Ideas for Fun Summer Days

With summer right around the corner and beautiful blue skies tempting us out you may be thinking of exploring what our community has to offer.  There are plenty of fun adventures just waiting to be had right in our area.  No formal vacation plans required!

We’ve compiled the following list of day trip ideas we hope you will find helpful.  Some of these ideas are geared toward younger family members, some older, while others hold interest for the whole family.

Please let us know if you have something else to add or any feedback about any of these ideas.

The Arboretum and Japanese Garden:

Aviation Center & Boeing Tour (Everett):

Beach Days — Golden Gardens/Ballard, Alki Beach/West Seattle, Seahurst Park/Burien or Jetty Island/Everett all offer a local sandy beach experience! Idylwood Park on Lake Sammamish, and Juanita, Houghton, or Medina Beach Park on Lake Washington offer lake swimming and water play.

Bellevue Art Museum:

Bellevue Parks:

The Burke Museum (Seattle):

Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle):

Crystal Mountain (hiking and gondola ride):

Experience Music Project (Seattle):

Farrel McWhirter Park & Farm (Redmond):

Flower World (Maltby nursery with a small petting zoo area):

Fox Hollow Farm (Issaquah):

Kelsey Creek Farm (Bellevue):

KidsQuest Childrens Museum (Factoria):

Museum of Flight (Seattle):

Museum of History & Industry (Seattle):

Northwest Railway Museum – Thomas the Train event (Snoqualmie)

Northwest Trek (Eatonville):

King County Parks (link to list of area parks):

The Pacific Science Center (Seattle):

Outback Kangaroo Farm (Artlington):

Padilla Bay Beach and Estuarine Research Reserve (Mount Vernon):

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (Tacoma):

Remlinger Farms – U-pick, Farm Animals and some small rides.

Ride the Ducks Seattle Tour:

The Seattle Aquarium:

Seattle Art Museum:

Seattle Bug Safari:

Seattle Children’s Museum:

Seattle Waterfront & Ye Olde Curiosity Shop:

Snoqualmie Falls:

The Space Needle (Seattle):

Tillicum Village/Blake Island Tour:

Washington State Ferries:

Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle):

Museum of Glass (Tacoma):

Local magazines Parent Map and Seattle’s Child also contain a lot of articles and ideas for family-friendly excursions.



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