It turns out, Seattle is a spectacular destination for visitors young and old. Potentially, an entire day could be spent sticking to one zone and leisurely exploring Seattle Center and all its family-friendly wonders. For example, begin with a trip to the top of the Space Needle, where viewing decks and glass windows offer spectacular 360-degree views on the city and its surrounding beauty. The nearby Pacific Science Center offers hands-on activities to keep wee ones entertained, and the Experience Music Project both educates and entertains, allowing visitors to play the drums or guitars–putting musical talents to the test in soundproof booths.
Down at the Seattle Waterfront, families will enjoy wandering the piers, watching the cruise ships and smaller sailing vessels, taking a spin on the recently-added Ferris wheel, eating fresh seafood from vendors like Ivar's or befriending the sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium. Of course, Pike Place Market is a must-see on any Seattle visitor's list. Kids will love Rachel the Pig, the market's famous fish-throwers and talented buskers who line the street. Other ideas covered in this list range from Discovery Park and the Bainbridge Island ferry to Gas Works Park near Fremont. Needing a breather after all these activities? Head to Fremont Brewing, where adults can enjoy local brews while the kids are kept entertained by on-site toys and dog patrons.