January 2012 Adventure of the Month

When I decided to take on ‘Adventure of the Month’ for 2012, I wanted to prove to myself and to others that you don’t have to spend a lot of money and travel long distances for adventure.  I’m like everyone else and sometimes find it hard to enjoy what’s in my back yard.  Bring on CityPass.

In October my Grandmother visited, so I purchased a couple of CityPass eTickets online.  Because of sudden knee surgery we were not able to enjoy them, so this weekend my friend John agreed to play tourist with me.

CityPass is a program offered in various cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, and Toronto) where you save considerable money on attractions.  The Seattle City Pass included:  Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, and Woodland Park Zoo or The Museum of Flight (choose one of the last two).  These booklets have to be used with in a certain time period from when you visit the first attraction.  A three day weekend seemed liked the best way to get the most out of them, but if you are vacationing someplace it will be a bit easier to spread everything out.

We just happened to have picked a weekend with the worse winter weather of the year (and the 520 bridge was closed as well).  I’m so glad we are both from Alaska and were still willing to brave the elements (actually it ended up not being too bad).

Day one we took it easy and only hit the Museum of Flight.  We have my pup Aker to blame for our short day since he had to go to obedience class (and he needed it).

Day two we visited the Experience Music Project, Pacific Science Center, and the Space Needle.

Day three we had planned to visit the Seattle Aquarium, Pike’s Place Market, and the Space Needle*.

*We had planned on doing the Harbor Cruise, but I was way too cold to imagine sitting on a boat for an hour.  Lucky for us, City Pass is having a special and since we starting using our CityPass after 12/15, we have until 2/29 to use all the tickets.  We’ll save the Harbor Cruise for another warmer time.  Instead we visited Pike’s Place Market and then took advantage of another CityPass perk…there are actually two tickets to the Space Needle in the booklet…you have 24 hours to use the second one after you’ve used the first one.

The cost of the Seattle CityPass is $59 for adults and $39 for children.  If we had visited all of these attractions and paid individually it would have cost over $120.  You can purchase an eTicket online and redeem it for a booklet at your first attraction, or I noticed that most (if not all) of the places sold the CityPass.  I think you have to know to ask about it at the attractions because I didn’t see a lot of advertisement.

This is the second time I’ve used CityPass for Seattle.  If you are visiting I highly recommend it and if you live here try it out when you have company visiting (or be like me and enjoy adventures in your own backyard).

Read about all of our adventures here:

…some time when it gets warmer…Harbor Cruise.