Seattle is one of my favorite cities to visit in the summer. There is so much to see and do. There are lots of family friendly things to do in the area. The possibilities are endless, but here are my top three suggestions for Seattle. I also posted great activities to do in the surrounding area.
Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center is amazing! Lots to learn and do for the kids.
Take a ride to the top of the space needle and get a fantastic view! Check out their site for prices.
Pike’s Place Market
Lots to explore in this market. There is lots of walking in Seattle, so bring a stroller even for your preschoolers who don’t usually need one.
Check out this kid’s guide on what to look for in the market.
Explore the Olympic Mountains at Olympic National Park. We visited Hurricane Ridge and enjoyed the spectacular views. You can even see over to Canada. Lots of hiking we didn’t get to explore. The Park is huge and you could spend days here if you want. It not only is in the mountains but goes out to the beach and even has a rain forest!
Visit Lake Crescent
Want a sandy beach? Check out Fort Worden in Port Townsend. The beach is nice and sandy and there are even kayak and other rentals right there. There are also bunkers to explore.
Explore Small Towns
Want to get away from the crowds and explore some quaint towns? Check out the Norwegian town of Poulsbo
and make sure to stop at Sluy’s Pouslbo Bakery. My kids enjoyed a giant donut shaped like a gingerbread man. There are lots of cute shops to do some shopping.
Not far from Poulsbo is Port Gamble, a charming historic village built New England style. I didn’t take any pictures because I was having so much fun looking at the beautiful town but click on the link to look. It is charming!
Port Townsend is another charming town built in the Victorian style. We enjoyed eating lunch on a water front restaurant. Also lots of cute shops to do some shopping.
An iconic hamburger restaurant nearby is Fat Smitty’s.
The tradition is to leave a dollar bill you have colored on (wrote your name, drew a picture, etc) and then you pin it to the wall or ceiling. The restaurant is covered is dollar bills. It definitely is a hole in the wall so don’t expect anything fancy, but the burgers are big. Our 9 year old even ate an entire Fat Smitty burger. The waitress advice was to grab it, give it CPR (squish it), and once you pick it up don’t put it down!
One other great burger place I love in the area (mainly in Portland, OR but there in one south of Seattle) is Burgerville. They use local ingredients such as Tillamook cheese on their burgers, Walla Walla onions for their onion rings, and Oregon berries in the shakes. Their seasonal items are amazing and it is definitely worth stopping for!
Other fun things to do in the area that I have an entire post about are Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands and Victoria, Canada.