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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Seattle Money-Saving Tips

In the Air or on the Water

Depending whether your interests lie in the air or at sea, you can board the first Air Force One at the renowned Museum of Flight, which is free the first Thursday of the month from 5-9pm (www.museumofflight.org) or see maritime memorabilia at the Coast Guard Museum on Pier 36 (always free).

Theater Sale

For half-price, day-of theater tickets, head to the Ticket/Ticket booth. It’s not a sure bet, but if you have time to stand in line, you might score tickets.

No Smoking

Like many American cities, smoking in public places is not allowed indoors in Seattle. You must be 25 feet from a building in order to light up.

Cab Ahead

Cabs don’t always respond well to people on the street, so if you want to guarantee yourself a ride, call ahead. Yellow Cab; 206-622-6500

Rain Alert

You don’t need to tote your umbrella around with you all the time (it only rains an average of 35 inches a year), but it might be smart to carry it during the rainy months of November through February.

Local Flavor

Seattle food tours can be a good introduction to the local culture and cuisine – they are 2.5 hours long and take you to Belltown and the Pike Place Market.

Eclectic Museums

The Experience Music Project (recently renamed EMP Museum) allows you to rock out in a fantasy jam session inside its Frank Gehry-designed curved metal walls. The same building is also home to the world’s first Sci-Fi museum (free the first Thursday of the month come fall 2011). 

Free Transportation

All downtown buses are free from 6am to 7pm daily. 

A Trip to the Market

Experience the sights and smells of 100-year-old Pike Place Market, famous for fresh produce and seafood, or peruse unique indie crafts at the Fremont Sunday Market (year-round, 10am–4pm; www.fremontmarket.com). 

Pioneer Square Artist Exhibition

Embark on a gallery walk in Pioneer Square showcasing the city’s hippest new artists and exhibits (first Thursdays of the month, noon-8pm; www.firstthursdayseattle.com). 

Free Entertainment at City Hall

Drop into City Hall during lunchtime for free local folk, jazz, and world music performances (most Thursdays). 

Visit the Quirky Museums

Check out the Seattle Art Museum’s notable modern and ethnic art collections, including a coffin shaped like a Mercedes Benz (free on the first Thursday of the month). Afterwards, enjoy SAM’s outdoor Olympic Sculpture Park backed by clear views of Puget Sound. 

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