Seattle Monorail

Monorail Man (AKA Trainus Prime)

monorailman2-1We are thrilled to welcome Monorail Man (AKA Trainus Prime) to our Seattle Center Monorail Station! Monorail Man is over seven feet tall and  was created by the Seattle Monorail Services Maintenance Team from discarded parts from the Monorail trains and supporting systems.

Monorail Man was completed just in time for Earth Day! He is made from used parts that are no longer suitable for our current system configuration. In all, Monorail Man was built with about $15.00 in scrap metal, but we think the artistic value of Monorail Man is incalculable!  We hope you’ll stop by the Monorail platform at Seattle Center to take a photo with Monorail Man.

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Seattle Center Monorail Celebrates Its 53rd Birthday!

monorail53Seattle Center Monorail celebrates its 53rd Birthday on Tuesday, March 24, 2015!

Stop by our Monorail Station at Seattle Center (next to the Space Needle) between 11:30am-1:30pm to sign our Monorail birthday card, enjoy free, delicious KuKuRuZu Gourmet Popcorn, and enter to win an awesome Seattle Center raffle prize which includes tickets to Ride the Ducks of Seattle, EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center and of course, the Seattle Center Monorail!

Hope to see you here! We love you, Seattle!

Seattle Center Monorail opened to the public on March 24, 1962. The Monorail was built to provide a crucial link between downtown’s amenities and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Ridership in 2014 was 2,162,594.  Seattle Center Monorail is owned by the City of Seattle but operated under a concession agreement with the City by Seattle Monorail Services with an independent leadership and staff.

Explore the rich history of Seattle with the Museum of History and Industry

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Want to learn about the rich history of Seattle? The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has you covered! Packed with interactive exhibits exploring the city’s history, MOHAI is sure to please museum-goers of all ages!

True Northwest: The Seattle Journey serves as the centerpiece to the museum. It features 25 different “snapshots” that explore pivotal events in Seattle’s history. These fascinating stories are told through artifacts, archival photos, multimedia and interactive displays.

Seattle has a rich maritime history, something that is embraced fully in the Maritime Seattle exhibit. It includes archival photos, scale models and historical artifacts, including a 1885 Fresnel Lens from the Smith Island Lighthouse! And if you’re still craving more, a working World War II-era TANG periscope will give you a peek at Lake Union where you can see Seattle’s maritime industry in action!

Take a walk through the Bezos Center for Innovation and discover ways in which our region has made groundbreaking innovations that have helped shape both our region and the world!

With so much to explore you’re bound to leave with an understanding of what makes Seattle such an amazing place, both past and present!

Visitor tip: the South Lake Union Streetcar can quickly and easily ferry you between MOHAI and downtown!

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Pacific Science Center presents: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

DSC_4073Looking for a fun family activity this holiday season? Check out Pacific Science Center’s latest exhibition, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Explore the life and legacy of Robert Ripley and is filled with artifacts that are sure to amaze.

Crawl through a life-sized Titanboa, the largest snake the world has ever known! Stand next to a replica of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man! Stand next to a Rolls Royce painstakingly built with matchsticks. See a unique portrait of Einstein made entirely of toast!

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! runs through Jan. 4, 2015.

Visitor tip: Bring your camera! The exhibit is packed with fun photo ops!

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Kids Helping Kids

2We had a great time rocking out with Caspar Babypants at the Wellspring Family Services Kids Helping Kids event! The event, sponsored by the Monorail and hosted by the Seattle Children’s Museum, featured crafts, a photo booth and a special concert by Caspar Babypants himself!

The event was organized as a way to say thank you to all the kids who collected coins throughout the year to support Wellspring Family Services. The program started four years ago after a young girl collected $506 in change to donate to Wellspring. This donation inspired other children to follow suit, and since then Kids Helping Kids has raised more than $40,000 to support homeless children and families!

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The Monorail carries its two millionth passenger for the year!

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The Seattle Center Monorail is thrilled to announce we have had our 2 millionth passenger ride the Monorail for the year! Vivian Flores, who rode along with her father Glenn and her grandmother Norma, marked our two million rider milestone for 2014.

Vivian and Glenn, both Seattle locals, had just returned from Chihuly Garden and Glass with Norma, who is visiting from Ohio! Vivian was awarded a Monorail VIP Pass, two tickets to Pacific Science Center and a Monorail t-shirt!

We want to thank all of our riders for helping us reach this milestone and we look forward to carrying many more passengers in December!

The Monorail was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair. The trains travel directly between Seattle Center and Westlake Center, leaving approximately every 10 minutes.

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Fall fun at the Children’s Museum

ChildrenMuseum1If you’re looking for fun fall activities for the little ones there’s no better place than the Seattle Children’s Museum. More than 22,000 square feet of learning, exploration and fun makes the Children’s Museum a perfect place for kids from 10 months to 10 years. Paint, draw and sculpt in the Imagination Studio. Learn about motion, cause and effect in Cog City. Or climb up the Mountain and learn about Northwest wildlife on the way. Just be sure to bring a camera; you’re bound to capture moments with your little one that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Visitor tip: The Children’s Museum is conveniently located in the Seattle Center Armory, which is full of a variety of food options that are sure to please. It’s also located right next to the Monorail, which can quickly ferry you to and from downtown.

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Adorable crafts from MarninSaylor!

DSC_4683Of all the fun and creative crafts found at Pike Place Market, few rival MarninSaylor’s “World Famous” Donut Cat. A product of the rich imaginations of Skye Saylor and Thomas Marnin, the original Donut Cat started as a drawing on a page. They brought it into its three dimensional form not for the prospect of selling it, but for the sheer joy of creating it. After posting photos of the creation online, they found that many people expressed a desire to own one themselves. And thus a new product was born!

Following to the overwhelming success of the original Donut Cat, MarinSaylor expanded their line to include other animals in their line of Pastry Pets. Most recently, the Eclair Bear and Maple Bear have been added to the mix. They even make a catnip-stuffed Minty Donut Cat to give to your feline friends!

All MarninSaylor products are handmade in Seattle. They are available on their website, at Schmancy Toys and on Sundays at their day stall at Pike Place Market.

Visitor tip: The Monorail offers quick and easy transportation to Westlake Center, just a few blocks from Pike Place Market!

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Enjoy panoramic views from the top of the Space Needle

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Overlooking Seattle

When it comes to Seattle landmarks, it doesn’t get much more iconic than the Space Needle. Yet it serves not only as something fantastic to look at, but also an amazing point to look out from. Out of anywhere in Seattle, nothing quite beats the view from the Space Needle’s Observation Deck. Rising 520 feet above the city, the Observation Deck offers a full 360 degree view of Downtown Seattle, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and much more!

Looking for an even more memorable experience? Make a reservation at the Space Needle’s SkyCity Restaurant! Located just below the Observation Deck, it features a variety of Pacific Northwest dishes. Best of all, the entire restaurant makes a full rotation every 47 minutes, so you’ll get to enjoy the view throughout your meal!

Visitor tip: Hop on the Monorail if you’re traveling from Downtown! The Monorail runs from Westlake Center to Seattle Center, located just feet from the Space Needle!

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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