My sister will be on a Seminar in Seattle next week and will have the family (husband and a 6 years old son) with her. She posted a question last month under “Ask a Travel ?” about what to do while there. Here are my suggestions: Since, with the exception of one full day, she would be busy attending her Seminar; I think her boys need to be especially entertained.

  • Seattle Waterfront- Absolutely very touristy, but a great place to keep the little ones entertained: cruises, an aquarium, a maritime museum, a carousel, boat-tour docks, the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and much more.
  • There are many cruise options to do on full or half day basis. Seattle skyline is beautiful from a boat. I think sailboat cruises are more special and definitely a nice experience.
  • An economical and a full day excursion by boat would be to ride the commuter Bainbridge Ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. On a nice day, this 35 minutes cruise is very relaxing and enjoyable while giving you a perfect chance to take gorgeous pictures of Seattle skyline. A liesurely walk from the ferry terminal on Bainbridge Island to the compact and cute downtown takes about 15 minutes. There are various shops, cafes and restaurants to explore. There are a few yarn shops as well to visit. I especially liked Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Do pay a visit also to a unique travel shop located on the main drag.
  • There are water taxis that operates between Alki Beach and the Seattle waterfront (on the far side of Elliott Bay). They are very cheap at under $3 each way and once at Alki Beach, you can go for a walk or bike ride on the waterfront pathway or have lunch/dinner with gorgeous view of Seattle’s skyline.
  • Seattle Center is another great place for all, but specifically for kids. Lots of Arts, Festivals, Imax/movies, etc. to attend or do.
  • Of course, the Space Needle and Pike Place cannot be overlooked. I particularly like Pike Place Market. You can eat and drink everything while shop and being entertained. I have been to Seattle a number of times and still make time on each trip to pay a visit to this Seattle’s truly unique staple.
  • Ballard neighborhood is also an interesting and relaxing place to spend a morning or afternoon at. Arman probably would enjoy a visit to the Ballard Locks and don’t forget to take him to visit the famous Fremont Troll. He would lllllove climbing all over the Troll.

  • I asked my husband’s niece, Misha, a long time residence of Seattle and mother of two sons about Arman’s age to give me ideas for what kids can enjoy. Here is her response:
    • For things to do, I think the whole family would really enjoy the “Ride The Ducks Tour” of Seattle. It is a boat with wheels so it takes you on the streets and into the water and the tour guides are very entertaining. Very nice brief tour of Seattle. You board it right across from the Space Needle (which incidentally is a must-see). Arman would probably also love to see the fish throwers at Pike Place Market.Although the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum are cool and housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building, I wouldn’t recommend actually paying and going inside. It will be too boring for Arman. Just take photos of the exterior. Gasworks park is pretty fun for running around. The Seattle Art Museum Outdoor sculpture park is beautiful and a wonderful spot for photos. Just beware — you’re not supposed to climb on the sculptures — even though they look very climbable.

Hope these would keep you and your boys entertained and that Seattle would show you her Sunny Side!!!

Safar Bekhayr…

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  • Parisa says:

    Hi – we really enjoyed our time in Seattle. Your recommedations were very helpful and we hit most places you suggested. Arman really enjoyed the zoo (lemurs were his favorite) and the duck tour (unfortunately we bought a quacker whistle for him which he is wearing and using right now). The duck tour was really silly but once you let go of all inhibitions and remind yourself that noone really knows you and cares, you can have a lot of fun. You do get a nice tour of the area and floating on the lake was a real treat. my favorite place was of course the pike market. I almost want to live in Seattle for this market. We also took a bus to Discovery park and took a nice easy hike through the woods and along the beach. Mike’s favorite was the handmade doughnut (Top Pot) and Ivar’s chowder place. The only disappointing trip was to Bainbridge because by the time we got there (around 8 pm on Wed night) all stores and even restaurants were closed and we could only have fried bar food that took forever. the ferry ride was very nice though.

  • Parisa says:

    thank you Halleh and Misha. I don’t have to look at a book now.

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