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1 + 2 Days in Seattle. Need help planning.

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1 + 2 Days in Seattle. Need help planning.

Ouch ..Meant to post in Seattle forum.


We are family of 3 with 4 year old girl. Going to be in Seattle this Saturday (July 28th) morning. Then we leave for Vancouver next morning and come back for 2 days back to Seattle on 2nd August (Thursday).

We would be flying in from Tampa (7hrs travel time) and land around 10AM. For the first day in Seattle, Staying in Westin Pike Place.

We love outdoors, site seeing, nature, try some adventurous stuff. Given the 4 year old, would love to get some recommendation for our 1st day in Seattle and a good place for some sort of seafood dinner. We were thinking of checkin in, and do something relaxing.

Question: Would it be good idea to do Bainbridge Island or just hang out at Pike place market, or something else. Would love to get any suggestions or recommendations.

When we get back we will have 2 full days in Seattle, Staying at Pike Place again. We would like to checkout Seattle tower, Lake Union boat ride, Bainbridge Island, Argosy tours, Mt Rainier short hike and some great food Seattle has to offer... All that in no particular order. May be too much for 3 days.. but

We are open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance.


Edited: 24 July 2012, 10:09
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1. Re: 1 + 2 Days in Seattle. Need help planning.

Just my opinion, but I think hitting the Pike market on a July Saturday afternoon after you've been sitting on a plane all day is not a good idea, especially with a kid. It's just too mobbed at that time of day - claustrophobic, loud, chaotic. The Pike market is infinitely more enjoyable first thing in the morning - go for breakfast - before the main crowds hit around 10-11. Visit it when you come back if you're away early the second morning.

Three alternatives for the first day come to mind. First, go to the Woodland Park Zoo. Seattle's zoo is one of the better zoos in the US, it's in a lovely park surrounding, there's a decent food court with plenty of kid-friendly choices. Stretch your legs and breathe our cool and clean air for a couple of hours, then plan on an early night due to the time change. You'll have to take a taxi to the zoo unless you feel ready to decipher the bus system, but it won't be overly costly, and well worth the effort. http://www.zoo.org

Second suggestion would be to take either the Argosy cruise that afternoon, or else ride the monorail (right across the street from the Westin) to Seattle Center, and ride the Ducks. http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/main.htm - they depart from across the street from the Space Needle. Not only will it be outdoors and fun, it will give you a good snapshot of the city that you can use on your return to help add/eliminate things then.

Third is (again, probably a cab unless you're adventurous with the bus) would be to go to the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks - …army.mil/Missions/…ChittendenLocks.aspx - to watch the boats go up and down, then visit the underwater viewing area of the fish ladder, which hopefully will still have some salmon making their way from the ocean to Lake Washington and its river system. Great fun for kids.

For a seafood dinner, there are a few places walkable from the Westin - Cutter's, Etta's for example - or any of the waterfront places if you feel energetic (maybe a 20 min. walk from the Westin.) But really, any downtown restaurant will have good fish/seafood offerings on the menu, so let your energy level guide you, and ask the hotel people for recommendations based on your budget. There are good food courts (if you feel tired and budget-conscious) in the Pacific Place building and Westlake Center, both a block or two from the Westin.

Note that you'll be returning on Seafair weekend - hydroplane races, the Blue Angels, many activities around town. Mostly a locals thing, but there will be some impact on traffic and crowds at certain venues. Just a heads-up mainly.

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2. Re: 1 + 2 Days in Seattle. Need help planning.

Precisely what I was looking for.

Your advice is much appreciated.

Thank you again.

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3. Re: 1 + 2 Days in Seattle. Need help planning.

The evening of the 28th is Seattle's annual Torchlight parade down 4th Avenue, 1 blk west of your hotel. There will be alot of commotion starting

in mid-afternoon as the parade starts around 7:00. I think either the Argosy or Ride the Ducks as suggested would be a great outing, and then check out the parade later.

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