5 Hour Itinerary Options

 

Option 1 – The Museum of Flight

Embassy Suites will shuttle guests to the Link Light Rail Station upon request.  Their shuttle can hold up to 11 guests but you will need to make arrangements with them prior to your departure. Make sure to specify that you would like to go to the Tukwila International Blvd. Station, not the Seatac Airport station.   You will not be catching a train.  Once at the station, go to Bay 3 and catch Metro Bus #124 headed north.  This bus departs every 30 minutes.

Metro Bus Fare

Adults $2.25

Seniors $0.75

Youth $1.25

 

The bus ride is about 15 minutes to the Museum of Flight. Depart the bus at the stop for Boeing Plant 2, at East Marginal Way and 16th Street, which is right in front of the Museum.

 

 

Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way South
Tukwila, WA 98108

 

From the Wright brothers to outer space—the wonder of flight comes alive in more than 85 historic aircraft, interactive exhibits and family activities. Journey through history aboard the original jet Air Force One and the supersonic Concorde. Try on the cockpit of the Mach 3 Blackbird spyplane. Explore the Red Barn–the workshop where Bill Boeing built his first airplane. Take a wild aerobatic flight in the X-Pilot motion simulator. Discover stories of unimaginable bravery in the brand new Personal Courage Wing, featuring 28 WWI and WWII fighters.

Explore the new Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. Stretching over 100 feet, and four stories high, the Full Fuselage Space Shuttle Trainer was used by NASA to train every space shuttle astronaut. The Museum has added stairs and ramps to make the expansive cargo bay accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities. Other artifacts used on space shuttle missions are also on display.

 

 

Price:   Adult (ages 18 & over) $19

            Senior (over 64) $16

Youth (ages 5-12) $11

Child (ages 4 & under) Free

Recommended Duration: about 3 hours

Hours: Open Daily: 10am-5pm;

1st Thursday of each month: 10am-9pm (free after 5 pm);

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Phone: 206-764-5720

Website:  http://www.museumofflight.org

 

 

 

Option 2 – Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, & the Great Wheel

Embassy Suites will shuttle guests to the Link Light Rail Station upon request.  Their shuttle can hold up to 11 guests but you will need to make arrangements with them prior to your departure.  Link Light Rail departs about every 10 minutes.  Purchase your tickets at the kiosk on the station platform.  You cannot purchase tickets once on the train. You do not have to show the ticket to anyone, but if you are caught riding the train without a ticket, there is a hefty fine.

Link Light Rail Ticket Prices

Adults $2.75

Youth $1.25

The Light Rail ride to Downtown Seattle is about 45 minutes.  Exit the train at Westlake Center, which is the very last stop.  Go up the stairs to street level and exit the building on 5th Street.  Turn right onto 5th Street and right again on Pike Street.  Follow Pike Street a few blocks to the end of the street.  You will be at the entrance to Pike Place Market. Tip for Parents: strollers are difficult to navigate through the market as walkways and sideways are narrow.

 

Pike Place Market

85 Pike Street

Seattle, WA 98101

 

The Pike Place Market is a special place; internationally recognized as America's premier farmers market. This nine-acre historic district hosts ten million visitors each year who come to experience the unique sites and sounds of Seattle's downtown public market. Helping to make up the Market experience are more than 100 farmers, 190 craftspeople, nearly 300 commercial businesspeople and 240 street performers. Don’t miss the “Gum Wall” down Post Alley.

Recommended Duration:  about 2 hours

Hours: Breakfast: 6 am

Fresh Produce & Fish: 7 am

Official Market Bell: 9 am

Crafts Market: 10 am-4 pm

Merchant Hours: 10 am-6 pm

Restaurants & Bars Last Call: 1:30 am

 

 

Spend a leisurely day exploring the market.  Have lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in the market or nearby.  Pike Place Chowder is especially good (1530 Post Alley).  Or, walk down through to the "DownUnder stores" and keep walking down the steps of the "Pike Place Hillclimb." Head south (left) along the waterfront to the piers, where the Seattle Aquarium (Pier 59) and the Great Wheel (Pier 57) are located.  Interesting shops and restaurants are located on Pier 57 as well, including the Crab Pot (1301 Alaskan Way) and Ivar’s Fish and Chip Bar (1001 Alaskan Way).

 

 

Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59

Seattle, WA 98101

 

From the depths of Puget Sound to a Pacific Coral Reef. Walk underwater in the Dome, meet hundreds of species of fish, birds, invertebrates and marine mammals. Enjoy tours, private parties and wildlife cruises and adventures.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 13 & over) $21.95

Youth (ages 4-12) $14.95

Child (ages 3 & under) Free

Recommended Duration:  about 2 hours

Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 206-386-4300

Website:  http://www.seattleaquarium.org

 

 

Seattle Great Wheel

1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57

Seattle, WA 98101

 

This brand new 175 foot tall, 170,000 pound Ferris Wheel sits on Seattle's waterfront over the Puget Sound on pier 57 near the Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium. It carries 42 enclosed, heated and air conditioned gondolas holding up to 8 people each. As passengers are lifted into the air, they can see the a fantastic view of the city, sound and mountains while listening to a narration describing Seattle's waterfront history. The wheel is the only one of its kind to be built over water.

