Cyber Monday 50% OFF SITE WIDE! Check it out now | Free Shipping + Financing Available!

Summer In Seattle

by The Next Family July 06, 2010

By: Tom Butts

Seattle’s summers start when school is out, even if the rain doesn’t stop until after the 4th of July, which is optimistic at best. Fortunately, Seattle has plenty of free indoor and outdoor summer activities for the whole family.

When I think Seattle, I think about the amazing restaurants, fun bars,and fantastic shopping (be prepared, the sales tax is 9.5%). Most people like to do the typical visits like the Space Needle -which hoisted its first GLBT flag for Pride this year -and walk in Pike Place Market. Besides the typical visit there are lots of things to do and no matter how long your visit, you won’t be bored in the Emerald City.

Seafair


Seafair has been Seattle’s annual summer festival since 1950. With festivities starting in late June and ending in early August, you can easily find free events for the whole family to enjoy. www.seafair.com

The Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach to start the summer season with their rantings and ravings. Swords spark, canons boom, and captives are taken as the pirates rally the crowds for Seafair celebrations.

The Torchlight Parade, the Northwest’s largest lighted parade, is also a must-see, and admittedly PG-13. Lit floats, marching drill teams, towering helium balloons, and blustering pirates and clowns start at the Seattle Center and travel down Fourth Avenue to Second Avenue and King Street.

The Blue Angels wrap up the festival in August with their crowd-pleasing aerial acrobatics at the Seafair Air Show. Military and civilian planes also join the show, crossing over south Lake Washington. You view the air show from a number of area parks or purchase tickets for a closer view.

Free Pass To Seattle Area Museums


Nearly all of Seattle’s museums open their doors for free on the first Thursday of the month. Some museums are only free for part of that day.

At the Museum of Flight you can check out Boeing’s beginnings, walk the Air Park where retired Air Force One and Concorde jets wait, or learn about aviation history.

The Experience Music Project is also open to the public on Thursday night. Here you can admire rare Jimi Hendrix artifacts, mix music in the sound lab, or read about the local area’s music history.

Swim Free At The Beach


Seattle’s Parks have nine lifeguarded beaches (yes, beaches in Seattle) for summertime swimming. With no aquatic weeds or boat traffic, these beaches are made for safe swimming.

Not Free, But Fab

Rent a kayak and cruise along the boathouses on Lake Union, very inexpensive and a great way to do some sightseeing.

If you aren’t that adventurous, contact Argosy Cruises; they’ll take you through the ballard locks, into the lakes and Elliott Bay (part of the Puget Sound).

With sunsets just before 10pm, summer days in Seattle are long and enjoyable. It’s a great spot to vacation and let’s face it, it’s in the liberal Northwest; who can beat that?

.

Tom Butts is a freelance writer in Seattle and has his own site www.tombutts.com

Note from the Editor: For weekly tips on cool things to do with your children in Seattle sign up for red tricycle

.

[Photo Credit Space Needle: Flickr Member Mattgarber]

[Photo Credit Blue Angeles: Flickr Member C4Chaos]

[Photo Credit Music Experience: Flickr Member SueEllis]

[Photo Credit: Kayak Seattle: Flickr Member Seaturtle]

The post Summer In Seattle appeared first on The Next Family.




The Next Family
The Next Family

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

e13db90f29f21c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d61cb710479cf7_640_fitness-300x214@2x

Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment

SidsFamily

By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →