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Seattle was practically made for families. At once historic and innovative, educational and fun, hard-working and playful, Seattle embodies a robust balance that most parents would love to see reflected in their children and themselves. And good news: parents who take advantage of the exciting cultural experiences that Seattle has to offer with open, curious minds encourage young learners to be precocious observers and participants, too.
Glass has endured as an art medium for centuries. Its transparent and crystal-like qualities have inspired the careful creation of the stained glass windows of Medieval Europe as well as the dazzling glassware in your kitchen cupboard. Glass is both practical and beautiful, simple and complex, and Dale Chihuly made it his life's work.
Seattle is stunning on land but even better by sea. Get a fresh perspective of the gorgeous Emerald City with a one-hour Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. As you glide by the dynamic city skyline, take in the sights and sounds of the bustling waterfront and its historic neighborhoods, including lively shipyards and terminals, container ships, the Washington State ferry fleet, towering cruise ships and maybe even a sea lion basking on the rocks or little seals frolicking in the harbor waters.
One of the oldest zoos in the United States, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo spans almost 100 acres of pure animal enjoyment. Since 1899, it has delighted guests with over 1,000 animals that originate from all different habitats and geographic locations. Nestled in Woodland Park, this iconic destination is only a few miles from Ballard Locks (Hiram H. Chittenden Locks), another of Seattle’s top places to visit.
The Seattle Space Needle has been delighting visitors ever since its debut in the 1962 World’s Fair -- and it’s still a beloved attraction for locals and tourists alike. It’s the most iconic sight in the Seattle skyline and, for most people taking a trip to the Emerald City, it’s at the top of the "must do" list (it also tops our list of things to do with kids that parents also love!).
Just as unique as its people, Seattle is home to a variety of Seattle attractions meant to entertain visitors near or far. One such attraction is the Seattle Aquarium. Here, the Puget Sound and nearby waters are celebrated in a well-designed space that introduces locals and visitors to the fascinating creatures that dwell just outside in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and illustrates how conservation efforts will allow such an incredibly diverse ecosystem to thrive.