The International Fountain at Seattle Center

The International Fountain at Seattle Center (©David McSpadden/Flickr)

Things to Do With Kids in Seattle

By Stacy Booth on 05/27/15
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No matter what age your children are or what they enjoy doing, Seattle has plenty to do and see. From the outdoors—there are more than 400 parks with more than 6,200 acres of land—to museums kids will love and attractions that are family friendly, there is more than enough to fill your day.

Seattle’s temperate climate means it’s easy to spend at least part of the day outside—and on the rainy days, not much beats jumping in puddles. Sunny days, join the rest of the city out-of-doors: A good spot to visit is Seattle Center’s International Fountain, where kids can chase the water jets and parents can keep an eye on them from a dry spot.

This city also has some amazing spots to learn about animals, from a zoo right in the city to our amazing aquarium on the waterfront. Below, some top spots to check out with your children while in town.

Woodland Park Zoo

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Attractions

Woodland Park Zoo

With more than 1,000 animals on exhibit, this zoo, in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, is a great spot for families. See Malayan tigers, sloth bears, zebras, river otters, penguins and more. Summer months, the ZooTunes concert series brings in top talent in rock, folk, soul and blues.

Seattle Aquarium

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Attractions

Seattle Aquarium

Explore the oceans and the animals within at the Seattle Aquarium. The Life on the Edge exhibit offers a spot for kids to touch the sea life of Puget Sound tide pools; the Window on Washington Waters gives visitors a glimpse into Seattle’s waterways and, of course, see the colorful fish of tropical waters in the Tropical Pacific exhibit.

The Museum of Flight

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Attractions

The Museum of Flight

For those that love all things flight, this is a great museum to visit. See historical and modern airplanes, take photos in a cockpit, walk through a retired Air Force One, and even visit space at the “Space: Exploring the New Frontier” exhibit. There is also an extensive exhibit about The Boeing Company.

Pacific Science Center

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Attractions

Pacific Science Center

There is a lot to do at this spot on the Seattle Center campus. From exhibits about dinosaurs and insects to a tropical butterfly house and a spot just for the smallest of scientists, the entire family will have fun. There is also an IMAX theater and rotating featured exhibits.

Safeco Field

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Activities

Safeco Field

Enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine during baseball season at the home of the Seattle Mariners! The stadium includes a kids’ play area (with TVs so the adults won’t miss the game!) and an amazing array of food options. At any time during the year, take a tour of the field that includes some spots not usually open to the public.

Space Needle

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Attractions

Space Needle

Kids will love seeing the city from up high at the Observation Deck. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can browse the history of the Needle in photos, or take a virtual tour of spots around the city, including CenturyLink Field during a Sounders game or the Seattle Aquarium.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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Attractions

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Get up-close with wildlife at this sanctuary—the Discovery Tram Tour, narrated by a naturalist, includes chances to spot moose, bison, elk and more. The stroller-friendly Walking Tour includes habitats for bears, fox, wolves, beavers and more. There are also adventure courses—zip lines, swinging log bridges and the like.

Ride the Ducks

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Activities

Ride the Ducks

Kids will love this tour. See the city from both the street and the water in one of the amphibious vehicles, when you cruise around town and then drive into Lake Union for an up-close look at the houseboat communities. With fun-loving drivers and music that makes you dance, every part of the tour is entertaining.

Seattle Great Wheel

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Attractions

Seattle Great Wheel

Take a spin on this Ferris wheel on the Waterfront. The gondolas are enclosed with heating and air conditioning, making it a comfortable and safe trip for everyone in the family. Children under 3 are free to ride, but they still require a ticket—if you buy your tickets online, the will call window will provide one for the littlest riders.

Fremont Troll

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Attractions

Fremont Troll

Kids will love to climb on this giant concrete troll underneath the Aurora Ave. bridge in Fremont. Have them pose for photos in his shoulders, his fingers, even next to the real Volkswagen bug he has trapped in his hand. Make sure to scour the surrounding few blocks—one of the neighbors’ lawns is home to the three billy goats gruff.

Map of Things to Do With Kids in Seattle