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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

The Sounder Train
Sounder train. Credit: Atomic Taco via Flickr CC

The Sounder Train, Seattle to Kent roundtrip

With a little more time, you and your crew can cover some serious ground riding the Sounder train from Seattle's King Street Station to Kent. Explore the shops at Kent Station for a few minutes or a couple of hours, then hop the train back. For early risers living between Lakewood and Tukwila, join the commuters on a northbound train for a day in Seattle. Better yet, hop the one mid-morning departure that leaves Lakewood at 10:16 a.m. and arrives in Seattle at 11:32 a.m. Return trains depart Seattle starting at 2:35 p.m.

Getting there: Bus it or ride the Streetcar to Pioneer Square, or use your best street-parking tricks — and be sure to avoid days with sporting events or concerts.

Ride and cost: Southbound Sounder trains depart King Street Station weekday afternoons starting at 2:35 p.m. Choose one of several afternoon departures to arrive in Kent 20 minutes later. Have an ice cream cone and a look around, then be back at the platform ready for one of the three northbound afternoon trains leaving Kent at 4:40 p.m., 5:04 p.m. or 5:49 p.m. Adult fares each way are $4; $3 for ages 6–18; and kids ages 5 and under ride free. Buy tickets with cash or card at the platform vending machine, or use your ORCA card.

To visit nearby: Enjoy a treat at Cold Stone Creamery or Cow Chip Cookies or visit any of Kent Station’s eateries and shops.

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