Travelling with your family is a great experience – it allows for bonding time, getting away from daily life, and introducing your children to unforgettable places and memories. When visiting a city, the question of family friendly attractions can come up. From interactive museums to whale watching, here are 10 family friendly things to do in Seattle that are sure to entertain a variety of ages.
1. Visit the Space Needle
No list talking about Seattle attractions would be complete without the iconic Space Needle. Located at Seattle Center, the Space Needle offers both a memorable experience and a one-of-a-kind way to view the city below. In addition to a 360 viewing platform, visitors that are feeling bold can also check out the unique rotating glass floor that was recently added. The Space Needle is currently operating with face masks required and limited capacities.
2. Explore The Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is a great way to get an up close and personal look at some of the various sea life in the area. Some of the animals at the aquarium include a variety of stunning fish, along with adorable sea otters! The Seattle Aquarium is currently operating via timed entry ticketing to allow for better social distancing.
3. Spend a day at Woodland Park Zoo
Another great option for animal lovers, the Woodland Park Zoo is home to a variety of animals. Some of its inhabitants include birds of prey, big cats, and reptiles of all sizes and shapes. Guests can also enjoy additional experiences such as a meet and greet with select animals. The Woodland Park Zoo is currently open but face masks are required.
4. Discover Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is another iconic Seattle location. Pike Place is home to historical sites such as the first Starbucks, as well as unique attractions like the Gum Wall. The Market itself also features dozens of shops offering everything from comic books to fresh fish. Pike Place is currently operating, though some shops, restaurants, or attractions may be closed.
5. Explore Seattle Center
While Seattle Center is most notably home to the Space Needle, it also hosts a variety of other family-friendly attractions. Such attractions include Artists at Play, the center’s large playground. Seattle Center is also home to several museums, however, some of the museums are currently closed or operating under limited capacity due to the pandemic, so be sure to double check before making plans.
6. Go on a whale watching tour
If you’re looking for a unique Pacific Northwest adventure, why not try a whale watching tour? The ocean bordering Seattle is home to a variety of wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions. A whale watching tour is a great way to see some of these majestic animals in their natural setting.
7. Enjoy Lake Sammamish
Located a short distance outside of the city of Seattle, Lake Sammamish State Park is a great option for families. The park offers a variety of water activities, including swimming, boating, and kayaking. Additionally, young children will also enjoy the park’s playground, and several picnic tables make it a great location for a picnic as well.
8. Explore the Seattle Underground
For those looking for a historical – or spooky – experience in Seattle, consider a tour of the Seattle Underground. The current city of Seattle was actually built on top of many of the older buildings and streets, and that areas of that lower-level are still accessible to the public via tour. For those looking for a bit of a scare, paranormal tours are also offered.
9. Relax at Golden Gardens Park
Golden Gardens Park sits on the gorgeous Puget Sound. Featuring walking trails, a playground, a beach, and boating, there’s something at Golden Gardens Park for all members of your family.
10. Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel
Located on the Puget Sound, the Seattle Great Wheel is another way to view the city from a unique perspective – from a giant ferris wheel. In addition to offering rides, the Great Wheel also offers stunning light shows.
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