My family (husband and two school-age boys) and I are flying into Seattle on a Thursday night (7 p.m. arrival), renting a car (done deal - we are driving up to Whistler with all of our ski/snowboarding gear for the main part of our vacation), and staying at the Edgewater Hotel overnight. The following morning, we would like to go to the Pike Place Market and to the Space Needle before heading out of town around noon.
Please let me know if you think that we have the time to see both of these places in a single morning (it's ok if we are a bit rushed - my kids aren't going to want to leisurely stroll through the market like I would want to do if they weren't with us). My kids do NOT sleep in ever (UGH!), so we can be out the door by 7 a.m. Also, can we plan to leave the rental car at the hotel and walk to those two places? Since we're planning on the expense of hotel parking, we'd prefer to leave the car where it is and either walk or cab it (if cabs are plentiful - I'm guessing not like they are in Chicago though...). Is it safe to walk along the waterfront?
Final question, should I buy tickets on-line in advance for the Space Needle?
Thank you in advance for your input and insight. This is our first time to Seattle.