Travel Washington

Exploring Seattle, WA – family travel guide

Family Travel Guide: Seattle

We usually take 2 big trips a year – one as a family, and one with just Tyler and me. We had to scrap our original family trip to Florida, so we ended up tagging along with Tyler on his work trip to Seattle.


Seattle is such a beautiful city, and we definitely came at the right time. I think it only rained one out of the five days that we were there (if you’re traveling on a budget – do not come during the summer time). We were also pretty lucky that we have a couple of family members that live in the area, so we had some personal tour guides for a couple of days. Tyler was in his conference the first few days, so his cousin took us exploring outside of Seattle. First up was: Snoqualmie Falls

Not too far away was the Northwest Railway Museum.

We wanted to check out the Fremont Troll, so we made a few stops along the way: Theo Chocolate (amazing!), and Fremont Brewing (super kid friendly…relax – that’s water in the keg. They give free apples too).

After Tyler’s conference each day, we did some exploring on our own. We stayed in Bellevue, where his conference was, and drove to Kirkland and to some other surrounding cities.

I did some research on what to do before we got to Seattle, and was going back and forth on whether or not we should buy the City Pass. We ended up buying it, and I’m so glad we did, because everything we wanted to do was on there, and discounted. It gives you the flexibility of doing other touristy things, while still utilizing the pass because you have 9 consecutive days to use it.

Pike Place Market – Get ready because this place is packed. Hold on tight to your kiddos because it’s definitely easy to lose them here. Highlight of the Market was the flying fish.

Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour – This was a great way to learn a little history and see the city from the water.

Seattle Aquarium – This wasn’t the biggest aquarium we’ve been to, however, it was still cool to explore. The big highlight here was the Octopus feeding.

Pacific Science Center – Our kids had a lot of fun here. There was a lot of hands on experiments and some cool displays as well.

Seattle Space Needle – This was under construction (and raining) when we visited, but we were still able to see and experience everything. Bonus – there’s a bar inside, and a huge playground outside.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)We all had a lot of fun here. Such cool displays from pop culture, and a cool music room. Marvel had something going on at the time and there was a huge line for that… we didn’t get in that line.

All in all, Seattle was very family friendly. I would definitely plan to stick around Seattle or wherever you’re at if it’s during traffic time. It took us 45 minutes to get through 2 stoplights leaving the Space Needle. It’s also probably a good idea to carry coins for parking meters, and cash for random things. Have you been to Seattle? What are some of your favorite things to do there?