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Seattle & Penguins at the Zoo - Alaska Cruise Adventure Part 1

 I am excited to share more photos of our recent Stampin' Up! Adventure!  We enjoyed a 7 day Alaska Cruise with Stampin' UP! and spent a few extra days in Seattle to explore the city and meet the penguins in person at the Woodland Park Zoo!!

I thought you might enjoy some of our hundreds of photos, condensed into a few collages, plus a quick 2 minute video about our visit with the penguins!

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Sheraton hotel.

We stayed at the Seattle Sheraton, and it was amazing.  A lovely property within walking distance to the waterfront, to the monorail that takes you to the Space Needle, and great views of the city!

We splurged on a suite and enjoyed the corner views, extra space, 2 bathrooms, and access to the lounge on the 32nd floor for free breakfast and evening snacks! :) (or as Eric said,, it's not free... it's just "included")  :)

Upon checking into our gorgeous suite, they delivered this tray and a special fruit and chocolate dessert for Eric, to start the 60th birthday celebration!!!  We celebrated Eric's birthday for about 2 weeks, since this really was a special milestone!!


Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Sheraton hotel.

 On our last day in Seattle, my brother and his wife joined us, and also went on the cruise with us!! What a treat it was to vacation with them after about 30 years since our last vacation together!!!!

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Sheraton hotel.

On our first day in Seattle, the weather was amazing, so we headed straight off to the Space Needle to take advantage of the blue skies for photos!  The last time we were there we ate at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, but it's currently closed, undergoing major renovations, so we were only able to take photos from the observation deck.

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Space Needle.

Adjacent to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit... OH MY GOODNESS.. there are no words to describe this... if you have not seen a Chihuly exhibit, I highly recommend it! There are Chihuly glass collections all over the world.  It was AMAZING!

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit.

Another stop on our "let's play tourist" adventure in Seattle was the Great Wheel.  It's a gigantic 175 foot tall Ferris wheel that goes out over the water and affords amazing views of the waterfront and the city!!  WELL worth it.. so much fun!! 

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Great Wheel, Ferris wheel at the waterfront.

THEN... the highlight of the trip ... a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to take a behind the scenes adventure tour of the penguin habitat!! OH MY GOSH>>> so much fun!!  Jason actually found this online and we set up this amazing tour months in advance.  I know some people dream of swimming with dolphins or stingrays, or some other type of amazing adventure, but for me (diehard penguin lover) this was just the tops!! We learned so much about them, fed them, petted them, and created life-long memories with this visit!

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Woodland Park Zoo, Penguin Adventure.

Watch the VIDEO below to see more about our Penguin Adventure at the Woodland Park Zoo!


For more info about these behind the scenes tours at the Woodland Park zoo, click HERE.


Below are a few miscellaneous photos of our other adventures in Seattle at the Public Market, walking around Seattle, and dinner at The Edgewater with Peter & Tami.


  Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Pike's Market.

Our last Seattle adventure included a quick elevator ride up to the 76th floor of the Columbia Center (tallest building in Seattle) for photos from all 360 degrees around the top of the building.. again, amazing!! 

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Columbia Center 76th floor.

We also stopped at the Starbucks Reserve headquarters... WOW.. what a huge place.. fun to see and hear all about the operations there.

Bennett Family Seattle Adventure 2018 - Starbucks Reserve.


Hope you enjoyed our Seattle tour.  I'll have more photos another day of our adventures from the Explorer of the Seas Cruise Ship and the Stampin' UP! cruise!


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Barbara Ramsey

Awesome vacation! Thank you for sharing the photos! It was pure happiness for you with the penguins - so much fun! I am afraid of heights so just the thought of almost all of the things you did scared me to death but it was a joy for you and I am happy that you all had such a good time! :<)

Deepa M.

Wow - what an amazing time you had in Seattle, and that was just the beginning of the trip :) Thanks so much for sharing. I loved the little video for behind-the-scenes with the penguins. That would have been really special!! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip. Thanks for sharing!! :)


Thank you for sharing, Patty, especially the penguin video. I didn't know penguins had feathers. I never really thought about it and just assumed it was fur. So thank you for sharing that fact!

Carol Hardie

Patty …. you were right in my backyard. Well, 2 1/2 hr drive but you know what I mean. I would sleep in the Chihuly Gardens if they would let me. Breathtaking for sure. There is also a Glass Museum in Tacoma that has a 500 Foot Chihuly Glass Bridge that displays many beautiful pieces of glass art. There is a Hot Shop inside and they blow the glass right in front of you!! What a great experience to watch artists in motion. You did hit some of the Highlights in Seattle while you were there. Did you see the Gum Wall under the Pike Place Market? Interesting site for sure. Plus, you can never go wrong at the Woodland Park Zoo. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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