A family day out can take many twists and turns, but Seattle has your back when it comes to avoiding long lines and expensive commercial thrills. Here are some family-friendly outings that cost next-to-nothing and provide precious time together in low-key outdoor settings.
Even if you know nothing about tidepooling, gather up the family and head to West Seattle for a day at Constellation Park. Before leaving, check out the Washington Trails Association Guide to Tidepooling with Kids for some tips and tricks as well as a tidepool predicter from NOAA and info on tidepooling etiquette. You can drive over the West Seattle Bridge or just hop on a water ferry from Pier 50 downtown. At Constellation Park, the kiddos can scour the tidepools for sea stars, hermit crabs, urchins and anemones, and then check out the brilliantly hued glass mosaic wall titled “The Intertidal World.”
Wooden Boats on Lake Union
Lake Union in downtown Seattle glistens with yachts, houseboats, kayakers and seaplanes, but one of the best family-friendly (and free) experiences on the lake is a stroll through the Center for Wooden Boats. Little ones learn how to tie knots and build boats and can sit in for a storytelling hour before romping the docks with provided maritime toys. It’s also a great place for renting a sailboat, kayak or paddle boat. If you don’t mind a bit of bustle, there’s an opportunity for free sailboat excursions on Sundays.
Old-Growth Forests – Without Leaving the City!
Everyone’s heard of Discovery Park, Seattle’s beloved city hideaway. But did you know the 530-plus-acre nature preserve harbors hiking trails winding through groves of old-growth madronasand cedar giants towering over the Puget Sound? You’ll experience a dizzying array of ecosystems ranging from evergreen forests, sand dunes, jagged cliffs, wildflower-strewn pastures and salmon habitats. Dig deeper to find a wildlife sanctuary, the West Point Lighthouse and a chance to go ziplining.
Seattle embraces its natural treasures and family-friendly fun. Living in one of our Seattle apartment communities puts you in the heart of urban culture and nature-fueled environments. Call today for more information and to set up a personal tour!