Iconic Seattle Vacation


If you only have a weekend in Seattle, Washington with your family, make sure and visit the following iconic places:

The Space Needle is to Seattle what the Statue of Liberty is to New York, the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, or the Arch is to St. Louis. If you don’t ride the elevator to the top of the observation deck, at least wander around the Seattle Center grounds.

Sweeping Views of Downtown Seattle from the Space Needle Observation Deck

Sweeping Views of Downtown Seattle from the Space Needle Observation Deck

Kid-friendly attractions range from the Seattle Children’s Museum to the International Fountain (a warm weather favorite), and the Pacific Science Center. Our kids loved the modern and whimsical playground near the monorail terminal and the Experience Music Project.

Seattle Center Playground

Seattle Center Playground

If you visit Chihuly Garden and Glass with kids, make sure to stay for a glassblowing demonstration in the outside courtyard. Glass artist Dale Chihuly was born in Washington State and you’ll find examples of his work up and down the Puget Sound.

Where to Stay

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Glassblowing Demo at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Glassblowing Demo at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Family-friendly attractions along the Seattle waterfront include the Seattle Aquarium (Pier 59), Miner’s Landing and The Great Seattle Wheel (Pier 57), and the fairy to Tillicum Village on Blake Island Marine State Park between Pier 56 an Pier 55.

Miner's Landing on Pier 57

Miner’s Landing on Pier 57

Within walking distance of the waterfront is the famous Public Market Center on Pike Place (also known as the Pikes Place Market). If you go, make sure to watch the fishmongers throw fish at the Fresh Fish Company and find the Gum Wall (located on a back alley one level below the main entrance to the market).

Fish Monger

Throwing Fresh Fish at Pike’s Place Market

We also ventured out to the Woodland Park Zoo on the residential edge of downtown.

During out trip to Seattle, we used the Seattle CityPASS Coupon Book to save money on general admission to many of the iconic attractions and museums within the city. Read this story for an example of the price breakdown.

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Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.