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What’s reopening around Seattle: a guide for families

Check before you make plans, and remember to wear masks.

Update, Jan. 14: New statewide restrictions mean many attractions will likely close again. While we’re catching up with the changes, but sure to call or check online before you set out.


So many of the things we love to do are not available right now because welcoming crowds indoors raises the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Here’s our updated list of what is open. It’s mostly outdoor attractions, so bundle up!

The state has implemented a new reopening plan, so things will be changing but in the meantime, we have to be safe and be patient.

Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27-28). Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.

The Space Needle is open with limited capacity, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Loupe Lounge (21+) is open, as is the Atmos Cafe. The website even has a whole page dedicated to explaining (with video!) the enhanced cleaning technology.

Northwest Railway Museum has announced the return of its popular train excursions in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Train rides will resume Oct. 3, and are scheduled to continue weekends.

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo reopened July 1; here’s how one family enjoyed the slightly changed experience. (Seasonal, slightly shorter hours begin Sept. 8.)

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: Open to visitors with advance tickets; precautions in place.

Northwest Trek Wild Animal Park: Open both for regular walking visits and for the new Wild Drive in-your-vehicle experience.

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah: Open with advance tickets and distancing rules.

Seattle Aquarium: Open with coronavirus precautions.

Olympic Sculpture Park, part of Seattle Art Museum, is open for walk-throughs, with its indoor pavilion closed until further notice.


CLOSED: Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass (Tacoma), Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Seattle Children’s Museum (closed through at least Dec. 31, 2020.), Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Burke Museum, Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, National Nordic Museum, MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture), Museum of Flight




About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.