Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

When you think rainy-day activity, a zoo isn’t the first idea come to mind, but Woodland Park is different. Even if it’s too nasty outside to visit the new Sumatran tiger cub, see the Elephant Forest or ride the 1918 carousel, you can still feed birds in the Willawong Station or grandchildren younger than eight can play in Zoomasium, a play space where they can explore nature.

Contact no: (206) 684-4800

Location: 601 North 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

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Woodland Park: The Rose Garden

“Woodland Park: The Rose Garden
On the south side of the Woodland Park Zoo, there is one of several parking areas that serve the zoo grounds. On the east side of this parking lot for the Woodland Park Zoo, you will find the entrance to the Woodland Park Rose Garden. There is only one entrance into and out of the garden, and the garden is well protected by fences.
There are two fountains in the rose garden, and everything is very well manicured. It isn’t a huge rambling garden, but it is fairly good sized.
While the roses are the primary purpose of the garden, there are a number of other blooms you will find here, and they keep the color of the garden going to some extent even when the roses are out of season. Keep in mind that Seattle is further north and stays fairly cold, so the rose blossoms happen fairly late in the year compared to Portland and other places further south.”

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Location: 750 N 50th St, Seattle

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Washington Park Arboretum

With thousands of species of plant and tree life, the 230-acre park is truly impressive year round, but one of the best times to go with a grandchild is in the fall when you can enjoy the colorful foliage or pull together a pile, then play and jump in the leaves. You can also rent a family explorer pack ($7 for two hours) featuring a backpack complete with a magnifying glass, park guide, and ideas for things to do while roaming the park.

Contact no: (206) 543-8800

Location: 2300 Arboretum Drive, Seattle, WA 98112

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Seattle Aquarium Seattle Aquarium

Even if you’ve taken your grandchildren before, the recent expansion makes it worth another look. The most impressive addition is the 20 by 40 foot Window on Washington Waters showing animals you’d see on Neah Bay. Watch the kids’ eyes pop open when they see a diver wearing a mask on the other side of the window giving a presentation on the marine animals in the tank.

Contact no: (206) 386-4300

Location: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

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Carkeek Park

Picturesque views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are just a few of this park’s attractions. Grandchildren with a scientific bent can explore animal life in the tidal pools on the beach, watch salmon migrate in season or visit the Environmental Learning Center. The younger set will enjoy the giant salmon slide and a playground designed by artists. Older kids may gravitate towards the wetlands walk.

Contact no: (206) 684-0877

Location: 950 Northwest Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA 98177

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