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Seattle From a Distance: Virtual Attraction Tour

April 10, 2020 By CityPASS

As humans, we're creative and social beings; we love to explore, travel, see and do. While our favorite Seattle attractions are closed for the time being, they're still providing plenty of fun, education and inspiration. Below, we've gathered together some current highlights from Seattle's best. We hope this helps you feel a little more connected to the Emerald City we all love and keeps you looking forward to your travels in the future.

Space Needle

The Space Needle has been delighting visitors with incredible 360-degree views since the 1962 World's Fair, and it's not stopping now. Check out the Needle's panoramic live cam for unparalleled views of Mt. Rainer to the south, the Cascade range to the East, and the majestic Olympics to the West. The views never stop, and they'll be there waiting for you on your next trip to Seattle.

Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium has live webcams too, but with views of a different kind! See the aquarium's harbor seals, Barney, Q and Hogan, or watch the delightful crew of sea otters as they play, eat, groom and lounge. You can also catch live diver experiences, expert interviews, virtual story times and more on their Facebook page.

Argosy Harbor Cruises

The views of Seattle from the water are stunning, as anyone who's ever been on an Argosy Cruises tour can tell you. While those views aren't available for the time being, you can catch virtual tours on Argosy's Instagram page. Or, if you're up for a fun intellectual challenge, visit their Facebook page for weekly Seattle trivia questions.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Movies, music, science fiction… what better ways to distract yourself from the current happenings and focus on the creativity and ingenuity of pop culture? Or, as MoPOP says, “take your mind off of hand-washing and put it somewhere more fun: on a deep exploration of the musical episode of Buffy, on a heated debate on how Klingons are depicted in Star Trek: Discovery, on our list of recommended '90s hip-hop albums to listen to in seclusion, or to snippets of an oral history interview with Megan Jasper, CEO of local record label, Sub Pop.” You'll find all this and more on their blog, MoPOP Don't Stop. Oh, and if you're looking for a way to impress your online colleagues at meetings, download these amazing Zoom virtual backgrounds:

Woodland Park Zoo

Animals can put a smile on your face like nothing else, and Woodland Park Zoo is home to over 300 species! While the zoo is closed, they're bringing their animals to you on their social channels, with weekly Facebook live broadcasts by animal keepers, plus lots behind-the-scenes glimpses into the friendly, furry and sometimes fierce zoo residents. During the closure, Woodland Park Zoo continues to be a force in animal conservation and education, and we're very grateful for their efforts.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Spring is a special time of year at Chihuly Garden and Glass, as the longer, warmer days usher in the color and beauty of blooms from over 20,000 bulbs planted in the gardens. This unique museum dedicated to the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly may be closed, but they're bringing the gardens to you on their social pages. Whether you need a little pick-me-up or are just looking forward to seeing the blooms in person, take a peek and be inspired.

Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center wants to ignite your curiosity at home, and they've got plenty of online experiences and activities to do that. On their website and social channels, you'll find science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews, and more. These educational activities and resources are for all ages, so do them with your family, or “meet” some friends online and do them as a group, and get excited for your next in-person visit!

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