Seattle offers a vast range of fun family activities and amusements for individuals, couples, families, grown-ups, and kids. In fact, there are so many attractions in the city that you’re more likely to be spoilt for choice than you are scratching your head trying to find something to do. Whether you’re a local looking for somewhere new to explore or a parent trying to plan a week’s activities for a family vacation, Seattle can help you. It’s more than likely that you’ll run out of time to do everything! To help you with your planning, here are six of the most popular ways to spend a family day in the Emerald City.
For a fun way to while away a few hours and get hands-on with nature, head to the Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront. Here the whole family can learn all about the sea creatures in this part of the world from the fish to the seabirds and mammals like otters and seals. Children can touch starfish and sea anemones, plus feeding times and scuba divers ‘show and tell’ in the tank are very popular. Visit the website for the full list of fun family activities and all the sea creatures you can meet on the day.
Wild Waves Theme Park
Continuing with the water theme on a more active level, the Wild Waves Theme Park is a great day out for all ages. Just a 30-minute drive south from Seattle you’ll find 70 acres of water rides and slides including the thrilling twists and turns of Slide Alley. If you are looking for fun family activities your kids won’t forget, this is it!
Hot Air Balloon Ride
For a real treat, why not get the whole family aboard a Seattle hot air balloon ride? It’s an experience you’ll never forget as you take to the skies above the city and the surrounding landscapes for spectacular views and adventure. From start to finish, the whole experience takes around 3 hours, and you can either ride at sunrise or sunset, depending on your schedule. This is another one of those fun family activities you must add to your to-do list.
If your family thrives on adrenaline, book an indoor skydiving experience with iFly. Both adults and kids can experience the sensation of free-falling with no need to leap from an airplane. The wind tunnel recreates air speeds up to 160mph, and they’ll even take photos for you so you can treasure the memory forever. This is one of those fun family activities you don’t want to miss!
Woodland Park Zoo
Everyone loves a day at the zoo and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is a must-visit place for animal lovers. Why not make the day extra special with an experience tour? You can get closer and meet some of the most popular animals including the lemurs, rhinos, penguins, otters, giraffes, and tigers. Once you’ve seen all the animals, families with young children can head to Zoomazium, a fun indoor climbing playground, before enjoying lunch in one of the zoo’s restaurants.
If you want a jampacked day of fun family activities but don’t want to do much traveling between activities, the Seattle Center is the place to be. Here’s you’ll find several of the city’s main attractions and museums including the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture and the Children’s Museum and Theatre. Seattle Children’s Theatre shows kid-friendly plays for children of all ages. For free fun, the International Fountain is a great hit on sunny days with water shoots choreographed to music and the music-themed playground by the Museum of Popular Culture features a 50-foot tube slide and 35-foot climbing tower.