Oh my gosh! Olivia and I had the BEST time in Seattle last week! I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle and will take any opportunity to travel. Talk about a beautiful city! Seattle reminded me so much of a smaller version of San Francisco and actually made me miss living in the city. I really miss the city vibe, the little coffee shops and walking everywhere! It was so nice not being on a strict schedule this trip and just taking our time exploring the city. I planned out our days according to Olivia’s nap schedule and it worked out great! A huge thank you to everyone that gave suggestions for restaurants and things to do! I tried to squeeze in as much as possible in the time I had there. There is still so much more I wanted to do but ran out of time…. guess I’ll have to go back! I decided to do a post here for things we did and where we ate just in case anyone else is planning a trip to Seattle anytime soon! I’m working on another post all about traveling alone with a baby. It was my first time flying by myself with Olivia and I was sooooo nervous, but of course everything worked out just fine. More on that in another post. Let’s get into our Seattle adventure….
What we did:
Pike Place- I was actually a little disappointed with Pike Place Market. It was SO crowded I could barely get the stroller through and I really felt uncomfortable with Olivia down in the stroller with it that crowded. It was neat to see all the fresh produce, seafood and beautiful flowers but it was just too crowded for me to be comfortable. Maybe it was just the time of year we were there since it was peak summer. I would say this is still a must do just because it is so well known. Without a stroller or baby it would have been a completely different experience.
Space Needle- When I think of Seattle I immediately think of the Space Needle. So I knew before we even went that this was a must see. Tickets were a little pricey, I think they were about $30 a person, but I knew this was the only thing I really wanted to pay to see while I was in town. We always look at things as an experience rather than the cost of the ticket. Down the road you won’t remember the money you paid for the ticket but you will always cherish the memory of the experience. This is another super touristy spot so it was very crowded. We went early and bought our tickets at the ticket booth. They did have time slots and the next one was about an hour away so we just walked around the park and took some pics. The views were amazing from top and the elevator ride was so much fun going up… have your camera ready! There is a restaurant at the top but we did not make it there since it was a little pricey but there are little snack and coffee stands to grab something quick. Another thing to think about if you are traveling with little ones, we were not able to take the stroller up with us. They had a stroller parking area that was not monitored and we had to leave the stroller at our own risk. I was so nervous about it the whole time and really did not like leaving it but it was fine when we returned. I did have to carry Olivia around the whole time which was a little tough. I wish I would have brought my Ergo baby carrier! This thing is a lifesavor!
Shopping: I was actually impressed with the shopping in Seattle! There was a HUGE Nordstrom right on 5th Avenue so we for sure spent some time there. There were so many other stores along 5th and all around that area. Very easy to walk to. There were also these cute little table and chairs all across the city for people to relax and enjoy the city.
Kerry Park: This was actually recommended to me from a few different people so I knew it was a must see! The views from the park were so amazing but boy did I work getting there HAHA!!! It’s located way on the top of a hill with some of the steepest hills I’ve seen since living in SF. It was so much harder pushing Olivia in the stroller up the hills too. I just walked here from our hotel which was about a 1.5 mile walk one way. When traveling with a baby you can’t just hop into an Uber to get where you are going so you really have to plan everything out more carefully. I don’t mind walking at all and actually enjoyed seeing all the little side streets and neighborhoods along the way. Once we got up to Kerry Park you could tell it was a super nice area. There were some gorgeous homes up there! I would highly recommend visiting here if you are going to Seattle. Take an Uber if you can to save your legs!
Lake Union: Our hotel was near the lake so one day after Olivia’s nap we just took a walk along the path by the lake. There were a ton of people swimming, boats were out and you could watch the planes take off and land from the lake. We didn’t spend too much time here but enjoyed just taking it easy. There was a Starbucks near by so I grabbed a coffee and we had a nice walk just me and my little baby.
Waterfront: I ended up going to the waterfront one day with Olivia just to get out and about. It was actually pretty far from my hotel, about 2.5 miles one way, but again, I just love walking around and exploring everything possible and you can’t just hop in an Uber with a baby. It was a gorgeous view of the city from here but it was wayyy too touristy for me. It was so crowded with people and it was a lot of really bad food places around. I don’t think it was worth going back to but again, if you like the really touristy things you may enjoy it. The Great Wheel is here and I enjoyed seeing it up close but the line was way too long for me to think about getting on it with Olivia.
Gum Wall: One of the last minute things I did the day we left. Kinda gross, kinda cool at the same time. The gum wall is located right near Pike Place Market and was worth checking out if you are in the area. I couldn’t believe how much gum was all over the walls!
WHERE WE ATE:
When traveling with a baby it’s so much harder to plan ahead for dinner. You have to go early and you have to make sure you go to a kid appropriate place. There were so many cute trendy bars and restaurants I would have loved to try out but they were not appropriate with a baby. We did go to a few really good places that are worth mentioning….
Ballard Pizza- We actually stumbled upon this place because it was close to our hotel. We walked by one night and noticed the outside seating and the fresh made pizzas so we had to give it a try. The pizzas were freshly made in house and the salads were HUGE! There are a few locations in different parts of city too
Din Tai Fung- I was soooo excited when I found out there was a Din Tai Fung in the city. The first time I ate here was in China and it was so good! There are a few locations in different parts of the US but they are not very common. They have the best steamed dumplings but everything is so good! Lots of vegetarian options too! This was right in the mall on 5th.
Top Pot Doughnuts: We kind of found this place by accident when walking around the city one day. I think there are a couple locations. They had so many delicious donuts to choose from we ended up getting a whole dozen so we could try a bunch of different flavors and eat them for snacks throughout the week. The oreo one was so yummy! Just look at all this yummy goodness!
Moore Coffee Shop: I found this cute little coffee shop on 2nd Avenue when Olivia and I were walking around one of the days. It was very small inside but reminded me so much of SF! The coffee was so yummy and the latte art was amazing! I had a Pacman design on mine that was so cute!
Cupcake Royale: The cutest little cupcake and icecream shop right on Pine Street! I saw the sign out front saying about homemade icecream so I knew we had to try it! They had the best dark chocolate icecream and freshly made waffle cones! Ugh! Sooooo good! All the cupcakes looked so good too and there were a bunch that were gluten free!
THINGS WE RAN OUT OF TIME TO DO:
There were a few museums I wanted to see including the music museum and the art museum. We just ran out of time to see everything. I was also hoping to take Olivia to the Aquarium but that didn’t work out either. I tried to make it to the Sky View Observatory since this was recommended by a few people, but for some reason my maps couldn’t pick up the location very well and I could never quite get there. I ended up just skipping it and doing something else instead but I did want to check it out.
Overall there was so much to do in the city I was kind of surprised. July was such a beautiful time of year to go and it didn’t rain the whole time we were there. A lot of locals I spoke with said it rains pretty much 9 months of the year so we came at the right time. Everyone was so friendly and the city was very clean… especially compared to SF. I would go back again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go! Looking forward to our next travel adventure!