Be a tourist close to home in Western Washington
Family-vacation fun close to home in Western Washington — or places to take out-of-town guests.
, Washington state is a great place to play tourist, even for those of us who live here. If you're looking for ways to fill up a family day or wondering how to entertain out-of-town guests this summer, here are some great family friendly activities: Visit Seattle's Pacific Science Center, where you can view "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs." This exhibit has more than 100 objects from King Tut's tomb and other ancient sites including a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh, along with jewelry and ceremonial items. This exhibit will close in January, and is the final showing in North America. Advance reservations are recommended. For times, tickets and more information, go to pacificscience center.org.
Watch for juvenile eagles flying and foraging at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia. The refuge features 3,000 acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and other resting and nesting areas for numerous types of birds. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is $3 family. For more information, go to fws.gov/ Nisqually.
Check out the new LeMay-America's Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma. The 165,000-square-foot, four-level museum opened in June, and was built to showcase hundreds of cars, trucks and automobiles. For more information, call 877-902-8490 or go to lemaymuseum. org. Also in Tacoma see contemporary glass art — and watch the magic happen as molten glass gets turned into works of art — at the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. See museumofglass.org.
Shop at a farmers market. There are dozens in the region to choose from. thTo find out the day, time and address of a market near you, see wafarmersmarkets. com.
Take a tram tour and see bison, elk, moose and other critters at Northwest Trek, near Eatonville. The 725-acre park is home to more than 200 animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Details at nwtrek.org.
View Seattle by land and water in a World War II amphibious landing craft during a Ride the Ducks tour. Yes, it's silly and loud, but your family will dance, laugh and get an insider's view of Seattle's waterfront, downtown shopping district, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square and Lake Union neighborhoods. For more information, see ridetheducksofseattle. com.
Enjoy a cruise, salmon dinner and a show featuring Native American storytelling at Blake Island's Tillicum Village. The four-hour tour includes time to explore Blake Island, an ancestral campground for the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes that is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. For more information, go to tillicumvillage.com.