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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: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

2. Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on a schooner sailboat. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high perimeter railing. 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. Search for local wildlife like swooping seagulls, frolicking porpoises, and playful harbor seals. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar or sea if the sailor's life is for you by trying your hand at hoisting the sails. If the conditions are right, go full pirate ship and watch the canons fire.

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

3. Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

On a sightseeing Seattle bus tour, sit back and relax as the tour takes you to the city's most popular and most important sights. 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 Premium Ticket, not only will you have access to all 16 bus stops, but you can enjoy a stunning Scenic Panoramic Tour which gives you completely unrivalled views of the city. This ticket also includes a walking tour in the Pioneer Square Historic District, allowing you to take an intricate look at some of Seattle's fascinating past.  Must See Seattle Route highlights: • Space Needle • Historic Chinatown Gate • Seattle Central Library • Capitol Hill & Jimi Hendrix Statue • Paramount Theatre

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

4. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

5. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle with a courteous and knowledgeable guide, and explore the city like a local. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard a minivan and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish! Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the USA. Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas practically across the street from the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum (also known as the "Museum of Pop Culture" or "MoPOP"). Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a picture-postcard photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away. Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where the saltwater of Elliot Bay meets the freshwater of the Cascade Mountains, Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont and see the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Vladimir Lenin from the Cold War-era Soviet Union. Then, make your way back downtown for convenient drop-offs at all downtown attractions or your hotel if you prefer.

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

6. 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. 

Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

7. Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Seattle. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Lace up your walking shoes, grab an umbrella if it looks like rain and get ready to hit the streets of Seattle with your local host. You could start by grabbing a coffee to go in one of the historic coffee houses and visit two of the city's top attractions - Pike Place Market and the Olympic Sculpture Park.  Your local host will point out the market's best arts and crafts vendors, where you can shop for distinctive gifts and souvenirs or pick-up a handmade pastry. Wander through the dark depths of the market to search out unusual specialty shops which tourists normally miss. Notice the contrast with the tacky tourist shops, fish and chips counters and mediocre, overpriced restaurants on the waterfront, where the redeeming features are the views across Elliott Bay to the Olympic Mountains. A wide sidewalk along the waterfront is perfect for strolling and admiring the Seattle Aquarium.  Next, you could wander towards the historic Pioneer Square area and stop to check out the big windows and local artwork at Zeitgeist Coffee, which is popular with Seattle's local art crowd. Your local host will recommend a few options for places where locals go to have a quick bite so you can get your energy back. For the afternoon, you may want to visit the Seattle Center, primarily known as the home of the iconic Space Needle, but also home to the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, numerous theater companies, a children's museum and a science museum. If you are interested in finding out more about the shows and exhibitions, your local host will be able to advise and help with your bookings.  Finish your day back where you started at Pike Place Market. By nightfall, the fishmongers and flower vendors will be long gone and the shops will be closed but some of the city's best restaurants and most enjoyable bars will light up. Whatever your mood or preferences, share these with your local host to get recommendations on the best places to catch an eclectic musical act, listen to Irish music or enjoy a romantic late dinner. This experience is great for all ages.

Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour self-guided MP3 audio tour of Seattle that comes with a fully detailed map of the area the tour covers. Explore the city that’s home to the first Starbucks store! Discover the wonders of Seattle, visiting the iconic Space Needle and the bustling Pike Place Market. Learn about the Gold Rush days on a visit to the famous Klondike Gold Rush Park. Stop at some of the many restaurants and cafés, and try some of the best seafood in the country. See Victor Steinbrueck Park, take in the views from Alki Point and ride the Monorail at Westlake Center. See the 5th Avenue Theater, the Seattle Art Museum and Pioneer Square. Enjoy your tour at your own pace.

Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

9. Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

Turn Seattle into a giant game board on the Urban Adventure Quest that’s priced for a group of up to 5 players. This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city. This is the perfect activity for groups, large or small, interested in seeing the most well-known sites as well as the often-overlooked hidden gems the city keeps secret. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, learning about local history along the way. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way through the city, solving clues and completing challenges. The adventure begins at the Seattle Center and takes you on a well-designed course that includes sights around the Space Needle and others downtown and within the Pikes Place Market area. The Quest requires about 2 miles of walking and uses the Seattle monorail system at one point in the game. Offered at a fixed price for a group as opposed to per-person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to visitors on a budget. Points of interest on your Quest: • Seattle Center • Space Needle • Seattle Center Monorail • Pike Place • Post Alley • Gum Wall • Seattle Art Museum

Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

10. Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you to the most iconic spots of Seattle, Washington. Enjoy the flexibility and safety of an activity ran entirely on an app. Use clues, solve problems, and unlock stories as you explore the city and learn its history. Start your exploration game at the Father and Son fountain. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Visit the Seattle Cloud Cover, Anne Frank Chestnut Tree, Space Needle, and more. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

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What people are saying about Space Needle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 196 reviews

We had a lot of fun. The story was engaging and it even got two teenagers excited to get to the end. Customer service was terrific, and when we were stumped on one clue and reached out for help, we were directed to a hint within a minute of requesting. I definitely will do this again in other cities that we visit - and maybe even at home.

The time was very informative. Our driver, Elvis, was a very good driver and I felt comfortable in his van. I learned a lot and I would suggest anyone coming to town to employ this company. We did the tour at the end of our trip and it would’ve been great if it was at the beginning of our trip but it wasn’t available then.

Steve was a fabulous guide! He was so friendly and very knowledgable. We loved seeing and learning more about the city than we ever would have on our own. Highly recommend!

Tour guide knowledgable and entertaining. Liked the explanation of the route using maps so we had an idea of where we were at as we travelled.

Iconic Seattle by experience with an easy check in.