the speaker system on the boat wasn't the best so it was difficult to hear what the guides was saying. Overall, great time and worth the $

So much fun! You definitely see whales! Trevor was our captain and Tiffany knew so so much about whales and all the animals! I definitely recommend going on the tour!

The tour guide was knowledgeable about the city with fun facts