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Your Guide to Family-friendly Activities in Bothell

With our kid-friendly parks, art classes, and pizzerias, you won’t hear “I’m bored!” when you visit Bothell. Read on to discover how you and your family can make the most of your next trip here.

Things to do

Whether your tykes are animal-loving adventurers or creative artists-in-the-making, Bothell offers fun activities for everyone in the family.

Walk through North Creek Park, which features a floating boardwalk that winds through the marsh, or hike through any other parks near Bothell.

Rent kayaks, paddleboards, and hydrobikes from WhatsSup Paddle and Surf, and take them out onto the Sammamish River. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit Bothell’s iconic bridge and the Bothell Historical Museum at the Park at Bothell Landing.

Pick up a plant (or two!) at Yakima Fruit Market. The market’s plant nursery boasts an impressive number of plants and flowers, so you can take home a leafy souvenir. Yakima Fruit Market is open from March to October.

Attend an art class at MAKE Apothecary or Tsuga Fine Art & Framing. Both Bothell businesses offer fun classes for kids and all levels of ability are welcome!

Challenge each other to a round of your family’s favorite board game at Zulu’s Board Game Cafe and snack on a Basket of Po-Tay-Toes or a Lembas Brownie while you’re there.

Witness the murder of crows roost at the University of Washington Bothell. As many as 16,000 crows fly to the campus at dusk before roosting in the nearby wetlands. Though the birds roost all year, the best months to see a massive number of crows take part in this phenomenon are from October to March.

Insider tip: Sign up for our Bothell CARES mobile pass and you’ll instantly receive discounts to WhatsSup Stand-Up Paddle and Surf, Tsuga Fine Art & Framing, Zulu’s Board Game Cafe, and more Bothell small businesses.

Places to eat

Take your pick from Bothell’s many restaurants that serve family favorites.

Visit Dandy Dogs for grilled hot dogs or Ranch Drive-In for a burger and milkshake.

If your family’s craving pizza, choose from Sparta’s Pizza, Uncle Peteza’s Pizzeria, and Zeek’s Pizza — you can’t go wrong with any of them!

Organize a dessert tasting tour around Bothell and try cupcakes from Pinkabella Cupcakes, churros from Poquitos, donuts from Countryside Donut House, and cookies from Hillcrest Bakery.


There’s no shortage of things to do and places to eat in Bothell, which makes it an excellent place for your next family vacation in the PNW.

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