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Our most recommended Seattle Family-friendly activities

Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

1. Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

Take a journey back in time on a guided tour below the streets of Seattle. Explore over 4 city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and wander through 3 underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890s. Learn the history of Seattle's construction and about the tragedy that befell the city and its habitants along the way. Follow along as your guide regales you with fascinating true stories of how Seattle was born and the tragedies that befell it as it formed, including the Seattle Fire. Learn about the rebirth of Seattle after the fire, and the decision to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. See where retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads several feet above where they originally stood.

Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

2. Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

Take a ride on a boat elevator during a 2-hour cruise departing from the Seattle Waterfront or South Lake Union. On this 1-way cruise, venture through Elliott Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union. Enjoy spectacular views and experience first-hand the transition between salt and fresh water on this exciting ride. During the journey, get a feel for what it means to follow the tides of the Puget Sound, as the boat is lifted and lowered in the Ballard Locks. Fully-narrated and full of fun facts, bring the whole family along for an entertaining and informative experience. Glide past large fishing vessels docked to unload their catch, seaplanes landing or taking off, the fascinating Gasworks Park, and more.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

3. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Answer all your burning questions about chocolate on this guided walking tour in Seattle. Discover wheather chocolate is a food or a technology and find out why it has such a a special place in cultures around the world. Tickle your sweet tooth with some tastings along the way. Meet your guide and engage all your senses to help answer these questions and explore the world of chocolate in the city famous for the beans that give you a buzz. Follow your guide on a 2.5 hour walking tour that fills you to the brim with chocolatey goodness. Sample classic flavors like dark, milk, bitter, sweet, and with or without nuts. Try drinking chocolate and solid chocolate or shake thinks up with spicy chocolate. Bite into the purest of the pure and leave with a deeper understanding of the attention that goes into each silky, smooth, decadent bite you take. Included in your ticket price are 12 individual tastes of chocolate (keep breakfast light) at 8 of Downtown Seattle's most beloved food stops.

Seattle: Gourmet Restaurant Food Walking Tour

4. Seattle: Gourmet Restaurant Food Walking Tour

Embark on a guided restaurant tour in Downtown Seattle with servings of hearty comfort food. Enjoy favorite local foods such as pizza, mac and cheese, and fried chicken as you learn about Seattle's culinary history. Eat at some of the best restaurants in the city and try 5 local takes on comfort food favorites. Learn how Seattle's diverse population has contributed to it being a world-class foodie destination. Hear about local superstars in the culinary scene, and leave the tour feeling full with a greater understanding on the history of the city.

Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

5. Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

Discover the gray whales off the coast of Seattle on a relaxing boat tour. Be on the lookout for these giants of the sea as you learn about their biology and behaviors from an expert naturalist onboard. Board the boat at Pier 69 in downtown Seattle. With the guidance of Clipper’s expert onboard naturalist, you will be on the lookout for these huge special whales as they migrate north. Learn about their astounding annual migration from the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea. Discover interesting facts about their behaviour and intelligence. As you cruise offshore of Seattle and Langley on Whidbey Island, try to spot the whales breaching the surface. The area is popular with grays due to the robust shrimp population. Each March and April, the gray whales detour from their off-shore journey into the Salish Sea to feed and fuel up for the remainder of their journey to Alaska.

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What people are saying about Seattle

The tour was engaging and taught us little known facts about Seattle. It would be a difficult activity for small children but perfect for ages 7 and up. The stairs are a little steep but not too bad. If it is raining or chilly outside, dress for the weather. It was drippy and cold underground (we expected this though.)

Learning about and seeing the underground part of the city was great! You would never know Seattle was built upon the old Burt city, or why, without this trip. We found it fascinating.

Rod, our tour guide was amazing. He was well informed and immensely funny. Highly recommend this experience if you love history of any kind.

The history was amazing and the tour guide was amazing with the amount of knowledge and a wonderful sense of humor.

Informative and energetic tour. Learned a whole bunch about early Seattle!