Stuck on a Seattle layover at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Located 13 miles from downtown Seattle (20-30 minutes travel time) allows passengers to venture into Seattle to catch the sights on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Seattle layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport on a Seattle layover, the airport offers a lot to do. From shopping and dining to dozens of services, there’s plenty to do to stay busy. You can connect to the Internet anywhere in the airport for free if you are an AT&T subscriber — otherwise, it $7.95 for 24 hours. Internet phones are also available throughout the airport. For a list of services, including everything from handling pets to currency exchange, and everything in between, click here.
There are no luggage lockers at the Sea-Tac airport, however, Ken’s Baggage Storage & Rentals offers luggage storage. It is located on the Baggage Claim Level between Carousels 12 & 13. There are also “Send It Home” kiosks where you can ship any luggage you either don’t want to store or carry on.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a comprehensive list of Seattle hotels at varying price points, click here.
If you have a long layover and are looking to get out and see the sights of Seattle, there are plenty of transportation options in the eco-friendly city. You can travel via taxi and limo, shuttle buses , shared ride vans , and public transit. If you have a car and are looking for cheap airport parking, click here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Seattle Layover:
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is an outdoor market along the water that is a must-see for anyone spending time in Seattle. Best known for the fisherman who quite impressively throw fish to each other, there are also cute gift shops, fruits and nuts stands, and like anywhere else in Seattle, lots of coffee!
Not only does the Space Needle make Seattle’s skyline unlike any city in the world, but it also is a great way to get some terrific views of the gorgeous Northwest. Check out the observation deck at 520 feet tall and for a bite of food, there’s SkyCity, the Space Needle’s rotating restaurant.
Woodland Park Zoo
Just minutes north of downtown Seattle, you can find award-winning Woodland Park Zoo, a 92-acre zoological garden home to over 1,000 animals and 300 species from around the world. For kids there’s an indoor play room called the Zoomazium, and there’s also a new Humboldt penguin exhibit.
If you have a long layover, you can venture the 25 miles outside of Seattle to see the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. At 268 feet tall, the waterfall is a major source of hydroelectric energy for the area. Check out the Salish Lodge for a snack at the top of Snoqualmie Falls, and if you have time, take a hike around the area.
Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center has something for everyone. Here at this educational non-profit foundation there is a Volcano Watch exhibit, a Starlab Planetarium with many terrific shows, and an IMAX theater. For a schedule of IMAX shows, click here.
Bon Vivant Wine Tours
If you like to drink (and really who doesn’t) the Bon Vivant Wine Tours take you on a tour of Washington States wineries and vineyards. Tours also can include cuisine. Check out the site for times and locations that interest you. But make sure you don’t drink too much that you miss your connecting flight!
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