Our Family’s First Visit to Seattle: Must See Family Friendly Places

The total driving time is 11 hours, 39 minutes from Sacramento, CA to Seattle, WA. Your trip starts in Sacramento, California. The distance from Sacramento, CA to Seattle, WA is almost 752 miles. If you fly by plane, then travel will be of about two hours. It ends in Seattle, Washington. Starting from the Aquarium to the Zoo, Seattle is full of various family adventuresSeattle located along Puget Sound, a mix of urban quaint and hustle, quiet neighborhoods all set on a hilly landscape overlooking the water below. The city experienced a population boom from the gold rush in the late 1890s, which then spurred development that is yet integral to the city today such as Pike Place Market. And while the city can be known for airplanes, wineries, or coffee (Starbucks hails from here, after all), it is also incredibly family-friendly and goes out of its way to welcome children at nearly every turn.

There’re several aspects of the city that are best for children and adults alike, here’re our favorites:

The Space Needle

Open in 1962 for space age-themed world’s fair and standing at 605 feet, the Space Needle represents one of the most recognizable and quintessential parts of the Seattle skyline. About 1.3 million people visit every year, taking the 43-second ride up to the observation deck and looking down from the big, slanted glass panes and rotating glass floor at the city below.

The Museum of Pop Culture

Seattle’s Museum of famous Culture with Children. There’re just plenty at MoPOP to keep children aged 5-10 occupied for about an hour. Older children can stay engaged for another 90 minutes. If this museum is something the adults in the family are excited to see you require not to avoid it, but it can simply be scratched from a busy schedule. Sci-fi fans will praise the Star Trek souvenirs, scary scenes, and Star Wars artifacts from some science fiction movies and books.

The Seattle Aquarium

Situated on the wonderful waterfront of Seattle and recently refurbished, the aquarium is the best stop for 90 minutes to two hours. (few visitors arrive expecting a lot and leave disappointed.) Children can touch starfish and sea anemones and (with a little luck) see different animals during feeding time. The scuba divers that swim in a big tank, and do show and tell with different sea life are a hit with several children.

Pike Place Market

No visit to Seattle is entire without a stop at the Pike Place Market. The iconic market is house to more than 200 little businesses nestled in a nine-acre historic district. A visit to Pike Place Market is an assault on your senses in the perfect way and the best place for children to sample new foods. The market started in 1907 after the cost of onions got out of control (farmers used to sell their goods to wholesalers who then resold them, frequently without much profit for the farmers). When the market first opened, the first farmer sold out of produce within mints and in a week seventy wagons gathered to sell their goods. Nowadays, you can see fish being tossed through the air, taste cheesy biscuits, and indulge in Beecher’s creamy mac and cheese.


When you board the Monorail, you are instantly struck by the picture windows so large they feel as if you are practically outside. And as you zoom through the city from downtown Seattle to the Space Needle, you can imagine a future of flying cars and hyper-speed transportation. After all, a vision for the future was the spirit behind the Monorail when it was built for the 1962 world’s fair. The large towering and windows view from above (not to mention how it tilts as you around the corner toward the Space Needle) makes it the best fast, and relatively inexpensive, an adventure for children of all ages.

Kid-friendly Dining

Seattle is one of the most kid-friendly cities with various restaurants having child precise menus. At Cafe Flora, providing like pita pizza catered to children’s taste buds and a play place with crayons, books, and toys entertained him as we waited for our food. Cafe Flora’s portobello-mushroom French dip sandwich with a rich mushroom garlic au jus and the spring onion risotto offered extra sophisticated, adult-friendly choices. For dessert, head to Shug’s Ice Cream and Soda Fountain for an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience. Here, you can get ice cream cones that are piled with rainbow sprinkles along with thick fudge spills. While no child or adult will turn down this type of sugar high, the little batch ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery and home-made syrups will make sure children learn what quality tastes like.

Pan Pacific Seattle

It’s a 4-Star luxury property in downtown Seattle areas guests in the center of the contemporary thriving intellectual of cities and artistic scenes, making it the ideal location to stay while visiting the Emerald City. Pan Pacific welcomes people with incomparable hospitality while enjoying a comfortable Pacific Northwest experience. Attentive staff or innovative, thoughtful amenities make sure that each guest at the Pan Pacific Seattle feels such as a VIP. While staying at our luxury Seattle hotel, guests are encouraged to take benefits of our exceptional amenities and services.

Klondlike Gold Rush- Seattle Unit

Much of Seattle’s history is rooted in the gold rush as the city was the jumping-off point for several prospectors who flocked to try their luck at discovering the valuable precious metal. For children, hands-on learning is always the best and super fun way to experience history. At this National Historical Park which is completely free children can take part in a gold panning demonstration, step on the scale to learn what their weight in gold is worth, or take a spin on the strike It rich wheel to find out if they struck gold so to speak (since only about 300 of the 100,000 people who embarked for the Klondike made more than $15,000, the equivalent of about $330,000 in 2005).

Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront is located just below the Pike area. Stretching between Piers 52-70, a pedestrian walkway overlooks Puget Sound and boasts few beautiful spectacular views of the Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier. Take a peek inside Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, where you will discover odd curiosities such as shrunken heads, an old mummy named Sylvester, and fleas all dressed up with nowhere to go. Then visit the Seattle Aquarium, which offers children an exciting way to see the underwater life of the Puget Sound. Next, take a spin on the best Wheel, a Ferris wheel featuring big enclosed, climate-controlled cabs for an amazing view of the city. When you have worked up an appetite, head to Ivar’s for a few of the freshest fish you will discover. If the weather is good, grab a sourdough bowl of clam chowder or fish n’ chips at the order-out window and eat on one of the docks overlooking the water. Watching the ferries during listening to the cry of seagulls is a scene that is undeniably Seattle.

