As students return to their classrooms this fall, the Pacific Salmon return to our region’s rivers and streams—embarking on an arduous journey to spawn and complete their lifestyle. And you can catch a glimpse of these majestic water warriors and their extraordinary voyage home at locations all around the Seattle area. Click through the gallery for a roundup of the best places to take your small fries to view the spectacular salmon, plus special events that celebrate their fall homecoming.

Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue

With plenty of run-around room and some barnyard animals to boot, Kelsey Creek Farm Park makes a perfect destination to take your mini for some salmon spotting. See fishes swimming near the west tributary, located by the parking lot, and along the stream heading toward Pioneer cabin. Afterwards, spend some time visiting the sheep, horses, bunnies and goats or burn off some energy at the playground.

Bonus: The annual Kelsey Creek Farm Fair takes place on Oct. 7, 2017 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Before or after your salmon spotting adventure, enjoy a variety of old-time activities as well as pony rides, food, live entertainment, kids’ crafts, farm animals, tractor-pulled hay rides and more. Free entrance, but no on-site ATM for food and activities.

Kelsey Creek Farm Park
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Online: farmerjayne.com

photo: Vidya S. via Yelp

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Salmon Watching Tips:
1. Spawning marks the end of the line for the Pacific salmon and there’s a chance you and your brood might come across fish carcasses while visiting the rivers. Be sure to keep curious kiddos from disturbing their bodies, as they serve a valuable purpose for our environment.

2. Everyone knows that kids attract mud, water and dirt, so plan ahead and bring extra clothes. Make sure the minis also wear boots or shoes that can be easily cleaned.

3. Get up close and personal! Bring binoculars if you have them.

Have you taken your crew salmon spotting before? Where is your favorite place? Tell us in the comments below!

— Abbey McGee & Rachael Brandon