Looking for a maritime adventure for you and your little sailors? Forget the long ferry rides—cool off on Puget Sound and catch expansive views on the King County (formerly known as Elliott Bay) Water Taxi. It’s a great day trip for the family, with enough thrills to make it one kids will remember for years to come.
The downtown Seattle to West Seattle route is just long enough to delight, with a sailing time of about 10 minutes. You and your kids will love the dramatic skyline views, as well as seeing the cool barge traffic up close. Climb aboard at Pier 50, just south of the Aquarium. There is easy ramp access for strollers, bikes, etc.
Tip: Sundays are a great day to go. The crowds aren’t too bad in the morning and street parking is free.
When you get off at West Seattle’s Seacrest Park you can either play at the rocky beach, which is popular with kayakers and scuba divers, or take a free shuttle bus to Alki beach. Got an off-road stroller? You can also do the flat trail walk to Alki , it’s about 2.5 miles away.
The passenger-only ferry costs $3.50 for adults one-way. You need to pay with cash and have exact change. Kids 5 and under are free.

—Sabrina Kang