Family Attractions

TILLICUM VILLAGE

I’d like to suggest a cruise to Tillicum Village on Blake Island for an opportunity to discover the culture and food of the Northwest Coast Salish People.  Your adventure starts at Pier 55 for a narrated cruise across Elliott Bay to Tillicum Village. Go ashore for a welcoming cup of clams and into the cedar longhouse to enjoy a buffet meal of salmon prepared the traditional way. Coast Salish storytelling, traditional song and dance follows your meal. www.argosycruises.com/tillicum-village-excursions

NORTHWEST TREK

Planning a trip to Mt. Rainier? If you missed seeing the native animals in the National Park, you’ll want to stop at Northwest Trek to see these creatures in their natural habitats. Catch a naturalist-guided Discovery Tram Tour to see free-roaming Northwest animals like bison, Roosevelt elk, moose, mountain goats and other favorites. For a closer view of grizzly bears, wolves, eagles and cougars try a walking tour. Four summer zip line challenge courses through the park’s tree canopy are an added family adventure. Northwest Trek is open year-round with something new to experience each season. www.nwtrek.org

SNOQUALMIE FALLS

A spectacular view of Snoqualmie Falls is only an hour’s drive from Seattle.  I-90 Take I-90 east to the Falls Park for a breath-taking view as the falls cascade 268 feet over granite cliffs into the Snoqualmie River. If you are lucky enough to be at the falls when river floods you may see & hear as much as 1500 cubic feet of water per second, roar over the cliff. A trail leads down to the Snoqualmie River and the base of the falls. Snoqualmie Falls has two historic hydroelectric power plants providing electricity to the valley. It’s fun to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Falls Park grounds. www.snoqualmiefalls.com.

MT. ST. HELENS

You’ll be able to see this active volcano when you drive three hour south of Seattle to Mt. St. Helens.  I think the best view of the 1980 volcanic eruption site is with a stop at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.   On a clear day you’ll get the most spectacular photos of the mountain here.  Also stop at the Forest Learning Center with excellent information about Mt. St. Helens.elesHHHH  Plan this adventure in your summer schedule. www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens

WHITEWATER RIVER RAFTING

If a whitewater rafting adventure is on your bucket list I think you should try the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth. Listed as one of the top 10 Washington trips, you’ll get the thrill of riding big waves. Other river challenges are found on Methow River’s Black Canyon, Columbia River Gorge wild White Salmon River, Tieton River through rugged basalt cliffs and the Upper Skagit River in North Cascades National Park. Get an experienced guide, put on a wetsuit, lifejacket, and jump into a raft for a thrilling ride. www.blueskyoutfitters.com

AIRPLANES

Here are the Tour ‘world class’ aviation displays to see on your Seattle visit:

The Museum of Flight south of the city at Boeing field draws upon an unrivaled collection of more than 150 historic air and space exhibits. See the Great Gallery of historic craft, World War fighters in the Heritage Wing, tour the supersonic Concord in the Airpark, and the International Space Station as part of the Space Gallery.www.museumofflight.org

The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour Center is at Everett’s Paine Field.  Start in The Aviation Center Family Zone, try sitting in an airplane cockpit for take offs & landings, design your own aircraft and email your design home, or get a close-up look at 787 Dreamliner engine.  When it’s time for the 90 minute Boeing Tour, go inside the world’s largest building to watch Boeing 747, 777 and 787’s being assembled on the production line. Advance reservations are required and some restrictions apply. www.futureofflight.org

The Flying Heritage Collection is another attraction at Paine Field. This premier aviation exhibit showcases spectacular warbirds -- a collection of 15 restored combat aircraft dating from the 1930’s. Look for examples of rare U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese warrior planes. The collection is housed in a restored working hanger. Watch for special fly-over days during summer months. www.flyingheritage.com

AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM

If you love cars you’ll want to visit the LeMay - America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. With over 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles in 15 galleries you’ll find there are vehicles to spark your special interest. Located just off I-5 next to the Tacoma Dome, the sleek, shiny structure of the America’s Car Museum might be seen as an inverted auto hood. The world’s automotive culture is featured in galleries including Custom Coachworks, British Invasion, NASCAR and more - all spotlighting America's love affair with the automobile. www.lemaymuseum.org