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22 Great Local Family-Friendly Field Trip Ideas

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Y Counselors' Recommended Top Local Family-Friendly Field Trips

Why should the kids have all the fun? We've asked our Y Camp counselors for their favorite adventures around the Sound and compiled them here. Some are classics - but places you might not have thought about for a while - and others are tucked away in places with names you may not recognize. All are a lot of fun and provide unique experiences for the whole family.

Gates Foundation Visitors Center

440 5th Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109
Visit the Gates Foundation site
Visit an article on Trip Advisor
Summer Hours: T-Sa 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Free admission
  • Learn about inventions and innovations that are creating a better world
  • Hands-on exploration and interactive exhibits
  • Across the street from the Seattle Center and EMP



Gates Foundation Visitors Center

Tide Pooling

all around Puget Sound
Visit the Washington Trails Association site on tide pooling with kids
View tide charts
Summer Hours: Anytime!

About this field trip:

  • You don’t need to leave Seattle. City Parks offer great tide pooling
  • Pack a lunch and enjoy hours of free fun exploring the sea life of Puget Sound
  • Teach children about the tides, and tide pool etiquette



Tide Pooling around Puget Sound

Geocache in Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Visit the Seattle Art Museum site
Learn about Geocaching
Summer Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset

About this field trip:

  • Free to the public 365 days a year
  • Incredible artwork and views of the Puget Sound
  • Learn the basics of Geocaching



Geocache in Olympic Sculpture Park

MaST - Marine Science & Technology Center

28203 Redondo Beach Drive S, Des Moines, WA 98198
Visit Marine Science & Technology site
Summer Hours: Sa 10:00 am – 2:00 pm & Th 4:00 pm -7:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Free admission!
  • Just four miles south of Highline College
  • Aquarium houses over 250 species of marine creatures
  • Two large touch tanks for interactive fun



Marine Science & Technology Center

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve & Bog

21656 184th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058
Visit Shadow Lake Nature Preserve site
Summer Hours: Schedule a visit or just explore on your own during daylight hours.

About this field trip:

  • Features a 5,000 year-old peat bog
  • Seven different habitat types
  • Amphibian pond
  • Self-guided tours on the half-mile board walk
  • Schedule longer tours or participate in a restoration day



Shadow Lake Nature Preserve & Bog

Zip Lining At Northwest Trek

11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328
Visit Northwest Trek site
Summer Hours: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Explore the tree canopy at Northwest Trek: climb, scramble, swing and zip through a variety of obstacle courses
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Five different courses for varying ages and abilities
  • Reservations are required



Northwest Trek

Seattle Cascades Ultimate Team (as in Frisbee)

401 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Visit Seattle Cascades Ultimate Team site
Summer Hours: Game times vary (see full schedule)

About this field trip:

  • Seattle Cascades is professional ultimate frisbee team
  • Games are held at Memorial Stadium, located at the base of the Space Needle
  • The game day staff does an intentional job at involving the kids in attendance with prizes and halftime shows
  • Ultimate Frisbee, is played with a disc and is an explosive combination of soccer, basketball, and football



Memorial Stadium

Jetty Island

Jetty Island Park, Everett, WA 98201
Visit the Jetty Island page on the Port of Everett web site
Summer Hours: M-Th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, F-Sa 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Su 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Ferry ride to Jetty Island (only accessible by ferry)
  • Nature trails along the two-mile scenic island
  • Plenty of sandy beaches
  • Warm shallow water for swimming and play



Jetty Island

Ballard Locks (Hiram M. Chittenden Locks)

3015 NW 54th St Seattle, WA 98107
Visit the US Army Corps of Engineers site, Visit an article on My Ballard
Summer Hours: Grounds open 7:00 am – 9:00 pm daily; Vistor Center open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

About this field trip:

  • Free tours (last about 1 hour)
  • Great educational trip for kids
  • Watch boats make their way to and from Puget Sound
  • Beautiful grounds – home to the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden
  • Fish ladder viewing room (open 7:00 am – 8:45 pm)



Ballard Locks

Wallace Falls State Park

14503 Wallace Lake Road Gold Bar, WA 98251
View the Wallace Falls State Park page at WA State Parks
Summer Hours: 8:00 am - dusk

About this field trip:

  • Good for hiking
  • Beautiful trail that ends at a 265-foot water fall
  • Good for all ages and can be easy or more difficult depending on how far your goal is
  • Amazing views



Wallace Falls

Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field Tours

Safeco Field Tours

1250 First Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134
View tour information for Safeco Field
Summer Tours: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm on days when there are no games

About this field trip:

  • Tour the field where the Mariners play
  • See areas of the field not open to the public like the Press Box, Dugouts and Visitors Clubhouse
  • Learn fun Mariners facts

CenturyLink Field Tours

800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
View tour information for CenturyLink Field
Summer Tours: 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm daily
Tours are not offered on game days, holidays or days when large events occur inside the facility.

