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Seattle
Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City (for all the evergreen trees), but it could also be called “the city of hills and lakes.” Downtown Seattle is perched on hills that go up and down like a roller coaster, ending up at the waterfront and Elliott Bay. On freshwater lakes, Lake Union and Lake Washington, you’ll see boats galore, kayaks and sailboats to tugboats and commercial fishing boats. And day or night, kids can’t miss Seattle’s unique landmark, the Space Needle.
Seattle Photo Album
    Waterfront
    Seattle Center
    Downtown
    Pioneer Square
    Lake Union & Volunteer Park
    North – Ballard Locks
    West – Alki Beach
    Seattle day trips
    Museum of Flight – This museum is chock full of full-size planes! Climb into the cockpit of a Blackbird or Hornet fighter, take control in flight simulators, test your piloting skills in a hang glider, operate the controls of a Scorpion helicopter, step inside Air Force Once. Little kids can land soft airplanes on their own play runway. In the Airpark are historic airplanes, such as Fokkers, B-17, the Concorde, F-14 Tomcat, MiG 21, Spitfire. Open daily, this stellar museum is located next to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.
family hotels seattle

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Seattle, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in Seattle, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Seattle family hotels
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Buy a Seattle CityPass for discounts on museums and fun things to do - harbor cruise, Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Museum of Flight, Seattle Aquarium, and Pacific Science Center. Savings for the whole family, and no waiting in ticket lines:

Seattle CityPass
kids books seattle
     
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle childrens books  

Take a trip around Seattle with Pete and his dog Larry. When Larry gets lost, he runs through Pike Place Market and the Seattle Center, past the Fremont Troll, leaps onto a tugboat, and finds Pete, just in time to go through the Ballard Locks. (Picture book)

 

     
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow
Gary Golio, Javaka Steptoe

Growing up in Seattle, Jimi Hendrix could play the sound of raindrops, singing as they fell. He bought a guitar for five dollars, and soon he was electrifying the world with his songs. Bold collages and color-filled story of the young musician in his home city. (Picture book)

 

 
seattle kids books Jimi: A story of the young Jimi Hendrix
     
elliott the otter  
Elliott the Otter
John Skewes, Eric Ode

Meet Elliott the sea otter, boss of everything that goes on in Seattle's Elliott Bay. Barges, freighters, tugboats, ferries loading and unloading the bay is a busy place. And what's happening under the water? Giant orcas and tons of salmon heading home through the locks. (Picture book)

 

     
A Day at the Market
Sara Anderson

Spend the day at Pike Place Market, all the sights, sounds, colors and crowds – “ Flowers, fish fillets, and fruit. Delivery trucks honk toota-toot. ‘Mornin’ Zelda!’ ‘Hello Jack.’ Fresh baguettes in flour sacks.” Colorful cut-paper style illustrations capture this vibrant market in the heart of Seattle. (Picture book)

 

 
A Day at the Market
     
 

Mystery adventures set in Seattle, young Hannah West catches an art thief, and discovers how someone's polluting Lake Washington. In her next cases, she tracks down a dognapper, then solves a mystery on Millionaire's Row. Written by Seattle librarian Linda Johns, stories have wonderful local color for kids. (Chapter book)

 

     
Springer's Journey
Naomi Black, Virginia Heaven

Based on the true story of Springer, an orphaned orca whale is separated from her pod and accidentally swims into Elliott Bay. Springer asks all the boats the way back to the kelp forest, but it’s the wise old ferry who helps her find her way home. (Picture book)

 

 
Springer's Journey seattle nature kids books
     
kids books Seattle ABC  
Seattle ABC
John Skewes, Robert Schwartz

Explore the Emerald City with Larry and Pete on an adventure from A to Z. "B is for bridges that float or stand up." Delightfully illustrated. (Picture book)

 

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