Seattle is synonymous with the Pacific Northwest and a must-see stop on any West Coast road trip. Here are some of my picks for 14 things to do in Seattle with kids. Download my free Seattle Guide with all the addresses, hours and ticket rates.
- Seattle Center & the Space Needle
- Pacific Science Center
- Chihuly Garden and Glass
- Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
- Seattle Center Monorail
- Seattle Children’s Museum
- Pacific Northwest Ballet
- Seattle Great Wheel
- Seattle Aquarium
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Pike Place Market
- Seattle Art Museum
- T-Mobile Park for a Mariners Game or a Tour
- Museum of History and Industry
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Seattle Center & the Space Needle – hub for Seattle Kids Activities
Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center, the Space Needle and the Monorail, have stood the test of time and are iconic attractions. With multiple stages and pavilions, Children’s Museums, Seattle Center always has something going on and are the venue for internationally renowned events like the Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot and the Seattle International Film Festival. You don’t have to spend a fortune to visit the area. The kids will love hanging out at the International Fountain.
Pacific Science Center
The whole family will enjoy this museum where science is brought to life with their award winning interactive programs. Pacific Science Center.
We’ve never seen so many fantastic hands on exhibits. Our favorites were the butterflies and the bubble wall.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
World-renowned PNW artist Dale Chihuly’s work with glass is fantastical and captivating. I first saw it at the Arboretum in Dallas and was in awe at the detail and scale of the pieces on display there. The Chihuly Garden and Glass includes eight galleries, a garden, and the Glasshouse, where the sculptures colors and appearance change with the natural sunlight overhead.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Music, science fiction, and pop culture all come together at the fascinating Museum of Pop Culture. The Frank Gehry-designed building looks like a smashed guitar from above, while inside, its colorful exhibits cover everything from the history of indie video games and horror films to Nirvana, the Seahawks, and more.
Seattle Center Monorail
Also built for the 1962 World’s Fair and designated a historic landmark, the Monorail links Seattle Center to Westlake Center (downtown) reaching a top speed of 45 miles per hour during the 1 mile trip.
Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is an 18,000 sq ft space full of hands-on exhibits and art, culture, and STEM/inquiry-based programming for children ages 6 months to 8 years. Nearby are also the International Fountain, which is a magnet for kids in the summer, and the “Artists At Play” Playground, a fun outdoor play area with a huge climbing structure, musical instruments & merry-go-round.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
This world renowned dance company performs a variety of classical and modern shows in Seattle Center’s beautiful McCaw Hall. See the Pacific Northwest Ballet website for performance schedule and tickets.
Seattle Great Wheel
A recent addition to the waterfront on Pier 57, the Seattle Great Wheel was built in 2012 and has become one of the most popular things to do Seattle with kids. Your ticket gets you three revolutions to take in the spectacular views.
Known for “The Window on Washington Waters”, a 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with Northwest sea life. Touching pools feature live sea stars, urchins and more in the Life on the Edge tide pool exhibit. Pop into the Underwater Dome for a 360° view. Enjoy a virtual trip to the tropics in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Daily diver shows and animal feedings. Visit the Seattle Aquarium website for hours and tickets.
Olympic Sculpture Park
A 9 acre award-winning outdoor sculpture park on the waterfront a mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. Walk through Seattle’s largest downtown green space with views of the city, harbor and mountains, and admire all the sculptures.
Pike Place Market
Every list of Seattle attractions includes Pike Place Market, usually with a photo of a fish display. While it is a year round bustling market for fresh produce, seafood, and meats, there is so much more to it that tourists can enjoy. Delicious local cheese, pastries, gelato and more can be sampled while wandering the 9 acre market. Get takeout from one of the many food counters and find a place to sit and listen to the street performers. There are 200+ shops as well as a crafts market featuring 225 local and regional creators.
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle’s largest museum dates back to the 1930s and houses a massive collection of artwork. Check their website for current special exhibits and installations. The free, public outdoor extension of the museum, the Olympic Sculpture Park, is about a mile away at the waterfront.
T-Mobile Park for a Mariners Game or a Tour
Located in the SoDo (South of Downtown) district, T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco) is an iconic structure on the Seattle skyline. If the timing is right you can take in a Seattle Mariners game, otherwise there are daily public tours of the facility as well as the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest, and the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Museum of History and Industry
MOHAI’s permanent exhibit is True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and takes you through the Seattle’s origin story: from when Native American cultures first came into contact with Europeans to the city’s transformation into a major metropolis.
21 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide To 14 Things To Do In Seattle With Kids”
I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle! I didn’t know there was so much to do though, thanks for the push I need!
I haven’t been there but Seattle looks like a worth it place to visit, it’s really beautiful!
This is the perfect guide! I used to live in Seattle and really loved the city! I can’t wait to go back!
Seattle is beautiful it is in my wishlist I may visit some time may be this summer.
I can’t wait to visit Seattle. Even though I don’t have kids, I’d love to visit many of places you’ve highlighted like the Chihuly’s gardens, ballet and museum. Hope to get there soon!
Thank you for this list. Seatlle has a lot of fun places to offer. I would love to visit all these.
Seattle is always interesting to visit. I will add this on my must-visit list, thanks for the ideas!
My Alma Mater’s reunion last year was in Seattle but we were not able to go. But I have always wanted to explore Seattle. One day, we will.
Oh wow! I would really love to see those Seattle Attractions with my family really soon. Sounds really fun and exciting!
My sister and her family are visiting next month. I’ll be sure to pass these along!
I’d love to see some of those places! My daughter lives there and we are hoping to visit her in the fall.
I would love to visit Seattle! I would definitely check out the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Seattle Aquarium!
Seattle is on my list of places to visit. I would love to visit with my family this year. I know they would love it.
This is a great list. We almost made it, and now our son is too old to vacation with us, but I did just see that gorgeous Chihuly Museum on my nephews Instagram, he is out there this whole week! I am going to send him this post.
I love this. I’m actually coming to Seattle this spring and I am so excited! I will definitely be using this. Pinned.
I would love some of these sights and museums if I ever get out there. That glass sculpture was amazing so I would not miss that.
Oh my gosh, what a great list! I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle. There’s so much to see and do!
Seattle looks such a wonderful place to visit.
Seattle looks like so much fun!! I need to make my way over there!
We live in Boise, Idaho so we visit Seattle a lot. We love it. My parents actually met and married in Seattle. We love the Space Needle and this year went to the Children’s Museum too it was a lot of fun.
Seattle looks like a lovely place to visit!
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