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Live Like a Tourist: 9 Great Family-friendly Tours Around Seattle

Indulge your passion for history, chocolate, boating, tasting, weird facts and more

Published on: July 29, 2015

Ride the Ducks. Photo credit: Trisha Fawver, flickr CC
Ride the Ducks. Photo credit: Trisha Fawver, flickr CC

Got visitors in town, or perhaps just a free day with the fam? Play tourist! Seattle is rich in fun guided tours, and whether your family’s passion is history, ice cream or silliness, you’ll find something to love in one of these kid-friendly tours.

1. Seattle By Foot: Seattle Kid’s Tour

Two hours, a half mile of walking and four or so downtown destinations, picked with kids in mind ($13–$15).

Seattle Kid's Tour. Photo credit: Jennifer Johnson

2. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

This 75-minute exploration of Pioneer Square’s extensive array of tunnels comes with plenty of colorful history that your kids — if they are old enough — should enjoy ($9–$18, kids 6 and under free).

Courtesy of the Underground Tour

3. Ride the Ducks

You’re in for 90 minutes of stories, songs, silly jokes and quacking noises while riding a World War II–era amphibious vehicle (several tour options, $1–$29).

4. Savor Seattle

Have a budding foodie? Try Savor Seattle’s Chocolate Indulgence Tour (two hours, $49.99–$51.99) or the Pike Place Market Tour (also two hours, $39.99–$41.99); each features 15 or more samples to taste.

5. Sunday Ice Cream Cruise

Board the MV Fremont Avenue for this45-ish-minute tour of Lake Union; buy ice cream treats and drinks along the way (every Sunday, $2–$11).

6. The Fremont Tour

Billed as street theater, this family-friendly 90-minute tour includes half a mile of walking, insights and improvised silliness from Fremont-esque characters ($16–$20, kids 9 and under free.

Firing the rocket. Photo credit: The Fremont Tour

7. Destiny Harbor Tours

Leaving from Tacoma and Gig Harbor, these tours visit the working waterfront in open restored U.S. Navy boats (two-hour tour, $25–$35, kids 4 and under free).

Courtesy Destiny Harbor Tours

8. Alki Kayak Tours

Step into a sturdy double kayak and follow your tour guide out onto the salt water. Expeditions from downtown and West Seattle include historical, sunset and full-moon themes (two-hour tour, $69).

9. Eat Seattle Tours

This new chef-led tour through Pike Place Market is also aimed at foodie individuals and families or anyone, really, who's interested in knowing more about artisan food preparation and where their food comes from. Come hungry for the 10-stop tasting tour of the market, with stops including Beecher's Cheese, BB Butcher, Britt's Pickles, Pure Food, a secret garden at the market and Indi Chocolate. Yum! (Two-hour tour costs $49.99; they also offer cooking classes, which start with a shop at the market.)

Eat Seattle Chef's Tour. Photo credit: Elisa Murray


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