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    Seattle Pass: when and why is it worth doing?

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    In recent times we have talked to you far and wide about the very green and ultramodern Seattle, the so-called Emerald City, famous all over the world for its skyline dominated by a forest of skyscrapers above which the futuristic Space Needle, placed there to remind posterity of the famous World's Fair of the Expo held in the main city of the State of Washington in 1962.

    We have already helped you to find good savings on accommodation in Seattle in the article where to sleep in Seattle, now it's time to understand when and why it is convenient to buy a so-called Seattle Card, which ones are available and if the savings are really worthy of the name. We will do this by bringing you some concrete examples on the cost of tickets for individual attractions and on the effective percentage of savings that you have by taking a City Pass.


    • Seattle City Pass: what is it? How does it work?
      • Space needle
      • Seattle Aquarium
      • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
      • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) 
      • Woodland Park Zoo
      • Chihuly Garden and Glass 
    • Seattle Pass: in which cases is it worth buying?
    • Where to buy the Seattle City Pass?

    Seattle City Pass: what is it? How does it work?

    It will be that Seattle it is a less traveled destination than other cities on the West Coast, it may be because the formula works particularly well, but the only pass available on the market is precisely the Seattle City Pass, which offers the same type of card that we have already seen in the case of many other destinations (see the articles dedicated to tourist passes for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and many other cities).

    For those who have heard of this type of pass for the first time in this article - but also to refresh the memory of other readers - let's now explain what it is and how it works: it is a booklet of 5 tickets at a discounted rate for admission to some of Seattle's biggest and best attractions. The pass has a duration of 9 days consecutive to first use but must be used within one year of purchase. In some cases, it is possible to skip the queues at the ticket office (see Seattle Aquarium) and there are still some discounts and extra benefits: you will find them illustrated in the booklet and here.

    Let's go and see what are the attractions included in the Seattle City Pass:

    • Space needle
    • Seattle Aquarium

    Plus 3 to choose from:

    • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
    • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
    • Woodland Park Zoo
    • Chihuly Garden and Glass

    As you can see, the last points on the list offer a choice among 3 out of 4 attractions and it is the only case in which you will have to make a decision: otherwise, by purchasing the Seattle City Pass you will be entitled to entry to the other attractions indicated. Here's what to expect, in detail, from each single ticket:

    Space needle

    The Seattle City Pass provides Day / Night admission to the Space Needle, which means it gives you the option to do so two visits at the top of the tower on the same day: make at least one at sunset, and the spectacle of the city with Mount Rainer in the distance will pay off.

    • Best time: before 11am and after 19pm

    Seattle Aquarium

    Includes an entrance to all attractions aquarium and shows that give life to the marine fauna that populates the waters of the Puget Sound region.

    • Best time: on weekdays after 13pm in winter and before 00am in summer.

    Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour

    Among the attractions of your choice, the City Pass offers a 60-minute cruise on a boat Harbor Cruise, and a live guide who will introduce you to the panorama of the harbor and the city that can be enjoyed from the waters of Elliot Bay. We remind you that it is necessary to arrive at least half an hour before boarding.

    • Best time: the first available cruise in the morning

    Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) 

    If, on the other hand, you choose the ticket for the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), you will have access to all the exhibits in the museum.

    • Best time: no particular indication

    Woodland Park Zoo

    If, on the other hand, you love animals, you will choose the entrance to the Woodland Park Zoo, which offers the possibility to come into contact with animals from all parts of the world (Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Africa). The ticket is not valid for any promotions and offers and seasonal exhibitions may have an extra cost.

    • Best time: weekdays after 13pm

    Chihuly Garden and Glass 

    The last attraction you could choose is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. You will be able to enter the glazed building of the Glasshouse and wander around for a garden full of plants and installations with a great aesthetic impact, with the support of an audio tour included in the pass. 

    • Best time: no particular indication

    Seattle Pass: in which cases is it worth buying?

    The cost of a Seattle City Pass is currently 100 € for adults and of 77 € for children aged 5 to 12. It can be purchased on the official website or other authorized online marketplaces. You will receive the tickets included in the pass directly to your email after purchase, and you can decide whether to print them or show them at the entrance of the attractions via your smartphone.

    But when is it worth buying a Seattle City Pass? When can you really save something? We can understand this simply by giving an example. Let's imagine we are a family made up of four people (two adults and two boys between 5 and 12 years old). Let's imagine we have it available a couple of days in Seattle, and that it is our intention to do at least 4 attractions: the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, a cruise on the Puget Sound, and a visit to the MoPOP Museum.

    Here's how much we would spend without the Seattle City Pass:

    • Entrance to the Space Needle: approximately 110 euros
    • Cruise tickets (2 adults and 2 children): approximately 93 euros
    • Entrance to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) (2 adults and 2 children): approximately 88 euros
    • Admission to the Seattle Aquarium (2 adults and 2 children): approximately 99 euros

    Total: about 390 euros

    Here is when we would spend with the Seattle City Pass:

    • Cost of Seattle City pass for 2 adults: 200 euros
    • Cost of Seattle City pass for 2 children (4-12 years): 140 euros

    Total: 340 euros

    Whereas the savings are approx 50 € and that another was included in the same price attraction compared to those you had planned the convenience is evident. On the other hand, if you are just passing through Seattle and it is your intention to limit yourself to one, at most two of the listed attractions, the convenience will most likely fail.

    Where to buy the Seattle City Pass?

    We point out three sites where to buy the Seattle City Pass. In addition to the official website, the others are two well-known and reliable travel agencies.

    Buy the pass on the official website

    Buy the pass on Viator

    Purchase your pass on Expedia


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