My daughter and I planned a special Seattle outing for just the two of us. Our mother daughter downtown adventure started when we hoped on the link light rail in Tukwila.
We got off at the Pioneer Square stop and walked up two blocks to the Columbia Tower Building. As Seattle’s tallest structure, the massive black skyscraper is an easy landmark to spot in the city's skyline.
Once we walked through the main lobby we rode the first elevator up to the 40th floor where we the found "the highest Starbucks in the world" and an amazing city view. My daughter was a little nervous and excited when she found out we were only half way up.
After purchasing our coffees, we got in the next elevator to head to the 73rd floor to the Columbia Center Sky Observatory where we found an amazing sky view. It was amazing how far we could see! The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Baker, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle
The Observatory is open daily, from 9am to 10pm. Tickets range from $9-$12.50. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite.
As we traveled back down the building we noticed all the shops and restaurants in the lower levels. There was even a fitness center! We could have spent a good hour just checking out the different shops but decided to continue our journey down to the waterfront.
We agreed to jump on the Emerald City Trolley. This downtown trolley stops at the major attractions and offers riders the ability to hop on and off throughout the day. Our hop off stop was the Space Needle. There was a lot of activity around the Needle, many street vendors such a caricaturist, t-shirt sales booth and people selling seasoned corn cobs on a stick and cotton candy.
The Emerald City Trolley's Hop-on/hop-off tour ranges from $15-$28 for a one-day pass and $20-$35 for a two-day pass. A family pass is available. See website for details.
We wandered through the gift shop at the bottom of the Needle and then went to the Armory where we found several options for lunch. My daughter and I decided we were in the mood for tacos and shared a large taco platter at the Blue Water Taco Grill. We were each able to customize our own tacos and the platter provided plenty of food for the both of us. The tacos were truly delicious!
To complete our adventure through Seattle I wanted to take my little lady to the downtown shopping area known as Westlake Center. We boarded the Monorail beneath the Space Needle and rode it above the streets to Westlake Center.
Ticket prices on the Monorail are one-way, $1.00 for kids, 5-12 and $2.25 for adults.
This three level shopping center is filled with specialty shops, restaurants and services. My daughter fell in love with the Candy Tyme specialty candy store; we were able to take home several treats.
The Link Light Rail Station is conveniently located in the basement of Westlake Center and made it very easy to catch the rail out of the city.
All in all, our mother daughter blinding trip was truly a special day for both of us!