Seattle’s Prime: Best Things to do in Seattle with Kids in 2 Days
Our family took a quick stop in Seattle on our way to Vancouver, Canada. We spent two days seeing a few places and sampling some of the best restaurants in Seattle. It’s a beautiful city, and it happens to be the headquarters of one of my favorite companies: Amazon.com. With so little time and so much to do, it felt like Prime shipping at the speed we were going. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Seattle with kids in 2 days:
Day One in Seattle
Morning: Pike Place Market
We began our day with a food tour at Pike Place Market. If you only visit one place in Seattle, this is it. Pike Place Market opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously running public farmers’ markets in the U.S. It’s also the supposed location of the original Starbucks. Our tour guide told us that the original location no longer exists, but the equipment from the original location was moved here. Save your time from the long lines at this Starbucks; as you can imagine, there are several other Starbucks only blocks away.
Our walking food tour was entirely at Pike Place Market. It lasted around 90 minutes, and we sampled foods from about 10 different shops and restaurants. We had smoked salmon, chocolate covered cherries, clam chowder, crab cakes, Mac and Cheese, cupcake, cheeses, fruits, and more. I highly recommend it. It was fun and delicious. See the list of Seattle restaurants we sampled at the end of this article.
Afternoon: Bainbridge Island Ferry and Ice Cream at Mora Iced Creamery
Our next stop was Bainbridge Island. By going out 35 minutes to the island, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Seattle’s skyline. We took the affordable commuter ferry at a cost of $8 roundtrip for adults and $4 for children. While on Bainbridge, I highly recommend a stop at Mora Iced Creamery. It was refreshing on this warm day, and the walk through the little town with its many shops was charming. Give yourself about three hours for this excursion.
Evening: The Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass
These two top Seattle attractions are next to each other. Chihuly Garden and Glass is the world class exhibit of Dale Chihuly. His works are truly spectacular, and it’s hard to believe that what you are seeing is actually glass. The views of his work should be appreciated both in regular daylight and evening when lights illuminate his works.
Right next door to Chihuly Garden and Glass is the icon of Seattle: the Space Needle. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. We enjoyed dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top called SkyCity at the Needle. While pricey, dinner includes admission to the observation deck one flight above and about 90 minutes of viewing the Seattle skyline. We timed our dinner to begin with sunlight and end after the sunset. We got in two and a half revolutions. After dinner, we went up the observation deck to take in the evening lights.
Morning: Museum of Flight
We took the bus from downtown Seattle to the Museum of Flight. It turned out to be faster and more convenient than driving. The #134 bus picked us up at 3rd Street and dropped us off right in front of the museum. Our kids enjoyed riding the Flight Simulator, watching the Journey to Space 3D movie, and seeing historical aircrafts up close.
Afternoon: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Mom and Dad wanted to visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. My wife works in the field of Public Health and has a special interest in this area. Admission is free, and there are many interactive stations where you can learn about how your priorities and decisions affect education, health and poverty in the world. Simple but ingenious inventions like mosquito nets and water filters have saved and improved the lives of millions.
Sample the Best Restaurants in Seattle
With so little time, we didn’t do too badly. I’ve provide a short list of the restaurants we liked. Almost all of them were at Pike Place Market from our food tour. One other place we loved was Serious Pie. It’s only a five-minute walk from Pike Place Market.
One of almost 20 different restaurants by Tom Douglas, Serious Pie fires up light and crisp crust pizzas from super hot ovens sourced with local apple wood. We liked everything we ordered from the unique salads to the sweet desserts. Of course, the pizza is the main event with not only fresh quality ingredients but local flavors. It’s a treat. Below are some of our favorites we sampled at Pike Place Market.
Hilton Seattle has a great location in downtown Seattle within walking distance of Pike Place Market and other popular things to do in Seattle.
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Eugene lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife have taken their two children to about 15 countries for work and vacation. Eugene is…