Best Summer Vacation Activities In Seattle

July 17, 2013 10:32 AM

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After months of rain, wind, mist and cold, the Seattle skies open up and grace us with beautiful warm sunshine. Check out these family- friendly activities that are sure to enhance your summer fun.

Jetty Island
Ferry ~ 10th St. boat Launch
10th and W. Marine View Drive
Everett, WA. 98201
(800) 729-7678
www.portofeverett.com

Jetty Island is the perfect place to spend a summer day. With two miles of sandy beaches, nature trails to explore and water warm enough for wading, your kiddos will have a blast. Beautiful but primitive, you’ll need to bring everything (towels, snacks, sunscreen, beach umbrella, sweaters, etc) your family will need with you. While the beach is a terrific choice for all ages, strollers and/or wheelchairs would have trouble navigating the terrain. Jetty Island is accessible only via a free five-minute ferry ride out of Everett. This summer, the ferry will run daily from July 5 through September 2, 2013. Parking is free Monday to Thursday with a fee charged Friday to Sunday.

Summer Outdoor Movies In The Park
Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 N.E. 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98009
(425) 452-6914
www.downtownbellevue.com

Dress the kiddos in their pjs, pack up some snacks and blankets and head out to enjoy a movie under the stars. These family-friendly flicks that are free to the public with an optional donation to help local charities are shown Tuesday nights from July 16 through August 20. The suggested donations vary with the organization’s needs including food, school supplies, bus passes and clothing. Families can enjoy a movie together and help others at the same time, how great is that?

Bumbershoot
Seattle Center
516 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 673-5060
www.bumbershoot.org

Seattle families know that Bumbershoot is the place to be over Labor Day weekend. Now in its 43rd year, the festival hosts artists in all disciplines and musical genres, food, crafts and films throughout Seattle Center’s 74 acres. Bumbershoot features three national comedy acts per day along with a huge music lineup including Heart, MGMT, Eric Burdon and Death Cab for Cutie. Kiddos 10 and under are free.

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Outdoor Swimming Pools
Coleman Pool
8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 684-7494
www.seattle.gov

Mounger Pool
2535 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 684-4708
www.seattle.gov

Nothing says summer like splashing around with friends in an outside pool. Seattle has two great outdoor venues for families to enjoy during the summer months. The Coleman Pool is an Olympic-size saltwater pool (kept at 82 degrees) that overlooks the beach in Lincoln Park. The pool sports both a low and high dive as well as a giant tube slide ($1) which requires passing a short swim test before using. The Mounger Pool has two pools, making it the perfect choice for families that have both younger and older kiddos. Swimmers will enjoy the Olympic-sized pool (85 degrees) with a 50-foot corkscrew slide while non-swimmers can play in the shallow pool which is kept at a toasty 94 degrees.

Sounds Of Summer Concerts
University Village
2623 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-0622
www.uvillage.com

The Sounds of Summer is a series of free concerts held outside the Ram Restaurant & Brewery at The University Village. The friendly-friendly concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights through August 21. Kiddos can take part in a selection of activities in the Land of Nod Play Area, get their faces painted and have something fun made by the balloon artist. Adults can hit the beer garden while everyone can enjoy the yummy gourmet bites from University Village restaurants.

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Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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