Family Fun in Seattle : Screenshot and SAVE! (for future planning) - Irvine Moms

Traveling with kids will keep you on your toes! Let us help you by creating a fun and help share simple ideas for getting out and playing in Seattle. We know when you travel with children we know what is helpful when you are in a pinch but you still want to feel like a Grownup and take part in activities with your Friends or Family.

Easy and Fun Adventures without Overwhemling you

 

 

Argosy Cruises

This is a must! This will give you a great over view of the City. Plus, there is a snack bar onboard.

With Seattle Weather going indoors is an excellent option. It is warm and plenty of seating is available.

The Curators are great at Tours with engaging Presentation and Storytelling keeping the kids entertained.

We enjoyed learning about the History, catching glipses of favorite Movie and TV Show Boats calling Seattle Home.

It is relaxing. After all the walking or driving you are doing taking in the PNW. Sitting while enjoying the views feels incredible.

The kids cant go far. Find a Table and Enjoy the ride. There are plug ins in case you need to charge your phone as well.

Highly recommended Tour!

What to know: Wear comformatble shoes and dress in layers. The Tour starts in one location and ends in another neighborhood. So consider your options on getting back to your car if you park at the start of the Tour. Or you may want to Uber. Review your Emails that are sent from Argosy carefully. They will be detailed with instructions.

The Rundown:

  • Two hours so it’s kind of like an extended Harbor Cruise
  • The Floating home/boat community is personally a favorite part of mine and so unique to Seattle
  • You’ll see three Seattle neighborhoods in one trip essentially (Ballard, Fremont, South Lake Union)
  • Depending on what you all decide to do AFTER the Locks Cruise, it just makes for an adventurous day, we know a one way trip can seem daunting but both locations have great attractions, restaurants, cafes to visit before or after the trip.

This stops near Pike Market walk up and enjoy the shops and eats nearby. Pike Market does keep set hours please check their schedule to learn up to date detals.

 

Family Favorite!

Beneath the Streets

We could not recommend this tour any more to you and your family.

Our Guide was Mike who was exceptional. He was funny, witty and full of knowledge.

If you love Architecture and History = this is for you!

There is alot of walking so wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended.

There is a Bathroom near the Check in counter and they offer FREE umbrellas too! (please return at the end of the tour)

Beneath the Streets is a Seattle must-do if you want to learn about the history of this great city and see the underground!  Without giving too much away (the guides love to talk and share history),the founders of the city built too low and too close to the water causing flooding and sewage problems for the early inhabitants of this city. Word has it the city smelled real bad with all of the sewage building up in the dirt, sawdust, and saltwater that was at times ankle deep!

 

In 1889 the city was saved from the stench of raw sewage and problematic drainage when an accidental fire burned over 30 blocks of the city’s commercial core giving the residents a second chance to build.  In order to build quickly (time is money) and get out of the tidal flats upon which the city was originally built, the engineers came up with a plan to simultaneously reshape the natural landscape and begin construction on new buildings. When all was said and done, about 32 blocks of underground were created. Much of the original underground is gone-either filled in, used for parking, storage, or commercial ventures, but a few of these old areaways exist and Beneath the Streets takes you to 3 spaces of underground. Most of the underground spaces have been used in some form or another since 1889, certainly, but to see the old retaining walls,and  the first floors of the buildings one would not know existed without having taken a tour, is really cool.

 

The Underground was never an interconnected area and when you learn how it was constructed, this will make sense. The tour is about half outside and half underground. The guides have a couple of stops between each section and as the tours are not scripted, the topics have a wide range. 

 

Pioneer Square is the oldest part of the city and the tours will cover not only the creation and growth of the modern city and the underground, but information on the first inhabitants of the region-The Coastal Salish, and how the topography of the region influenced both past and present denizens.  

 

Tours last about 60-65 minutes. There are three flights of stairs in total and the tours cover about 4 blocks above ground. In addition to the regular day-time tour there is an After hours version for adults 18+ and a Queer History Tour, as Pioneer Square was the area where people worked hard, played hard, and found some anonymity in the streets and buildings of the old part of town. 

Tickets may be purchased online at: https://www.beneath-the-streets.com/

 

 

Where to Eat:

Darkalinos

zylberschtein

Itenary Guide Ideas

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