Hi! We are coming to Seattle later this month with our kids, ages 7 and 10. I wanted to get some opinions on our itinerary. We've never been to Seattle or Victoria.
We are not renting a car. I don't mind paying for taxis when we need to. Will also use public transportation when feasible.
We really want to enjoy the things that are unique to the Northeast. We enjoy being on the water and in nature as much as possible. Also all things culinary!
Saturday - arrive at airport at 5:35 pm. Take cab into city. Staying at an apartment about 3 blocks from the convention center. Dinner somewhere nearby... quick and easy!
Sunday - Pike Place Market. Would like to schedule a food tour that is family friendly.
Waterfront, Sculpture Park
Argosy Cruise of Harbour
Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center for dinner possibly
Monday - Chittenden Locks
shop/dine in Ballard
Tillicum Village dinner/show
Tuesday - Pioneer Square / Gold Rush Historical Park
International District / Uwajimaya
Wednesday - early morning ferry to Victoria on Victoria Clipper
Check into Oswego Hotel
afternoon family kayak tour with Kelp Reef Adventures
Thursday - car service (or one day car rental?) to Butchart Gardens and nearby butterfly conservatory
Friday - 11:20 departure back to Seattle arrives 2:05
re-visit Pike Place Market
Saturday - flight departs 1:55
Other Options if there's time:
Volunteer Park (hike water tower)
other outdoor activities... light hiking, water tours, seaplane
I also want to eat as much salmon as possible! Don't want super fine dining since we have the kids with us, but they do pretty well at nicer restaurants. I don't have any reservations yet. Might check out Ivan's Salmon House although I know it's touristy.
What are any other must-sees in Victoria? Do the days seem too packed or about right?
Any suggestions are appreciated!