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8 Supercool Tree Houses, Forts and Hobbit Houses Around Seattle to Explore With Kids

Unleash your kids’ imaginations touring a tree house, exploring a fort or climbing a tower

Published on: July 09, 2024

Young boy walks across the suspension bridge at a Sammamish treehouse, one of Seattle's many tree houses
The suspension bridge approach to the Sammamish treehouse. Photo: Devon Hammer

Magical spots for outdoor play

Inspiration most often lies outside our front door. And if kids happen to encounter something magical, say, a tree house, fort or hobbit door woven into an outing, their inspiration can go into overdrive. But where to find these secret spots designed to spark our kids’ imaginations?

We’ve collected eight places around Puget Sound that could fuel hours of outdoor play for kids, from tree houses and decommissioned forts to hobbit houses. Some are suitable for a day trip, while some are a short drive away.

Fort Casey Historical State Park
Sammamish tree house
Canopy tower and tree houses at IslandWood
Tree house tower at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Fort Worden Historical State Park
TreeHouse Point
Stump house at Guillemot Cove
Gnome and hobbit houses

First stop: Fort Casey State Park

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published several years ago, and was most recently updated on July 9, 2024 by family fun editor Meredith Charaba with new images and tree house information. All entries were fact checked. Vicky McDonald contributed to this article.

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