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Our most recommended Seattle Family-friendly activities

Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

1. Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

Take a journey back in time on a guided tour below the streets of Seattle. Explore over 4 city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and wander through 3 underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890s. Learn the history of Seattle's construction and about the tragedy that befell the city and its habitants along the way. Follow along as your guide regales you with fascinating true stories of how Seattle was born and the tragedies that befell it as it formed, including the Seattle Fire. Learn about the rebirth of Seattle after the fire, and the decision to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. See where retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads several feet above where they originally stood.

Skagway: Yukon, White Pass, & Husky Sled Camp Half-Day Tour

2. Skagway: Yukon, White Pass, & Husky Sled Camp Half-Day Tour

Discover the charm of the Yukon Territory on a guided half-day trip from Skagway as you travel up the Klondike Highway. Pass through the unbridled nature of British Columbia. Later, visit a dogsledding camp and learn about the history of sledding in Canada and Alaska while you meet Husky puppies. Begin your tour as the 1898 Gold Rush stampeders once did, journeying from Skagway and through the White Pass. Drive along the Klondike Highway and admire the scenic forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. Views of the White Pass Railroad evoke a nostalgic mood in the shadow of glacier-covered mountains. Next, enter Canada's province of British Columbia. As you drive, take in the sights of the subarctic alpine tundra that marks out Tormented Valley. Catch a glimpse of Summit Lake before you go on to pause at Canada Customs in Fraser. Continue your tour as you enter the Yukon Territory. Head to the Tutshi Dog Sledding Camp and discover the world of dogsledding firsthand. Meet trainers and mushers, see the dogs in action, and visit with puppies. Before you return to Skagway, visit the gift shop for a souvenir.

Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

3. Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

Discover the gray whales off the coast of Seattle on a relaxing boat tour. Be on the lookout for these giants of the sea as you learn about their biology and behaviors from an expert naturalist onboard. Board the boat at Pier 69 in downtown Seattle. With the guidance of Clipper’s expert onboard naturalist, you will be on the lookout for these huge special whales as they migrate north. Learn about their astounding annual migration from the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea. Discover interesting facts about their behaviour and intelligence. As you cruise offshore of Seattle and Langley on Whidbey Island, try to spot the whales breaching the surface. The area is popular with grays due to the robust shrimp population. Each March and April, the gray whales detour from their off-shore journey into the Salish Sea to feed and fuel up for the remainder of their journey to Alaska.

Woodland Park Zoo Daily Admission

4. Woodland Park Zoo Daily Admission

Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery, and unforgettable memories for more than 120 years while teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to understand and protect wildlife. Explore the lush setting and see animals from around the globe in our various habitats. Take a hike through the Living Northwest Trail to see area residents like the brown bear, elk, gray wolves and river otters. Take a walk in Australasia to see emu, wallaroos, wallabies and snow leopards. Visit the Trail of Vines and see our resident orangutans, python, tapirs and greater one-horned rhinos. Explore the African Savanna and witness grazing gazelles, zebras and graceful giraffes roam the terrain while majestic lions rule their domain. With nearly 900 animals and a 92-acre green oasis in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Woodland Park Zoo provides exemplary care for endangered wildlife as well as native trees, rare tropical plants and an exceptional rose garden.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

5. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Answer all your burning questions about chocolate on this guided walking tour in Seattle. Discover wheather chocolate is a food or a technology and find out why it has such a a special place in cultures around the world. Tickle your sweet tooth with some tastings along the way. Meet your guide and engage all your senses to help answer these questions and explore the world of chocolate in the city famous for the beans that give you a buzz. Follow your guide on a 2.5 hour walking tour that fills you to the brim with chocolatey goodness. Sample classic flavors like dark, milk, bitter, sweet, and with or without nuts. Try drinking chocolate and solid chocolate or shake thinks up with spicy chocolate. Bite into the purest of the pure and leave with a deeper understanding of the attention that goes into each silky, smooth, decadent bite you take. Included in your ticket price are 12 individual tastes of chocolate (keep breakfast light) at 8 of Downtown Seattle's most beloved food stops.

Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

6. Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

Take a ride on a boat elevator during a 2-hour cruise departing from the Seattle Waterfront or South Lake Union. On this 1-way cruise, venture through Elliott Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union. Enjoy spectacular views and experience first-hand the transition between salt and fresh water on this exciting ride. During the journey, get a feel for what it means to follow the tides of the Puget Sound, as the boat is lifted and lowered in the Ballard Locks. Fully-narrated and full of fun facts, bring the whole family along for an entertaining and informative experience. Glide past large fishing vessels docked to unload their catch, seaplanes landing or taking off, the fascinating Gasworks Park, and more.

Seattle: Gourmet Restaurant Food Walking Tour

7. Seattle: Gourmet Restaurant Food Walking Tour

Embark on a guided restaurant tour in Downtown Seattle with servings of hearty comfort food. Enjoy favorite local foods such as pizza, mac and cheese, and fried chicken as you learn about Seattle's culinary history. Eat at some of the best restaurants in the city and try 5 local takes on comfort food favorites. Learn how Seattle's diverse population has contributed to it being a world-class foodie destination. Hear about local superstars in the culinary scene, and leave the tour feeling full with a greater understanding on the history of the city.

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What people are saying about Seattle

The tour was engaging and taught us little known facts about Seattle. It would be a difficult activity for small children but perfect for ages 7 and up. The stairs are a little steep but not too bad. If it is raining or chilly outside, dress for the weather. It was drippy and cold underground (we expected this though.)

We had a great time with our guide Will who escorted us to several restaurants, shops in the market, and chocolate shops to taste a variety of really good food. It was really fun.

I moved to Seattle 6 years ago and this is the first time I have a chance to know more about Seattle history. It was very nice to discover why, when, how the city was built.

The guide was genuinely awesome, a lot of extra info about the cuity and also a very nice girl. Definitely you need to do this if you’re planning visit Seattle

Rod, our tour guide was amazing. He was well informed and immensely funny. Highly recommend this experience if you love history of any kind.