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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

South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcars, Seattle
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Seattle Streetcar. Credit: Canadian Pacific via Flickr CC

South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcars, Seattle

Hit the urban rails and explore one of Seattle’s glossiest neighborhoods by taking the South Lake Union Streetcar between the SLU neighborhood and Westlake Center. (Ride the Monorail, too, for double the fun!) Streetcars sport bright colors and a nifty chime that kids can appreciate.

The more recently-opened First Hill Streetcar connects Capitol Hill, First Hill, Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square for more in-city adventures. Extended streetcar lines are in the works.

Getting there: Parking is tough in all the urban neighborhoods served by the Streetcar lines. Find a spot in a pay lot or on-street metered space, or walk or bus from deeper in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Ride and cost: The Streetcars generally run about every 10–20 minutes, early until late, six days a week; on Sundays they operate with slightly shortened hours. Buy tickets on the platform or on board, or use your ORCA card or valid Metro bus transfer. Adult tickets cost $2.25; ages 6–18 $1.50; and kids 5 and under ride free.

To visit nearby: At Lake Union Park, visit MOHAI, check out the park's pond (sail a pond boat on the weekend), wave at the float planes and boats, or stroll over to the Center for Wooden Boats, where you sign up for free boat rides on Sundays. In the International District, find ideas for fun in our insider's guide (note that some activities are seasonal).

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