Falling for Seattle’s Kid Scene


Falling for Seattle’s Kid Scene

Autumn is a wonderful time to get to know downtown Seattle’s family-oriented scene. From U-pick orchards to great indoor pools, there are an abundance of things to do. Pro tip: rent a home near the downtown area and you will have all the space, quiet, and amenities you love at your own home, but in a new city. Downtown is central to most everything, so that would be an ideal area to stay. Exploring a new area (or old stomping grounds) can be much more comfortable when you don’t have to worry about the 2 A.M. party in the next hotel room or maid service trying to clean around your morning routine. It makes the whole experience a lot more intimate, too.

Where to Go for Fall Outdoor Fun
Here’s a great synopsis of where to go for autumn activities around the Seattle downtown and immediately surrounding areas.

Fisherman's Fall FestFisherman’s Fall Fest
Live music, craft boat building, and great seafood – it’s what people think of when they think Seattle. Come with the entire family and celebrate with the locals. Located in Fisherman’s Terminal, there are a variety of restaurants and retail shops to make this a wonderful introduction to downtown Seattle. Best of all, it’s free.

The Gum Wall and the Great Wheel are located around the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. These area attractions have been drawing families with amazing views from the Great Wheel and the wall’s, well, flavor. Two iconic sightseeing stops in the wonderful market area will be an unforgettable photo opportunity not to miss.

Check Out Low Tide
Watching sea life up close and personal is such a fun experience. Visit any of the area’s beaches at low tide and see a “pocket beach”. The kids will enjoy the creature show that’s right in front of their eyes.

Take an Argosy Locks Cruise
View Fisherman’s Terminal, floating homes, and Puget Sound from the water. Tours last an hour and there are ample bathrooms and snacks for purchase aboard. Traveling the city by boat is a lovely way to take all beautiful Seattle shoreline.

The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish
This U pick farm has a lot more going on than just homegrown produce. It’s an hour away from downtown Seattle, but once you get there, this place will keep the family busy with loads of fun things to do. There’s apple picking, free wagon rides, a 45-acre pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and even a 9-hole golf putting course.

Rain Happens in Seattle
Knowing the Washington area, you can rest assured there will be some rainy weather. Not to fear, there are so many fun things to do inside it could make your head spin.

pumpkin patchSeattle’s Indoor Pools – Seattle Parks and Rec have the indoor waterpark down to an art. Sprinkled all around the Seattle area, they have giant slides, lazy rivers, and toddler splash pools so everyone can enjoy the water. Best part of playing in an indoor pool, no sunscreen needed.

Wunderkind – Got a Lego© lover in the family? Half of the 1,800 square foot space is loaded with all the beloved building blocks and the other half lets parents can keep an eye on the future architects and even grab a bite to eat or an espresso.

Children’s Festival – Multi-cultural families from all over Seattle come to celebrate the city’s diversity at this unique festival. Educational programs, live music, and hands on workshops all make this a great place to take the kiddos.

Seattle Aquarium – Lots of aquatic animals to see and special exhibits running throughout the year. There’s even a designated toddle time for the youngest members of the family to get involved in all the fun.

Baby Friendly Movie Theatres – A revolutionary idea for the kids that maybe aren’t so ready sit still for more than 10 minutes. Several area theaters offer special days of the week for toddler friendly viewing and some theatres offer a “cry room” for baby meltdown emergencies so parents don’t have miss any of the movie.

All this, not to mention all the delicious fresh seafood, friendly atmosphere, and the very first Starbucks. Seattle isn’t tailored only for cool adults, it’s for the cool kids too. When you visit Seattle, bring the kids, stay in a cozy vacation rental home, and take in all that the city has to offer. It will be a trip everyone will remember warmly.

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