Elsewhere in the City
Seattle waterfront with Washington
State Ferry Nick Gunderson
See dozens of historic aircraft suspended from the ceiling at the Museum of Flight, the closest thing to Washington DC's National Air and Space Museum on the West Coast. At the Cockpits exhibit, your junior pilots can test the controls of an SR-71A Blackbird reconnaissance plane or an F/A-18 Hornet fighter.
Don't forget to schedule a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo, where animals are on display in their natural habitats. The "Butterflies & Blooms" exhibit will surround you with 1,000 fluttering beauties. And the "Day and Night" exhibits feature all sorts of creepy critters (sure to elicit squeals from your kids). Younger kids will be content just to pet the goats, sheep, and donkeys.
And plan a couple of hours on the waterfront at Seattle Aquarium to view marine life mostly native to the Pacific Northwest.
Take the whole family on a narrated, two-hour scenic water tour with Argosy Cruises on scenic Lake Washington, rain or shine. You'll sail past the palatial estates of Bill Gates and his billionaire pals, as well as the houseboat district featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.