 

The wheel also includes one special reservation gondola with glass floors for the ultimate viewing experience.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 18 & over) $13 plus tax

            Senior (over 64) $11 plus tax

Youth (ages 4-12) $8.50 plus tax

Child (ages 3 & under) Free

Duration:  30 minutes

Hours:  Monday-Thursday 11 AM-10 PM

Friday 11 AM-Midnight

Saturday 10 AM-Midnight

Sunday 10 AM-10 PM

Phone:            206-623-8607

Website:  http://seattlegreatwheel.com/

 

 

Another great option to explore Pike Place Market is with a Seattle Food Tour.  This tour will take you through the market with a guide who will explain the history of the market.  Along the way, you will stop at various iconic restaurants to sample local favorites.  You must book ahead for a tour.

 

 

Seattle Food Tours

1st Ave in Downtown Seattle
Seattle, WA 98101

 

Walking Food Tour of Pike Place Market. Seattle Food Tours takes you off the beaten path to experience the Pike Place Market like a local. Discover hidden food gems from out of the way places as they sample the best that the market has to offer.

The Walking Food Tour of Pike Place Market stops at:
- Vital Tea Leaf
- Delaurenti Specialty Food & Wine
- Bottega Italiana
- The Crumpet Shop
- Pike Place Chowder
- Pure Food Fish Market
- Truffle Cafe
- Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie

 

Price:  $39.99 plus tax

Duration: 2.5 hours

Hours: 7 days a week: 12-2:30 pm

Phone:            206-725-4483

Website: http://seattlefoodtours.com/

 

 

Option 3 – Seattle Center, the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, & EMP

Embassy Suites will shuttle guests to the Link Light Rail Station upon request.  Their shuttle can hold up to 11 guests but you will need to make arrangements with them prior to your departure.  Link Light Rail departs about every 10 minutes.  Purchase your tickets at the kiosk on the station platform.  You cannot purchase tickets once on the train. You do not have to show the ticket to anyone, but if you are caught riding the train without a ticket, there is a hefty fine.

Link Light Rail Ticket Prices

Adults $2.75

Youth $1.25

The Light Rail ride to Downtown Seattle is about 45 minutes.  Exit the train at Westlake Center, which is the very last stop.  Go up the stairs to the 3rd floor of Westlake Center and take the Monorail to the Seattle Center. The Monorail departs about every 10 minutes.

Monorail Ticket Prices

Adults $2.25

Youth $1.00

 

Space Needle

400 Broad Street

Seattle, WA 98109

 

Every degree of the Observation Deck’s 360-degree view commands your attention. Snow-capped Mt. Rainier to the south and the Cascade Mountains to the east, the majestic Olympics to the west. Float planes land below you on sparkling Lake Union. Ferries, cruise lines and cargo ships cross Elliott Bay. The city streets are abuzz with activity. This is a major city opening up before your very eyes.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 13-64) $24

            Seniors (over 64) $20

Youth (ages 4-12) $14

Child (ages 3 & under) Free

Recommended Duration: about 2 hours

Hours: Observation Deck & SpaceBase Retail Store

Monday - Thursday: 9:30am – 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 9:00am – 11:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00pm

Phone: 206-905-2100

Toll Free: 1-800-937-9582

Website: http://www.spaceneedle.com

 

Other interesting attractions located at the Seattle Center are the Pacific Science Center and EMP (Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum). 

 

Pacific Science Center

200 Second Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

 

Pacific Science Center includes six acres of hands-on science fun, two IMAX theaters, a Tropical Butterfly House, Live Science Stage shows, dinosaurs, Laser Dome and Planetarium, and much more!

 

Current special exhibit is ‘SPY: The Secret World of Espionage’. This is the first-ever public exhibition of treasures from the collections of the CIA, the FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and H. Keith Melton, the renowned author, historian and international authority on spy technology. You will see real gadgets and artifacts from spies and spy catchers. You will observe spy technologies and learn the tools-of-trade, some recently declassified. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition grants you unprecedented access into the world of espionage.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 16-64) $18

Seniors (65 and over) $16

Youth (ages 6-15) $13

Child (ages 5 & under) Free

IMAX is an additional cost

SPY: The Secret World of Espionage is an additional cost

Recommended Duration: about 2 hours

Hours:   Mon,Wed,Thurs,Fri - 10am to 5pm

Sat,Sun - 10am to 6pm

Closed Tuesdays.

Phone: 206-443-2001

Website: http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/

 

 

EMP MUSEUM - music | sci-fi | pop culture

Located at Seattle Center

325 5th Ave N

Seattle, WA 98109

 

At EMP museum, you can learn to play the guitar, jam to a crowd of screaming virtual fans, and be inspired by our amazing rotating exhibits of popular music legends, science-fiction icons, and the worlds of fantasy and horror.

