Thursday, May 28, 2009

NE Seattle's Best Routes - Route 30

My daughters and I take the Route 30 at least three days per week to get them to preschool, but this route is so much more. If you happen to live close to NE 55th St, this is a great family route. Here's a sample of some places we have gone:

Magnuson Park - within a short walk you can get to the playground, the kids garden, Arena Sports (jumpy things) and Thistle Theater. If you are hardy, you can get to the water and kite hill. This is a great place to spend the day.

UDistrict - two words: Farmers Market - and it is right on the 30 route, so no walking is involved with those heavy bags. We also love to visit the Burke Museum, several shops on the Ave and a ton of inexpensive local restaurants.

Fremont - we spent one day climbing the troll, touring Theo chocolate, looking at the dinosaurs, eating awesome Thai food and then window shopping while waiting for the bus. This is only just the beginning of all Fremont offers.

Seattle Center - how cool is it to get to the Space Needle, Childrens Museum, Science Center, that huge fountain and a ton of festivals without needing to transfer.

I'm sure I missed a lot, but these are our favorites along the Route 30. We haven't tried much in Wallingford because of that enormous hill between the Route 30 and 45th St, but I think it would work. UVillage is within walking distance of our home, but if you are elsewhere along the Route 30, it would work great to get to all the attractions there too. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hello!

    I am a primarily "pedestrian-mama" and have had trouble finding good places to change baby's diaper (especially when it's raining), so in his "spare time", my husband has created a fantastic IPhone app that allows one to search for diaper changing stations near their location using google maps. It will slso include a place to write reviews particular to family-friendly features and a place to add info about high chairs and boosters. The app will show you in a map how to walk, drive or bus to the nearest station!

    We began this project after I started a discussion on the Capitol Hill yahoo parent group and one member's creation of a spreadsheet with Cap Hill family-friendly locations.

    The app though is only as good as the people who use it! The more locations that are entered, of course, the better.

    If possible, we would like local businesses to add themselves to our database. I think this might get businesses thinking about how to be more family friendly and would increase the locations on the app.
    Any ideas, particularly from business owners out there, as to how to go about doing this in a way that will encourage participation? Or how to get parents to participate?
    Thanks in advance and we'll keep you updated so you can actually use it for yourself when you're out and about with the kids!