Adventure awaits in Seattle, an exciting Pacific Northwest city surrounded by natural wonders. Seattle is an incredible destination for families. No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, but there is so much more to explore! Surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, the city is filled with parks and gardens. An outdoorsy mecca, enjoy activities from kayaking Lake Union to hiking through Discovery Park, all the way to encountering animals at Woodland Park Zoo. Whether your family is interested in music, art, airplanes, or acrobatics, there’s plenty to do indoors, too.

Seattle is serious about eating and drinking. Home to Starbucks, the city is the top place to get a coffee. Don't miss a great sampling of artisan cocktails, craft beer and regional wine, and many such hot spots are both kid and dog friendly! From food trucks to fine dining, there’s a vast variety of delicious and international foods to enjoy. Take a walk, browse a local shop, and enjoy a coffee in one of Seattle’s many neighborhoods. Rain or shine, you'll be sure to find this to be the best way of experiencing the city’s unique character.

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Jonelli

My husband and I adore living in the city with our 3 girls. There's no shortage of of things to do! I've lived in Washington for 15 years but born and raised in Canada. I've traveled all over the US and the world, some of which include France, Germany, Greece, Philippines and Haiti. When I'm not dreaming up our next family adventures , I love roaming our city, reading, architecture and listening to podcasts.

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What to know before you travel to Seattle with Kids

  • Surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, the city is filled with parks and gardens. An outdoorsy mecca, enjoy activities from kayaking Lake Union to hiking through Discovery Park, all the way to encountering animals at Woodland Park Zoo. Whether your family is interested in music, art, airplanes, or acrobatics, there’s plenty to do indoors, too.

    Seattle is serious about eating and drinking. Home to Starbucks, the city is the top place to get a coffee. Don't miss a great sampling of artisan cocktails, craft beer and regional wine, and many such hot spots are both kid and dog friendly! From food trucks to fine dining, there’s a vast variety of delicious and international foods to enjoy.

    Take a walk, browse a local shop, and enjoy a coffee in one of Seattle’s many neighborhoods. Rain or shine, you'll be sure to find this to be the best way of experiencing the city’s unique character.

  • Book a flight to Sea-Tac International Airport, located 30 minutes south of Seattle.

    Amtrak offers train service to the King Street station in Seattle. Three routes go through this hub: the Amtrak Cascades connecting to Vancouver and Portland, the Coast Starlight to Los Angeles, and the Empire Builder connecting to Chicago.

  • There are lots of ways to get around in Seattle: by car, train, bus and ferry!

    The Link Light Rail connects the Sea-Tac Airport to downtown, stopping in neighborhoods north and south of the city. The Light Rail takes about 30 minutes from the airport to downtown. The Light Rail stops in some of our favorite neighborhoods, including Columbia City, Capitol Hill and the University District, giving families an easy alternative to renting a car.

    If you plan on driving, its easy to rent a car at Seattle Tacoma Airport. it’s good to know that traffic can be challenging and parking is expensive.

  • Seattle is a city of neighborhoods. Some of our favorite 'hoods for families with kids are Queen Anne, Ballard, Green Lake, Madrona and Columbia City.

    It can also be fun to stay in a hotel downtown. Look for a hotel walking distance to the Pike Place Market!

  • There are so many incredible places to eat and drink in Seattle with kids!

  • The most popular – and expensive – time to visit is summer. Though Seattle doesn’t get nearly as much rain as its reputation suggests, summer offers the best chance for warm, sunny days. To save money and avoid crowds, visit in spring or fall. Visit in the winter if you want to go skiing in the mountains.

  • The winter in Seattle is grey and rainy, with occasional freezing temperatures. Spring brings more rain, with a few days of sun. July to September is dry and sunny with highs in the 70s and 80s. Fall means a mix of sun and rain, with cooler temperatures.

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