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Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Seattle

Published May 9, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

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

2019 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.

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, make a point to visit the Virtual Reality Microtheater where you will experience a six-minute movie called Fistful of Stars, an exploration of the cosmos. This experience is recommended for ages 5 and above. 

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, and enjoy special garden tours.

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 ten major exhibits, including the Window on Washington Waters, the Underwater Dome, and Marine Mammals. Check out the daily events that are great for children, like Story Time, which is an ocean-themed story read aloud by an interpreter. It's held on weekends at 11 am. 

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 is the Red, White & Zoo, a picnic where the animals are fed star-shaped popsicles, held on June 29 and 30 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. If your kids behave well, you might just treat them to a    popsicle too! 

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.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

The MoPOP is dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary pop-culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll music, the MoPOP 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. The MoPOP also offers summer camps and workshops for kids. 

Pike Place Market

Yes, Pike Place is one of top touristy spots in Seattle, but it's still a great spot to visit in the summer. It's one of the country's oldest farmers' markets and features fresh produce, speciality foods, craft stalls, and much more. Here's an idea: Plan a meal that you want to make with your children and then head down to the Market and select your ingredients. 

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, to watch the exciting MLB action!

Looking for more things to do with your family in Seattle? Check out ChatterBlock's Events and Things To Do listings. 

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