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Visit Seattle: Ways to tour the attractions and save money

Museums, parks, and city attractions. See them all with a little planning and on a budget

Visit Seattle as if you were a tourist in your own town. Tour iconic sites, parks, museums and engage in family-friendly experiences. Listed are a few ways to do all these activities without breaking the bank.

Free Museum Days

Once a month on Thursday, the public gets the run of some wonderful Seattle museums. This is a great way to explore the city on the cheap, if you don’t mind bigger crowds than usual. Some museums offer free admission on the first Friday of the month. The Frye Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park are always free. For more information read “Seattle-area museums to explore for free on First Thursdays”.

Explore the parks on National Parks Days

For five days a year, national parks that normally charge an entrance fee offer free admission to all. The remaining entrance fee-free days in 2022 are August 4, September 24 and November 11.

Visit Seattle with the City Pass

Purchase a pass that includes admission to three or five Seattle attractions for one low price. Attractions include the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture, Woodland Park Zoo and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get your passes and use them within nine days of the first visit to an attraction.

KCLS Park and Museum Passes

In an effort to help families explore different parks and museums around Seattle, the King County Library System supplies free museum and park passes by reservation. Check out a Discovery pass for 7 days to use at local parks or sign up for passes to a museum like Bellevue Arts Museum, KidsQuest, MOHAI, MoPOP and others. 

Every Kid Outdoors

If you have a fourth grader in the family, traveling and seeing our national parks, lands and waters just got easier. Sign up for a pass at the beginning of the school year, travel to your desired park and you will be admitted free. Pass holders can take the whole family, anyone under age 16 and up to two adults. Go see the wild animals, trek through the forest and camp under the stars. The national parks in Washington are the Olympic National Park, Mt.  Rainier National Park and the North Cascades National Park.

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