Family Fun near Downtown Seattle

Seattle Family FunThe Museum of Flight was established in 1983 as a place to permanently display vintage aircraft and vehicles used in space exploration. One of the most interesting aspects of the museum is the display of well over 150 aircraft detailing the history of flight. Visitors will see one of the Air Force One planes used from the Eisenhower through the Nixon administration. Other aircraft on display include the Perlan glider and the Concorde. Several aviation artifacts are also on display. The Museum of Flight is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Woodland Park Zoo is a great place to spend the day with the entire family. The zoo has been in operation for over 100 years and currently is the home to over 1,000 animals from many different species. Visitors to the zoo will find mammals such as the rare snow leopard and the western lowland gorilla. The penguins are one of the highlights of the zoo's extensive bird collection, and the zoo also has a vast collection of reptiles. Special programs such as the Penguin Feeding Experience and the Raptor Free Flight Program enrich the visitor's zoo experience. Guided tours of the zoo are available. The Woodland Park Zoo is open every day except Christmas.

The Space Needle is the iconic symbol of Seattle's skyline. At the top of the Space Needle there is a large observation deck. From this deck, the visitor can see great views of the entire city of Seattle, the bright waters of Puget Sound, and the snow covered mountains that surround the city. There is also a nice restaurant at the top of the Space Needle to visit when observations are over. The Space Needle is open every day.

The Seattle Art Museum houses an extensive collection of over 20,000 pieces of art from around the globe. One of the museum's interesting collections is the display of work from Australian artists including art work from Australia's aboriginal people. The American art collection includes among its artists both Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church. The museum also has an outstanding collection of European and modern art. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.

An interesting educational trip for the family is available at the Pacific Science Center. One of the popular exhibits at the center is Dinosours: A Journey Through Time. The robotic dinosaurs in the exhibit seem to be almost alive. The Tropical Butterfly House is a beautiful place, and Kid's Works is an interactive area. The center is closed on Tuesdays.