Seattle has so much to offer and is a great place for families to visit and explore. Whether your trip is short or long, you don’t want to miss out on the best things to see in Seattle. Be sure to do your research ahead of time and come up with an itinerary, or at least a list of items that are a priority, to make travel easier — especially if you’re visiting with kids.
Comfortable and Convenient Lodging
It is important to find somewhere that is both convenient and a nice place to stay. You’ll want to get in some good hours of exploring during the day and be able to relax and get a good night’s sleep and recharge. There are lots of hotels right in the heart of the city that will offer proximity to many of Seattle’s most popular attractions.
Enjoy Good Food
Seattle has so much fantastic food to choose from, no matter what you are looking for. Start off your morning with some good coffee, which you might just need to keep you going all day! There are lots of excellent local foods, like freshly caught fish (think Pike Place Market) and fruit and vegetables from nearby farms.
You also have your choice of cuisines, from dim sum at the Chinatown-International District to avocado toast at a cafe along the waterfront.
While smaller cities often have just a few museums to choose from, Seattle has quite a few to choose from. These museums will keep the whole family busy for hours, exploring things like the history of flight, glass creations, art, and more. These are all memorable places to explore and are a good learning experience for kids as well.
The Seattle Aquarium is a lovely place to visit as a family. Kids will stay entertained while exploring various sea life, and it’s a perfect way to get indoors if you encounter some rainy Seattle weather.
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Not to be missed is the Seattle Space Needle, which is one of the first things that grabs your attention when you see the city. The experience and the views are amazing, and visiting this landmark is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
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While Seattle is known for its rain, the city also offers many opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery, which includes Mt. Ranier as an amazing backdrop for this busy area. Parks are a nice chance to take in the views and get some fresh air. With so much shoreline, Seattle is also ideal for water sports. Check out seals and sea lions at Alki Beach, explore beaches with tide pools, or simply soak up the views from the shore. You can rent things such as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and more, or take a boat tour instead if you prefer.
Going on a family trip to Seattle is full of great adventures. Plan ahead for your trip so you can fully enjoy your time in this wonderful city.
I would love to visit Seattle, probably more than any other city than maybe Austin. And a trip to the Space Needle is a must!
I’d love to take the fam to Seattle. I was there once on business, and I had an amazing time. I know my family would love it there, too. Thanks for these ideas.
I have been there a lot but there is so much fun things to explore there! I actually have yet to go the Needle yet and I need to get to it! I would love to go back there and hoping to be there again soon!
I would love to go to Seattle! Just to see the Space Needle and go to the top of it would be worth the visit!
I’d love to go! I’ve always wanted to, ever since my grunge days, hahaha!
I’d love to find a great hotel nearby so I can walk everywhere and see the attractions.
Seattle is a bit far for me since I’m in Florida. But, that won’t stop us! I have Seattle on our list to visit in the next 2 years
A friend of ours gave us frozen crabs from Pikes Place that were shipped to her from her MIL. I also had a friend that lived in Seattle for awhile. I wish I would have gone out to visit her when she lived there. It looks like a fun place to explore.
I’ve wanted to visit Seattle for a long time! No one else in the family seems interested and would rather do Florida or New York. Seattle seems more for me though!
We absolutely love visiting Seattle. It’s a gorgeous place plus, we have family there so it’s another great excuse to visit.
Great guide. I was just in Seattle for a girls weekend and had a blast. Wish I went to more museums from your list though.
Seattle is one of the cities that I would love to visit one of these days. And my husband who was born and raised here in the US has never been there so it think it would be fun for us to explore it for the first time together.
I have never been to Seattle, but my best friend loves it. I’ll definitely have to visit there someday!
I haven’t had the chance to go to Seattle yet. Its been on my bucket list and I hope that we can go before my youngest is 18. Haha
Seattle has been on my bucket list for ages. I think it’s time to put these ideas to use!