Seattle Local Highlights
Although often written off as too rainy, Seattle is a beautiful city to explore surrounded by nature trails and hikes for people of all ages.
If you happen to be in the city on a sunny day, definitely check out Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116)! Its sandy shores are uncommon in Seattle and kids love it. Puget Sound is cold, so most people chose to wade in rather than fully swim, so make sure to wear shoes that can get wet and shorts. If you stay into the evening, you can make a bonfire in pre-made firepits and continue to enjoy yourself even if it gets chilly in the evening.
Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103) is also a must-see. Not only does it have a perfect view of the city skyline across Lake Union but it has a playground for younger kids and lots of grassy space to run around. There is also a path that you can push a stroller around, but be warned that it is very hilly! The hills make it a popular destination for flying kites, so if you have one, bring it along. The parking lot is open from 6am to 10pm, a there is plenty of street parking nearby.
If your kids are interested in animals, the Woodland Park Zoo in the above image (5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) and the Seattle Aquarium (1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101) are both great. The zoo is large and has something for everyone to enjoy. You are encouraged to reserve tickets online in advance. If it’s raining, it’s better to check out the aquarium. It’s right on Puget Sound and focuses on local wildlife and ecology. Make sure to stop and see the octopus, it’s super intelligent and has even been known to escape from its tank when nobody is around at night. You can also reserve your tickets online in advance to visit the aquarium (pictured below).
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Seattle has a bunch of delicious local ice cream shops. Molly Moons (917 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122) is definitely a favorite of all those who try it. They have a few locations in and around the city so there will probably be one near you most of the time. They source their ingredients locally which means they have flavors that are out of the box, like honey lavender, as well as chocolate and vanilla. Hello Robin (522 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112), a local bakery, uses Molly Moons ice cream along with homemade cookies to make ice cream sandwiches that are to die for. It is definitely worth a stop if you are near Capitol Hill. If you’re looking for an ice cream stop that’s walkable from downtown, visit Gelatiamo (1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). They always have fun flavors and an option for everyone! Be aware that their hours can be subject to change.
If you’re looking for a nice walk in the city, Ravenna Park (5520 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105) is a great option. The dense trees and wildflowers make you feel as if you aren’t in the city at all. The path is partially paved and easy to follow. If you’re looking to get out of the city, visit Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie Falls Snoqualmie, WA 98024) pictured above! The path is short, paved, and easy to follow and the view is unparalleled. Wallace Falls State Park (14503 Wallace Lake Rd, Gold Bar, WA 98251) is also worth a visit as you can see in the image below. The trail is a little less than 4.5 miles but offers a few viewpoints that you could turn around at, making it easily customizable for kids of different ages.
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Check out our Seattle Family Fun Series for more ideas, such as tips for visiting the Space Needle and Seattle Center or Discovery Park. Looking to explore outside of the Emerald City? Check out the blog and Plan a Day Trip to Bainbridge or venture over to Skagit Valley with guidance from our local ambassador, Natasha!
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