Seattle Monorail is a quick and convenient way to go round trip from downtown Seattle (Westlake Center) to Seattle Center.
We rode this with a 4 year old, almost 2 year old and stroller. It was easy to get on and off (with the stroller and kids) It was super fun for our 4 year old boy who enjoyed seeing the "big city" whiz by. What I liked was the ability to go from Seattle Center into downtown Seattle with little hassle. It is definitely worth the price. It's convenient and fun. Bonus: It's not too long, so if you have a child that feels "iffy" about riding it, you shouldn't have too worry :)
this place is fun ur kids will enjoy this type of transportation i bet. it is really cool my kids loved it and best of all we went on it after the mariners game ! what better way to top things off but like this !!! so yeah if you havent yet take your kids on the monorail they will have a BLAASTT !! this is again an AWESOME transportation!!!! YAY FOR MONORAIL !!
After you are done looking around the Space Needle and the Seattle Center, take the short monorail ride to Westlake Center. The monorail was a great, fun experience for my little ones. My kids love train and have ridden on them, but this was a unique treat. I enjoyed the fact that the monorail goes throught the EMP (experienc music project). The monorail goes right to Westlake Center (the downtown mall) so it's very easy to access and a centeral location for other downtown destinations.
We were in Seattle summer 2010 with 8 & 9 year old. We parked near the monorail in a lot for way less money than it would have cost us to park downtown. Then took the monorail downtown and walked all around. We sat right up front and the driver even let my 3 year old nephew blow the horn, my 2 boys were jealous, getting too old to compete with an adorable 3 year old. It's a short ride but the boys got a kick out of it. I think they would have enjoyed it even more if it had been longer. It's a great way to get around for everybody whether you have kids or not. I don't think my boys would have tired of riding had we given them the chance.
The Seattle Monorail is a classic Seattle experience- it was built for the 1962 World's Fair and has been carrying riders ever since! It doesn't go far- just traveling from the Seattle Center (underneath the Space Needle) to Westlake Center, in the heart of downtown. This is just a distance of a mile, and the train runs at 50 miles per hour, so it's a short ride, but a fun one, and definitely the best way to get to Seattle Center from downtown.
This is another Seattle thing that we've been doing since my first child was a baby (he's just over two now), riding every few months to go downtown. My son loves the "choo-choo" as he calls it, and thinks it's great fun going fast as we look out the windows at the northern part of downtown.
The monorail is $4 round-trip for adults, $1.50 for kids 5-12 and $2 for seniors.
The only reason that I give this a 4 star rating instead of 5 stars is that in the 5 years that I've been living in the city, the monorail has had a few issues on occasion that have resulted in riders being rescued by the fire department. BUT- it's been several years since they've had any problems and no one has ever been even slightly hurt, so it's always just been an inconvenience.
If you're coming to Seattle, take a ride on the monorail. It's a great, fun experience that is a must-do- and you need some way to get to the Seattle Center, you can't miss the Space Needle and everything else that the Seattle Center had to offer.
And, how could you pass up the opportunity to ride the monorail that Elvis rode in his 1963 movie "It Happened at the World's Fair"!