The Butcher’s Table

The Butcher’s Table is the latest venture from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese king Kurt Beecher Dammeier, and concentrations on beautiful, high-quality steaks. As the name implies, the restaurant involves an in-house shop of butchers (they work with a network of family ranches and are privy to each feature of the cows’ lives), where meat savants can buy fresh beef from the case to take the house. The restaurant also boasts regular live music, which takes place 6 days a week in the evenings.

Portage Bay Cafe- Seattle

Situated in the Seattle, Washington area and is concentrated on serving its clients with sustainable and organic food. The restaurant is open for lunch and breakfast hours, and the concentration on healthy food is the best thing for those looking to get a hearty meal without any negative impacts. As an example of what the Portage Bay Cafe has to offer, you can inspect out their salads such as the domestic prawn and chicken soba noodle salad. If you are seeming for a sandwich for lunch at the Portage Bay Cafe, there’s a nice selection from which to select. You can see on the menu where the local areas that are the sources for the ingredients of the Cuban sandwich and the Portage Bay cheeseburger.

The Space Needle is the breathtaking heart of Seattle that you’ll see from any spot in the city. Head to The Seattle Center and ride to the top of that bad boy. You’ll get the great views of Seattle and did you know there is a rotating restaurant up there? What child will not be impressed with that? While you are in Seattle, you will want to take an Underground Tour. This’s a guided walking tour that starts at Pioneer Square and walks you through about 3 blocks of what used to be the main entryways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle. Much best info about Seattle, if you’ve children with little patience. Wild Wave is a family favorite. It is not Disneyland, but your children will love this Six Flags amusement park. 40 mints south of Seattle you’ll discover this half water park, half enchanting village of rides for children of all ages. You pay a one-time entry fee and can spend the complete day exploring rides and water activities to your content of heart. You do have to pay further for the zip line. Woodland Park Zoo is a must-see Seattle destination. The zoo is house to tons of lovely animals, a vintage carousel, and a cool indoor Zoo museum that boasts a mountain cave, a rope bridge, and a 20-foot climbing tree. You can spend a complete day walking through the lovely bridges and paths that lead you through all the different animal exhibits. If you are lucky you can even catch a concert.

Comments (13)

  • Kat

    July 7, 2021 at 10:03 am

    I just had a great trip while reading your blog! I am dying to visit the The Seattle Aquarium! I’ve heard so many great and exciting things about their programs. Also, the waterfront view is to die for!

    This page is definitely worth bookmarking for future travel reference! Im so glad that you and your family enjoyed this trip. 🙂

  • Junaid Raza

    July 7, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Wonderful. It’s a great resource for all travellers. Beautifully explained. Thank you for such a great post.

  • Sara

    July 7, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    I used to live in Vancouver and loved visiting Seattle! Hoping to take the kids there for a visit and this is a great list of places to see with them!

  • Cielo Fernando

    July 8, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Reading your blog feels like I’ve already traveled to Seattle so thanks for taking us there virtually. I’ve been wanting to go to Seattle ever since I got hooked on many US TV shows. When the time comes I get to travel there, will definitely add these places to my list.


  • Ivan M. Jose

    July 8, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Seattle is such a beautiful place and I’m glad that it’s family-friendly. It’s good to know that you are able to take your family out. Here in the Philippines, the kids still aren’t allowed to go out. We hope to finally go on our first family trip when it’s a lot safer to do so.

  • May Palacpac

    July 8, 2021 at 4:32 am

    If there is one place I dream of living at in the US, it’s Seattle, and because I heard it rains a lot in that place. I’m a coffee girl, so coffee and rains for me would be heaven. Love that it’s child-friendly, though I wonder how precise is a child-precise menu. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind digging into those oysters at the Butcher’s table. A resto where you can actually buy good-quality beef — that’s a first for me. Sounds amazing!

  • Christianforemost.com

    July 8, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Wish i could come to Seattle one day and visit all of those places you mentioned. Your pictures are great and im sure seeing them in person is a whole other experience!

  • Polly

    July 8, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Seeing the Space Needle in Seattle is on the bucket list! I’ve been itching to go since early 2020 but my travel plans got canceled due to lockdown. I stayed at Pan Pacific here in Manila over a decade ago and I’m truly pleased with my experience. I appreciate the tips you wrote here.

  • Tales With Elle

    July 8, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I feel like I was on a trip while reading this post seeing your photos! Glad you guys enjoyed your trip! Cheers to more!

  • Hyejin

    July 9, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I love how you and your family enjoyed the trip based on your story and photos. Did you really drive for 11 hours? How was it especially when you have a kid?

  • WanderWoMom

    July 9, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Seattle is kind of in the west coast din ano? Northwest specifically,, I haven’t been around the area YET. But ive always wanted to visit Seattle! Your girl has grown since last summer! super pretty!

  • Kaitlyn M.

    July 27, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Next time when you hit Seattle you should definitely visit the Children’s Museum, Stephanie will have fun for hours and hours. We randomly found it on Insta and it immediately got on the short list and for a good reason. You can even tag along for some activities, it is so worth it but unfortunately it’s closed right now with no date when they’ll be able to reopen. Totally agree, Soda Fountain is a must, their ice cream is insanely good!

  • Jenna

    September 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    What a beautiful view in the first few pictures and it looks like y’all had a blast in the rest!!!

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