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Welcome to Seattle! Scroll down for special discounts!

Seattle Skyline

Seattle is an exciting and fast growing urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. The city, located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland; thus its nickname, “Emerald City.” Seattle has 148 miles of fresh water and 53 miles of salt water shoreline. It is Washington State’s largest city and home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. Seattle is a major hub of science and technology, and is home to more than 25 major research institutions, including the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Institute for Systems Biology to name a few. It is also home to the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing and the world’s largest chain of coffee houses, Starbucks. The Space Needle is its most iconic landmark.

Seattle is characterized by highly sophisticated, tech-savvy, free-spirited, historic, creative and eclectic neighborhoods, each of which has a distinct personality. From the bustling urban core to quiet waterside communities, quaint historic districts to high-energy centers for nightlife, everyone will find a place to belong in Seattle. Seattle is also one of the most sustainable big cities in the U.S., with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

The climate in Seattle is very pleasant and moderate especially during the months of June-Sept. Summers are generally dry and sunny with daytime high temperatures in the 70-80 F (21-27 ºC) range with low humidity. Average daylight during June spans about 16 hours.

Visit a Museum

Seattle is home to many superb museums within walking distance from the Convention Center, including the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Pacific Science Center, Museum of History and Industry (Mohai), Klondike Gold Rush Museum and many others. Click here to learn more.

Get a Seattle Citypass

Seattle CityPASS includes admission to: Space Needle Day/Night, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, MoPOP Museum OR Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center OR Chihuly Garden & Glass.

Visit citypass.com for more information and to purchase booklets or printable vouchers.

Plan a day trip

View options and inspirations for day trips to enjoy before or after the conference by clicking here. Visit Mount Regnier, Bainbridge Island, Snoqualmie Falls Mount St. Helens, and lots more.

Food Tours

There are many guided food and drink tours to take throughout Seattle to explore the city’s culinary diversity. Click here to learn more.

Seattle Discount Offers

Seattle Space Needle

Space Needle
June is peak time for this iconic attraction, offering beautiful views from 605 feet in the air! Freshly renovated, the Space Needle has the world’s only revolving glass floor. Grab your colleagues, a group of 15 people can enjoy discounted tickets for $32/person by visiting Group Tickets. Discounts are also offered during non-peak times 8am – 9:30am or 10pm – Close.

Regular tickets are $36 per person and available anytime. Each ticket purchase includes access to the Observation Deck, a complimentary digital photo and access to the VR Bar, where you can bungee jump from the Space Needle or fly a Seaplane over Seattle.

 

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located right next door to the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is an impressive display of unique glass arrangements that you have to see to believe. Group discounts are offered for parties of 15 or more at $25 per person. Visit both the Seattle Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass on combo ticket and save! Regular admission price is $29.

 

Argosy Cruises

Argosy

Seattle is best viewed and photographed from the water – so a cruise is must do for any visitor. Argosy Cruises offers large boats with great city, space needle and mountain views; fun & knowledgeable narrators with local insight and history into the city; comfortable indoor/outdoor seating; and full bar services & snacks for purchase. With 5 distinctly unique tours – you have many options to choose from:

  • 1 hour Harbor Cruise along Elliott Bay - highlighting the city skyline, Space Needle, surrounding water and mountains views as well as the growing cruise line & shipping industry.
  • 2-2.5 hour Locks Cruise – A one way reverse route tour from Seattle’s Puget Sound waterfront through the Ballard Locks to our scenic neighborhood fresh water lakes. The locks is the nation’s busiest lock system – showcasing not only an engineering marvel but stellar city views, the NW fishing industry, local neighborhoods, and charming house boats communities (including the Sleepless in Seattle home). You can add a motor coach transfer back to the original dock for a charge. 
  • 4 hour - Tillicum Excursion to Blake Island – which is a cultural cruise to a local island state park offering insight to Puget Sound & local native history. Uniquely, this tour features a NW fish bake and Native Coast storytelling presentation with live dancing.
  • 1.5 hour - Lake Union Cruise - Weekend cruise that focuses on either local wine tasting or history.
  • 1.5 hour - Lake Washington Cruise – Lake cruise past Seattle’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

Enjoy a 20% Discount if you CLICK HERE and use promo code metabolomics2018. You must use the special link to receive the discounted tickets, available for cruises between June 20 – July 1.

 

Wild Waves Water and Theme Park

Wild Waves
Experience over 50 rides, slides and attractions at a great rate! Purchase tickets for use between June 16 – September 3 for $22.73 each (plus tax), a savings of $20 per ticket. You must click here to receive the discounted rate.