About this field trip:

  • Tour the field where the Seahawks and Sounders FC play
  • Sweeping views of Seattle, the Olympics and Puget Sound from the 300 Level concourses
  • Great for kids and adults alike



Safeco Field

Talapus Lake

Exit 45 off I-90 (Forest Road 9030)
See the WA Trails Association Guide for Talapus Lake
Summer Hours: dawn - dusk

About this field trip:

  • Good hike for kids
  • Lake swimming (best in the late summer…less chilly)
  • Olallie Lake sits just above Talapus Lake for those hikers seeking an extra challenge
  • Beautiful alpine views



Talapus Lake

Snoqualmie Tunnel - Snoqualmie Pass

Close to I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass
Visit the Iron Horse page at WA State Parks, See the WA Trails Association Guide
Summer Hours: 6:30 am to 9:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Unique hike that sends you through a 2.3 mile railroad tunnel
  • Trail is suitable for mountain biking or hiking
  • 6 miles round trip
  • Bring a flashlight (and a backup flashlight); wear layered clothing
  • Kids love it!



Snoqualmie Tunnel

Yost Pool

9535 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds, WA 98020
Visit the Yost Pool web page, Read an article on Yost Pool
Summer Hours: M-Th 6:00 am - 7:40 pm, F 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sa-Su 9:30 am - 3:20 pm

About this field trip:

  • Swimming pool tucked away within Yost Park
  • Beautiful secluded setting
  • Rarely crowded; several public swim times each day
  • Yost Park offers walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and more



Yost Pool

Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend, WA 98045
See the WA Trails Association Guide, Learn about the Cedar River Watershed Education Center
Summer Hours: 8 am to dusk

About this field trip:

  • Great hike on a well maintained, moderately wide trail
  • 4 miles round trip
  • Spectacular views at the top
  • Kids love it; dogs are allowed (on a leash)



Rattlesnake Ledge

Geocaching at Green Lake - Seattle

7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115
See what's cached at Green Lake, Visit the Green Lake Park web page at seattle.gov
Summer Hours: 24 hours

About this field trip:

  • Discover mysteries hidden in this well-known city park
  • Geocaching is fun, easy to learn and FREE (Read this 101 Guide)
  • Can be done with a GPS device or a smartphone
  • Encourages discovery and family team building



Seattle's Green Lake Park

Henry Moses Aquatic Center - Renton

1719 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton WA 98057
Visit the Henry Moses Aquatic Center web site
Summer Hours: Session One - 12:00 - 3:30 pm, Session Two - 4:00 - 7:30 pm

About this field trip:

  • Aquatic center featuring two 26-foot high water slides
  • Two separate swimming pools: leisure and lap
  • Reasonably priced admission (discounts available for Renton residents)
  • Great place to spend the day with family and friends



Henry Moses Aquatic Center

Dash Point State Park

5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023
Visit the Dash Point State Park page at WA State Parks
Summer Hours: 8 am to dusk

About this field trip:

  • Excellent place to explore over 3,000 feet of Saltwater shoreline
  • Great unobstructed views of Puget Sound
  • Hiking and biking trails throughout the park (overnight camping available too)
  • Kids love beachcombing on the sandy beach



Dash Point State Park

Forest Park - Everett

802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Everett, WA 98203
Visit the Forest Park web page at everettwa.gov
Summer Hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Beautiful park with an outdoor water playground
  • Indoor Swim Center at the park (reasonable fees)
  • Animal Farm and Petting Zoo
  • Great play structures and fields too!



Forest Park Animal Farm

Luther Burbank Beach Park - Mercer Island

2040 84th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040
Visit the Luther Burbank web page at mercergov.org
Summer Hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Park offers a swimming beach with lifeguards on duty (11:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Huge children's play area (play structures / swings)
  • Dog-friendly, including an off-leash dog area
  • Fishing pier and boat docks



Luther Burbank Park

Boehms Candies - Issaquah

255 NE Gilman Blvd. Issaquah, WA 98027
Visit the Boehms Candies web site
Summer Hours: M-Sa 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Su 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Learn how Boehms candies are made through a guided or self-guided tour
  • Explore the beautiful grounds surrounding the Edelweiss Chalet
  • Close to Seattle and Bellevue
  • Kids will enjoy the samples!



Boehms Candies

Sandpoint Sailing - Seattle

7777 62nd Ave NE Suite 101 Seattle, WA 98115
Visit the Sandpoint Sailing web site
Summer Hours: M-F 1:30 - 8:00 pm, Sa-Su 12:00 - 7:00 pm

About this field trip:

  • Great opportunity for kids to learn a new skill
  • Open boating and learn to sailing programs available
  • Conveniently located within Seattle
  • Summer classes available for all



Open Boating at Sandpoint