Seattle is one of those really cool and hip West Coast cities. Sure, we love a little California dreaming, but Seattle’s surrounding forests, coastline and urban culture are all enchanting to a group of family travelers in a special way. After you visit Pike Place Market and the Seattle Space Needle, dive deeper into the city’s offerings for a true look into local culture, cuisine and creativity.
Run around wild
When the clouds clear and the sun comes out, it’s well worth enjoying Seattle’s outdoor spaces. It’s even fun when it rains! The North Seattle Forest Park Playground is a great place to start, complete with animal farm and water spray cool down area. The swampy fun at Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest outdoor space, boasts long boardwalks to hike. If your family is looking for a day trip, you can head out to Mercer Island to hang out at the Luther Burbank Park, full of nature trails and a massive playground.
Even the indoor sightseeing provides plenty of space for spreading out in Seattle. Watch the kids stare in awe at the Chihuly Garden and Glass display or make engine noises as they glide through the Museum of Flight. Don’t overlook the Seattle Public Library either: a funky, asymmetric glass building full of free readings and events for children. Older teens might get a kick out of riding a Segway through Pike’s Place, while everyone will enjoy the wind through their hair on a Washington State ferry to outlying islands.
Grab and go
One unique thing about Seattle is that families can avoid the stuffy sit-down dinner if they wish. This city thrives on the art of the takeaway, from sugary treats at artisan coffee shops to marketplaces full of fresh produce. One of the most popular places for something sweet is Ellenos, which serves real Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Lines out the door pay homage to the decadent pastries and treats at Le Panier.
For something a little more substantial, the crew can order fresh Italian subs at the famous Armandino’s Salumi on Third Ave. Serious Pie also has an Italian flair and offers freshly made pizzas to please any palette. If you do want to sit and relax, bring the family to Grub in Queen Anne neighborhood, which has a perfectly crafted kids’ menu alongside some more eclectic things for the adults, including seafood fume and coulotte steak.
Best boutique hotels
Part of the city’s charm is its unique character, which is translated over into its foodie scene and the quirky hotels in Seattle. Skip the chains for now and try a few one-of-a-kind accommodations. For instance, the Inn at the Market is an indulgent choice for premiere rooms located right in Pike’s Place. Or, opt for one of the well-located Airbnb rentals in the area.
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