Seattle is a family-friendly city with many options for fun day trips. Whether your family prefers museums, animals or the great outdoors, you’ll find something to do in Seattle.


Children’s Museum, Seattle

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768

There is so much going on at the Seattle Children’s Museum that it’s difficult to fit everything into one visit. The museum feature 11 permanent exhibits, including Imagination Studio, Global Village, Story Telling Circle and Discovery Bay; traveling exhibits, such as Adventures With Clifford The Big Red Dog; and daily programs. The museum policy requires that adults are admitted only under the supervision of a child! Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Adults and Children, $7.50; Grandparents, $6.50; Active Military and Groups of 10 or more, $6; Children under one year, Free.


Woodland Park Zoo

NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 548-2500

The kookaburra may sit in the old gum tree, but it is also among the wide variety of animals – including everything from giraffes and elephants to rabbits and river otters – that can be seen at the Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo includes the Zoomazium, an indoor space where children can try such outdoor activities as climbing a mountain or a giant tree. Hours: Daily: May 1st through September 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; October 1st through April 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: May 1st through September 30th: Adults (ages 13-64), $16.50; Children (3-12), $11; Toddlers (up to age 2), Free. October 1st through April 30th: Adults, $11; Children, $8; Toddlers, Free. There is a $2 discount off of the regular admission rate for persons 65 and over or those with disabilities. The zoo also has a historic carousel that operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $2 per ride.


Golden Gardens Park

8498 Seaview Place NW
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-4075

This public park not only provides spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound, but it also offers a variety of activities for families, including picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming and boating. This popular site, which gets crowded in the summer, has a play area for children. The family dog is also welcome and can be exercised in an off-leash area. Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is free.

– By Ginny Frizzi