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Best Things to Do With Kids on the Seattle Waterfront

Play hometown tourist at awesome local attractions along Seattle's waterfront

Published on: August 07, 2023

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

Play hometown tourist at the Seattle waterfront

Seattle is a city that people from all over the world come to visit. Our temperate climate is becoming even more of a draw now that other parts of the county, and world, are experiencing extreme heat. You won’t find a more perfect place to fully appreciate the city’s cool sea air than along the Seattle waterfront. 

Exploring the 1.3-mile-long Seattle waterfront makes for an exciting 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! (And soon, Pier 58 will be home to a new marine-themed playground. Stay tuned.)

To make getting to each attraction easier, the free Waterfront Shuttle is back for summer 2023. The shuttle runs daily, every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., through Sept. 24, 2023.  

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

Now, let’s get going on a Seattle waterfront adventure.

First stop: Argosy Cruises

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