Fall in Seattle means the clouds are rolling in and the rain has started. Family activities should take this into account, but folks in the Northwest are used to the rain and don’t let it keep them inside. From museums to corn mazes, the Seattle area has plenty of unique experiences that both young and old will enjoy, and at no cost. A bit of history and fun can be found in the activities recommended below.
Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliott Road
Snohomish, WA 98296
Located just north of Seattle, Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm offers an entire day of family-friendly activities. A visit alone will cost nothing, but the individual activities may have a few fees. Kids will love a run through the 10-acre corn maze (prices starting at $6 for kids, $8 for adults). For a fun twist, try the maze at night using only a flashlight and your sense of direction. The farm also offers a pumpkin patch (free unless you want to buy a pumpkin), bonfire area (free with corn maze admission) and country store for members of the whole family. If someone is celebrating a birthday, call ahead and the farm will put together an unforgettable experience.
Coast Guard Museum Northwest
1519 Alaskan Way South, Pier 36
Seattle, WA 98134
When the rain arrives in Seattle, it is time to head inside to the Coast Guard Museum Northwest. The museum is totally free and holds a number of fantastic items from the long history of life on the water. Included in the displays are a piece of the HMS Bounty, historic uniforms, pieces of lighthouses and items from various other vessels. The museum also holds the largest public collection of Coast Guard patches.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98006
The engaging KidsQuest Children’s Museum is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in Bellevue’s Factoria Mall. The facility is divided up into The Backyard, The Garage, The Treehouse and Waterways. Some areas are age limited but all offer interactive activities. Kids will love the giant indoor treehouse and semi-truck.
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Volunteer Park Water Tower
1247 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Volunteer Park is a centrally located park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The water tower, built in 1906, features what many consider to be the best view of the city. There are 106 steps to the top, a challenge for both kids and some adults, but nothing too daunting. At the top, there are 360-degree views and benches to relax on before heading back down. The park offers surrounding grass for picnics and a children’s play area.
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