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TwingleMomFl 03-13-2013 08:29 AM

Favorite things to do in and around Seattle.
We are flying into Seattle and taking the train up to Vancouver but we will be there a few days before.

What do you recommend to so with kids ages 9 and 14? We also plan to rent a car so anything that would require that would be great to get ideas on too!


TwingleMomFl 03-13-2013 08:30 AM

Also any hotel recommendations?

bceagle76 03-13-2013 08:47 AM

I dont live in Seattle but work for Seattle company.
There are number of good hotels, I am Marriott guy. So I like courtyard on 2 nd ave and Renissance on 6th which has real popcorn on the room service menu. But the Silver Cloud next to SafeCo is great expecially if going to a Mariner's Game. You just walk across the street.

Things to do.
Mariner's game you can get $10 tickets in left field which is the same view you get from the Monster View at Fenway.
Sounders Game if they are home I amnot soccer guy but it is alot of fun going to game 40k fans who are carzy about their team and game.
Pike Market see the throwing of the Fish
Space Needle
Rock and Roll exhibit at space needle
Duck Tour of the city
If you are there in August Sea Fair
Underground City Tour

I am sure people can come up with other things

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Chilly 03-13-2013 09:00 AM

We really enjoyed the Underground Tour, funny and informative.

We stayed at the hotel Monaco which was really nice.

bceagle76 03-13-2013 09:47 AM

Monaco is a very nice hotel

antmaril 03-13-2013 09:50 AM

We stayed at The Sheraton in June. It was great and the location was nearly perfect. It was an easy walk to the Pike Place Market.

disneyfaninaz 03-13-2013 10:31 AM

I really enjoyed the Underground Tour (you can catch it at Pioneer Square), the Aquarium and the Chilhuly Garden & Glass exhibit.

We found the CityPass a great way to see the highlights.

Lopear1 03-13-2013 10:36 AM

Touring Seattle
Another vote for the Duck tour. It is located right near the Space Needle. We laughed until we cried! :rotfl2:Ask for the Viking driver - he was hilarious! Great tour of the city, and a lovely cruise around Lake Union.

Pike's market is also fun, and the Aquarium is also nearby.

There is so many fun things to do in Seattle! :cool1:

disneygirl1972 03-13-2013 10:51 AM

We spent 2 1/2 days in Seattle last summer before our Alaskan cruise. My kiddos were 10 & 13 @ the time. We stayed at the Red Lion on 5th (great location). The first afternoon we walked towards the waterfront, ate @ Ivar's & had a Starbuck's Frappaccino along the waterfront. Next day, we walked to TopPot doughnuts (saw it on TV), then took the Light Rail (very easy) to Safeco for a midday game. We then took Light Rail to the Space Needle, dinner @ Serious Pie (pizza). Monday morning (Memorial Day) we did Pike Place Market. "Original" Starbucks for breakfast, then ate our way around the market (we are food loving people:thumbsup2). Afternoon was spent on a Duck Tour. Tuesday, we boarded our ship. :)

JimmyJackJunior 03-13-2013 11:03 AM


Originally Posted by TwingleMomFl (Post 47783412)
We are flying into Seattle and taking the train up to Vancouver but we will be there a few days before.

What do you recommend to so with kids ages 9 and 14? We also plan to rent a car so anything that would require that would be great to get ideas on too!


Pacific Science Center(with the Space Needle, Science Centre and Pop Culture Museum and they have an incredible children's center)

kdeans1010 03-13-2013 11:22 AM

The EMP. I really enjoy the EMP, it's the Experience Music Project (there's this rad history, that is really interesting to read, but know it's awesome.). And even if you don't like that new fangled rock music, there's the Science Fiction Center which is my favorite place in Seattle. Love it! My only qualm about it is last time I went, there was an exhibit about horror films. Yeah, not my favorite thing (I had to have a friend hold my hand through it. I'm a 31 year old woman, not a horror movie fan.). I don't think it's there anymore.

Piroshky Piroshky in Pike's Place---- AMAZEBALLS! I got down to Seattle about once a month (I live 2 hours away.) and despite having an appointment on the other side of town, my dad is always like "bring home a few bags!" So good!

I like going to Pike's Place just to people watch and scenery watch. You could go to Forks, but that's a big journey and a small little town.

justmestace 03-13-2013 12:11 PM

We stayed in Seattle for 2 days before our cruise, so we could see the sights.

Our location was PERFECT. We stayed at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront. Just next to the hotel is an elevator that will take you up to the Pike Place Market, which from there you can go to Pioneer Square ...the Underground Tour is a MUST....and to many shops and restaurants.

Just out front of the hotel is, of course, the waterfront. An easy walk to the Aquarium and all the shops and attractions on the waterfront.

Also, a short walk a few blocks down, and then uphill took us to the Space Needle, which is also where you'll find the Duck Tour ticket sales and loading area.

We also were able to EASILY walk to the ship's terminal, so we had no need for a taxi the entire time....except to and from the airport.

justmestace 03-13-2013 12:17 PM

Here's a link to a good map of the areas that you'll be the most interested in. Other than the Safeco baseball field, which could be a long walk, I can't imagine needing a rental car. Finding parking spaces might be a bit of a hassle.

chrisrunty 03-13-2013 12:29 PM

I live here. :) These are some of our favorites:
1. The new Ferris Wheel... so cool and worth the price.
2. Pike's Market... something for everyone. Go hungry!
3. Aquarium
4. Pacific Science center with a ride up to the Space Needle... Bring your camera.
5. Walk along the piers, Take the 2 hour Argosy Cruise to learn about Seattle
6. Ride the Ducks

These are what I think would be most age appropriate for you and your kids.:thumbsup2

bceagle76 03-13-2013 12:55 PM

another thing if you love chinese food
china town is as good as any
my favorite is the Sea Garden not the prettiest place but great food

For Steaks
metropolian grill is one of best steak places in the country
very pricey

there are great seattle places
the pink door
wild ginger
just some of my favorites

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