Looking for a quick weekend getaway from Seattle, or maybe want to get ideas of how to spend the summer in Seattle with kids? Last week I shared just a few affordable Seattle day trips and weekend getaways on KING5. Whether you are visiting Seattle for the first time, or you call Seattle home, these Seattle day trips feel luxurious without breaking the bank.  So when the sun comes out, bookmark this post to get out and see Seattle like a tourist, and do it style on a limited budget.

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Want more Seattle inspiration? Check out Dabble Magazine’s Seattle feature in this month’s issue where I dish on my favorite Seattle itinerary and top 5 travel experiences in Seattle. HipTravelMama contributors Sophie Vander and Fiona VanAlstyne also lend their amazing tips for finding the best of the Seattle design scene, shopping and abundant culinary delights.

Kayak Lake Union: For adventurous families, rent a kayak at Aqua Verde Café & Paddle Club and paddle by the house boats on Lake Union.  After you’re done, relax and enjoy margaritas and share some yummy Mexican food. I had a chance to do this with the crew from Dabble and had a blast.



Cruise Lake Washington: Explore Lake Union and Lake Washington in the comfort of a luxury yacht aboard Waterways Cruises. Waterways Cruises offers kid-friendly Lake Union and Lake Washington cruises all summer long so you can celebrate summer, cruise and dine in style. Looking for a last minute idea for the Fourth of July fireworks?



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Waterways Cruises offers a Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise that includes a 2.5 hour cruise on Lake Union and a floating Fourth of July BBQ – perfect for an memorable Independence day celebration. Waterways Cruises has scheduled six weekly dining cruises plus special event cruises to help all ages celebrate summer to its fullest. Tickets: $99 Adult, $49/Children (Ages 5-12), no charge for children 4 and younger.

Bike the Burke Gilman: Get ready to pack a gourmet picnic lunch and rent a bike at Recycled Cycles for a beautiful ride along the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. Rent a tandem, or a Burley trailer for young kids in tow. Or invest in a retro cycle for the whole family and cruise the trail in style. Check out our Hitting the Trails guide to find bike trails around the Puget Sound.


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Explore Pike Place Market. My kids love Pike Place Market and it is never the same visit. You can do Pike Place Market with Kids in less than 2 hours, or explore Pike Place Market with the experts on a Savor Seattle Pike Place Market Tour to learn about the rich history and culinary delights in the market. The kids will love it and you will learn something too.



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Wine and Dine Your Way To a Free Seattle Luxury Hotel Stay. Eat at three great restaurants in Seattle this summer before July 31, 2011 –  BOKA (Hotel 1000), Barking Frog (Willows Lodge), or Hunt Club (Hotel Sorrento) – and you automatically receive a free night at the MTM Northwest Collection hotel of your choice. Can someone say date night?


What are some of your favorite Seattle day trips?



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