Consider the Seattle CityPASS if you want to visit top tourist sights
The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to five top city attractions for $99.
This could mean saving about 49 percent on tickets
It’s worth doing your research to ensure it’s a good deal for you.
To get a city pass or not to get a city pass? That’s always the question when you’re visiting a city that offers entrance to various attractions at a discounted price if you pay a lump sum upfront. It’s always a balance deciding if you’ll make it to enough sights to make it worth it. The Seattle CityPASS is no different, but here are the details so you can decide if it’s right for you.
Buying your CityPASS and how it works
First, here are the basics: The Seattle CityPASS is a booklet with entrance tickets (physical or mobile) to the included attractions. It is good for nine days once you visit your first sight. The Seattle CityPASS advertises it will save you up to 49 percent on admission prices. It costs $99 for an adult or $79 for a child aged 5 to 12. It includes admission for five of the most popular Seattle sights and activities, and it has a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor.
You can purchase it online or at one of the attractions included in the pass. If you purchase it online, you can choose to have the booklet shipped to you or sent through email. With email, you can use mobile tickets or print them out.
You may also be able to get Seattle CityPASS Costco deals or a Seattle CityPass Groupon deals, to get it at even more discounted prices.
Attractions and activities included in the Seattle CityPASS
With the Seattle CityPASS, you’ll get admission to the:
- Space Needle, perhaps Seattle’s best-known landmark. You can go up more than 500 feet to observation decks, including one with a revolving glass floor.
- Seattle Aquarium, which focuses on conservation and features marine mammals and an underwater dome.
- Argosy Harbor Cruise. This hour-long, guided boat ride in Elliott Bay and Seattle Harbor offers views of the city and the mountains beyond it.
- Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo (you pick one). The unique Museum of Pop Culture has exhibits about contemporary culture like music and video games. The Woodland Park Zoo, which also focuses on conservation efforts, features animals from penguins to gorillas.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass museum or Pacific Science Center (again, pick one). The Chihuly museum features glass artwork from Dale Chihuly and is rated on TripAdvisor as the top thing to do in Seattle. The Pacific Science Center is an interactive space with exhibits that range from a butterfly house to a virtual reality experience.
Is the Seattle CityPASS a good deal for me?
The Seattle CityPASS includes admission for five of the most popular Seattle sights and activities, and it has a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor.
The pass is highly rated and may be a good idea for you. However, there are a few things worth noting about the prices for the attractions that are not listed on the Seattle CityPASS website. First, the Seattle CityPASS includes Space Needle day and nighttime admission (so you get to go twice). If that’s what you want, that’s great. However, general admission for only one entry is at least $20 cheaper for adults. Also, most attractions have senior prices that save $2 to 5 per ticket. Some also have cheaper tickets for county or state residents. For example, the aquarium is $10 cheaper for those who can show their state ID.
So, if you really want to calculate down to the dollar, it’s worth checking current prices that match your situation at each attraction’s website. Figure out what you want to see, crunch the numbers and see if you’d spend more than $99 (for adults) or $79 (for kids) in admission to see the attractions you’re interested in. If so, it’s probably worth it to get the pass!
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