There’s something really special about Seattle, and only those who’ve visited can truly understand. We could spend an entire week (or more) in the Emerald City, but you can just as easily get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the city in a weekend. Make Seattle your next three-day vacation destination so you can see the famed Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Puget Sound and more with your family.
Written by Amanda Norcross
Day 1: Get Outside
Head to Pike Place Market for breakfast and other goodies to take home -- but not before watching the fishmongers throw the catch of the day to paying customers in one of Seattle's quirkiest traditions! Other fun stops in and around Pike Place Market include the Gum Wall (add a piece!) and World Famous Giant Shoe Museum.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle is one of the best experiences in Seattle - no, seriously. Hop aboard to enjoy a narrated tour and amazing views of the city.
Head across the city to Kerry Park, where you'll enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the city's skyline -- with a prime view of the Space Needle.
Day 2: See the Icons
Your family -- especially teens -- will be wowed by the creations at Chihuly Garden and Glass. You'll see beautiful sculptures both inside and out, with photo ops galore. This is definitely a place where you'll want to purchase a keepsake item to take home.
The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project) explores the story of Seattle's music, science-fiction and sports scenes, among other pop culture. Featured exhibits highlight the life of David Bowie, Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Henson, and the interactive sound lab is not to be missed, either.
MoPop is located at the base of the Space Needle, so you can easily walk out of the museum and be at the Space Needle in just a few steps. Go at night for a unique perspective of the city.
Day 3: Go to the Beach
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Enjoy delicious Italian fare and a trapeze show at this hidden gem near Pike Place Market. The only way to identify The Pink Door, of course, is by its pink door. The candle-lit restaurant is on the fancier side, so plan accordingly.
2. Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Watch staff churn out fresh cheese at Beecher's Handmade Cheese, and then order something off the menu. The macaroni and cheese is a must, obviously.
... and not just any Starbucks. Visit the Starbucks at Pike Place Market (102 Pike Street) - it's the world's very first one!
4. Cupcake Royale
Craving something sweet? Head to Cupcake Royale for cupcakes with interesting flavors -- Fig and Honey, Apple Streusel and Peanut Butter and Jelly, to name a few. Gluten-free options are available.
5. Great State Burger
Great State Burger serves classic, quick-serve burgers -- including a kids' burger -- in a casual space. Be sure to order milkshakes!
Planning & Tips
In February, Seattle hosts Seattle Museum Month, with free or discounted admission to many museums throughout the city. Bumbershoot has also given the city a name. The music festival draws major headliners each year and is kid-friendly.
Getting Around Car
You can certainly drive a car in and around Seattle, though public transit is easiest.
Seattle has two clean and efficient rail and bus systems: Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit. It does not have a subway. Kids ages 6 and under ride free with a paying passenger on Sound Transit; kids ages 5 and under ride free on King County Metro Transit.