Seattle Space Needle, EMP, Flight Museum and Seattle Aquarium all in one weekend with Seattle CityPASS
This weekend John and I headed to Seattle for a fantastic weekend away! We visited the Seattle Space Needle, EMP Museum, Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Flight Museum with the help of Seattle CityPASS. The Seattle CityPass gives you access to 6 of the top attractions in Seattle. This was our first but definitely not the last time we will use a CityPASS. It was so fast and easy to get into the attractions. You do not have to wait in line with the Seattle CityPASS. You walk right up to the main entrance and show your tickets and you are good to go.
We started our Seattle CityPASS adventure at the Space Needle. We were able to skip the ticketing line and headed straight to the elevator. It is a quick 42 second ride up to the top. As soon as you start going up the elevator the views are amazing. We were able to look down on the Chihuly Glass exhibit Pacific Science Center, and the Puget Sound.
When we reached the top the views were spectacular! It was a truly gorgeous fall day in Seattle. Barely any clouds in the sky and a view that was awe inspiring. Mt. Rainier was off in the distance and we could barely see it from the top. There is still a bit of haze and smoke in the air from all of the wildfires.
Our next visit was the Experience Music Project Museum also known as EMP. This attraction has been on my to-do list for years. I have heard so many great things about the museum but had never made it there. John and I had so much fun in the museum. The hands on attractions are amazing. There was a special Horror Movie exhibit that I was a bit worried about but ended up having the best time there. They had a scream machine that you could scream and have your picture taken. You could email the photo to yourself and it was displayed outside the exhibit. Here is my photo from the scream machine. Do I look frightened?
John loved the Sound Lab exhibit. He played the guitar, drums and learned how to scratch a record. I do have to say that neither of us has a lick of musical talent so it is a good thing no one else can hear while you play. We even did the singing booth with sound remixes. The only songs I could think of were lullabies. Mary Had a Little Lamb sounded pretty interesting in the sound booth.
Right in the middle of EMP is this amazing guitar and musical instrument structure. Portions of the structure actually play music. I spent quite a bit of time staring in wonder at this structure. Everywhere you turn there is something new to look at.
We headed to the Seattle Aquarium after EMP. I had not visited the aquarium since I was in high school and we went on a field trip. Wow, So many amazing updates and displays. We had so much fun checking out all of the displays. I really feel the need to go snorkeling in Hawaii after checking out the Hawaiian Fish exhibit.
One of the first areas we checked out at the Seattle Aquarium was the touch tanks. The staff was amazing and answered everyone’s questions. It was a lot of fun watching everyone touch sea stars for the first time.
This is my favorite picture from our afternoon at the Seattle Aquarium. This fish was unbelievable! The colors were amazing. I could sit and watch this fish for hours.
Our final stop for the weekend on our way out of town was the Seattle Flight Museum. This is another spot that I had not visited in over 10 years. Oh my goodness they have made so many amazing changes and upgrades. We can’t wait to go back in a few months when the new space exhibit is open. We peaked in the glass and it looks really cool. There is a huge space shuttle in the middle of it!
When you walk into the Flight Museum there is a lovely sign that lets you know CityPASS users can skip the ticketing line and walk right up the counter. It was so fast and easy.
We headed over to the outside airplane exhibit. It was such a warm gorgeous day in Seattle. At the museum you can walk through a Concorde, Air Force One and check out some of the first Boeing Jets.
Walking through the Concorde and Air Force One was really interesting. In the Concorde you can see just how tiny the inside of the plane is. It is a sleek design made for luxury! Air Force One was amazing. So interesting to see the presidential seal on everything.
We ended up spending quite a bit of time at the flight museum. All of a sudden we looked at our watches and realized we needed to head back home. The museum is filled with so many amazing displays and information. You could spend an hour or an entire day exploring the museum.
We did not have a chance to use our CityPASS on the Argosy Cruise Line and at the Pacific Science Center. Next time we will add in one more day to make sure we can get to everything. We had so much fun using the Seattle CityPASS. It was so easy to use! Being able to walk right up to the attraction and not wait in line saved us so much time. I can’t wait to check out the other CityPASS cities on our next vacation.
We were provided with Seattle CityPASS vouchers to help facilitate our review. All opinions expressed are our own.