We did a lot today so this post may be a little longer. I do not apologize for that as it was a lot of fun and I want to remember all the details.
After sleeping in for a little bit (we all had to play catch up with sleep given how little we got the day before), we got up and faced the day. We purchased the Seattle CityPass which allowed us to visit 5 of Seattle’s top attractions at a lower cost. We had already used once of the tickets yesterday at the Aquarium and today, we decided to head over to the Seattle Center and see the Space Needle.
Taking the Light Rail, we got off again at the Westlake Station, then walked a block to get to the Seattle Center Monorail station. This was a pretty cool platform and reminded me of one of the Dr. Seuss rides at Universal Studios. The monorail is a 2 minute ride that covered a mile of ground, and pretty much seemed like it whisked you to a whole other city.
The Seattle Center seems like a separate place from Seattle. Pretty much at all points, you can see the Space Needle standing tall, and you could easily spend more than 3 days there. Unfortunately, we only had 1 day to spend there, and the first thing we did was go to the Space Needle. We chose a good day to go, as it was a weekday, and there was not a long line. There was still construction going on with the new viewing platform, but we could still see most of the attraction. Seattle really is a beautiful city. It was nice and windy and with the new glass window installed, it was truly amazing to see.
After the Space Needle, we walked around to find some food. We came across the Seattle Armory (I’m still not entirely sure what that place was) but it had a lot of food options. One downside about Seattle: the food is EXPENSIVE! I’ve included a picture of a really cute bubble tea shop but we ultimately chose not to purchase anything as the prices were about 2x what I would pay in Austin.
Instead, I got some chicken and waffles for lunch. I know, I came all the way to Seattle and I chose to eat a southern classic. This was my first time eating chicken and waffles (am I a true Texan?) and while the waffle wasn’t that good, the chicken was amazing. Or maybe it was just because I was hungry? Either way it was good.
After a little bit of rest, we decided that we only had time to go to either the Pacific Science Center, the Museum of Pop Culture, or the Chihuly Garden and Glass. We ultimately chose the Science Center and we actually ran out of time to see everything! I really recommend this center, even if it was a bit childish, there are a lot of things that you wouldn’t see in other science centers. This was definitely one of the best places that we went to.
When the Science Center closed at 5, we decided to go find more food to eat and we ended back at the Armory. Surprisingly, a lot of the shops also closed at 5, but we found a few places that we could eat at the at dinner at 5. Yes, we a lot of food this trip. We waited until it was almost sunset before going back to the Space Needle (our tickets got us into the viewpoint once during the day and once during the night within the same 24 hours.) We didn’t want to wait until it was too dark as we still had a hour journey to get back to the hotel, so we decided to walk around the gift shop of the Chihuly Garden and Glass building to see what the museum offered. Honestly, there was a lot of breakable items in the gift shop, so it probably was a good idea that we didn’t go inside the exhibits as Kevin would be a high risk of breaking something.
We finally ventured back to the Space Needle, and it was a great time to go because the sun was starting to set a little bit, and the clouds had cleared up so that you could see Mt. Rainier in the distance. We took some more pictures and decided we were tired for the day and headed back to the Monorail to go to the Light Rail, and an hour later, we were at the station closest to our hotel.
We did have some difficulties with the transportation back to our hotel as the shuttle service didn’t come for 45 minutes and we were stuck waiting at the light rail station in the dark for about an hour. However, the hotel manager was super nice and fixed the problems as best as she could.
This was a good day overall, despite the transportation difficulties, we all had a good time. We went to sleep a bit earlier as we would have to get up pretty early the next day.