Seattle Monorail

Spring at Pike Place Market

Pike Place flowersSpring is in full bloom and there’s no better way to welcome the new season than with a trip to Pike Place Market. The Market features more than 200 vendors and craftspeople and covers nine acres near Seattle’s waterfront. Pike Place Market’s numerous flower vendors are sure to have just what you need to brighten your spring. Dine at one of the more than 80 restaurants at the Market. And as always, Pike Place Market features some of the freshest produce and seafood the city has to offer.

The Seattle Center Monorail is close walking distance to the Pike Place Market.  Westlake Center Monorail Station is about four blocks from the market.

Visitor Tip: One of our favorite hotels in Seattle is Inn at the Market – it’s located in Pike Place Market. The hotel is beautiful and the sunsets over the Market are stunning! We also love grabbing a bite to eat at Matt’s in the Market – it’s a lovely restaurant with incredible, delicious local foods.

Pike Place fruit

Whirligig at Seattle Center!

WhirligigSpring break is here in Seattle, just in time for Whirligig at Seattle Center! Whirligig offers a wide range of rides and activities for all children under 12. Huge inflatable rides, balloon artists and face painters are sure to make for a fun and memorable spring outing. Add to that the multitude of food options in the Armory and you have the makings for a perfect Spring Break excursion. Whirligig runs through April 20.


  •  $7.50 for all day main floor pass
  • $4.50 for all day toddler zone pass
  • $1.50 single ride ticket
  • Thursdays are FREE!

Visitor tip: Take the Monorail to Seattle Center! Our trains arrive at Seattle Center Station just feet from the doors to the Armory, talk about convenient!


Take a trip into the world of espionage

Trotsky skullPrepare to step into the real world of espionage. Pacific Science Center’s latest exhibition, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, is a unique look into the covert and often perilous world of intelligence gathering. Investigate the Lockerbie bombing, view artifacts of the Trotsky assassination and examine a real Enigma machine. Learn about the tactics of the OSS, the CIA, the KGB and more. Think you have what it takes to enter the world of espionage? Test your skills in the simulated laser field and see if you can navigate it undetected. SPY: The Secret World of Espionage runs through September 1, 2014.

You can travel on the Seattle Center Monorail to get to Pacific Science Center.  Hop aboard at our Westlake Center Station (5th Avenue and Pine Street, 3rd floor) and travel directly to Seattle Center.  The Monorail is open daily – the train departs approximately every 10 minutes.

Visitor Tip: Make sure to go see an IMAX movie in the Boeing IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center. It’s the biggest screen in Seattle – it’s six stories high and 80 feet wide with 12,000 watts of surround sound. We love it – the sound is incredible!

SPY Lockerbie


EMP Presents: Block by Block

LEGO Space NeedleLEGO fans rejoice! EMP’s new exhibition, Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Archetecture, is packed with creations guaranteed to both amaze and inspire. The exhibit, built by former LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker, features stunning recreations of famous landmarks, including our very own Space Needle. Nearly 200,000 LEGO bricks went into creating these towering recreations of some of the world’s most iconic architecture. But don’t go thinking that Block by Block is a passive viewing experience. Try your hand at making your own LEGO creations and add them to the “Mini-Megalopolis” display in the gallery.

Take the Seattle Center Monorail to EMP Museum!  The Monorail travels directly between downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center Mall (5th Avenue and Pine Street) and Seattle Center (home of EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, the Space Needle and more).  The Monorail is open daily and departs approximately every 10 minutes.

Visitor Tip: Bring your camera – EMP Museum was designed by Frank Gehry – the building’s exterior is incredible! It was designed to look like a smashed guitar. We love it! EMP is a museum that is dedicated to contemporary pop culture. The Monorail travels directly through the Museum.

EMP Lego

Spring in Seattle

Happy first day of spring!! Seattle Center offers a variety of ways to enjoy the season.

Take in breathtaking views of Seattle from the Space Needle’s Observation Deck.

Space Needle Observation Deck

Observe butterflies, walk with dinosaurs and explore the wonders of our world at the Pacific Science Center.

Science Center Butterfly

Enjoy lunch amidst the lush foliage and glittering glass of Chihuly Garden and Glass. Or go in the evening to see the LED-lit sculptures glowing at dusk.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Jam out in the Sound Lab, perform on stage and take in countless musical artifacts at the EMP. Or head over to the Science Fiction Museum to experience the thrills and chills of sci-fi and fantasy.

Experience Music Project

Have kids in tow? The Seattle Children’s Museum offers 22,000 square feet of fun, creativity and wonderment for children 10 and under.

Children's Museum

As always, we recommend that you hop on the Seattle Center Monorail and plan your next visit to Seattle Center – so many things to see and do while you’re here!

Monorail train

2014 Seahawks Parade!

Wow! What an incredible football season this year! We are so proud of the Seattle Seahawks!  They played their hearts out at the Super Bowl and brought the Lombardi trophy to our city!  We had the opportunity to watch the parade from Blue Train – we parked the train on the beam above the crowds on 5th Avenue and Broad Street.  What an incredible sight! Over 700,000 fans came to Seattle to witness the #Celebrate48 Parade!

