Enjoy an exciting Seattle family vacation in an urban playground where nature, adventure, culture and recreation light up your kid's faces. From the vibrant Seattle Waterfront to the Woodland Park Zoo - one of the oldest animal parks on the West Coast, Seattle is packed with family vacation ideas, including attractions, activities, tours and things to do. Explore the underwater worlds of the Seattle Aquarium, play at the Seattle Center, and inspire young imaginations at the Seattle Children's Museum. With so many cool attractions for families and kids, Seattle is the ultimate family vacation destination!
Seattle Family Vacations & Activities
Pacific Science Center - Seattle's fun family attraction, Pacific Science Center is a hands-on science adventure. Check out innovative science and animal exhibits, demos, a laser dome, a science playground and a planetarium. Marvel at roaring robotic dinosaurs in the Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time exhibit. Check out the immersive new exhibit, Professor Wellbody's Health & Wellness Academy. See colorful butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House. Enjoy exciting 3D IMAX films with amazing digital sound at the two IMAX theaters. Gaze at the starry night sky at the Willard Smith Planetarium. Space out to the laser light shows and music of The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Radio Head in the Seattle Laser Dome.
Seattle Children's Museum - Kids and families experience the joy of discovery and creativity at the Seattle Children's Museum. Located in the basement of the Center House at Seattle Center, the Museum offers playful, hands-on exhibits that inspire growing hands and minds to explore world cultures. The Northwest's leading institution for childhood learning, the museum includes a child-size neighborhood, Discovery Bay for toddlers, a mountain wilderness area, a global village, an art studio and 11 engaging exhibits that encourage young imaginations. Climb a mountain, play in exciting lands, and learn about Pacific Northwest forests.
Seattle Aquarium - Enjoy a hands-on marine experience and discover the spectacular creatures of the Puget Sound at this popular Seattle family vacation destination. The Seattle Aquarium offer playful exhibits and activities that let you explore the aquatic realms of the Pacific Northwest. Walk below the massive Underwater Dome with 400,000 gallons of water, and view the diverse sea life, fish and sharks of Elliot Bay. See the scuba divers take care of the fish in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Touch sunflower sea stars at the Life on the Edge exhibit, and experience the tide pools of Washington's outer coast and Seattle's inland sea. Meet sea otters and harbor seals in the Marine Mammal Exhibit. See strange creatures in the Ocean Oddities exhibit - from cowfish to seahorses. Marvel at colorful fish and wave to a gigantic octopus in the Aquarium's Pacific Coral Reef.
Woodland Park Zoo - A popular destination for Seattle family vacations, and North Seattle's oasis for wildlife on the Puget Sound, Woodland Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos and conservation parks on the West Coast. For over a century, families have encountered 1,100 animals, including rare and endangered species that live within the zoo's sprawling landscape. Woodland Park Zoo's 92 acres are divided into world habitats - from tropical rainforests to the freezing Far North. The zoo features outstanding exhibits showcasing animals from Alaska, tropical Asia, African savanna, and the tropical rainforest. Meet wild creatures like a Sumatran tiger, African elephants, gorillas, and a snow leopard. Explore the brown-bear enclosure, a naturalistic reproduction of an Alaskan stream and hillside. See zebras and giraffes in the African savanna. Explore the elephant, orangutan and gorilla forest, or walk through the butterfly house. Kids love the animal farm and Zoomazium, an interactive play area.
Alki Beach Park - A popular summer destination for joggers and cyclists, Alki Beach Park is a beautiful family getaway. Walk the beautiful 2.5 mile strip along the shore of the Puget Sound and enjoy views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and ferries, sailboats, and steamships on the water's horizon. The long sandy beach from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay is a peaceful spot for long walks, jogs, cycling, rollerblading, playing volleyball, beachcombing, and sunbathing, and strollers out to enjoy the sun. This family beach offers boat launches, picnic areas, a fire pit, and a bathhouse housing an art studio and a monument marking the first white settlers in 1851. Stop at the old 2.5-ton anchor dredged up by the Nor' West Divers Club at the square.
Seattle Family Vacation Hotel
Planning a Seattle family vacation? Grab the kids, pack the car and come relax at the Sheraton Seattle, a playful getaway for families seeking urban fun and adventure. Walking distance from Seattle's family friendly attractions like Seattle Center and Seattle Aquarium, Sheraton Seattle offers spacious family-style accommodations, heated indoor pool, fitness center, shops, casual restaurants, and a vibrant lobby fueled by Wi-Fi. Ask the concierge to make arrangements to Seattle's top family attractions and tours.