Seattle Monorail

Explore Seattle Center – home to the Space Needle, International Fountain, Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni and more! © Megan Ching – Seattle Monorail Services

View of Downtown Seattle – Seattle Center Monorail provides fast, direct transportation between Westlake Center and Seattle Center. © Megan Ching – Seattle Monorail Services

Pike Place Market is one of the most popular places in Seattle – the Monorail’s Westlake station is just four blocks from the Market. © Megan Ching – Seattle Monorail Services

Helpful Resources & Links

Seattle is an incredibly vibrant city with so much culture, natural beauty and activity. Here are links to valuable website resources that can help you plan your visit to Seattle:

  • SeattleAttractions.com – We are a proud member of the Puget Sound Attractions Council which is comprised of the top 30 premier attractions in the Seattle area. This site provides unique deals and information that can help you plan your trip.
  • VisitSeattle.org – Connects you with all things Seattle. This site presents relevant information about upcoming events, restaurants, and things to do while visiting Seattle.
  • DowntownSeattle.com – Provides great travel itineraries, restaurant recommendations and parking information.

Seattle Attractions

Space Needle

  • The Space Needle was built at the same time as the Monorail for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. It stands at a height of 605 feet and provides a 360-degree view of Seattle from the Observation Deck. The Needle also features a revolving restaurant five hundred feet above ground called SkyCity.
  • To get to the Space Needle, ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station. The Space Needle is located in front of the station at the bottom of the ramp.

Pike Place Market

  • Pike Place Market is an iconic attraction in downtown Seattle that boasts nine acres of fresh produce, fish, flowers, local jewelry, artwork and gifts. Over 10 million visitors visit Pike Place Market annually. It is also home to the original Starbucks.
  • To get to Pike Place Market, ride the Monorail to Westlake Center station. When you exit the train, use the stairwell/elevator on the left side of the platform and exit at street level.  Turn right and walk to the corner of 5th Avenue and Pike Street. Turn right at Pike Street and walk down a couple of blocks until you reach Pike Place Market.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

  • Don’t miss out on the stunning Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit which provides guests with an in depth look at local artist, Dale Chihuly’s, career and significant pieces of work. We recommend visiting the exhibit at night!
  • To get to Chihuly Garden and Glass, ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station.  The exhibition is located next to the Space Needle at the bottom of the ramp. Walk to the right of the Space Needle to find the entrance to the exhibition.

Pacific Science Center

  • Pacific Science Center aims to ignite curiosity in people of all ages and hopes to inspire creative thinking that will fuel the innovations of the future. Make sure to check out their newest exhibit, Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness – it’s very interactive and fun!
  • To get to Pacific Science Center, ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station. From the station, take the bridge that leads to the Armory (formerly Seattle Center House), exit the Armory through the doors located to the right of Starbucks. Look straight ahead and you will see Pacific Science Center’s famous white arches.

The Children’s Museum

  • The Children’s Museum provides the joy of discovery for your children and family by bringing fun, creative, hands-on exploration of the world around them. It’s an awesome opportunity to learn while having a good time. This Museum is perfect for families with children age 10 and younger!
  • To get to The Children’s Museum, ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station. From the station, take the bridge that leads to the Armory (formerly Seattle Center House), turn right and take the stairs/elevator down one floor.

EMP Museum

  • This Museum is dedicated to music, science fiction and pop culture. The Museum features exhibits that focus on to music icons like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. It also has incredible science fiction exhibits, which feature original props and artifacts from legendary films like The Matrix and Terminator.
  • To get to EMP museum, ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station. Exit the station using the ramp and continuing going left. EMP Museum is the bright, colorful building shaped like a smashed guitar.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

  • Ride the Ducks is one of the most fun, unique ways to see Seattle. Hop on one of their WWII amphibious crafts and see Seattle from land and on the water! Great photo opportunities and VERY family friendly!
  • The Ducks depart daily from both ends of the Monorail. One location is at Westlake Center (4th and Pine).  The other location is at 5th and Broad near Seattle Center station. From the Seattle Center Monorail station, walk down the ramp and continue going left (Space Needle will be on your right), cross 5th Avenue and Ride the Ducks will be in front of you.

Seattle International Film Festival

  • Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema and FutureWave Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly-attended film festival in the United States reaching more than 150,000 annually. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on four screens at the SIFF Film Center and SIFF Cinema Uptown.
  • To get to SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109), ride the Monorail to Seattle Center station. Walk through the Armory and past the International Fountain and KeyArena. Turn right on Queen Anne Avenue North and the cinema will be on your left. SIFF Film Center is located at Seattle Center in the Northwest Rooms just south of Seattle Rep Theatre.