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Guide to Seattle for Families

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If you're looking for a place to take the family for vacation this summer, look no further than Seattle. This beautiful city has something for everyone, which means that you are all sure to have a fantastic time!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Pike Place Market

Flea & Street Markets

Pike Place Fish Market

Farmers Markets

The Gum Wall

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Space Needle

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Seattle Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Olympic Sculpture Park

Parks

The Museum of Flight

Speciality Museums

Fremont Troll

Monuments & Statues

Safeco Field

Arenas & Stadiums

Gas Works Park

Parks

Snoqualmie Falls

Hiking Trails, Waterfalls

Whitney C's City Tips

  • Be sure to tip 15-20% on restaurant bills if gratuity has not already been added.
  • Public transportation in Seattle is pretty good; but if you have a car, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a parking spot either. The best of both worlds!
  • Seattle is known as the "Metronatural" city — meaning it's got a great combination of both city and nature. Make sure you get a chance to enjoy both!
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    Pike Place Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Whitney C Says:

    No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the iconic Pike Place Market. This is one of the rare instances when a tourist trap actually lives up to its reputation. Wander around for a bit and shop from the many stalls bursting with fresh produce from over 85 local farmers; as well as a host of handicrafts, toys and specialty foods — the perfect start to your family vacation!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to take a picture with the "Public Market" sign. It's the quintessential Seattle shot!
    • There are lots of restaurants and cafes serving up delicious breakfast and lunch options, that will satisfy every family member.
    • Educational trips here are offered to Seattle students, and while kids need to be part of a class to join these, there are plenty of fun, downloadable activities available online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Popular tourist destination 19/08/2018
    • Go in the early morning!!! 19/08/2018
    • Pike Place Market
    Address:
    Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave.
    |
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 1:30 AM
    Other:
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    Pike Place Fish Market
    Farmers Markets
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    Whitney C Says:

    Once you've gotten your coffee and the kids are satisfied with a tasty treat, keep wandering through Pike Place and check out the 'fish slingers' and other excitable vendors in the Fish Market. Even if you're not looking for a filet for your family dinner, it's a really fun and very 'Seattle' experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is always something cool happening at the market — your kids will love the magicians!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best ever fish market! 19/08/2018
    • Always interesting 19/08/2018
    • Pike Place Fish Market
    Address:
    86 Pike St
    Seattle, WA 98101-2025
    Phone:
    +1 800-542-7732
    Other:
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    The Gum Wall
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Whitney C Says:

    Yes, the Gum Wall is gross, but your kids will love it! Probably the weirdest of the Seattle landmarks, it's still worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It's just down the street and around the corner from Pike Place.
    • Make sure you're prepared with some chewing gum so you can make your "contribution."
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    • Really gross! 19/08/2018
    • It's Certainly Different 19/08/2018
    • The Gum Wall
    Address:
    1428 Post Aly
    Seattle, WA 98101-2034
    Other:
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    Space Needle
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Whitney C Says:

    Whether you want to go all the way to the top or just stop by and take a few pictures, don't miss the opportunity to see this important part of the city's skyline in person. A great thrill at 520 feet high!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and even has kids meals that are packed in a souvenir box!
    • The Orbiter Pass includes admission to the Space Needle as well as the Aquarium, Emerald City Trolley, and more. Great for families who plan to pack in lots of activities!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Long Wait to Get up to Top, but was really Cool 19/08/2018
    • Beautiful view, outstanding service. 19/08/2018
    • Space Needle
    Address:
    400 Broad Street
    Seattle, WA 98109-4607
    Phone:
    +1 800-937-9582
    Price range:
    US$ 22 - US$ 22
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Seattle Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Whitney C Says:

