Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Seattle is a great city to bring the whole family, even for just a weekend. There are plenty things to do with the kids in downtown Seattle, and some of those activities are free. But there is one place you must visit in Seattle, and no, it is not the Space Needle.

The 1 place you must visit in Seattle

The one place you must visit in Seattle is Chihuly Garden and Glass, located right next to the Space Needle in Seattle Center. It is truly amazing and guaranteed to take your breath away!

Last summer, our family spend a long weekend in Seattle as my oldest daughter finished her college touring there. While researching information about things to do in the city, I stumbled upon Chihuly Garden and Glass, and I was so glad that I did. It turned out to be the highlight of our entire weekend!



A museum and art gallery

Chihuly Garden and Glass is kind of a combination of museum and art gallery. Through his incredible creation, you learn a lot about the artist, his influences and craftsmanship, and the art of blowing glasses. The inside exhibits are lit in such a way that the colors are the stars.The layout, lighting, and visuals were all done beautifully.

In the outside gardens, the beautiful balls and flowers chandeliers are carefully incorporated. You can find shadows of the Space Needle in various colored balls. Gardening enthusiasts would truly enjoy it.



The entire place can be seen leisurely in about an hour. But we spent nearly two hours here, taking our time and enjoying every amazing piece of the incredible collection. There is nothing quite like it anywhere.


Admission is worth every penny

I was a little hesitant at first about the entry price ($22 for adults and $14 for youth), but it was worth every penny. My girls loved the place as much as my husband and I did, granted our youngest just turned 11.

You can purchase a combo ticket to visit the Space Needle. Additionally, you can also purchase the night tour to come back at night when the place is lit up. If you are in town for a few days, you can purchase the CityPASS and save money for admissions to more Seattle attractions.

If you're looking for things to do in Seattle Washington for kids and family, there's one attraction you HAVE to visit (and it's NOT the Space Needle!)

Space Needle image CC 3.0 from Wknight94 via Wikimedia Commons

Chihuly Glass and Garden is the one place you must visit in Seattle. Don’t miss it even if you are in town for only a day. 

Points With a Crew has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Points With a Crew and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Other links on this page may also pay me a commission - as always, thanks for your support if you use them