Seattle Family Vacations

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Families Will Love

  • The outdoor playground of the Northwest
  • The Experience Music Project
  • Discovery Park and its view of the Sound

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"I never noticed it before, but you're right, all the playgrounds look like they came right out of REI."

So said a local when visiting with us on a recent trip to Seattle, where outdoors isn't a place, it is a way of life, and kids learn to climb almost as soon as they can crawl. You think I'm kidding? The Seattle Times tally of the Top Playgrounds even has a section titled "Best for Climbers."

So it might seem a little odd that Seattle is also famously the city of slackers and grunge music, of slumping around for hours in coffee shops and visiting the Sup Pop record label store. For families, the mix creates an all interests all-ages show day and night, with rock climbing in the morning -- try Discovery Park and its view of the Sound as well as snow-covered mountain tops - and rock and roll in the afternoon - stroll through the Experience Music Project, ending with interactive rock and roll shows put on by the kids on the top floor. Of course, before you head out for the day you'll want to go take your chances of getting hit by a flying fish at Pike Place Market.

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pjinaz

07/19/2012

Sightseeing Seattle on Foot, Easy!

This was an awesome trip. We didn't need a car and were able to walk everywhere until the last day. We stayed in the convention center area at the Homewood Suites which was great for families. We walked to the monorail station and took it to the Space Needle area where we visited the Science Muse ... This was an awesome trip. We didn't need a car and were able to walk everywhere until the last day. We stayed in the convention center area at the Homewood Suites which was great for families. We walked to the monorail station and took it to the Space Needle area where we visited the Science Museum, the Music Museum (EMP) and the Space Needle. Great museums, so much fun for the kids, lots of interactive activiites. The science museum is starting to show its age but still lots of fun. The music museum is really clean and beautiful. It was as fun for us parents as it was for the kids. The Space Needle was really cool too. There were long lines to get into the Space Needle and Science museums, but not as bad as they looked. The next day we walked from our hotel and explored Pikes Market. Kids loved seeing all the weird and fun stuff there. Visited the first Starbucks! We did a lot of walking near out hotel as there were a lot of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. The girls loved all the shopping! We also walked to the Aquarium which was very impressive. Lots to see, loved the outside sea otter exhibit. Really clean and nicely run. We also were able to walk to take an Argosy Boat tour. This was great. I wasn't sure if it would be that much fun, but it was a highlight. Sat on top deck of the boat and it drove around the harbor and pointed out things. They had a bar and snack bar, so really nice, relaxing day. Lots of great seafood restaurants there on the water. Yum! We ate so much lunch that day that we only needed a snack for dinner. Which by the way, was free! Yes our hotel had free snacks everynight including beer and wine. That was a very nice touch. The next day we rented a car to go to the Boeing Museum and then to the airport. Boeing museum was really interesting and we all had a great time there. The kids and my husband did the flight simulators there and had a great time! Food at the museum was very good as well. Did a lot of walking on this trip, but it never realy felt like it. Super easy city to get around even with the kids. Hope to go back sometime soon. Read More Read Less

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