Restaurants at the Armory
Better than your average food court, The Armory has lots of great, locally-owned options for a quick snack or a sit-down lunch. My recommendations: Skillet Counter • Eltana Wood-Fired Bagels • Mod Pizza .
Puget Sound waters are great to explore at low tide – you don’t even have to leave the city to find sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars, urchins, and more. Constellation Park in West Seattle, Discovery Park in Magnolia, Ballard’s Golden Gardens Park , and Carkeek Park in North Seattle all have great tide pools when the water’s out. Check the tide schedules online or use a free phone app ( Tides Near Me is a good one); any time you see the tides dip into the negative range is a good time to go. And keep an eye out for folks in red hats – at very low tides, the Seattle Aquarium sends out a fleet of friendly beach naturalists to educate and answer questions. Here are some great resources to get you started:
Washington Trails Association Guide to Tidepooling with Kids
Online Tidal Chart
Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist Program