When traveling there’s always a chance for delays that could cause you to miss you ship, so it’s a good idea to arrive to your departure port city a day or two in advance. You can save time and money by picking hotels located near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that offer value-oriented discounts via transfers between the airport and cruise ports, parking discounts, and other perks.

Whether you only have a few hours or as much as a whole day to explore Seattle, there is plenty to see and do before or after your cruise to make the most of your vacation in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, you may even find that you will need an extra day or two.

If you enjoy the water and you have a couple of hours…Lake Union and Alki Beach are great place to get out on the water and enjoy spectacular city views.

Seattle is a city surrounded by water – and from kayaks and paddleboards to seaplanes and ferries, this city is not lacking in ways to get out and experience it. Accessing the water from Seattle is simple.

Lake Union is a large recreational lake perfect for an afternoon of paddle boarding or kayaking and watching seaplanes take off and land on the water.

Alki Beach, located in West Seattle, is the perfect place to take a walk along the Puget Sound, enjoy local ice cream, and catch a sunset view of downtown Seattle from across the water. This spot may look familiar to you if you have seen “Sleepless in Seattle” as the scenic beach where Tom Hanks flies a kite with his son.

If you are into science and history and you’ve got at least an hour…head to the Museum of Flight and Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

The Museum of Flight is great for all ages and has over 175 aircraft and space vehicles on display, historical exhibits, and more. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport, this museum is perfect for an afternoon of education and fun.

The Museum of History & Idustry (MOHAI), located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, features exhibits that highlight Seattle’s unique past. Not far from the museum is The Center for Wooden Boats, where you can rent sailboats and rowboats.

If you want a foodie experience and you have a half day…check out the Seattle Chocolate Factory.

Just minutes away from the airport, the Seattle Chocolate Factory and flagship store offer the “Experience Chocolate Tour.” On the tour, you will have the chance to taste signature chocolate recipes, explore the chocolate-making machines and see the start-to-finish creation of their truffles and bars. You will explore the history of chocolate and learn how Seattle Chocolate dreams up new flavors.

If you love the outdoors and you have a whole day…head to the mountains!

If you are staying near SeaTac Airport before or after your cruise, you are in the perfect spot to access Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. Each national park is distinctly different, but all offer stunning views, family-friendly hikes, and year-round access. We suggest booking one of the many incredible tours Evergreen Escapes offers. We recommend the day tour of Mount Rainier to explore old-growth forests, enjoy the best views of the mountain, and pick wild berries on a sub-alpine hiking trail.

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport are both great options for pre- and post-cruise adventures and are conveniently located within 1 mile of SeaTac Airport and less than 15 miles from Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. Both hotels offer a variety of fun amenities for families including pools and fitness centers.

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