6 days in Seattle- Family Friendly Itinerary

Have kids, will travel: Seattle in 6 days

View from AirBnb

Many families opt for tropical destinations for spring break.  This year we headed cross country to visit my sister-in-law (Aunt J) in Seattle.  While the weather was typical Seattle (coldish and rainy) we had a great time exploring the city as a family.  We came up with a great itinerary that left some room for spontaneity and the trip could not have gone better.  Here are the details.

The Details- 2 parents, 3 kids ages 1, 6 and 8
Length of trip- 6 days, 5 nights

Day 1
We arrived in Seattle around 12:30 PM local time and headed to our Airbnb in West Seattle. This was our first time using Airbnb and it was excellent.  We had a 3 bedroom townhouse across the street from a grocery store.  West Seattle is a great, family friendly neighborhood close to shopping, parks, stores, and restaurants.  Once we were back at the townhouse there was no need to drive anywhere, we could walk everywhere we needed to go.  I would opt for an Airbnb instead of a hotel when doing a trip like this with kids.  Having more space and a full kitchen made our trip so much more pleasant.  I found the reviews on the site to be an accurate description of the place we stayed and our host was great.

We arrived on a sunny day!  Our first stop after dropping off our stuff was Husky's for sandwiches and ice cream.  This was a great local spot for inexpensive lunch.  We made repeat visits for ice cream!  We walked around the neighborhood and found the best local park.  Ercolini Park has a nice updated play space with a pretty view, but the best part of this park is the toys that are left for kids to play with.  The kids had a great time exploring this park and trying out the different bikes and scooters.  We visited this park just about every day that we were there.
Dinner was mac and cheese for the kids and take out thai for the grownups and an early bed time for all.

Day 2
The kids were up so early that Dad took them to Top Pot Doughnuts for breakfast (Alki Beach Location).  This local chain has amazing doughnuts, warning they are addictive.   We took advantage of the forecast (no rain predicted) and set out for an early day of sightseeing.  First stop was the Seattle Center.  Parking was easy and we left the car there for the day.  This area has museums, restaurants, and the Space Needle.  We started with the Space Needle which was a highlight of the trip.  The big kids loved the elevator, the views, and the telescopes at the top.  After arriving safely back down we had lunch at the Armory right on the property.  There is a great food court with outposts from local restaurants.  After lunch Aunt J and I headed to the Chihuly gardens while the baby snoozed in her stroller.

 Dad took the kids to the Artists at Play playground which is not to be missed.

When we finished we rode downtown on the monorail, another trip highlight especially for our 6 year old boy.  After wandering downtown we took the monorail back to the Seattle center and drove back to the townhome for a little downtime.  For dinner we headed to Alki Beach and ate at Duke's Chowder House, a family friendly local chain for seafood.  A busy and super fun day for all.

Day 3

In true Seattle fashion it rained all day.  We parked the car at Pike Place market and headed to the waterfront to visit the Seattle Aquarium. The kids loved the touch tanks and getting up close with the animals.  We spent about 2 hours there.  We then headed to Ivars fish bar for lunch.  This restaurant was a little nicer but still family friendly.  We sat near huge windows that looked out over the ferry terminal.  The kids loved watching the huge ferry boats load and unload cars.  After lunch we headed to the market.  We saw the men throwing fish (and even an octopus!), visited the first Starbucks, and checked out the shops and stalls in the market.  It was very crowded even in the middle of the week.  For car lovers check out the Miniature Car Dealer on the lower level.  This was a big hit with my son.   The afternoon was spent with more park time (even in the rain), ice cream, and rest time.  In the evening Aunt J babysat while the parents had a date night!  We had a great time at the Beer Junction and Ittos.  Both great local spots worth checking out.

Day 4

We started out the day at Easy Street Records, a must see spot in West Seattle.  They have a great cafe in the middle of a record shop.  Very family friendly and delicious too.  We happened to be in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month.  Many museums offer free entry on this day so if you visiting the first Thursday of a month plan accordingly.  We visited the Museum of History and Industry in West Lake Union.  This museum offered a history of Seattle with great interactive exhibits.  They have a room for kids and babies to play in as well.

 The kids also enjoyed checking out the seaplanes flying in front of the museum.  We ran back to the townhouse to grab a picnic and headed to Lincoln Park to take advantage of the clearing skies.  This park had a great playground with a zip line!  We hiked down to the sound (with stroller).  It was a little muddy but pretty easy to do.  The kids loved throwing rocks in the water and there was even a row of swings right next to the water.  Dinner was Pagliacchi's in the neighborhood, a great family friendly pizza spot. A fun and full day.  

Day 5
Our last full day in Seattle and a bit rainy, windy, and overcast.  We started with one last visit to Top Pot and then explored the area around Alki Beach.  We found some great views along the waterfront.  Headed back to the townhouse and wandered around West Seattle.  The kids loved the toy store Curious Kidstuff and we spent some time in there playing and exploring.  After lunch at the townhouse, we headed back to Lincoln Park to attempt kite flying!  We then headed to University Village for some shopping.  The Amazon bookstore with a hit with the kids, as there were toys and tablets to play with.  Dinner was my daughter's favorite of the trip- Blue C Sushi.

This local chain brings sushi rolls around on a conveyor belt.    The cooked food comes out on a robot on top of the belt that my son could not get enough of.  They were very accommodating to food allergies as well.  One to check out for sure. 

Day 6

After packing up the car (and one last park visit) we headed to the The Museum of Flight.  This is a great museum not to be missed.  It is near the airport so we planned accordingly with our flight.  We spent about 2 hours here but could have spent longer.  There are planes to explore, kid friendly activites, a spaceship, and so much more.  For lunch we ate at Randy's Restaurant just down the road.  A classic diner with airplane decor with was fun for all. 

Overall we had a busy and fun week in Seattle.  Tons to do and visit.  This itinerary worked well for our family of 5.  Have fun exploring!


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