Escape The City
Seattle families, take notes! When you're itching to get out of the city for the day, these five day trips will be perfect for your family! We've included a variety of day trips from Seattle, including trips to the beach, cool playgrounds and children's museums, trips that are a few hours away, trips that are less than an hour away, and day trips that are only accessible via ferry.
It will take you about an hour to get to Whidbey Island, but it will only take seconds for your city-stress to melt away when you step off the ferry boat! To get to Whidbey Island, head north on I-5 from Seattle to the Mukilteo exit and follow the signs to the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry — the ferry ride will take about 15 minutes and will take you to the bottom end of Whidbey.
Once you're on Whidbey Island, your options for exploring are endless! Here are our top suggestions for family fun on Whidbey Island.
If you live in Western Washington, you probably know of Mount Vernon for its tulip festival every year, but there is more to this gorgeous valley town than just flowers! Getting to Mount Vernon is quick and easy — head northbound from Seattle on I-5 for about sixty-miles.
Don't miss these five fun activities for families when you're visiting Mount Vernon!
Heading east of the mountains to Suncadia Resort is a family-favorite day trip any time of year — even in the coldest months! If your family is up for a day trip centered around outdoor adventures, then Suncadia is the place for you. From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to Cle Elum, just on the other side of the pass. Take exit 80 and follow the signs — it will take you about 90 minutes from Seattle, pending road conditions.
For family-friendly fun at Suncadia Resort, check out some of our favorite activities!
Looking to get out of the city for the day, but don't want to spend a lot of time on the road? Head to the downtown Seattle waterfront and jump on the ferry to Bainbridge Island! In fact, you don't even have to bring your car — leave it behind on the Seattle side and just walk on the ferry — you can explore Bainbridge completely by foot (or by stroller, if you're a little one). Visit the Seattle Ferry Terminal website for detailed information about when ferries are leaving Seattle for Bainbridge.
Once you're on Bainbridge Island, make these five family-friendly activities a priority!
It's likely that you've heard about the city of Des Moines, south of Seattle, but have you heard about the gem of an area in Des Moines named Redondo Beach? This little piece of Washington beachfront is perfect for a day trip from Seattle, especially if you have little ones who need to get back home for an afternoon nap! It will only take you about 30 minutes from Seattle to get to Redondo Beach — take I-5 southbound to exit 147 and head west. Follow the road for few miles, which will wind you down to the beach.
Here are five things we suggest you squeeze in to a day-trip to Redondo Beach:
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