National Parks / Natural World in Washington State with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Evergreen State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Washington State offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Washington State itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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    Eatonville

    Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts. The signature tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot different species of animals as they ...

  • Whale Watching In Westport

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    Westport

    The majestic California Gray Whale can be seen off the Washington coast every year in March, April and May. Thousands of people watch them on their northern migration which begins in Baja California ...

  • Cascade Loop Scenic Tour

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    Wenatchee

    One of Americas grandest and Spectacular drives!" National Geographic Traveler. This 400 mile self-guided driving tour circles through the heart of Washington from the waters of Puget Sound across ...

  • Wolf Haven International

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    Tenino

    Outdoor wolf sanctuary and education center which offers guided walking tours. Visitors can see and learn about wolves (and maybe hear them howl). Variety of educational programs available for groups ...

  • Priest Point Park

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    Olympia

    Priest Point Park has a deep and rich history. Missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to this area in 1848 to minister nearby Indian tribes. The site was claimed as St. Joseph's of New ...

  • Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuge

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    Olympia

    The Visitor Center includes The Nature Shop, an information desk, a view of the freshwater marsh, and interpretive exhibits. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, but closed ...

  • Grayland Beach State Park

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    Grayland

    This is the kind of place for which kites are made. Grayland Beach runs along the Cranberry Coast and draws folks to its great beachcombing, clamming and horseback rides along the water. The state ...

  • Japanese Tea Gardens

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    Seattle

    3.5 acres of beautiful Japanese gardens in Seattle, with free weekend public tours and cultural fun for the whole family.

  • Willis Tucker Park

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    Snohomish

    A beautiful and forested 84 acre park in Washington State, with spray pad, walking trails, farmers markets, movies, and more!

  • Seattle Chinese Garden

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    Seattle

    A cultural and natural experience as you explore this traditional Chinese garden in Seattle, with 5 acres of features.

  • Esther Short Park

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    Vancouver

    Features include a large adventure playground with physical play activities for all ages and abilities, plus a lazy river water play area with fun interactive splash pad, paved walkways and rose ...

  • Yakima Area Arboretum

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    Yakima

    Set in 46 acres and displays over 1000 botanical species in lush landscaped displays and wild areas. The Carlson Butterfly Garden will be a particular deilght to children, if you're in luck.

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  • The Whale Museum

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    Friday Harbor

    Come and visit The Whale Museum.In the Gallery of Whales you'll learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas of J, K and L pods living in the waters of the San ...

  • Orcas Island Historical Museum

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    Eastsound

    We serve Orcas Island residents and visitors to the island by offering new exhibits, presentations and speakers, tours, research assistance, the annual Historical Day Fair, open house celebrations, ...

  • Imagine Children's Museum

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    Everett

    Where FUN begins and LEARNING never ends with hands-on exhibits for kids ages 12 months to 12 years and their family, school group or other organizations.

  • Museum Of Flight

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    Seattle

    Experience flight as you never have before. Step into the Personal Courage Wing and experience stories of courage as told through a collection of 28 fighter aircraftin a setting that will simply ...

  • Pacific Science Center

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    Seattle

    Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium and Science Demonstration Stage shows, Discovery Carts, Imax, Laser Show and much more. One of many places to go if you're looking for fun things to do in ...

  • Seattle Art Museum

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    Seattle

    SAM is one museum with three sites: the Seattle Art Museum Downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront in Belltown.

  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    Seattle

    Welcomes all visitors who are curious about the natural wonders of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. Discovery awaits you!

  • The Aberdeen Museum Of History

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    Aberdeen

    Throughout its history the Aberdeen Armory Building has been a source of civic pride and activity. Indeed, at the time of its construction, the Armory was hailed as a truly imposing structure. An ...

  • Polson History Museum

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    Hoquiam

    Of the twenty-six rooms we occupy, we use seventeen for exhibits. We display thousands of artifacts, documents, and photos upstairs and down. Upstairs you'll see, besides the Little Hoquiam ...

  • World Kite Museum

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    Long Beach

    The World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame is the only American Museum dedicated exclusively to the history of kites, kitemakers and famous kite fliers.

  • Westpoint Maritime Museum

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    Westport

    Our historic museum building was built in 1939 to serve as the Coast Guard's Lifeboat Station, Grays Harbor. The Colonial Revival structure served in that role until 1972 when a new station was built ...

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

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    Raymond

    Explore the world of the 19th century traveler at the Northwest Carriage Museum. The museum is home to 23 beautifully restored horse drawn vehicles. Many of the carriages in the museum were the ...

  • Northwest African American Museum

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    Seattle

    Presents the stories, history and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Engaging exhibitions, hands-on projects, and docent led tours available.

  • Washington State History Museum

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    Tacoma

    In The Washington State History Museum people of all ages can explore and be entertained from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits and theatrical storytelling. One ...

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    Chehalis

    Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in the Armed Forces, during peacetime and war, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  • Museum Of Art

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    Pullman

    The Museum of Art at Washington State University offers a wide variety of changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art and artists, as well as educational programs featuring ...

  • The Railroad-Depot History Museum

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    Ritzville

    Located alongside the Burlington Northern tracks, the Depot is a clear reminder of the importance of the railroad in the economy and social life of old Ritzville. For generations in the life of ...

  • KidsQuest Childrens Museum

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    Bellevue

    Explore, play and learn together at KidsQuest Children's Museum! Enjoy hours of delight and discovery at this innovative hands-on museum to engage kids from infancy to age eight.

  • Hands On Children's Museum

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    Olympia

    Where fun and learning go hand in hand! Featuring more than 60 fun, interactive exhibits for kids ages birth to 10 and their parents or caregivers. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Olympic Flight Museum

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    Olympia

    A fascinating collection of working aircraft, educational exhibits, historic information, and interactive displays for kids. Something for all at this aviation museum in Washington State!

  • Flying Heritage Collection

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    Everett

    A premier aviation attraction for all ages, offering a glimpse into a powerful era of history that changed our world.

  • Childrens Museum of Tacoma

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    Tacoma

    Core early childhood experiences form the platform for play in the Museum’s five main areas: Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention, and Becka’s Studio. Covering between them physical, imaginative, ...

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass

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    Seattle

    A visually stunning exhibition garden guaranteed to mesmerise children, with monumental sculptures, lush landscape and colourful little discoveries lying in wait everywhere you look - in the stunning ...