We go to Seattle almost every year to see grandma and grandpa. Over the years and with all my kids, we’ve found some amazing places to go in Seattle. If you’re planning a vacation or to travel to Seattle and downtown, check out this list of activities that will also be fun with kids coming along. Here are 11 fantastically fun places to visit with kids in Seattle. Also head to the bottom to download my free travel printable pack!
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Fun Things to do with Kids in Seattle
Cost: $25.95 (adult) $17.95 (6 – 15) $13.95 (3-5)
Discounts available through the City Pass and Membership
Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Spend the day at the Pacific Science Center! This huge children’s museum has exhibits for all interests and ages! Explore the dinosaur halls or outer space exhibits. Watch a planetarium show and then tour the butterfly house with live butterflies fluttering everywhere. There are tons of interactive science exhibits and hands on activities.
My kids, ages 12-1 girls and boys, were entertained the whole day! And we had to move the kids along. There is so much to do here that it was hard to see everything. Aside from the indoor activities, we also enjoyed the outdoor water activities. And fun fact, the courtyard was originally built during the worlds fair! This is one of our favorite places in Seattle.
N 36th St, Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Venture into the fun Fremont neighborhood to catch a glimpse of the famous Fremont Troll. My kids had fun climbing this big guy.
015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: 7am – 9pm
Walk through the gardens …
Take stroll in the moderate Seattle weather and watch large ships & small boats up close go through the locks. View migrating salmon from June through September. Stroll the world class botanical garden. And tour the visitor center/museum and historic admin building. Also check their website because they have occasional concerts as well.
My kids love playing on the beach in Seattle. Often you can watch crab fisherman or the boats zoom by. And sometimes you can find sea glass or river rocks.
Heres a few you could try:
Alki Beach – 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-1817Save
Golden Gardens Park – 8499 Seaview Place NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Madison Beach – 4201 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3236
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 10am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 10am-12am/midnight
Cost: $15 (adults), $10 (3-11)
Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98101
Ride the Ferris wheel in downtown right on the water.
Cost: market is free, just pay for parking or public transit
Hours: 9am-7pm, restaurants open earlier and close later
85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Head over to the famous Pike Place Market with the famous fish throwers. This market includes rows of booths with fresh seafood, cheese, flowers, art, handmade goods, and more! It’s always fun to shop and get a souvenir here.
(Co-ordinates: 48.0659, -121.5107)
North Cascades — Mountain Loop Highway, Big Four Ice Caves (#723), Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Looking for an excellent adventure? Drive a couple hours north of Seattle to the Ice Caves. You won’t see this many other places so the end is definitely a wow. This hike is just a few miles round trip so it’s perfect for kids and really is a beautiful hike.
1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101
Couple this with Pike Place Market (mentioned above). This is just around the corner and while a little unsanitary to touch, its a fun thing to visit.
Cost: 4 and under are free, $16 (5-17), $25 (adults)
The first Thursday of each month, the Museum is open from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM with FREE ADMISSION!
Hours: 10am – 5pm
9404 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98108
Cost: 6 and under are free, $10 (7-12), $20 (13-17), $22 (adult)
Hours: Hourly between 9am-7pm, buy tickets at least an hour before the tour
614 1st Avenue, in Pioneer Place Park, Pioneer Square, between Cherry and James Street
Cost: 3 and under are free, $25 (4-12), $35 (12+)
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle, WA 98101
Cost: $25-$38 depending on age and time of day
Hours: Sunday-Monday: 8:00AM – 12:00AM
Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Thursday-Saturday: 9:00AM – 12:00AM
400 Broad St. Seattle, WA 98109
Go visit the Space Needle to see a great view of Seattle and to mark this iconic spot off your list.
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 98109
This fountain isn’t far from the Pacific Science Center (mentioned above). This mega fountain is a fun place to visit with kids. And sometimes there are events in the square as well.