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Seattle is a very family-friendly place. You will not be without things to do here. Hot spots are the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the aquarium or take a ride to Bainbridge Island on the ferry. There are also many places to shop including Pioneer Square for fine apparel, home goods, etc. Here you will find many fine art galleries also to browse through.
There are many restaurants to choose from in Seattle while visiting with your family from fine dining to casual places.
Salty’s on Alki beach is a great place for some clam chowder or coconut prawns with beautiful views of Seattle from the dining room or outside patio area if the weather is nice. Salty’s is most famous for its lavish (and crowded) brunch on Saturdays (9-1:30) and Sundays (9-2). The brunch showcases Seattle seafood, including shrimp, crab, and shucked-to-order oysters as well as buffet classics such as eggs benedict and made-to-order omelettes. As of January 2006, the price is $28.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors, kids 5-9 for $11.95 and free for hungry tummies under four years of age. If you are staying at the Edgewater Hotel, Salty’s has a complimentary limo that will pick you up and take you to and from the restaurant, which is a nice touch.
A great place to take your kids is the Pacific Science Center. There are so many things to see and do, including many hands-on exhibits. See the special exhibits and films in the IMAX theater. There is always something fun going on.
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame - This innovative museum is right next to the EMP, and is a must for fans of classic science fiction.
Westlake Center and Pacific Place --Wonderful shopping areas in the heart of downtown.
Nordstrom--Visit the flagship store, across from Westlake Center.
REI--For outdoor enthusiasts, visit the flagship REI (Recreational Equipment Inc) store and enjoy the climbing wall.
Ballard Locks (Hiram Chittenden Locks)--Visit the fish ladder, the botanical gardens, and the shipping locks.
Museum of Flight--Visit the new Personal Courage Wing, enjoy a flight simulator, or tour the Air Force One. At Boeing Field, south of downtown.
Seattle Underground Tour--Tour the passageways beneath the city.
Ride The Duck Tour--Tour the city by land and water on an amphibious boat.
Pike Place Market -Visit the original Starbucks, watch the flying fish, have some fish packed on ice for your trip home, and check out the wares from local vendors.
Seattle Center Monorail--Ride the Monorail between Westlake Center and Seattle Center.
Safeco Field--Watch the Seattle Mariners play baseball in the beautiful stadium. The roof is retractable, so if it's raining you will stay dry. Take a tour of the stadium as well.
Qwest Field--Take in a Seattle Seahawks football game.
Woodland Park Zoo--Great fun for all ages! In the Phinney Ridge area north of downtown.
Boeing Factory and
Future of Flight Museum - Newly opened museum located in Everett, north of Seattle.
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