Seattle has one of the most recognizable skylines in the country with its iconic Space Needle towering over the city, but tucked into this bustling metropolis are some pretty unique and offbeat attractions that can entertain the whole family. Next time you are in the Emerald City try some of these quirky activities
Hit the Water
Ride the Ducks is a unique tourist attraction that takes advantage of Seattle’s unique geography. Situated on Puget Sound with plenty of lakes and waterways, the city has plenty to offer both on dry land and in the water. This land and water tour takes guests around the city on a boat with wheels to see the important sites before driving directly into Lake Union for a different perspective of the city.
Play Some Pinball
Every major city has a Chinatown and Seattle is no exception. What makes this one stand out is the Pinball Museum housed within its borders. This quirky establishment started as the personal collection of a married couple dedicated to the art of pinball. They have since turned their hobby into a public attraction where more than 50 pinball machines dating back to the 1960s are on display and available for playing. For a small entrance fee, guests can play pinball to their heart’s delight.
Kitties and Coffee
The owners of the Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe found a way to pair some of the best things in life — a good cup of coffee and a cuddly kitten. Customers can order their cat-themed beverages and pastries and enjoy them inside the cat cafe populated with friendly felines. Snuggle up with a purring kitty and a steaming hot catpuccino in the cat-friendly space complete with scratching posts. You’ll need reservations for this one since no more than 10 guests are allowed at any given time.
Shop for Stuff You Never Knew You Needed
A visit to Archie McPhee’s Novelty Shop may seem unnecessary, but only if you haven’t been there yet. Everyone in the family is sure to find something they just can’t live without. Whether you are just curious or looking for gifts for your friends back home, this shop will entertain the whole family with its weird and wonderful merchandise. Whether you are looking for a tin foil hat for your cat, bacon-flavored lip balm, a Bigfoot sweater or the world’s largest underpants, Archie McPhee will make sure your family has fun in Seattle.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
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Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.