Seattle Monorail. Credit Andrew Nash via Flickr CC
Seattle Center Monorail
On to urban adventures! Start with the world-famous Seattle Center Monorail and hop on for a ride to Westlake Center. Kids will get a kick out of riding above the city streets; be sure to tell them that “monorail” means the train runs on one big rail, not two, and was considered the space-age future of transportation when it was built back in 1962.
Getting there: Catch the Monorail at the Seattle Center Armory building. Pay parking can be found on the street or in garages or lots nearby, or bus it to Seattle Center to add another transport element to your journey.
Ride and cost: The Monorail runs daily between Seattle Center and Westlake Center, every 10 minutes, and one-way fares are $2.50 for adults; $1.25 for ages 5–12; and kids 4 and under ride free. Pay with a card or exact-change cash and buy your tickets at the booth.
To visit nearby: Seattle Center is loaded with family attractions, including Seattle Children’s Museum, which has regular Monorail-related activities and the thrilling Artists at Play playground. Or ride the lift to the top of the Space Needle for another iconic Seattle experience.