Seattle Monorail

Seek out Puget Sound wildlife with San Juan Safaris

DSC_1076Even with the huge variety of wildlife found here in the Pacific Northwest, there are few animals that rival the majesty of the Orca whale. Due to the salmon-rich waters of Puget Sound, the beautiful San Juan Islands are without a doubt the best place to see these amazing creatures in action. San Juan Safaris, conveniently located next to the Friday Harbor ferry terminal, offers daily whale watching tours from early April through October. With the highest rate of Orca sightings of any tour operator in the San Juans you’re guaranteed an experience you’ll never forget.

If tour boats aren’t your thing, why not sign up for a kayak tour? Explore the complex tidal ecosystems of Puget Sound on a 3-hour Wildlife Tour! Search for Orcas on the 5-hour Orca Search tour! Feeling adventuresome? There are two-, three- and five-night overnight tours available! No experience is necessary and all your equipment will be provided for you. With such a wide range of tours to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect fit!

Visitor tip: Skip the ferry lines! Kenmore Air offers a short, scenic ride from Seattle’s Lake Union directly to Friday Harbor. How convenient!DSCF4195

Monorail Bunny and Otter Visit Victoria!

MonorailBunnyVictoria-1You Otter Know… We LOVE Victoria! Monorail Bunny and Otter hopped on the Victoria Clipper and traveled to Victoria, BC. This was Monorail Bunny and Otter’s first trip to Canada – fortunate to have such amazing weather! Monorail Bunny and Otter had an awesome in the wheelhouse of the Victoria Clipper IV. Otter loved looking at all of the buttons, and now Monorail Bunny wants to be a navigator!

MonorailBunnyVictoria-5A trip to Victoria wouldn’t be complete without having Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress! Tea has been served at The Fairmont Empress for over a century! Otter was impressed by The Empress tea which was created exclusively for The Fairmont Empress by the Metropolitan Tea Company.

MonorailBunnyVictoria-9Monorail Bunny and Otter had the opportunity to stay at the Inn at Laurel Point! It was just a quick walk from the Victoria Clipper Terminal. After Bunny and Otter checked in, they found some wonderful snacks waiting for them! Veggies and jellybeans for Bunny and Oysters for Otter! What a welcome!

MonorailBunnyVictoria-15Monorail Bunny and Otter were so excited to go visit The Butchart Gardens! They were in awe of the incredible Sunken Garden.  In 1909, Jenny Butchart took on the ambitious project of transforming an exhausted limestone quarry into this beautiful garden! It’s stunning!


Take a walk through history on the U.S.S. Turner Joy

DSC_1529Tired of viewing history in a book or from behind a pane of glass? The U.S.S. Turner Joy, a decommissioned navy museum ship moored in Bremerton, offers a unique way of experiencing history. Much of this historic Vietnam-era destroyer has been restored and opened to the public. Walk through the wardroom and the crew’s mess! Explore the bunks in the lower decks where the 275 enlisted personnel would sleep! Gaze upon the glowing equipment of the Combat Information Center! See the equipment that was used to call down to the engine room from the wheelhouse!

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween? Why not check out the Turner Joy’s Haunted Ship? This unique take on the classic haunted house is always a hit! It runs from October 27-November 1. Admission is $10, or $9 with a canned food donation. What better way to celebrate the season?

Visitor tip: Save on ferry fares! The Turner Joy is within walking distance of the Bremerton ferry terminal, no need to bring the car!DSC_1431

Wing Luke Museum asks: Do You Know Bruce?

The Wing Luke Museum in Seattle’s International District is lifting the curtain on their brand new Bruce Lee exhibit! Focusing on the highly influential years Lee spent here in Seattle, the exhibit features interactive multi-media displays, personal belongings and memorabilia surrounding Lee’s life in Seattle. The exhibit, only the second of its kind, explores the complexities of who Lee was as a person rather than simply his life as a movie star.

The grand opening of the exhibit is this Saturday! Special events include remarks from Lee’s wife and daughter, lion dance performance on King Street, martial arts demos, a photo booth, scavenger hunt and much more!

Pre-order your tickets for the event here, or visit any time Tuesday-Sunday between 10am and 5pm.

Lost and Found Otter

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Monorail Bunny and Otter

Do you recognize this Otter? He was left behind on the Monorail yesterday and we are trying to locate his owner. Monorail Bunny is keeping him company while they wait for Otter’s owner to come and find him.

In 2012, Monorail Bunny was accidentally left behind on the Monorail.  After spending months looking for his owner, we adopted Bunny and now he travels on adventures all over Seattle.  We’re still hopeful that we’ll find Otter’s owner.

Please help us spread the word and let us know if you have any leads. In the meantime, Monorail Bunny decided to give Otter a tour of Seattle Center while they wait. Here’s some photos from their time exploring Seattle Center:

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You Otter Know… We love Seattle! International Fountain

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Monorail Bunny and Otter look at the arches at Pacific Science Center!

Monorail Bunny and Otter Sonic Bloom

Monorail Bunny and Otter visit the Sonic Bloom exhibit at Seattle Center!

Seattle Monorail Instagram contest!

Monorail InstagramHey Instagrammers! Do you love Seattle as much as we do? We want to hear from you! We’re giving away a special prize pack to one lucky photographer who can show us a stunning image that is quintessentially Seattle.

