Family Vacations to Seattle
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Seattle is the largest city in Washington State, and is located on the western side of the state, nestled
between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. This is a beautiful area with towering evergreens, lush
vegetation, spectacular views and a favorite family vacation spot for many. Aside from the gorgeous scenery
that Seattle has to offer, there are many fun things to see and do. Here are just a few of our personal
Seattle's Space Needle - Towering over 600 feet near downtown Seattle, the Space Needle is hard to miss.
This interesting and spectacular structure was built for the 1962 World's Fair and is located at the Seattle
Center. It looks much like a flying saucer perched on top of a neat looking tower, and includes an observation
deck at 520 feet above the ground. The Space Needle includes a gift shop and a restaurant that rotates. The
view from the restaurant is absolutely spectacular. From here you can admire Seattle's beautiful skyline, the
surrounding peaks and some of the islands that dot Puget Sound.
Seattle Aquarium - Both young and old alike will enjoy a trip to the Seattle Aquarium. It is open daily and
offers many different marine exhibits that are sure to please. "Window on Washington Waters" is one such
exhibit that offers a very unique show. This exhibit features a 120,000 gallon showcase filled with colorful sea
anemones, rockfish, salmon, and other Washington sea life native to this area. Several times a day divers
make up part of this exhibit. By using special face masks they are able to converse with visitors at the exhibit,
as they describe the marine life featured in the tank.
Washington State Ferries - No trip to Seattle is complete without taking a ride on one of their ferries. The
State of Washington operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States. They had 23 ferries operating as of
2009, and transport millions of passengers each year. Choose from dozens of routes while exploring the
Seattle area. Their largest vessels carry around 2500 passengers and up to 202 vehicles. Once you park your
car on the vessel, you can walk up to the restaurant or passenger areas and sit back, relax and enjoy the
view. The ferry to Bremerton is a very popular ride, and the shipyard there is quite interesting. The ferry trip
from Seattle to Bainbridge Island is another popular route, but there are a number of other great routes
available throughout this same area.
Olympic Peninsula - While visiting the Seattle area consider spending a few days west of Seattle on the
Olympic Peninsula. You can drive south on I-5 to go around the Puget Sound or take the ferry to Bainbridge
Island or Bremerton. Once you are on the Peninsula you have many places to explore; beaches and
lighthouses along the Pacific Ocean and Strait of Juan de Fuca, and rainforests, lakes, hiking and camping in
the Olympic Mountain Range. In 2015 our family enjoyed visiting the north end of the Peninsula. We hiked
trails near and around Crescent Lake, Hurricane Ridge Park, the Sol Duc Area and the Railroad Bridge
Park on the Olympic Discovery Trail. For beach time we visited the Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse near
Sequim, Washington. This was one of our favorite family vacations.
Seattle has many other fun things to see and do, depending on the length of your stay. Be sure and visit
Pike's Street Market, tour Seattle's Underground City, take a ride on the Seattle Monorail or take a short
drive south and visit Mount Rainier. Hopefully, this gives you some good ideas for your next family vacation.
Take the time to create fun family memories You will be glad that you did. Have fun and stay safe!
Seattle Tourist Attractions - Visit Seattle's Visitor and Convention Bureau.