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 family friendly Seattle attractions.
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Seattle Great Wheel
A recent addition to the emerald city’s skyline, the Seattle Great Wheel was built in 2012 and has become a popular attraction on Pier 57. Your ticket gets you three revolutions to take in the spectacular views.
Seattle Center & the Space Needle
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, 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.
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.
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 Art Museum – two ways
The Seattle Art Museum is the city’s largest museum dating back to the 1930s and housing a varied collection of artwork that spans multiple eras and geographic regions. Take the time to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, an outdoor extension of the museum that’s open to the public for free about a mile away at the waterfront.