This blog post was updated on September 26, 2014.

Family Travel: Seattle with Kids

The Space Needle Stands Tall


Tucked up in the Northwestern corner of the US, Seattle is one of those cities that every American should experience. This beautiful city sits on the banks of the Puget Sound and draws families in with its distinct Seattle culture, evergreen meets urban aesthetics, and lots of kid friendly fun. Here are a few classic Seattle spots your family won’t want to miss on your family vacation.
See Seattle’s Wild Side
Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood is home the Woodland Park Zoo, a 92 acre zoological park featuring over 1,000 animals including critically endangered Sumatran tigers and adorable Humbolt penguins. Its Northern Trails exhibit is designed to take visitors through the tundra, taiga, and montane while seeing North American animals such as gray wolves, grizzly bears, and Roosevelt elk.  The Seattle Aquarium has been delighting sealife lovers down at Pier 51 since it opened its doors in 1977. The aquarium has a focus on Washington’s Northern Pacific waters and features nice exhibits highlighting a variety of ecosystems including rocky tidal zones, shore birds, and the critters that call the Puget Sound home.
Stroll Pike Place Market
The salmon tossing fishmongers may be the most famous fixtures of the 105-year-old Pike Place Market but stall after stall of incredible produce, seafood, crafts, and more keep both tourists and locals coming back again and again. The Market is a great place to explore as you buy ingredients for a picnic on the waterfront and maybe a souvenir or two to take home. Coffee lovers should definitely stop by the very first Starbucks, or as us Starbuck’s addicts call it, “the mother ship.”
Explore Seattle Center
It’s easy to spend a full day in Seattle Center and still feel like you haven’t seen it all. The Center was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair with the Space Needle serving as its centerpiece. Today there are several other destination worthy attractions that will keep your entire family entertained. The Pacific Science Center was originally designed to house science exhibits from the World’s Fair but these days, only a few still remain.  Permanent exhibits include the butterfly house, a Puget Sound model, and a fascinating Insect Village complete with giant robotic insects.
The EMP Museum brings together the history and exploration of popular music with rare artifacts from pop music history and technology-intensive multimedia displays. It also allows visitors to experience music firsthand through interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab where they can create their own music on electric instruments and record their very own CD’s. If your kids are future rockstars they definitely will not want to miss On Stage where they get the feeling of what it is like to be center stage at an arena show complete with lights, smoke effects, and adoring fans.
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