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Ride into the Holidays of 2013!

We are thrilled to announce that Seattle Monorail Services and the Downtown Seattle Association are partnering again this year to provide a fun holiday event for Treehouse kids and families.  For the last three years, we have hosted the “Ride into the Holidays” event that begins here on the Seattle Center Monorail platform.

This year, we have 150 Treehouse foster kids and their families joining us on November 29th!  During our holiday celebration, guests will have a chance to explore the Monorail train, enjoy snacks and beverages, and have fun artwork created just for them by balloon and caricature artists!  Afterwards, Treehouse kids and families board Red Train for a very special, Treehouse-only VIP ride on the Red Train to Westlake Center.

During the ride the Westlake Center, Red Train will make several stops along the route so families can take photos and enjoy the views of the city and the Space Needle.  We also give away incredible raffle prizes during this special ride – these prizes provide access to many of Seattle’s premier attractions.  Prizes were generously donated by: Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Ride the Ducks of Seattle, Argosy Cruises, Woodland Park Zoo, Wild Waves Theme Park, Seattle Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, and the Underground Tour.

After they leave the Monorail, the very special guests will have the opportunity sit at the VIP area of the PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Carousel for a front-row seat to the annual tree lighting ceremony! After the dazzling lighting event, Treehouse kids will be invited to pick a horse on  the Holiday Carousel for the “first ride of the season”!

We understand that the holidays can be a difficult time for kids in foster care. We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to help foster kids and families feel extra special this holiday season.


2013 New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center

Space Needle New Year's EveLooking for ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve?  Seattle Center is home to some of Seattle’s premier attractions – there are many activities taking place on Seattle Center grounds for New Year’s Eve!

Here is a list of some of the celebrations taking place to ring in the New Year!

  • Space Needle’s SkyCity Soiree: At 8:00 PM, enjoy a delicious six-course dinner with live piano music and a champagne toast at midnight! Dancing on the Observation Deck until 1:30 AM.
  • Observation Deck Dance Party: At 9:00 PM, enjoy dancing, desserts and a champagne toast at midnight at the O-Deck with DJ Michelle Myers from KEXP. The Space Needle’s fireworks display is absolutely stunning!
  • Indulgence New Year’s Eve Bash at EMP Museum: At 8:00 PM, enjoy dancing, live entertainment and three amazing performance stages at EMP Museum! Then, walk outside of the Museum to watch the fireworks show at the Space Needle!

On December 31. 2013, the Monorail will be open until 1:00 AM for the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle.  Due to regulations, the Monorail will carry its last passengers from Westlake Center to Seattle Center at approximately 11:15 PM. We will resume service from Seattle Center to Westlake Center once we receive the ‘ALL CLEAR’ from the Fire Marshall (estimated to be 12:20 AM) – from this point we will carry passengers until 1:00 AM.

The Seattle Center Monorail will reopen on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2014) from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Children 12 and under can ride the Monorail for free from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on New Year’s Day.

Halloween 2013

Pumpkin Halloween 2013

Seattle Center Monorail is thrilled to be a part of Halloween at Seattle Center this year!

Come on Thursday, October 31st between 4-8pm and participate in the FREE Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt!  Bring your family and search around the Seattle Center Campus for treats and family fun by following the clues and visiting participating businesses and organizations!

Here are the clues for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Seattle Center! Clues for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Seattle Center

We can’t wait to see all of the awesome costumes!  Big thank you to Seattle Children’s Museum and EMP Museum for organizing this fun event!

The Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt will run while supplies last!


Monorail Bunny Visits a Pumpkin Patch!

Monorail Bunny had the chance to visit Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, Washington to pick out some pumpkins from their pumpkin patch! Bunny had a wonderful time exploring the pumpkin patch and learning all about squash and gourds! Bunny will be carving pumpkins this weekend – we’ll post photos of his next adventure on our Facebook page next week!

In 2012, Bunny was accidentally left behind on the Seattle Center Monorail.  One of our cashiers discovered the Bunny and brought him to our administrative offices.  We spent months trying to locate the Bunny’s owner via social media, but were unsuccessful.  The Monorail adopted the Bunny and Monorail Bunny now travels on adventures all over Seattle.  Bunny has swung from a chandelier at Teatro ZinZanni.  He saw the King Tut exhibit at Pacific Science Center.  He got to drive an amphibious vehicle at Ride the Ducks.  He met a python at Woodland Park Zoo.  He learned lots at the Seattle Aquarium.  He learned how to make a pie at Pie inside the Armory.  He’s explored Pike Place Market.  He met the Astronaut at Museum of Flight and much more!

Here are some photos from Monorail Bunny’s pumpkin patch visit.  To see the full album, please click HERE.  If you’re interested in seeing photos from previous adventures, you can visit our Facebook Page and click on ‘Photos’ and view our ‘Albums’ where all of the adventure photos are located.

Monorail Bunny at Jubilee FarmMonorail Bunny GourdMonorail Bunny Pumpkins