One method of exploring areas I've used on this trip is to google "free activities in..." whatever city we will be traveling through. Sometimes I type "family activities" or something related like that. Often, I end up browsing Trip Advisor. So, though I had been treated to a day in Seattle before (over 20 years ago by my dear older cousin) this time our family checked out the Center For Wooden Boats. The littles could don lifejackets and climb aboard sailboats, canoes, and other historic vessels while I enjoyed the salty sea air. One after another, float planes landed in this lake and taxied right through sailboats and other boats sprinkled across the water.
|pulley system experiment for hoisting|
|Cora and friends on the Dora!|
|Opportunity for lessons on one of these sailboats|
|In the captain's chair on an old fireboat. The rare steam lighthouse boat was closed for touring .|
Next stop, Pike Place Market. On my last visit, I remembered the whole fish lying on their beds of ice, eyeballs staring up at me and wanted the children to see such novelty. This somehow wasn't quite as impressive coming right from Alaska, where there are fresh seafood markets in all the local grocery stores and charter fishermen hauling in tremendous catches, filleting them in front of our Kansas land-locked eyes.
We still all enjoyed the sights and sounds of the market. The human throngs were mostly more interesting than the wares being sold...it made for a cultural field trip, for sure!