a big thank you to Visit Seattle for taking care of us during our stay.
All opinions are our own.
Seems like torture really, teased with only 24 hours in Seattle. It’s what we faced during our last visit. So if all you have is one-day in Seattle, that’s okay. I’m here to tell you how to make the most of your time (and money) and do Seattle right with what short time you have.
Here is a perfect 24 hours in Seattle!
7:00am – EARLY MORNING CARTOONS
If you’re traveling with kids, mornings are usually early and somewhat chaotic. Getting things started with cartoons means, time for in-room coffee and possibly even a quick shower.
We stayed at Staybridge Suites Lake Union and we’re so impressed with everything. From the clean and spacious rooms, the dreamy bedding, to the free hot breakfast and complimentary happy hour. We really could not have asked for more; other than maybe another 24, or maybe 48 hours with them.
We got things started with a FREE Breakfast at our Hotel. Eggs, sausages, yogurt, mini pastries, oatmeal, orange juice and MORE CAFFEINE. Grabbed a banana and muffin for our travels and we were off.
The hotel is perfectly situated in the city, where you can simply walk-out the doors and stroll to so many local hot-spots. If it were just Sam and I, we would’ve hopped on a Lime bike rental that we kept seeing along the street and got around that way. But with 2 littles in tow we opted for our vehicle.
10:30am – VISIT THE SPACE NEEDLE
We arrived at the Space Needle as a family, but split up once we got to the gift shop. While Sammy opted to stay and enjoy the views from the ground, the girls and I took the elevator 520-feet up to the top. You can imagine how breath-taking the views are up that high, but it’s not until you get there that you can actually fully appreciate it.
Do what you can to get a selfie, and appreciate the outtakes.
DID YOU KNOW? The Space Needle just went through huge renovations? The 56-year-old landmark is undergoing a 360-degree “spacelift”. This privately funded $100 million dollar renovation has dramatically enhanced views of the Pacific Northwest with more than 176 tons of glass. The safety cage has been removed and replaced with open-air glass panels including tilted glass benches.
11:30am – Visit Pacific Science Center
The lovely thing about visiting the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center is there is no travel time. They’re located next to one another, along with Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass. You could literally spend and entire day in this one little area.
Made our way over to Pacific Science Center with plans to stay here until lunch. Got inside and realized we could stay here all day if we wanted; SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO. From their interactive Dinosaur exhibit, and Saltwater Tide Pool, to their live science shows, and intergalactic planetarium. They also have 2 IMAX theatres which show educational and extremely entertaining shows in both regular and 3D!
Like I said, we could’ve been there all day.
1:30pm – QUICK LUNCH & NAPS
We had a very quick bite to each at McDonalds, which I’m not proud to admit but we were running tight for time as Stella (and Sammy) were showing signs of needing a serious nap.
Powered back to the hotel for naps, but not before discovering that they had a games room. Played a bit of ping-pong and shuffle board before half of us caught some mid-afternoon zzz’s.
5:30pm – DINNER AT SERIOUS PIE & BISCUIT
With a 6 o’clock reservation at Serious Pie & Biscuit, I woke up Sammy and Stella by 5:00pm to gets things moving. I do not like to be late in general, and especially not when delicious food is involved.
We walked from our hotel to the restaurant, as google told us it would take no time. They were not lying, 0.3 miles and only about a 5-minutes walk, maybe 10 if you have a child who likes to stop and pet every dog.
Can we just start off by saying no words could ever do this place justice? As we were not entirely sure what to expect, we at least knew the food would at least be good with 1,869 nearly perfect google reviews.
Wanting to try a bit of everything to get the whole expereince we ordered many things to share. You know, for review purposes. First out was our appetizer, wood oven carrots with toasted coriander yogurt. If I knew they were this good I would’ve asked for 2 orders. I hate sharing sometimes. Next up was the Pizza, buffalo mozzarella with tomatoe sauce and fresh basil, followed by sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers and provolone. Let that sink in. Salavate like I am right now, it’s only fair.
Then came dessert, we couldn’t all agree on just 1 so we ordered 2. Mascarpone Cannoli and a slice of heaven, Coconut Cream Pie. Did I mention I hate sharing?
7:45pm – TEA & SWEET DREAMS
You know what I love about staying downtown Seattle? You can walk almost anywhere. There is nothing better than a bit of a walk after a big dinner which included more than 1 dessert.
Made our way back to our hotel, grabbed a cuppa tea in the lobby and headed up to our room for some rest.
Walking down the hall to our room, we see a view that cannot be missed. The Space Needle. At night. This had me thinking, how incredible would it be to visit at sunset? You can bet we will be back Seattle, but this time for longer than 24 hours. We promise.
If you plan on visiting Seattle, taking in what the city has to offer, I can’t recommend enough to buy a CityPASS. The Seattle CityPASS can be purchased for $99US for adults and $79US for children. Allowing you to save 45% off Seattle’s top 5 attractions. From the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture, Woodland Park Zoo, Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pacific Science Center.