Our top suggestions for things to do in Seattle with kids; fun activities that the whole family will enjoy!
Although we’d been to Seattle before, this trip we wanted to make it all about our nephews and focus on family activities. So if you have a weekend trip planned to Seattle and you’re wondering what attractions your kids will love, keep on reading. These attractions were given big thumbs up by both of our nephews!
We had no idea that Seattle had tunnels beneath its streets! Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is a really fun tour, with interesting tidbits and funny jokes that let you see a whole other side of Seattle (our guide was hilarious!). It was just over an hour and we learned about how Seattle rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.
Many of the tunnels remain just as they were all those years ago and it was interesting to see what was left behind. One of our favorite parts of the tour was walking underneath the purple tiles we had walked over just a few minutes before. When you’re walking on the sidewalk you assume they’re pretty purple tiles, not knowing there’s a tunnel underneath!
Woodland Park Zoo is a 92 acre zoo in northern Seattle that has over 300 species of animals and has received multiple awards for their efforts in conservation and animal education. It was a bit rainy when we went, but we still had a great time (FYI, the zoo rents out umbrellas). We read up on our favorite animals and were even able to see a couple of babies, such as Lulu the baby giraffe and Yola the baby gorilla.
We had heard such great things about the Museum of Flight, and it definitely did not disappoint! This museum is huge, and is considered the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. There are many exhibits and you could easily spend all day there. We spent most of our time in the Space Gallery and the Aviation Pavilion. Our favorite part was being able to walk inside of so many cool planes, including a Boeing 707-120 that had been used as “Air Force One” by Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
Curious minds will love the Pacific Science Center! Everything here is interactive and the exhibits are some of the best we’ve ever seen. We learned about everything, from dinosaurs to our own bodies! Watching a giant bubble wall was mesmerizing, and putting together three digital healthy meals was challenging (but eye opening). While we were there we also saw a live show about combustion that everyone really enjoyed; there were big colorful flames that had everyone oohing and aahing.
No trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to the Pike Place Market. Kids always love to see fish being thrown (let’s be real, grownups love it too!). And the market is pretty big, with attractions like the famous Gum Wall and even the country’s oldest comic book store, Golden Age Comics. Just be sure to keep an eye on your little ones, it can get a bit crowded.
This post is about keeping everyone happy, so we included a beautiful kid-friendly winery for the grownups to enjoy as well. Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery has been around for 50 years, and helped inspire today’s Washington wine industry. We had originally planned to take one of their free tours, but unfortunately they were full by the time we got there.
We instead decided to do a wine tasting and found a table to enjoy our delicious wine. The tasting costs $10 or $15 and you get a flight of either 4 or 5 wines, depending on what wines you choose. There is both inside and outside seating; if the weather is nice we recommend the outside seating so the kids can play on the grass while you enjoy your wine.
Seattle has a lot of fun things for kids to do and we’re so glad that we were able to enjoy the Emerald City with our family.
Have you been to Seattle with kids? Are there any other places you’d recommend? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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**A big thank you to the Woodland Park Zoo, Museum Of Flight, and Pacific Science Center. Although we were their guests, as always, all opinions are our own.**
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