Seattle is an enchanting city to live in, and one that is a joy to share with visitors. When grandparents come to visit, the trick is to find inexpensive activities that you can enjoy together. Try these suggestions to share some of Seattle’s highlights.
Washington Park Arboretum
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
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For a wonderful break from busy Seattle, head on over to the Japanese Gardens. Located in the Washington Park Arboretum, this three-and-a-half acre park’s manicured grounds, streams, landscaped paths and stocked koi pond all flow together with the harmony and tranquility of the culture. Grandparents can purchase koi food for a dollar and help their grandkids feed the fish who all rush over to get a bite. There are also the most adorable turtles that can be found swimming in the pool or catching a few rays on the rocks. The Japanese Gardens is packed with many wonderful opportunities to catch some great photos with the grandkids.
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
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First Thursday of each month is free for the extended hours of 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Seattle’s Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, making it a great place for generations of flight enthusiasts to enjoy together. This independent, non-profit Museum, hosts more than 150 historically significant air/spacecraft available for public viewing. Some of the top draws include one of twenty Concords built, a speedy Blackbird, a large NASA area and an Air Force One that is open for touring. With aircrafts and interactive exhibits from the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk through the latest space exploration voyages, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy the visit. However, if Gramps and the kids want more excitement they can always try the flight simulators where they can hang glide, fight in a WWll dogfight or even land on the moon!
Pike Place Market
Located at 1st & Pike in Downtown Seattle
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s must-see landmarks. Be warned however, it can easily turn into an all-day outing. Along with 200 year-round commercial businesses, there are close to 200 craft booths to explore. When thirst and hunger pains begin, stop by the very first Starbucks or an ethnic food shop for a delicious bite. Everyone will enjoy watching the fishmongers throwing fish, the ever-changing street performers and a chance to snap a shot with the infamous Rachel the pig. Then, browse through all the amazing local farmers and seafood booths for the ingredients for an incredible fresh meal. Maybe even buy Nana a beautiful bouquet for her to enjoy throughout her visit.
Seattle Underground Tour
608 1st Ave.
In Seattle’s Pioneer Square
Seattle, WA 98104
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Seattle’s Pioneer Square is a fun area to explore, and you can even show your grandparents another dimension with an underground tour. This unique adventure takes you back in time as it explores Seattle’s colorful (and somewhat corrupt) beginnings. The tour last 75 minutes and covers around seven city blocks. Both areas above and below, ground level are covered and at times you can see people walking above you. Along with gaining some Seattle history, you‘ll learn about new places to explore on your own after the tour.
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Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.