Family Vacations in Washington

Family Vacations in Washington: Pike Place Market

Called the soul of Seattle, Pike Place Market began in 1907 as a public market for consumers to buy directly from growers. It’s grown into a major tourist destination with hundreds of shops and restaurants.

The fishmongers at Pike Place Market in Seattle put on one of the best shows in town. They toss the catch of the day through the air like a football as they engage the customers in all kinds of banter. They often pick up the largest fish they can shoulder and invite a visitor to pucker up for a kiss.

Other vendors at the market aren't quite as entertaining, but their wares are just as fresh and enticing. Since Washington is the apple state, every apple product imaginable can be found at a variety of shops, including at least 20 kinds of apple butter, cinnamon apples, candy apples, and, in the fall, fresh apples of all varieties.

The market is one of Seattle's most famous landmarks and tourist attractions. More than 100 farmers and 200 artists and craftspeople occupy the market. You'll also find an assortment of retail shops. Spanning three levels, the market offers the best of Washington's seasonal flowers and produce. Visitors can shop among the vivid colors of exquisite tulips and daffodils in early spring and enjoy juicy golden Rainier cherries in early summer, blueberries in August, and all kinds of high-quality, locally grown produce year-round. Amusing street performers are regulars at the market, and you can choose from a wide assortment of restaurants and cafes, including the world's first Starbucks.

If your family wants to spend some time watching marine life in its natural habitat, hop a ferry to the San Juan Archipelago. On the next page, learn all about visiting the San Juan islands.

Pike Place Market Information

Address: 1531 Western Ave

Seattle, WA

Telephone: 206/682-7453

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon. - Sat and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m, Sun.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Seattle City Guide: Discover Seattle, a city that's synonymous with Starbucks, the Space Needle, and rainy weather.
  • Washington State Guide: Learn about the natural beauty you'll find in the state of Washington, including the Columbia River and Mount Rainier.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.