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101 Family Day Trips and Day Trips Around Seattle

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Seattle. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Snofalls Lavender
Seattle Japanese Garden
Kubota Garden
Seattle Chinese Garden
Streissguth Garden
Woodland Park Rose Garden
Dunn Gardens


Get Wild on a Hike

  Swamp Monster Trail; Tiger Mountain
St. Edward State Park
Evans Creek Preserve
Margaret's Way 


Time Travel Today

  Ginko Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails 
Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village
Fort Nisqually
Camlann Medieval Village
Fossils Uncovered Exhibit at the Burke Museum
Klondike Goldrush Visitor Center 


Make Life a Beach

Carkeek Park 
Alki Beach
Madison Park Beach
Denny Blaine Beach
Mount Baker Beach
Madrona Beach
East Green Lake Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

Wild Waves
  Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Great Wolf Lodge
Birch Bay Waterslides


Spend the Day at a Museum

  US Naval Undersea Museum
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Museum of History and Industry 
Rubber Chicken Museum
Northwest African American Museum


Explore These Cities

  Portland, OR


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Museum of Flight
Northwest Seaport 
Coast Guard Museum Northwest
Center For Wooden Boats
Boeing Future of Flight
Flying Heritage Museum
Northwest Railway Museum
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Soviet Car Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

Remlinger Farm
Larson Lake Blueberry Farm
Lavender Hill Farm
Bob's Corn and Pumpkin Farm
Kelsey Creek Farm


Play Ball!

West Seattle Bowl
Interbay Golf Center
Seattle Tennis Club


Treat Yo' Self

  Salt & Straw
Frankie and Jo's 
Molly Moon
Sweet Alchemy


Connect with Nature

Denny Creek Waterslide
Washington Park Arboretum
  Bellevue Botanical Garden
Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Old McDebbie's Farm


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Wild Waves
  Seattle Great Wheel 


Talk to the Animals

  Farrel - McWhirter Farm Park 
Woodland Park Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Debbie Doolittle's Indoor Petting Zoo
Wildlife Park
Sammamish Animal Sanctuary


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  National Nordic Museum 
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Seattle Japanese Garden
Seattle Chinatown - International District 


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Coal Creek Falls 
Franklin Falls
Waterfall Garden Park
  Twin Falls
Franklin Falls 


Get Active Indoors

Safari Playspace 
Sky Zone Seattle
My Gym Kent


Challenge Yourself

  Morris' Shadow Mountain Stables
Seattle Symphony
CoCa Seattle
Sno-King Ice Arena
Stone Gardens Indoor Rock Climbing Gym


Shop Your Heart Out

  Secret Garden Books
Elliott Bay Book Company
Phinney Books
Magnolia's Bookstore
Pike Place Market
Madison Books

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Seattle. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away