• Seattle Center (Seattle): As the site of the Space Needle, Seattle Center is one of Seattle's required stops. However, families will also find here a children's museum, a children's theater, an interactive science museum, amusement park rides, and an arcade area.

  • Museum of Flight: Airplanes may not be quite as fascinating to kids as fire engines and trains, but this museum has so many cool airplanes and things to do that kids usually don't want to leave.

  • Whale-Watching Tours in the San Juan Islands: Sure, you can see orca whales perform at marine parks, but in the San Juan Islands during the summer, you can see genuinely free Willies, and lots of them. During whale-watching tours, minke whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles may also be spotted.

  • Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend): With a beach, old gun batteries, hiking trails, and a science center with tidepool touch tanks, this park is a big entertainment center for kids.

  • Point Defiance Park (Tacoma): This gigantic city park at the north end of Tacoma packs in more fun stuff for kids than they could hope to do in a day. It has a zoo, a replica of a historic trading fort, and an old-time logging camp complete with full-size train.

  • Long Beach: With minigolf, horseback riding, miles of wide beaches, and perfect winds for kite flying, this beach community on the southern Washington coast is the state's best family beach.

  • Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.