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30 Must-Do End of Summer Activities

Eek! Somehow it’s August already and the party just got started. Before you know it, you’ll be preparing to fall back into the school routine of early bedtimes, after school activities and those dreaded early morning tantrums. So before the lazy days of summer become just a distant memory, drop everything, get outside, and pack in as much summer as you possibly can. From day trips to petting farms to swimming holes, we rounded up 30 fun and super easy ideas to make your family’s last days of summer as memorable as the first.

boating 2013

1. Throw in the towels and head to Jetty Island, just a 30-minute drive north of Seattle.

2. We’re psyched about bikes: ride along the Alki Beach Trail, the Burke-Gilman or saddle up for Bicycle Sunday.

3. Soar above it all and fly a kite at a nearby park.

4. Get in touch with your wild side at the Woodland Park Zoo or a nearby farm park.

Boy feeding goat-foster's produce

5. Stock up on local goodies at the city’s best farmer’s markets.

6. Tune into a family-friendly outdoor concert or catch a free outdoor movie.

7. Dive into an outdoor pool or take a dip in a city wading pool when the temp rises above 70.

8. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel and explore Pike Place Market with kids.

9. Tour the Ballard Locks, visit the Seattle Aquarium, then take the West Seattle/Downtown Water Taxi and enjoy some terrific fish and chips.

10. Zip line your way through some Seattle and Eastside parks.

11. Pick up some yummy berries at these u-pick blueberry farms.

Bryant Blueberry Farm boy picking

12. Visit a nearby park where you can swim and hike in the same afternoon.

13. Paddle around at Greenlake or Agua Verde, or launch a canoe and explore the wetlands around the Washington Park Arboretum.

14. Hike, swim and picnic around Rattlesnake Lake.

15. Ride the kiddie amusement park rides at Remlinger Farms.

16. Set up a neighborhood lemonade stand.

17. Hit Seattle’s newest spray park and then, grab an ice cream cone for the way home.

Look Ma, No Water Cannons!

18. Go for a run along these stroller-friendly jogging paths.

19. Grin and bear it, because the kids will love it: Wild Waves.

20. Introduce your kiddos to Shakespeare at one of these fun summer shows.

21. Go on a weekend road trip to Mount Rainier, Long Beach, the San Juan Islands or Lake Chelan.

22. Invite the neighborhood kids over and host yard games in your backyard.

23. Two words: Molly Moon’s.

24. Check out the newest exhibits at MOHAI and explore Lake Union Park.

25. Hop a ferry and spend an afternoon on Vashon, Bainbridge or Whidbey Island.

Orcas Island Ferry Dock

26. Show your little firefighter some love this summer by visiting your local fire department.

27. Pack up some s’mores makings and your sleeping bags and give yurt camping a try.

28. Dessert on wheels? Yes, please! Indulge your sweet tooth by hitting one of these sweet food trucks.

29. Take a break from the sun to romp around at this newly opened play space.

30. Let the kiddos carve, grind and kick flip at this awesome summer skateboarding program.


Ready, set, go! Did we miss anything? What’s on your end of summer bucket list?

– Kristina Moy & Allison Ellis

Photo credit: Allison Sutcliffe

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