With scenic outdoor activities, a thriving art culture and friendly people, visiting Seattle with kids is a lot of fun. To help you plan your itinerary, here are 40 awesome things to do in Seattle for families.
1. Discover destination highlights on a Seattle City Tour, like Pioneer Square, the Waterfront, Puget Sound, Pike Place Farmer’s Market and more.
2. Take in views of the Puget Sound from the 360-degree Space Needle observation deck, standing 520 feet (158 meters) above the city.
3. Bring children 10 months to 10 years of age to Seattle Center’s Children’s Museum, full of interactive programs, fun events and educational projects.
4. Spend a day at the Pacific Science Center, which has a Planetarium, IMAX theater, Laser Dome and Live Science Stage. Rotating exhibits, shows, forums, camps and festivals are always scheduled. Permanent exhibits include subjects such as dinosaurs, butterflies and tide pools.
5. Experience dive shows, octopus feedings and an Underwater Dome at the Seattle Aquarium.
6. Meet 300 animal species at the Woodland Park Zoo, some of which include snow leopards, pandas, monkeys, jaguars, foxes, hippos, cobra and pythons.
7. Teach your family the importance of local, organic, and fresh produce through a tour of the Pike Place Market. They can try small samples of new flavors, help pick out snacks for the day and even stick gum onto the communal gum wall in Post Alley.
8. Learn about aviation at the Museum of Flight, home to a full-size replica of the International Space Station to climb in, air traffic control exhibits, flight simulators and cockpits.
9. Peruse the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, which houses an intriguing selection of products like bronze Aztec skulls, 3D laser-cut ships, bone-carved skull mala bead bracelets, comical celebrity driver’s licenses’ and much more. Finish your visit with some homemade fudge!
10. Have fun at Gameworks playing arcade games and winning prizes.
11. Take a Gourmet Seattle Walking Tour and savor the flavors of Seattle through tastings of pizza, burgers, artisanal cheeses, seafood risotto and more.
12. Head to the Highland Ice Arena for year-round ice skating. Their official family skate sessions are on Sundays from 1:30 to 8pm, although you and your family are welcome any time.
13. Explore Seattle’s underground tunnels, a network of interconnected passageways underneath Seattle’s downtown that, in the mid-19th century, was above-ground.
14. Satiate everyone’s cravings for sweets at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, with flavors like Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender, Stumptown Coffee and “Scout” Mint.
15. Take the family on a day trip to Bainbridge Island to photograph the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, Cascade Mountains and Olympic Mountains; explore small towns; peruse a general store; and hit the beach.
16. Attend a class at Arts Aloft — some of which include drawing, painting and mixed media — or attend a themed workshop.
17. Partake in water sports like kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and pedal boating on Green Lake or just enjoy a relaxing stroll around this beautiful body of water.
18. Wander the themed gardens and bird-watching at Bloedel Reserve.
19. Peruse the art galleries and antique shops around Pioneer Square.
20. Pet adorable animals like sheep, pigs, peacocks, chickens, kittens and goats at Fox Hollow Farm. Pony, miniature train and miniature John Deere tractor rides are also part of the fun.
21. Take a morning tour of the Boeing Factory from Seattle and see up close where they build and testing Boeing aircraft.
22. Get wet at Georgetown Spray Park’s splash pad.
23. Spend a day at one of Seattle’s beautiful beaches, like Alki Beach, Discovery Park Beach or Golden Gardens Park Beach.
24. Take a picture in front of the Alki Point Lighthouse.
25. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel, one of the country’s largest Ferris wheels at 175 feet (53 meters) tall.
26. Give your family a treat at Cupcake Royale, home to cupcake flavors like Raspberry Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Tiramisu, Nut n’ Honey and Peppermint Party.
27. Compose your own song at Seattle Center’s Experience Music Project.
28. Savor a delicious salmon dinner and tribal performance at Tillicum Village.
29. Go for a sail at the Center for Wooden Boats or take a class on boat building.
30. Watch the opening of the Ballard Locks and passing through of ships in the Ballard District. Afterward, go shopping on Market Street or have a meal on the waterfront.
31. Cycle along the Puget Sound in Lincoln Park.
32. See the fourth-highest peak in the United States — Mount Rainier at 14, 411 feet/4,392 meters — at Mount Rainier National Park.
33. Ride the Seattle Monorail to see the city in a unique way.
34. See a family-friendly performance at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
35. Spend the day sketching and painting ceramics at Paint the Town.
36. Take the family whale watching from Seattle, a wildlife experience they’ll never forget. The San Juan Islands attract orcas, minkes, humpback and gray whales depending on the season, as well as porpoises, otters, seals, sea lions, bald eagles and sea birds.
37. Enjoy a scenic hike at Carkeek Park, like the Salmon to Sound Trail or the Lower Meadow to Piper’s Orchard.
38. Explore outdoor artwork at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
39. Watch a puppet show at the Thistle Theatre.
40. Get out on the water with a Seattle Kayak Tour on Lake Union (minimum age is 8) to spot wildlife and see the city’s famous houseboats.