Home to the Space Needle, Mt. Ranier and the Puget Sound, Washington state is an excellent place to vacation with the family. With so many kid-friendly attractions in Washington to you'll be able to spend quality time together in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Two of the best places to explore on a Washington vacation with family are Seattle and Tacoma. In fact, these two enchanting cities are only 34 miles apart, so it may make sense to visit both! Seattle, Washington, is home to Pike's Place Market, the famous Space Needle and Seattle Children's Museum where every exhibit is interactive, and kids can spend the day exploring a play grocery or a mini African village.
Washington vacations in Seattle are usually most enjoyable when you have a hotel in the center of all the action. For a hotel near the Children's Museum and the Seattle Art Museum, think about the Four Seasons Hotel, which provides kid-sized bathrobes, bath toys, babysitting, table bumper guards, cribs and an outdoor pool. Kids get to stay free of charge if they sleep in existing beds. The Pan Pacific Hotel, also located close to the Children's Museum and the Seattle Aquarium, is a smoke-free property with an on-site restaurant, laundry service, and roll-away beds. There are many family hotels in Washington to think about for your trip!
Closer to Tacoma, you'll find the Wild Waves Themes Park which offers kiddie rides, family rides, thrill rides and water rides. For baseball fans in the family, be sure to stop by Everett Memorial Stadium, which is just 30 minutes north of Seattle and one of the top minor league parks in America. It is home to the Everett AquaSox, the team that made the Northwest League Playoffs in 2013. Baseball fans usually find the affordability, easy parking and relaxed, low-tech atmosphere to be a refreshing, authentic experience.
Other Washington attractions for kids in Seattle are Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, the Pacific Science Center and the Golden Gardens Park, a place where both kids and parents can explore the wetlands, beaches, hike trails, have picnics and enjoy the playground.
Not to be outdone, the city of Tacoma, Washington, offers many kid-friendly attractions as well. Some top attractions in Washington are located in Tacoma, including Point Defiance Park. This park boasts a beautiful forest with easy trails, clean restrooms, a zoo, an aquarium and a carousel and is in close proximity to great hotels such as Hotel Murano and La Quinta Inn and Suites. The Children's Museum of Tacoma is a great place to visit with kids aged 8 years and under, as it supports children's growth and learning as they play.
Outside the Seattle/Tacoma area, you'll find lots more places to go in Washington, like the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, Mt. St. Helens and an abundance of pristine waterways, campgrounds and seasonal outdoor activities like skiing. For more insider tips and helpful tools for planning your family vacation to Washington, take advantage of Minitime's Trip Planner.