For the music lover to the nature lover, the greater Seattle area offers many opportunities for a fun-filled stay-cation in the city. Spring break is the perfect time to check out these fantastic, family friendly venues for all ages. So ditch the expensive hotels and get ready to adventure out in Seattle with the family for some amazing memories.

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Woodland Park Zoo (credit= Karen Ulvestad)

Woodland Park Zoo
750 N 50th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500

Price: Click here for prices as they vary throughout the seasons
Hours: Oct to Apr 30 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May to Sept 30 – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

Woodland Park Zoo offers activities for all ages. Take a trip through the African Savana, South American rainforest or far north exhibits. The new penguin exhibit allows visitors to view the birds swimming underwater or hanging out near nesting holes in the back wall. The Zooarium offers an indoor environment for learning and activities geared toward children 8 and under, however it is open for all age groups. There is a food court with numerous selections for the whole family, including an espresso stand. The zoo offers classes and camps for children of all ages.

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4300

Price: Adult (13 and over) $19.95, Youth (4 to 12) $13.95, Children (3 and under) Free
Hours: Daily – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

Spend the day walking under Puget Sound in the underwater viewing room, watching marine mammals swimming in their environments or wandering through exhibits of tropical reefs. The Seattle Aquarium offers all these activities and more. All ages will enjoy the indoor tidal pools, which allow children to touch starfish and sea anemones. The new full-wall tank allows children and adults to watch fish being fed underwater by a staff member, while listening to informational talk. The aquarium offers classes and camps for children of all ages.

Related: Best Free Seattle Museums

EMP Museum
325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 770-2700

Price: Click here for prices as they vary
Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

Music lovers and science fictions fans flock to the EMP Museum for its exhibits and events. The museum contains the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was created in 1971, and has found its permanent home at the museum. Each year, four individuals are inducted into it for their continued contributions to Science Fiction. The museum offers workshops for teens throughout the year.

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Price: Adults (16 to 64) $14, Seniors (65+) $12, Youth (6 to 15) $9, Kids (3 to 5) $7.
Hours: Mon, Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. –  5 p.m., Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

For young and old alike, the Pacific Science Center offers opportunities for hands-on learning about science through their exhibits. Permanent exhibits include dinosaurs, tropical butterflies, kids works, animal exhibits and more. Visit the site for a listing of current exhibits as well as a list for future exhibits. Beyond exhibits, the science center is home to the IMAX Theater, the laser dome, the planetarium and the live science stage.

Pike Place Market
1531 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453

Price: Free
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

The Pike Place Market is a jewel near the Seattle Waterfront. This is an open air market, filled with vendors selling food, art, clothing, jewelry and more. The famous “fish toss” can be seen at the Pike Street level. There are fruit and vegetable vendors that sell straight from the farm. The levels below are indoor stores, selling everything from antiques to imported clothing. The market is filled with a variety of restaurants, retail stores, vendors and performers. Windows on the west side of the structure offer beautiful views of the Seattle Waterfront and Puget Sound. It is a fun-filled market for the whole family.

Related: Best Of The Pike Place Market

Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at


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