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Choo-Choo! 12 Train Adventures for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

Free mini train rides, historic excursions, urban rail adventures and more

Published on: April 16, 2019

Choo-Choo! 12 Train Adventures for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

Link Light Rail
Link train. Credit: Tim Adams via Flickr CC

Link Light Rail, Seattle to SeaTac

Seattle's Link Light Rail now connects the University of Washington to the north with the Angle Lake station, just south of Sea-Tac Airport, with 14 stops along the way. This train presents many opportunities to design your own adventure. Traveling from points south, riders could enjoy an outing to the International District (check out our insider's guide), the Central Library (three blocks from University Street Station) or other downtown-area adventures.

Or, from the University of Washington station, head south to Columbia City for window shopping and treats, or ride all the way to Sea-Tac for airplane viewing.

Getting there: Parking near light rail stations is very limited; you will likely need to park in a pay lot or bus it to a station.

Ride and cost: Trains run daily, every 15 minutes or more often at peak times. Adult fares are $2.25–$3.25, depending on route; ages 6–18 pay $1.50 for any route; ages 5 and under ride free. Purchase tickets with cash or card prior to boarding the train, or use your ORCA card.

Link Tacoma: Tacoma is ripe for Link adventures as well. Park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station and take the Tacoma Link Light Rail for free to destinations in downtown (page ahead for the Washington State History Museum section).

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