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10 Fun Things for Your Family to Do This Summer Near Seattle

This summer is going to be a hot one. This guide will help you find the best Seattle activities that your family and children will love.

1. Visit Museums

One of these activities includes going to museums. Did you know that with a library card, you can often reserve free admission tickets for museums in the area? There are currently nine different museums that allow this with your Seattle public library card. Tickets often are reserved quite quickly because they’re high in demand, so you need to act fast.

2. Go to State Parks

With a Discover Pass, there are literally hundreds of parks, water access points, natural and wildlife areas you can visit in Washington. And there are several “State Land’s Free Days” that don’t require a pass.

In addition to Discover Pass parks, there are again hundreds of free parks and recreation spots all throughout the state. Do a little research. Find the park that sounds fun for your family. Then pack up a picnic lunch and you have a full day of activity for very little cost. Visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov for details.

Conner Homes offers many nearby parks at most of their new home communities. From Seattle to Snohomish; Kent to Bonney Lake and Buckley – visit communities page to discover all the many parks available to visit.

3. See Live Animals

Mainly for the kids, animal farms are always a summertime fun time. The Olympic Game Farm in Sequim; Northwest Trek in Eatonville; and even the Kangaroo Farm in Arlington – all good spots to see live animals. But the best place to see all kinds of animals of course is the Woodland Park Zoo, located near Greenlake in Seattle.

4. Go Shopping

Seattle is a mecca for all kinds of shopping. In the South Sound, Kent Station offers a multitude of shops, restaurants and even movie theatres, as does the Auburn Supermall. In the north end, the downtown City of Snohomish has many fun antique and specialty shops in a beautiful setting just north of Seattle. On the eastside of course there is Bellevue and Lincoln Squares – with everything from shopping, taverns, bowling and wonderful restaurants. Probably the most famous of all shopping, however is The Pike Place Market – with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and of course its famous Fish Market – selling fresh fish for decads as employees playfully through fish around.

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5. See the Seattle Center

Home of the new Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Center and campus offers children and adults a huge array of activities, events, sports, and attractions that are fun for the whole family.

6. Go to the Space Needle

Seattle is home to a variety of breathtaking sights. The most iconic of course is the Space Needle.

With its observation tower with its revolving glass floor, and a restaurant, The Space Needle celebrated its 60th anniversary – where it debuted at the World’s Fair in 1962. A must see for everyone local and visitors.

7. Walk a Trail

Another great option is to go walk on the many trails located around Seattle. There are more than enough trails to fill the entire summer and provide plenty of free fun. This is also a great opportunity to teach children about survival and the beauty of nature.

8. Visit an Aquarium

Whether it be The Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront near the Pike Place Market, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium near Tacoma, or watching the fish run through the Ballard Locks – fish life is a big part of the Puget Sound, offering plenty of unique sea creatures to observe, with friendly staff knowledgeable to answer questions.

9. Take Them Stargazing

Some activities in Seattle are available throughout the summer months. One example of this is the University of Washington’s Jacobson Observatory.

This is an observatory that is open from April through September with a reservation. Keep in mind that this is a very popular place for people to go during these months. You need to make sure you get reservations as soon as possible.

10. Take a Boat Ride

One of the best kinds of activities during summer is anything water-related. Lake Union Center in Seattle provides free boat rides on Wednesdays through Sundays. These are year-round, and the rides can go for an hour.

Boats are reserved 2 to 3 weeks in advance, and there are also a variety of boats to choose from for a different family sizes.

Moving to Seattle?

Are you interested in moving to the Seattle area? Contact us today at Conner Homes to find your dream home. With beautiful new homes and communities from Buckley to Snohomish, Seattle and the South Sound, and from the $600’s to the $1.2M’s – we have something for everyone.