11 Places to Visit with Your Kids in Seattle

I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for my entire life and this land , my friends, is absolutely beautiful! If you haven’t ventured to the Northwest yet, add it to your bucket list. It’s brimming with natural beauty, fun adventures and many, many family-friendly activities.

Seattle is one of the most of popular cities and a perfect destination for a family vacation. Whether you have one day or ten, do your best to experience each of these highlights!

zoo Woodland Park Zoo

Over the years I’ve visited quite a few zoos and Woodland is one of my all-time favorites. In addition to the regular exhibits, plan to experience fun extras like feeding penguins and a behind the scenes tour.

aquariumSeattle Aquarium

In our recent homeschool adventures we checked out the aquarium and fell in love with the sea creatures of the Northwest. The outdoor seal exhibit overlooks the Sound and a little crab nicknamed Marshawn Pinch has inhabited a Seahawks shell!

lunchboxLunchbox Laboratory

Ready for a meal? Look no further than the amazing Lunchbox Laboratory! See the full menu here.

space needleSpace Needle

There is no greater Seattle landmark than the Space Needle. It isn’t a cheap adventure, but it is a memorable one for sure.

science centerPacific Science Center

Ages 1-100 will find educational fun at the Pacific Science Center. With a number of fabulous exhibits – we’ve always loved the dinosaurs best! – you’re sure to enjoy a day of learning with the whole family. Be sure to take in an IMAX if you can!

flightMuseum of Flight

Whether you have a little aviator or are just interested in the wonders of flight – Seattle’s Museum of Flight is a must see!

great wheelThe Great Wheel

I don’t do heights, so I haven’t fully experienced the Great Wheel – but I’ve heard wonderful things! It’s within walking distance of the Aquarium so tie those two stops together.

empEMP Museum

The Experience Music Project Museum will do just that: allow you to experience music to the fullest – all its history, passion and mechanics. You’ll walk away a richer person from this museum!

children's museumSeattle Children’s Museum

My little ones love nothing more than a good children’s museum and Seattle’s is one of the best we’ve visited. It embraces so much of the Northwest and has fabulous themed play areas … best of all are the play cafe and the theater.

undergroundSeattle Underground Tour

This is definitely my favorite way to learn about the ins, outs and crazy history of Seattle. Parts of it are definitely more adult friendly, but guides are trained to tailor their topics for little ears.

pikePike Place Market

It isn’t a visit to Seattle without a family photo in front of Pike Place Market. The gyros are divine and you’re only a block from the original Starbucks. Don’t miss this Seattle wonder!

Northwest readers and those who have visited the lovely Pacific Northwest … What would you add? Favorite stops or restaurants? What are you hoping to visit again?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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