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Our last trip of 2018 was to Seattle, Washington.
I’ve always loved the vibe in Seattle. Luckily, we live quite close to the Emerald City so my husband and I thought it would be a fun quick getaway to do with the kids while they were on winter break.
We are very fortunate to have access to the Victoria Clipper from our city. The Clipper is a passenger ferry that sails to and from Seattle in just under 3 hrs.
The Clipper is a very comfortable way to travel and so stress-free. Passengers clear customs in Victoria and again in Seattle. Once you arrive in Seattle you are within walking distance of all downtown Seattle hotels.
This was my kids first experience on the Clipper. They loved the comfortable seats, the meals available on board and the friendly staff. I appreciated a few hours of relaxation on the Clipper and not having to drive to and from Seattle.
My family received CityPASSes for our Seattle adventure. The Seattle CityPASS gives you access to many of Seattle’s top attractions. I have used the CityPASS in many major cities and have always been extremely satisfied with the pass.
The CityPASS is a great value and gets you into attractions quickly. I appreciate that the CityPASS always has access to all the city’s most sought after attractions.
For this trip, we stayed in a downtown Seattle hotel. This allowed us to have easy access to all that Seattle has to offer. We were able to walk or take an uber to all the attractions that we wanted to see.
On our first day in Seattle, we visited the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) and the Seattle Space Needle.
The MoPop is a fun collection of movie and music memorabilia. The kids and I loved seeing some costumes from The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter up close. My husband got lost in the Pearl Jam exhibit. This large exhibit was very interactive and had so many collectibles from past Pearl Jam tours.
The MoPop had a Marvel exhibit running during our visit. The entire family really enjoyed learning the history of Marvel comics and seeing some of the original costumes and props from major Marvel films. This exhibit was a highlight for everyone.
After the MoPop we ventured across the street to the Seattle Space Needle.
The Space Needle recently had a major renovation and is quite the fun attraction. The newest attraction at the Space Needle is The Loupe, a revolving glass floor. My family was all a little anxious about venturing out on the main deck but once we got used to the heights we really enjoyed the views of Seattle.
The Loupe was so interesting and fun experience. I really loved the feeling of the floor and view moving below me. I highly recommend visiting the Space Needle!
On our second full day in Seattle, we took the Seattle Monorail to the Pacific Science Center.
The Pacific Science Center is perfect for families. It has many exhibits that will pique every child’s interest. My children loved the body works exhibit, the living exhibit (where we saw the cutest naked mole rats!) and the tropical butterfly house. You could spend all day at PacSci!
On our third day, we explored the Pike Place Market and spent time at the Seattle Aquarium.
The kids and I really loved walking through the market and checking out the stalls. You’ll find so many souvenirs, flowers and food items in the market.
Our visit to the Seattle Aquarium was fabulous. The Aquarium has a large section of sea life from the Pacific Northwest and so much more.
We all loved watching the otters and seals swim around in their tanks. (The river otters were our favourites!). My kids were impressed with the jellyfish tank and really enjoyed looking at all the tropical fish in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit.
My family had a wonderful time during our Seattle vacation. My husband and I were impressed by all the family-friendly attractions available in the city. We loved being able to walk to most of our activities, enjoyed the variety of food available in the city and loved being close to the ocean.
I’m so pleased we decided to take the kids to Seattle. I highly recommend exploring Seattle with kids.
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I’d love to know, have you visited Seattle before? What are your favourite things about this city in the Pacific Northwest?