Prize pack includes tickets to the Experience Music Project, tickets to the Pacific Science Center, Monorail tickets and a Monorail t-shirt!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow @seattlemonorail on Instagram

2. Take a fantastic image that you believe is quintessentially Seattle

3. Post your image to Instagram using the hashtag #SEAMonorail

That’s it! Entries are due by Friday, August 15 at noon. We will select a winner later that day and announce it shortly thereafter.

So get out there and start snapping! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Monorail Bunny Celebrates Two Years in Seattle!

BirthdayFriday, August 1, 2014: Monorail Bunny is celebrating two years in Seattle today! It’s his birthday! Two years ago today, as the Seattle Center Monorail celebrated its 50th year in service, a passenger riding the train accidentally left a little bunny behind. The Monorail conductor noticed the bunny sitting on an empty seat and brought him back to the Monorail office hoping that the owner would come and claim him.  When no one approached our staff about a missing bunny, we decided to post a photo of Bunny on Facebook to see if anyone recognized him.  Thousands of people helped us spread the word, but unfortunately, we were unsuccessfully in reunited Bunny and his owner.

IMG_4104We decided to adopt Monorail Bunny and give him a new home here in Seattle.  Monorail Bunny’s adventures began when we posted photos of Monorail Bunny exploring the Monorail - people really enjoyed seeing Bunny go behind the scenes at the Monorail.  Afterwards, several local attractions invited Bunny to come visit them.  Monorail Bunny first went to ride a duck with Ride the Ducks of Seattle.  Bunny got to sit on the captain’s hat and enjoy a ride in an amphibious vehicle.  After that, Monorail Bunny got to see the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center – it was an incredible opportunity to see the exhibit, incredible artifacts and explore the Pacific Science Center!

Since then, Monorail Bunny has received many wonderful invitations from attractions all over Washington. Bunny has had incredible adventures at Woodland Park Zoo, he saw the beautiful tulip fields in La Conner, he swung from a chandelier at Teatro ZinZanni, he won the presidential election at Seattle Children’s Museum, Bunny got meet the Astronaut from the Museum of Flight, and he enjoyed beautiful views of Seattle from the Space Needle. Monorail Bunny even got to travel to paradise to enjoy a vacation in Hawaii!

MB FriendsIn all, over 500,000 people have seen Monorail Bunny’s adventures over the past two years. Bunny loves traveling around our beautiful city and looks forward to many more adventures to come!

Go Back to the Future with Bite of Seattle and Seattle Monorail!

Back to the Future

DeLorean from DeLorean Motor Company Northwest

Looking for something to do this Friday night? Why not head down to Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater for a special screening of the 1985 classic Back to the Future? Seattle Center is hosting Bite of Seattle all weekend, so there will be loads of delicious foods to try before the show!

But that’s not all! Head over to the Seattle Monorail platform before the show and get your photo taken with a real DeLorean! We have partnered with DeLorean Motor Company Northwest will have one of their cars parked on our platform all weekend! How cool is that?

Admission is FREE! The movie starts at 8:30 p.m., and Bite of Seattle is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Glittering Glass and Molded Masterpieces at the Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Still haven’t been to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma? There’s no better time to visit! The stunning facility perched along Tacoma’s revitalized waterfront features an incredible array of permanent and temporary exhibits that are sure to amaze and inspire.

But don’t just think of this as a passive viewing experience. Step into the Hot Shop and watch incredible glass artwork being created right before your eyes! Nearly every week there is a new glass artist featured in the Hot Shop, so there’s always something to see. And there’s always a MC on the floor so you’ll know exactly what is going on!

On sunny days make sure to take a walk down the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The bridge, designed by renowned architect Arthur Andersson, features three distinct collections from legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Closest to the museum is the Venitian Wall. The 80-foot installation features 109 sculptures from Chihuly’s Venitians, Ikebaba and Putti collections. Further down the bridge are the Crystal Towers, featuring 63 huge polyurethane crystals in each tower. Finally, walk beneath the Seaform Pavilion, an enormous ceiling which is comprised of 2,364 unique sculptures from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series.

Have kids in tow? Have them enter the MOG Kids Design Glass Program! All they have to do is sketch a design they’d like to have made into a glass sculpture! The Hot Shop team selects one design each month, and if selected you and your child will be invited back to the museum to direct the creation of the sculpture. The Hot Shop team will then create two sculptures, one to display and one for your child to bring home! How cool is that?!

Visitor tip: Bring a camera! The Hot Shop offers fantastic opportunities for photos!

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Explore Pike Place with Public Market Tours

Public Market Tours 1With the abundance of smells, sights and sounds at Pike Place Market, it’s easy to overlook the rich history behind the oldest continuously operating pubic market in the United States! Thankfully, Public Market Tours offers all of the insight you could want into Pike Place Market. Learn about how the first Starbucks isn’t really the first Starbucks. Discover the origins of the infamous gum wall. Learn the story behind Rachel, Pike Place’s iconic bronze pig.

Tours depart at 10:00am and 2:00pm daily, rain or shine. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged but walk-ups are available on a first come, first served basis.

With so much history to explore, this hour-long tour is guaranteed to give you a whole new appreciation for the Market.

Visitor tip: Be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on where to eat. Pike Place is absolutely brimming with delicious things to try!

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