Spending the weekend in Seattle doesn’t have to be a costly affair. Vancouverites usually head down to go shopping but Seattle has so much more to offer besides shopping. The culture, parks, restaurants and kids attractions make it for a great weekend trip. The border wait, if you time it properly, is no more that 30-45 minutes. A stop at Lake Padden breaks the trip quite nicely. The entrances on the north provide convenient drive-up access for horse trailers, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, swimming & fishing beaches, grassy lawns, boat launching, tennis courts, ball fields, trailheads, golf course, and even a small fishing dock. During the summer time we usually stop for a quick swim and keep on driving. Fall & winter we go for a walk or sometimes a quick bike ride before getting back on the I5 heading for Seattle.
Because we have family there, our outings are more about spending quality time with the little ones and enjoying each others company. Here are some of the attractions we have enjoyed while in Seattle, for little or not extra money:
Madrona Park: Madrona Park and Beach is located on the waterfront on Lake Washington. The park include a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, where lifeguards are on duty in the summer. It also features a jogging path along Lake Washington and picnic areas. Address: 853 Lake Washington Blvd, 98144 “Countless bike races among cousins have taken place here!”
Seattle Art Museum (SAM): In a rainy day, head to the Museum… I know what you are thinking. Not with my kids! Well, YES, with your kids. The museum is designed with little ones in mind, counting with exploratory Family Rooms where the kids can spend hours, and hours, without worrying about knocking master pieces down.
For a lazy morning, before heading back to Vancouver, we suggest going to Cafe Soleil where you can enjoy a very well priced brunch after letting the kids release some steam at the Madrona Playground . A game of basketball, soccer, riding their scooters around or just hanging out on the playground and the kids will be ready to devour Curi’s delicious scrambles, fritatas of French Toasts.