Seattle for Families: Take a Walk on the Wild side


Despite its urban feel, Seattle is surprisingly filled with an abundance of nature especially of the winged variety. If your family needs a reprieve from the hyper stimulation of the Science Center, the Waterfront and Pike Place Market, consider a lesser known but memorable tour through Seattle’s wild side.
Starting at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center on the shores of Lake Washington, take a guided tour by canoe through the Washington Arboretum waterways and around Foster Island. Float through lily pads past blue herons, turtles, and beaver dams along the way. You must be 12 years or older for this one. Alternatively, for the eight years and up crowd, take a “hike” with a master birder through wetlands and woodlands for a chance to see the many species of birds living in their natural habitats. Lake Washington and the Cascade mountain range provide the backdrop. The tour starts near the University District at the Center for Urban Horticulture. For more details about these tours and many more including bicycling tours check out Conservation Catalyst.

Holly Jacobsen

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  1. Hip Mom's Guide on May 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I have to add that we always liked the zoo in Seattle. It's a good side trip for both kids and parents!

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