 

Current exhibits include NIRVANA: Taking Punk to the Masses, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, Icons of Science Fiction, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Can’t Look Away: The Lure or Horror Film, Spectacle: The Music Video, and Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture (through Labor Day!).

 

Price:   Adult (ages 18-64) $23

Seniors (65 and over) $20

Youth (ages 5-17) $17

Child (ages 4 & under) Free

Recommended Duration: about 3 hours

Hours: Open Daily

September 3 - May 22: 10am-5pm

May 23 - September 1: 10am-7pm

Phone: 206-770-2700

Toll Free: 1-877-367-7361

Website: http://www.empmuseum.org/

 

Getting hungry?  The Space Needle has a very nice restaurant at the top of the needle, however, it is expensive.  The Seattle Center's "Food Court" Armory has several food vendors to choose from to make the whole family full and happy. In addition, there are many highly reputable restaurants in the Belltown/Queen Anne area, however not all are family friendly. The kid-friendly restaurants that the whole family will be happy with are: New York Pizza & Bar (Mercer St. & 5th Ave. N) or Italian food at Buca di Beppo (9th Ave. N & Roy St.). Also, if you walk 4 - 5 blocks down Broad Street will you find the Old Spaghetti Factory (Broad St. & Elliot Ave.)

Return to Embassy Suites via the Light Rail.  Upon returning, call the hotel (425-227-8844)

to come and pick you up.

 

 

 

Option 4 – Woodland Park Zoo via Emerald City Tours Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Embassy Suites will shuttle guests to the Link Light Rail Station upon request.  Their shuttle can hold up to 11 guests but you will need to make arrangements with them prior to your departure.  Link Light Rail departs about every 10 minutes.  Purchase your tickets at the kiosk on the station platform.  You cannot purchase tickets once on the train. You do not have to show the ticket to anyone, but if you are caught riding the train without a ticket, there is a hefty fine.

Link Light Rail Ticket Prices

Adults $2.75

Youth $1.25

The Light Rail ride to Downtown Seattle is about 45 minutes.  Exit the train at Westlake Center, which is the very last stop.  Go up the stairs to the 3rd floor of Westlake Center and take the Monorail to the Seattle Center. The Monorail departs about every 10 minutes.

Monorail Ticket Prices

Adults $2.25

Youth $1.00

 

Once at the Seattle Center, board Emerald City Tours Hop-On Hop-Off trolley entitled, “Overlook and Locks”.  This trolley departs the Seattle Center near EMP at 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm. 

 

Emerald City Trolley

Seattle Center Pick-up

 

Hop on the Emerald City Trolley with an experienced guide who educates people about Seattle’s famous sights.

 

The Overlook and Locks route allows you to discover The Ballard Locks, Woodland Park Zoo, Fremont Troll, MOHAI, and the EMP Museum. Operations run on five cars on three lines, all starting near the Experience Music Project.

 

Seating is available indoor as well as open-air sections, giving the authentic trolley experience. It is the first trolley action Ballard and Fremont has seen since the 1960s!

 

Tickets can be booked online, through the phone, or walk-ups are welcomed.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 13-64) $30.66

Seniors (65 and over) $26.28

Youth (ages 3-12) $16.43

Child (ages 2 & under) Free

Duration: Total tour 1.5 hours

Hours: May 17-September 29

8:45am-6:00pm

Phone: 855-313-3456

Website: http://www.emeraldcitytrolley.com/

 

 

Depart the trolley at the Woodland Park Zoo. 

 

 

Woodland Park Zoo

601 N 59th Street

Seattle, WA 98103

 

For over 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be inspired by the beauty of the natural world. A national award-winner, Woodland Park Zoo features hundreds of rare animals and endangered species. They save animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.

 

During your visit, feel free to make use of their free mobile app, which not only helps you navigate the zoo, but also offers secret zoo tours, hosts the daily schedule of activities, and provides fun facts about many of their animals. Throughout the summer, Woodland Park Zoo also offers daily giraffe and elephant feedings at an extra cost, keeper talks, and family-friendly games and animal encounters in Zoomazium, including rides on their historic carousel. On the weekends, pay a visit to their African Village near the South Entrance to take part in an elephant poo paper making activity—a family favorite for zoo visitors.

 

Woodland Park Zoo encompasses 92 acres and features more than 1,000 individual animals representing nearly 300 species. Animals aren't all you'll see here because the zoo also has a botanical collection of more than 92,000 plants and trees that represent more than 1,000 different species. The grounds are divided into what are known as bioclimatic zones, the unique habitats around the world, from tropical rain forests to the frigid climes of the Far North, creating the perfect environments for each animal.

 

Price:   Adult (ages 13-64) $18.75

Seniors (65 and over) $16.75

Youth (ages 3-12) $11.75

Child (ages 2 & under) Free

 

 

Remember to continue your tour with Emerald City Trolley’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus after 1 ½ hours (or 3 hours depending on your engagement). Return to the Seattle Center and Westlake Center via the Monorail.  Once at Westlake Center, board the Light Rail for the return trip to Seatac Airport.  Upon returning, call the hotel (425-227-8844) to come and pick you up.