Seattle is home to the highest number of Starbucks than any other city in the USA, meaning you’ll be caffeinated enough to drag your kids all over town. Which is a good thing, because Seattle has a ton to over kids, starting with these things…
1. The Space Needle is the breathtaking, heart of Seattle that you will see from any spot in the city. Head to The Seattle Center and ride to the top of that bad boy! You will get the best views of Seattle and did you know there’s actually a rotating restaurant up there? What kid wouldn’t be impressed with that?
2. Pike Place Market. The Pike Place Market is the fish throwing, coffee drinking, fresh fruit collecting hub of this great city. It is exactly what you see on every TV show or movie that has ever highlighted Seattle. You absolutely must take a stroll through the market and embrace the hustle and bustle of the vendors and visitors gathered there. There’s something for even the pickiest kids.
3. The Seattle Waterfront. The waterfront is just a short walk from Pike Place. When you walk the Seattle Waterfront you will pass a series of piers lined with gift shops, restaurants, and all kinds of tourist friendly activities. Be sure to catch a carriage ride or hop on the merry-go-round!
4. Woodland Park Zoo. Our zoo is home to tons of beautiful animals, a vintage carousel, and a brand new indoor “Zoomazium” that boasts a mountain cave, a rope bridge, and a 20 foot climbing tree! You can spend an entire day walking through the beautiful paths and bridges that lead you through all the different animal exhibits. If you’re lucky you might even catch a concert.
5. Alki Beach. Drive or ferry taxi over to Alki from the waterfront to spend some time building sand castles with a view! Alki is great for quiet time soaking up the sun (if you actually have it), playing volleyball, and for strolling the boardwalk. Rent a bike to make the most your afternoon there and stop by Pegasus, my favorite Italian restaurant for pizza and a drink!
6. Day Trip! If you have time for a day trip, I highly recommend jumping on a train or driving to Mt. Rainier National Park (about a 3 hour drive) for a close up peek at our most famous peak. Snoqualmie Pass is perfect for a day of tubing(about an hour drive), snowboarding, and skiing. And consider catching a boat to The San Juan Islands for a whale watching tour (we have orcas!) and a day at one of our lazy islands.
7. Underground Tour. This is a guided walking tour that begins at Pioneer Square and walks you through about three blocks of what used to be the main entryways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle. Lots of great information about Seattle, if you have kids with some patience.
8. Wild Waves. It’s not Disneyland, but your kids will LOVE this Six Flags amusement park. 40 minutes south of Seattle you will find this half water park, half enchanting village of rides for kids of all ages. You pay a one time entry fee and can spend the entire day exploring rides and water activities to your heart’s content. You do have to pay extra for the zip line, but my kids say it’s worth it.
9. Snoqualmie Falls. The falls at Snoqualmie are a sight for sore eyes and are only about 30 miles outside of Seattle. You’ll find a hiking trail, two observation decks, and luxury suites at the Salish Lodge. Don’t forget your camera – major photo opps here!
10. Lake Washington Parks. Lake Washington is yet another body of water that makes Seattle gorgeous. Choose one of a dozen parks lining this pretty lake that will give the kids somewhere fun to play AND allow you to take in more beautiful views of the city. Oh and also? Free. You can’t beat that. Got your own Seattle tips? Leave them in the comments!