“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” -Eric Roth
One of my favorite things to do as a family is explore new areas. Sometimes we get to explore areas further away from home. Visiting Seattle along with Vancouver Canada is one of those times. We were lucky enough to stay with a long time friend and his family. This made our trip so much sweeter. If you are planning a trip to Seattle check out some of these fun things.
I believe the Space Needle is a MUST when you visit. Experience breathtaking views of the city, mountains, and water. It has been recently renovated to help make your experience amazing. The kids and I loved it. My husband on the other hand is afraid of heights. So, he spent most of his time inside. He occasionally join us by the edge for a picture, but that is it.
I’m grateful he did that much. I know it took a lot for him to do that. Grab your tickets here. I would recommend buying your tickets before hand. It will help with your wait time.
Pike’s Place Market
There are a few places in Pike’s Place Market that you have to see. The first one is Daily Dozen Doughnuts. The donuts are warm and covered in cinnamon and sugar. Oh, my deliciousness! You can also get them with powdered sugar and other varieties. It is the best warm doughnut you will ever try. I’m serious. They are amazing. Be sure to bring cash.
Check out the first Starbucks. I know there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner of Seattle, but if you’re a huge Starbucks fan, this is the place to go.
While you are at Pikes Place Market, don’t forget to catch a fish at the Pike Place Fish Co. We didn’t stand around for long to witness the fish throw. My kids thought it was great. Beware of the fake fish. He will scare you if you aren’t paying attention.
Gum Wall in Post Alley
The only way to describe this is disgusting beautiful. Visit the gum wall, and leave a piece behind to be part of the public piece of art. I’m not quite sure how this wall began. It was mentioned it started off with two roommates. One would leave his gum on the wall, before heading up to his apartment. I’m not sure that is true, but it is a fun story. While this wall is disgusting beautiful, I made sure my kids put on plenty of sanitizer after placing their own gum on this wall.
Let the kids get out and run around at the Bayview-Kinnear Park. Kerry Park on Queen Anne is known for its signature view of Seattle’s skyline. And the park below it for it’s double barreled slide. Bayview Kinnear Park has a plethora of playthings to keep half pints busy. And the slides that stretch from the playground to the play field below add to the fun.
My kids said this was their favorite part of our trip downtown. Really, who could blame them? Slides, trees to climb on, a playground… it is every kids dream to just run and play.
Take A Hike
Seattle has a plethora of parks and nature areas for a hike. Since we were staying with a friend, we were close to North Bend and hiked Mt Si. Trailhead. It is a beautiful area and makes for a great nature hike.
Still need some more ideas on things to do while you’re in Seattle? Check out these awesome blogs.
Local Adventurer: Ultimate Seattle Bucket List
Just Chasing Rabbits: 18 Things to do at Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market
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