Pacific Science Center

#14 in Best Things To Do in Seattle
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200 2nd Ave N.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.5

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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

With more than 200 indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits, two IMAX theaters, a Laser Dome, a butterfly house and a planetarium, this science center is a must for families. Everything from dinosaurs to giant robotic insects to a tide pool will excite the kids. The Tropical Butterfly House is an especially popular exhibit, with colorful butterflies from South and Central America, Africa and Asia. Many recent visitors said this center is geared more toward children, though plenty of adults said there is enough fascinating exhibits to interest everyone.

There are a variety of interactive experiences and shows to take in at the center, including the Tinker Tank, where you can design, build and test experiments; the Studio, where scientists discuss cutting-edge innovations in health-related research; and the Science Playground, where can learn how things, such as an electric motor, work through experimentation.

The center is located next to the Seattle Center campus and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids ages 6 to 15 and $13.95 for kids ages 3 to 5. If you have a Seattle CityPASS, admission is included. There is a pay parking lot or you can take the Monorail. Many Seattle Metro buses, including route nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24 and the D Line have stops at the entrance. For more information, visit the Pacific Science Center website.

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