Starting at square one with your Seattle trip planning? Check out my guide to lodging and getting around town, the best outdoor activities, and my insider’s tour of Pike Place Market. It’s all part of my Seattle blog series.
Okay, back to the children. They are the future, right?
Here are 8 of the best kids’ activities and attractions in Seattle:
Pro visitor tip: Grab lunch with the kiddos at the Seattle Center Armory (AKA – a fancy food court), right next to the Children’s Museum. Kids will especially love Lil’ Skillet Burgers at Skillet and the customizable, made-to-order pizza at MOD.
2. Pacific Science Center and IMAX theater: This mecca for science lovers of all ages is also located in the Seattle Center. Kids and adults will enjoy exhibits such as the Tinker Tank, the Tropical Butterfly House, and the Science Playground.
Pro visitor tip: Admission to the Pacific Science Center also includes free tickets to the Willard Smith Planetarium.
Pro visitor tip: Catch a feeding of the giant Pacific octopus daily at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
4. Woodland Park Zoo: Seattle’s only city zoo is in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, a few miles north of downtown. Meet penguins, rhinos, lions, snow leopards, brown bears, lemurs, monkeys and more at this haven for animal aficionados.
Pro visitor tip: If visiting between June and September, catch a ZooTunes summer concert. It’s best to purchase tickets in advance.
Pro visitor tip: Tours leave from Westlake Center (downtown shopping district) or just outside the Seattle Center. The Seattle Monorail will quickly shuttle you between Westlake Center and the Seattle Center, departing every 10 minutes.
6. The Seattle Great Wheel: The wheel’s location on Pier 57 of the waterfront offers jaw-dropping views of Elliott Bay, West Seattle, and downtown Seattle. The 10 to 15-minute ride (3 full rotations of the wheel) is fantastic on a sunny day or all lit up at night.
Pro visitor tip: Children age 2 and under ride for free, but they still require a ticket. This ticket can be obtained at the will call window of the ticket booth without waiting in line.
Pro visitor tip: Eat like a kid at the adjacent Crab Pot Restaurant, where bibs and mallets for cracking into crab are practically required.
8. REI Seattle Flagship Store: This paradise for outdoor enthusiasts boasts extensive gear and clothing shops, rental equipment, gear repair, classes and the famous 65-foot Seattle Pinnacle Climbing Wall. REI supplies shoes and harnesses for all climbers. Take the challenge if you dare!
Pro visitor tip: Hungry after your climb? Head over to kid-friendly Lunchbox Laboratory at 1253 Thomas Street, a 3-minute walk from REI. You’ll love the legendary burgers, milkshakes and tater tots.
Enjoy these adult-approved kid activities and attractions in Seattle! Check out the full Seattle blog series here.
What are your favorite kids’ attractions in Seattle or in your hometown? Leave a comment!
*Author’s note: these opinions are my own based on my personal experiences. I have not been paid to endorse any businesses, products or services in this blog
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