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The Pacific Science Center is a popular year-round attraction for visitors of all ages. Located downtown, on the southwest corner of the Seattle Center, the science center is easy to access from any part of the city. Parking won’t be a huge challenge if you plan to drive down. While street parking is not recommended, there are several affordable parking lots in the neighborhood. The Seattle Center parking lots are also convenient, while the Claypool Garage at Second Avenue and Denny Way is popular. There are several exhibits, a planetarium, and two IMAX theaters at the Pacific Science Center. To explore everything here, you must spend four hours or more. The science center is open daily in the summer, and you can even have a picnic under the arches. All-day Pacific Science Center parking costs could be high if you pay drive-up rates. It’s better to pre-book your hourly and daily Seattle Pacific Center parking online on apps or websites like Way.com.
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You can park at the Science Center Garages, the Claypool garage, or other parking lots in the neighborhood. Several parking facilities are within a short walkable distance from the science center. The Claypool Garage is popular, as there is a covered walkway from this lot to the south entrance of Pacific Science Center. However, keep in mind that this entrance closes when the general exhibits close. Accessible parking is also available at most parking lots nearby. Street parking is limited and has time restrictions that are unsuitable if you plan to explore the center all day.
Free street parking near the Pacific Science Center is minimal, while free off-street parking is challenging. The center does not offer parking validation for discounted parking at nearby garages. However, you can save a few bucks by planning your visit and pre-booking a parking spot at a cheaper garage than the popular ones. You’ll find a few affordable parking lots and garages near the science center online. Book early for the lowest rates and get maximum discounts on all-day parking spots.
Parking at the Seattle Center garages – Mercer Street Garage, 5th Avenue N. Garage, and Theater Common Lot – costs $6 an hour. After the first hour, the rate increases to $13 for 2 hours, $15 for 12 hours, and a daily maximum of $30 for up to 24 hours. These rates are subject to change as per demand. Check the current Claypool Garage parking rates displayed outside the entrance, as they fluctuate. You’ll find lower rates at other garages nearby; get hourly parking for as low as $4 - $8 when you pre-book Seattle Pacific Science Center parking online.
The cheapest rates at Pacific Science Center parking lots and garages are online. Most parking companies offer special rates or exclusive discounts on online reservations. Save more by checking out special offers on parking apps and websites. Parking further away from the science center will save you a couple of bucks more than parking at the most popular garages right next to it.
Keep in mind that the Pacific Science Center is located in the busiest area of Seattle and shares available parking spaces with other popular attractions. Avoid the risk of parking tickets and the stress of time limits.
The Claypool Garage and Seattle Center Garages are open 24x7. Drive-up self-parking is on a first-come/first-served basis. Special event parking at Seattle Center Garages could limit space availability.
Accessible parking spaces are available near the Pacific Science Center at most parking facilities.
Always choose a well-maintained, secure parking garage. You can check out user reviews on parking apps to make the task easier. Even in the safest parking lots, make sure to lock your car doors and windows carefully. Never leave any valuable exposed inside your car, which increases the chance of break-ins.