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Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

Free admission
Alaskan Way, Seattle, 98101

The Basics

Seattle’s central waterfront area stretches from Pier 50 to Pier 70, bookended by Olympic Sculpture Park, to the north, and Pioneer Square, to the south. Visit the Seattle Waterfront to see Pike Place Market, which sits in the middle of the waterfront, and attractions like the Seattle Aquarium, Waterfront Park, and the Seattle Great Wheel.

Many Seattle city tours include stops at waterfront destinations. You can also head to one of the area’s many piers to hop on a whale-watching cruise or to take a ferry to Bainbridge Island or a boat to Victoria or the San Juan Islands.

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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
$89.00 per adult
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Do this tour!!
Holly was the best tour guide!! She was fun and provided a comprehensive history of Seattle. It was interesting traveling a little outside of the city into outlying neighborhoods. Something I probably wouldn’t have done on my own. AND she dropped us off at the Space Needle instead of taking us back to the original meeting point. That’s great service!!
Julie_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

star-5
Excellent tour
Cynthia_P, May 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Tour guide was most engaging and shared much local knowledge. I feel I saw much of Seattle, and the guide shared much of post COVID reality of downtown. Highly recommend this tour
star-5
Wonderful tour & tour guide!
Gwen_M, Mar 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone the bus was neat and clean our tour guide share a wealth of information very very informative!
star-5
The tour was nice. Even...
Tauseef_B, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The tour was nice. Even though we booked the tour on a day which was marred by traffic disruptions in downtown area, the tour guide made utmost attempt to keep us out of these disruptions and make our trip pleasant .
star-5
Great experience would rebook
Michael_K, Jun 2022
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Guide was informative and enthusiastic and took time to not only explain but added memorable information and anecdotes.
star-5
Do this tour!!
Julie_C, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Holly was the best tour guide!! She was fun and provided a comprehensive history of Seattle. It was interesting traveling a little outside of the city into outlying neighborhoods. Something I probably wouldn’t have done on my own. AND she dropped us off at the Space Needle instead of taking us back to the original meeting point. That’s great service!!
star-5
So little time but so much to see
Marlene_M, Jun 2022
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
James enjoys history and architecture which added to understanding Seattle then and now. He pointed out locations that may be missed by just casually viewing.
star-5
Dog on the left
Suzanne_R, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Avery made the trip! We was funny and very informative! Loved it pointed out dogs which was so funny.
star-5
Huge Seattle info in 3 hours
Nancy_O, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Steve, tour guide, was great & so knowledgeable! Saw a lot of Seattle, got so much insight & history. Thanks, Steve.
star-5
BEAUTIFUL SEATTLE
Augusto_P, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The guy who did the tour was very nice, so we enjoyed all the tour. Seattle is a beautiful city.the weather was wonderful
star-5
Great overview of city....
Hilda_R, Jun 2022
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Great overview of city. Guide, James was excellent. Very knowledgeable and good sense of humor. Wonderful experience
star-5
Excellent tour
LindaR_B, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Tyler, the guide was excellent. This was a Very informative and enjoyable tour. I would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Great intro to Seattle
Noele_K, Jun 2022
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The tour itinerary was perfect for first timers to Seattle. Jeff our guide was wonderful. Friendly, engaging and informative. He made us feel like friends.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alaskan Way and part of the Elliott Bay Trail run parallel to the waterfront.

  • When visiting Seattle, always be prepared for changeable weather.

  • There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants along the waterfront.

  • Many waterfront restaurants are particularly well known for their seafood.

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How to Get There

The Pioneer Square and Westlake light rail stations put you within a few blocks of the waterfront, and several city buses have stops on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd avenues, which are a few minutes’ walk away.

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When to Get There

Morning is a great time for a walk along the waterfront, and many cruises from local piers depart in the morning. Evening offers sunset views and a lively atmosphere for cocktails and dinner.

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Pioneer Square

Located at the southern end of the Seattle Waterfront, Pioneer Square is a historic neighborhood that dates back to 1852 and is considered the city’s birthplace. After enjoying the other waterfront sights (like Pike Place Market), come here to visit the popular district’s galleries, boutiques, and restaurants and to admire its Romanesque Revival architecture.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Seattle Waterfront?
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Attractions near Seattle Waterfront:
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What else should I know about attractions in Seattle?
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As well as visiting the Seattle Waterfront, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: