visiting Seattle with young children
We are visiting Seattle next weekend with 2 young kids, age 1 and 4. Anyone have any suggestions including the following?
good restaurants, preferably inexpensive or dirt cheap, all types of food welcome
Interesting or offbeat things to do or see that we might not find in a guide book
Other helpful hints (transportation, whatever) that you think might be useful to someone visiting for the first time (actually I was there about 25 years agobut I don't remember much)
Also: If anyone knows of a jewish-style deli restaurant (not kosher) that is good, please let us know.
We will be staying in a hotel in Bellevue and will have a car. Addresses, directions, or websites are very welcome, as we will have no idea where we are going, although we will have a gps navigator.
Thanks very much!
Things to do with kids (I have a 2 year old):
-West Seattle Water Taxi - We parked at the West Seattle side and took the taxi over to the Seattle Waterfront. Once there you can go to Ivars for fried seafood (food isn't great but it's a hit with the kids). Taxi is a few $ a person. Aquarium is on the waterfront too, but if you have a great aquarium in your city, ours is not impressive.
-Pick up sandwiches from Gilbert's (might be jewish, no idea) on Main Street in Bellevue and take them to the downtown Bellevue park. There's a play area for kids. Or there's a large water feature, walking trail and lots of open space. Another option is Medina Park, maybe a 5 minute drive away and is a bit more natural looking.
-Crossroads splash park if it's warm out. It gets really crowded there though on a nice day. We follow this up with Chinese at Cafe Ori on Northup Way. This is all in Bellevue.
-Kirkland Waterfront. There's a park (feed the ducks), you can take a 3-hour boat ride on the Argosy, a marina and a big retail strip. Get burgers from the Slip and Ce Fiore or Schnoo for frozen yogurt afterwards.
-Ballard locks (Seattle side). Grab sandwiches from Paseo's and go watch the boats.
-Snoqualmie has a train that goes to North Bend. It's $10/passenger and only a 30 minute ride each way. It does run on weekends.
Great ideas from ethereal, and I hope to add:
Let the kids splash around in the Plaza below City Hall (4th and Cherry/James). Thursdays there is music there, too. Trip in the Pike Place Market - buy doughnut holes, fried chicken livers, grilled sausages and fries at Uli's, El Puerco Lloron for tacos and tortillas, BBQ Pork baked Bao at Mee Sum, Seared Scallop or other Chowder at Pike Place Chowder, Gelato at Procopio, Ciopppino at Jack's.
West Seattle water-taxi is a great great idea - I go to Sunfish for F&C (halibut).
The central core of Seattle is a Metro Transit Ride Free Zone - just hop on and off as you like; you'll see the RIDE FREE logo on the bus-stop signs and the drivers announce when you leave the free zone. Definitely take the kids into the Bus Tunnel (entirely free for its length) and maybe even ride the new light-rail to the end of the line, in Tukwila, and back. Stop in Columbia City for ice cream at Full Tilt (where they have pinball machines).
Chinatown is a complete trip, and there's good, cheap food everywhere. Don't miss Uwajimaya and Big John's PFI. The locks are great and free, and have great grounds. The UW campus is big and leafy, with lot of places to play and sit (and restrooms). Maybe get takeout at Paseo and mosey on up to Woodland Park. It's usual zoo prices, but kids are cheap or free and the Rose Garden, and the whole Park around Greenlake is free.
I love NY Deli, in Pike place Market, is good, and maybe Tatstrami at Tat's in Pioneer Square.
Note that Mrnelso rode the taxi the otehr direction - sunfish is in West Seattle, Ivars is downtown. both are good.
we love a trip to the locks (http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/PublicM...) - uniquely seattle, fun for kids, nice gardens, salmon ladder, interensting for adults. right outside the gate there are 2 f&c places, I like lock spot the best. you are then in Ballard - Hi-Life is good family friendly bistro style food. in an old fire house - lots of families around. good for break. lunch or dinner.
my kids love to Ride the Duck. it isn't cheap, but a great noisy way to see a lot of the city by land and water. a ferry ride to bainbridge island is good alternative to water taxi if it fits your schedule better.
all other advice above is good thoughts and good eats. i'd add the aquarium, if you like those. it is pretty good one, and as w/ zoo, usual prices. not a bad cafe if you find need for food. science center is another kid pleaser. as w/ zoo and aquarium, if your city has these, nothing more spectacular than elsewhere, but if you don't it is really fun and interesting.