Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Seattle

Published Jan 19, 2017

Some great places to take the family in Seattle this summer! A perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own home town.

2015 Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Seattle 

Space Needle

Seattle’s premiere attraction has something for everyone in the family! From its start, the Space Needle has stood tall as a beacon for “what if” thinking. Today, the Needle is taking that spirit above and beyond with new experiences that deliver more interaction, insights, connections, smiles and “wow”.

As the pivot point for one of the world’s hubs for innovation, the Space Needle is heightening guests’ ability to discover Seattle in one-of-a-kind ways and share those interactions with the world.

Now offering a King County discount and an annual pass for only $39!

Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year—in their communities, classrooms and on their campus.

This summer, explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about how your body works at GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body on June 20. Based on the best-selling book GROSSOLOGY, the exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. GROSSOLOGY is included with admission and is free for Pacific Science Center Members.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Providing a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly, the Exhibition includes eight Galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden. Wrap up your family outing with lunch at Collections Café.   

Shop the most popular spring plants Chihuly Garden and Glass has to offer, enjoy special garden tours and kids can participate in the third annual ladybug release!

Discounts are offered for King County residents.

Great Wheel Seattle

Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn't until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012 and has since become an icon of the city. The wheel is lit up each night with our white gondola lights, but on special occasions they have LED light shows on the wheel.

Ride times vary based on how large the crowd is and how many gondolas are loaded. During Summer months, ride times are usually between 12-20 minutes.

Seattle Aquarium

Opened in 1977, the Seattle Aquarium is the 9th largest aquarium in the US. Currently, the Aquarium’s animal collection is housed within six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge,Pacific Coral Reef, Birds & Shores, the Underwater Dome and Marine Mammals.

Several family and children's programs and events are held at the Aquarium, including a wide range of summer camps.

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is located just 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle, Washington, in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. The zoo's award-winning exhibits are home to more than 1,000 animals representing 300 species from around the world.  

Among the events scheduled for this summer, are the 2015 Concert Line-up, camps, adventure programs, geo-caching, and activities at the Zoomazium indoor play facility.

Seattle Children's Museum

Seattle Children's Museum

There are a number of hands-on exhibits for kiddos to explore, and daily educational programs or activities that are FREE with the cost of admission.

Their mission is to bring to life the joy of discovery for children and their families through fun, creative, hands-on exploration of the world around them.

Experience Music Project (EMP)

The EMP is dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary pop-culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll music, the EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational music fans. The building itself is as unique as the experience inside.

Through exhibitions, and educational programs, and using interactive technologies to engage and empower visitors, this is a fun experience for the whole family.

Seattle Mariners

A list of summer attractions in Seattle would not be complete without the city's beloved Mariners.  

Come on down to Safeco Field and cheer on Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, in exciting MLB action!

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