    If you've got little ones with you, the Seattle Children's Museum should definitely be on your list. With lots of great interactive exhibits, it will be the highlight of their trip! They also offer day camps along with a calendar of fun activities.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • The outdoor play park here is absolutely amazing! Be sure to leave some time for it.
    • The museum provides a great initiative — Passport 2 Play — which offers discounts or free admission to families in need.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    • It's not worth it / No merece la pena 26/07/2018
    • Very low value 12/07/2018
    • Seattle Children's Museum
    Address:
    305 Harrison St
    Armory/Center House
    Seattle, WA 98109-4623
    Phone:
    +1 206-441-1768
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Olympic Sculpture Park
    Parks
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    Whitney C Says:

    If you're looking for a nice walk near the water, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a great option. Go for a stroll, let the kids run around on the grass, and check out all the cool sculptures along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It can get chilly by the water depending on the time of year, so bring extra layers for everyone!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No Tour Guide 18/08/2018
    • Nice Walk 17/08/2018
    • Olympic Sculpture Park
    Address:
    2901 Western Ave
    Seattle, WA 98121-1025
    Phone:
    +1 206-654-3100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Museum of Flight
    Speciality Museums
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    Whitney C Says:

    The Museum of Flight is a great museum option for older kids, especially if they're into planes. With interesting exhibits and flight simulators, this place is both cool and educational!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • You can purchase a discounted movie ticket along with your admission. Check out the website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the Best 19/08/2018
    • Well worth a visit 19/08/2018
    • The Museum of Flight
    Address:
    9404 East Marginal Way South
    Seattle, WA 98108-4046
    Phone:
    +1 206-764-5700
    Price range:
    US$ 23 - US$ 23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Fremont Troll
    Monuments & Statues
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    Whitney C Says:

    Along with the Gum Wall, the Fremont Troll is another bizarre Seattle landmark — but oh so fun for families! Take a few minutes to stop by and snap some weird and wonderful photos together.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Troll is a little ways outside of the city, so it makes a great stop on your way out to Gas Works Park, Safeco Field, and/or Snoqualmie Falls.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fun for the whole family 17/08/2018
    • Unique 14/08/2018
    • Fremont Troll
    Address:
    North 36th St.
    Freemont District
    Seattle, WA
    Other:
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    Safeco Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Whitney C Says:

    If you're here at the right time of year, try to catch a Mariners game at Safeco: Baseball is a huge part of Seattle culture and it makes for a fun few hours with the family! If you're visiting off-season, the stadium tour is also a great option for baseball fans young and old. You'll even get to peek behind-the-scenes at places like the dugouts and the changing rooms!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • One of the best parts of a baseball game is the food! Make sure to grab the kids a hot dog (and yourself a beer) while you enjoy the game.
    • Stadium tours are offered year-round. Check the website for times, and to book online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great park! 19/08/2018
    • Let's go out to a ball game! 19/08/2018
    • Safeco Field
    Address:
    1250 1st Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98134-1216
    Phone:
    +1 206-346-4000
    Other:
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    Gas Works Park
    Parks
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    Whitney C Says:

    Gas Works Park is my favorite park in Seattle. It is in such a beautiful location, and offers gorgeous views of the skyline. Go for a walk, have a picnic, ride a bike, and let the kids explore the huge leftover pieces of manufacturing equipment — fun yet spooky!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to get a closer look at some of the huge structures in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 478 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A simple park with a pleasant vista. 19/08/2018
    • Relaxing place and beautiful views 19/08/2018
    • Gas Works Park
    Address:
    3300 Meridian Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103-9150
    Phone:
    +1 206-684-4075
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Snoqualmie Falls
    Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
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    Whitney C Says:

    Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most beautiful natural sights in the Seattle area. It's about a 40-minute drive outside the city, but it's absolutely worth it if you're a nature-loving family, and have the time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a nice hike here that isn't too long, so make sure everyone brings their walking shoes!
    • Parking is free!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Snoqualmie
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just another waterfalls 19/08/2018
    • Twin peaks 17/08/2018
    • Snoqualmie Falls
    Address:
    6501 Railroad Ave SE
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9687
    Phone:
    +1 425-326-2563
    Other:
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