No Kidding Here: Seattle Opens Its Arms to Visitors of All Ages

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.

Pike Place Market
Photo courtesy of Magic in the Market/Richmond Public Relations


Sights, smells, and sounds make Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the...  Read More



Sometimes parents need to take a break, too! Fremont Brewing is a small, family-owned microbrewery founded in 2008 to brew small-batch artisan beers "made with the best local ingredients." The all-ages space even stocks toys for youngsters, and...  Read More



Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park � the largest in Seattle – offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths. Ostensibly a bluff-top reserve, Discovery Park protects a...  Read More

Gas Works Park


On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in the 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find...  Read More

Woodland Park Zoo
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo


Woodland Park, known for its exceptional zoo, has a lot of other things going for it. Located on approximately 90 acres, the multipurpose park and recreation space is just southwest of Green Lake and north of the Fremont district. Separated into...  Read More



Originally built in 1911, these locks offer a fascinating lesson in technology from days gone by. Observe ships and sailing vessels as they enter the locks and – following a series of mechanical adjustments – depart into either the sound or...  Read More



If you're ever going to visit a venue dedicated to the magic of music, Seattle is THE place to do so. This intriguing museum celebrates the history of rock and roll. Over 80,000 American music mementos are showcased in the ultra-modern Frank...  Read More

Pacific Science Center


The Pacific Science Center is a great place for the entire family to learn about the natural world in an entertaining way. Children love games and demonstrations about physical science; exhibits displaying dinosaurs, insects, computers and...  Read More

Wild Waves Theme Park
Photo courtesy of Ethan.K


A combination water park and theme park, Wild Waves truly has something for everyone, from wee youngsters and tricky-to-entertain teens to thrill-seeking older folks. Wild Waves features 70 acres of slides and rides for the whole family, now...  Read More



iFLY is an exhilarating indoor skydiving experience that allows participants (kids, too!) to experience free-fall conditions without having to leap from an airplane. iFLY Seattle's vertical wind tunnel generates air current speeds of up to 160...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne