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Old 07-10-2019, 03:28 PM   #21
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Last trip to Seattle we did the underground tour. Was really neat to see and well worth it.
http://www.undergroundtour.com/index.html
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:38 PM   #22
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I'd rather drive through the US -- gas is a lot cheaper than it will be in BC.

Lots to see and do in Seattle -- we also got the City Pass the first time we went (albeit 10+ years ago). Also check out the outlet mall in Tulalip -- if you show your Alberta drivers license you don't have to pay state sales tax (this applies anywhere in Washington State). Seattle Zoo is also pretty good (not sure how much admission is though).

You also mentioned its your first time out of the country -- if you're driving you'll need your passport but your kids can just use their birth certificates.
Update on the sales tax exemption part - Starting July 1, 2019 Alberta residents still get tax exemptions, but will have to submit receipts to the government to get a refund, stores won't be able to take off the sales tax on the spot anymore.

https://dor.wa.gov/find-taxes-rates/...s-nonresidents
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:22 PM   #23
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Snowqualmie Falls is on the way in to town and is free. The falls and local area were also used for the show Twin Peaks.


The space needle is a waste of time and money, but the neighbourhood it's in has lots to see and do.


Pro tip for amusement parks: Always door crash, if you can get in the doors right after opening you can usually hit a few of the popular rides before the lines start to get long.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:20 PM   #24
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Someone here years ago recommended this restaurant on the downtown pier. It's fantastic.

https://www.thecrabpotseattle.com/

If you can squeeze in a detour, and drive back via the island/lower mainland, the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney is pretty cool, threading in and around a bunch of the San Juan Islands. Though you'd be adding extra time and expense with a couple ferries, its very scenic.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:54 PM   #25
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Someone here years ago recommended this restaurant on the downtown pier. It's fantastic.

https://www.thecrabpotseattle.com/
The Crab Pot is a tourist trap in my opinion, way overpriced for the "experience" of using a mallet to break the shells of boiled crabs that are poured on your table.

Speaking of food, here's a pro tip if you are visiting the Seattle Premium Outlet. Rather than eating crappy mall food, go to the buffet at the Tulalip Casino next door. The food is on par with the Grey Eagle buffet.

https://www.tulalipresortcasino.com/Dining/EaglesBuffet
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:37 PM   #26
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Did this exact same trip last summer. We camped in Bellevue. Blue Jays game is a must! Canadian anthem was awesome! We also took in a Seahawks preseason game which was fun.

We had a great time, Seattle is a beautiful city to explore. My kids were a bit older than yours (13 and 16) but we had no trouble finding things to do without breaking the bank.

Dont forget to visit the gum wall.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:13 PM   #27
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I find Silverwood needs more than a day, I've (tried) to do it in one day but 2 would be better. It's that big. It's a great park and has expanded greatly through the years. IIRC there is camping across the freeway from the park so you can get there early in the morning
True. I went last summer and 2 days is a must so you're not in a rush. For the amusement park side, go between Mon-Thurs. Do not do the weekend. I went earlier in the week and the wait time wasn't so bad.
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Did this exact same trip last summer. We camped in Bellevue. Blue Jays game is a must! Canadian anthem was awesome! We also took in a Seahawks preseason game which was fun.

We had a great time, Seattle is a beautiful city to explore. My kids were a bit older than yours (13 and 16) but we had no trouble finding things to do without breaking the bank.

Dont forget to visit the gum wall.
Are Seahawks preseason tickets hard to come by? I wouldn't mind checking out a NFL game. Is it just as exciting as the regular season?
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I was in Seattle yesterday, it was more of a quick stop-in while driving up to the Lower Mainland from the Oregon coast. DO NOT DRIVE IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND EXPECT TO LEAVE QUICKLY DURING RUSH HOUR. I got in fairly easily, found parking near the Space Needle and then Pike Place Market but it took me about 2 hours to get out. Especially bad was having to start and stop in gridlock traffic on those steep hilly streets, with a manual transmission. Ugh.
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Are Seahawks preseason tickets hard to come by? I wouldn't mind checking out a NFL game. Is it just as exciting as the regular season?
It was quite full considering it was a preseason game, but there was a lot of choice on stub hub for a decent price. Atmosphere was great. They are passionate about their team for sure.
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I wouldn’t bother. Depending which week it is you might get some starters. It won’t be exciting.
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Are Seahawks preseason tickets hard to come by? I wouldn't mind checking out a NFL game. Is it just as exciting as the regular season?
Tickets are dirt cheap,

Game is less than exciting however if you like football and haven’t been to a game it’s worth doing. The stadium is pretty cool. I’d do a baseball or soccer game over NFL pre-season
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We crossed from the Inner Harbour in Victoria, over to Port Angeles & stayed in Bremerton (worked our way down to family in North Bend). Did a tour of the decommisioned destroyer there & their small naval museum. Our kids enjoyed that. We have a personal connection to Port Gamble so we also went there to wander around - old old town, established 1853, designated historical town, a lot of the buildings/homes date back to the mid-late 1800s; IIRC, the general store was built the same year as the town was established & last time we were there was still in operation (good ice cream there). You can take a ferry over or drive around via the Narrows Bridge - probably a 1.5 hr or so drive but lots of cool places west of Seattle across the Sound, if you want to get out of Seattle proper. Whidbey Island might be fun, tour Fort Casey State Park's underground bunkers (bring flashlights), etc. Drive up to Deception Pass.
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This summer, my wife and I and our 3 kids are going to drive to Seattle. We plan on going for a week camping in a near by campground. It is my first trip outside of the country. What would people suggest we do while there. Kids ages are 13, 8, and 4.

We will be there the weekend the Blue Jays are in town, and am hoping to go to one of the games. Has anyone ever gotten the Seattle City Pass, it looks to be a good deal to me?
Depending on the patience of your kids, taking a boat trip from Lake Union through the canals and back to Elliot Bay / Downtown is worthwhile. The boats go through the Ballard locks where the boat rises up and then goes out towards the open water back downtown. Scenery is great, the locks are kinda of neat for kids. It's not super cheap but no more than getting them all to a baseball game.

There's also a ferris wheel right around where the boat drops you off. It would also place you close to Pike's market if that's on your list.
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This summer, my wife and I and our 3 kids are going to drive to Seattle. We plan on going for a week camping in a near by campground. It is my first trip outside of the country. What would people suggest we do while there. Kids ages are 13, 8, and 4.

We will be there the weekend the Blue Jays are in town, and am hoping to go to one of the games. Has anyone ever gotten the Seattle City Pass, it looks to be a good deal to me?
What Campground did you stay at and were you tenting or in an RV?
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What Campground did you stay at and were you tenting or in an RV?
We are getting an AirBnB little cabin on a farm, around 2 hours outside of Seattle, kind of equidistant from Seattle and Portland. Got a great deal on it, only a few dollars more than per night camping. We would have been tenting it.
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Woodland Park Zoo, one of the best in the world, a must see if you have kids
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