7 Don’t Miss Places to Visit in Seattle – An IgNITE Magazine Travel Exclusive
“Papa what are we going to do today?” my grandson asks. When visiting my family I’ve come to know that this question will hit the breakfast table each and every morning. If you’re looking for something to do besides visiting the Space Needle or Pike Place Market here are a few options that will entertain, educate you and your kids.
Gas Works Park
Great views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle highlight this gem that sits at the north end of the lake. A huge barn that serves as a picnic area make this a great place to enjoy lunch of dinner while enjoying the views of boats of all kinds plying the lakes waters. Kite flying from the hill created from the ruble of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant that occupied this site until the late 50’s. This is a great spot for kids to burn off energy as they roll down the hill or play games in the grass. This is a prime spot to watch the Parade of Lights and listen to carolers that share Christmas song from their perches on many of the boats. The parade takes place from just after Thanksgiving to Christmas but be sure to check the schedule as the nights that the parade pass the park vary.
Chittenden Locks and Carl English Botanical Garden
Seattle is about the water and the locks are a great place to view the boating scene. Pick up an order of Fish and Chips and find a place to sit and watch as the boats enter the locks and then are raised to enter Lake Union and the waterway to Lake Washington or lowered for boats to enter Puget Sound. Don’t miss the fish viewing area that takes you below the water line to see salmon migrating from the sound to fresh water. Located at 3015 NW 54th St it is a short drive from downtown.
Canoe Lake Washington
Rent a canoe at the University of Washington boathouse and paddle the waters of the lake. This is a great day on the water that can take you under the SR 520 floating bridge into the botanical gardens area or out into the lakes open water. Don’t miss the University’s Crew House where you will get a sense of the history of the University’s Crew success. This is the scene of much of the book “Men in a Boat” that tells the inspiring story of a group of young men that came together to earn Olympic Gold and put UW’s rowing teams on the map. You’ll find the rental facility behind Husky Stadium with free parking.
Washington Park Arboretum
After your canoe experience drive across the Mountlake Cut and experience this gorgeous area. Known as Azalea Way in the springtime this is a gorgeous spot for a leisurely walk through acres and acres of native plants and flowers. At the southern end of the park lies a terrific Japanese Garden. This is a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the Northwest.
You’ll find it at 2300 Arboretum Drive E.
A great place to view downtown, Lake Union and the sound and even better to do it while we practice flying a small drone. Sitting at the top of Queen Hill this is a spot easy to reach but a must for locals and visitors.
Whether you’re looking for a great place to escape the city or a brisk workout in a great outdoor environment this is it. For me, it is one of the nice spots to fish with my grandson and then bike around the lake. There are canoe, paddle and rowboat rentals available for those desiring a bit of time on the water. Don’t miss this little sister of Lake Washington, and Union you’ll love it. Just off of Aurora Ave on Green Lake Way it is easily reached from downtown.
Museum of Flight
Located on the edge of Boeing Field this superb museum has occupied days of our time together. Filled with vehicles of flight from the first days of flight to the present and holding multiple presentations and shows there is something for everyone here. One exhibit that traces the history of Boeing is especially interesting. From boat builder to one of the largest aircraft producers in the world Boeing is an icon of American ingenuity. Located at 940 E Marginal Way S it is about halfway between downtown and the airport.
Whether you are visiting family or just in Seattle for a visit don’t miss these special spots and the special moments that you will experience. The memories will last a lifetime.