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Discovering the Magic of the Fremont Troll: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Seattle’s Whimsical Giant

Young Girl Standing on the Huge Fremont Troll Sculpture

Straight out of a storybook and into the vibrant streets of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the Fremont Troll is a living fairytale waiting to be discovered. This Instagram-famous sculpture, with a few cameos in movies and wedding albums to its name, sits majestically under the Aurora Bridge, drawing visitors from far and wide. Kids of all ages come to climb, play, and let their imaginations soar as they interact with this iconic piece of public art. Here’s your guide to making the most of your visit to this whimsical giant, along with tips for enjoying family-friendly fun in the quirky and artistic Fremont area.

And if the Fremont Troll captivates you and your little ones, you’ll definitely want to explore other trolls in Washington, such as Jakob Two Tree, the troll in Issaquah.

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The Magic of the Fremont Troll

Created by artists Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead in 1990, the Troll has captivated the hearts of Seattleites and visitors alike. This colossal sculpture, gripping a real Volkswagen Beetle in its mighty hand, stands over 18 feet tall, offering an unforgettable sight. Its design is inspired by the trolls of Scandinavian folklore, known for dwelling under bridges and embarking on mischievous adventures. Unlike its mythical counterparts, however, the Fremont Troll is a welcoming presence, inviting all to climb upon its concrete form and gaze out from its solitary eye.

The Fremont Troll was also featured in a scene in the 1999 romantic comedy 10 things I hate about you.

Tips for Visiting This Fairytale Creature

Capture the Moment: The Fremont Troll is a social media star for a reason. Its unique charm provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable photos. Whether you’re aiming for a whimsical Instagram post or a unique addition to your family album, the Troll won’t disappoint.

Visit at Off-Peak Hours: For a more intimate experience with the Troll, try visiting early in the morning or later in the evening. This way, you can avoid the crowds and have more space to explore and enjoy. (but not too late, especially with kids)

Preparedness is Key: Seattle’s weather can change in an instant. Dress in layers and bring rain gear to ensure that your adventure isn’t dampened by unexpected showers.

A Garden of Wishes and Whimsy

Merely a short walk from the Troll, a secret oasis beckons. Venture up the hill, where a whimsical surprise awaits—an endearing tortoise adorned with moss. This charming creature, hidden just beyond the garden’s edge, is more than meets the eye. Locals whisper that watering the moss on its back while making a wish can bring about magical results. This hidden gem, though not immediately obvious to those visiting the Troll, is discovered by those who venture to the left of the Troll, towards the community garden. From there, a little exploration to the right up the hill reveals not just the mossy tortoise but also other small wonders nestled in this enchanted spot.

Extend Your Adventure in Fremont

The magic doesn’t end at the Troll. Fremont is bursting with activities that are perfect for families:

Explore Gas Works Park: Offering one of the best views of the Seattle skyline, Gas Works Park is a fantastic place for outdoor exploration and picnics.

Discover the Fremont Sunday Market: Dive into a world of local crafts, foods, and vintage finds at this eclectic market, open every Sunday.

Indulge at Theo Chocolate Factory: Take a tour of Seattle’s own Theo Chocolate Factory, where the mysteries of chocolate-making are unveiled. It’s an educational and tasty experience suited for children and adults alike.

Embark on Your Journey

The Fremont Troll and the nearby garden with its wishing statue stand as testaments to Seattle’s capacity for wonder and whimsy. These attractions, nestled in the eclectic and vibrant Fremont neighborhood, offer a unique blend of art, nature, and imagination that promises a memorable experience for families and travelers. Whether climbing the giant Troll, making a wish in the garden, or exploring Fremont’s many other delights, your visit is sure to be filled with magic, adventure, and possibly a wish come true.

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