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Best Things to Do With Kids on the Seattle Waterfront

Play hometown tourist at awesome local attractions

Published on: April 18, 2022

little boys running through the sculpture park by the Seattle waterfront
Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

Play hometown tourist before the actual tourists arrive

The pandemic gave us a few ideas worth holding onto, and one of them is a thirst for exploring our own region. Seattle is a city that people from all over the world come to visit! Beat the crowds to the fun times by playing hometown tourist and visiting local attractions — in advance of the summer tourist season.

Exploring the 1.3-mile-long Seattle waterfront makes for a fun and easy day of exploring. Some things are free — the views of Puget Sound and the Olympics, watching ferries and container ships on Elliott Bay — and all of it is family-friendly.

Seattle was born as a port city, but for nearly 70 years, the Viaduct cut the waterfront district off from the heart of downtown. Not anymore. Now everyone can enjoy the waterfront without that hulking concrete shadow.

Pick one end to start your waterfront adventure: the Olympic Sculpture Park to the north or the Washington State Ferry Terminal to the south. Bring a stroller and stash plenty of water bottles, sunscreen and an extra layer just in case and you’re ready to start exploring.

Click the arrows above the image for some family-friendly ideas for your waterfront adventure.

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