Family travel in Seattle, WA
You don't have to be an aviation-buff to enjoy a day at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The museum houses an incredible variety of aircraft and flight related exhibits, including a former Air Force One. Both kids and adults will love the flight simulators, being able to board a Concorde and the Boeing 737 that has been turned into a movie theater! For lunch, check out the Wings Cafe -- the prices are surprisingly reasonable for a museum eatery. Tourist Tip -- The Museum of Flight is a great indoor activity if you happen to catch one of Seattle's rainier days.
Looking for a true taste of the Northwest? Spend some time at Pike Place Market or The Market, as locals call it. Take kids to see the fish mongers who throw fresh fish across the market to each other -- if you're lucky, they might let you try! Older ones will love Seattle's Market Magic, which is a tiny little shop located in the basement of the Market. Instead of a sit-down lunch, pick up bites from Seattle's best food shops - macaroni and cheese from Beecher's, hot chocolate from the original Starbucks and gigantic cookies from Three Girls Bakery.
On a sunny Seattle day at Alki Beach, it would easy to imagine that you were actually in Southern California -- kids playing in the sand, beach volleyball tournaments and people rollerblading along the paved boardwalk. If you're staying in downtown Seattle, take the foot-ferry from the waterfront to Alki rather than driving around -- it only costs $2. Once on Alki, explore the beach, especially the tide pools in the rocks. Walk along the long boardwalk and find the miniature-scale Statue of Liberty. Lunch should definitely be eaten at Spud, a local fish and chips restaurant.
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or the Ballard Locks, are located just north of downtown. The locks are a set of channels that connect the salt water of Puget Sound to the fresh water of Lake Union. The water levels of the locks are raised and lowered (up to 26 feet!) for boats to pass through. Underneath the locks is the fish ladder that allows spawning fish to move from salt to fresh water. After you check out the locks, head back into downtown Ballard and grab lunch at Zak's and a cupcake next door at Cupcake Royale (both are located on Northwest Market Street).
Besides having one of the best locations for downtown sightseeing -- it's only one-block from Pike Place Market -- the Four Seasons goes out of its way to accommodate families. Forget baby shampoo or run out of diapers? Just ask the concierge for any of these complimentary items. Little guests will love the warm bedtime milk and cookies. If you're lucky enough to catch Seattle on a warm day, the whole family will love the rooftop pool. For parents, The Four Seasons will happily arrange for a babysitter if you would like to grab a kid-free dinner out at one of Seattle's top restaurants. Try Matt's at the Market, which is just around the corner.