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Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

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1,244 Reviews
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
Traveler Favorite
Must do in Seattle
Fantastic tour! Our guide, Amy was very knowledgeable! We saw all the top places. It’s too bad that Seattle has such a litter problem however.
Jamie_H, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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Time and money well spent on this tour!!!
Ashley_R, Aug 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Our tour guide was excellent. She was literally an encyclopedia of knowledge about Seattle, and was interested in sharing it with us. The ride was clean, comfortable, and felt safe (everyone wore their masks). Also, very pleased with the company Viator because they were able to give us a refund on a cancellation after a member of our party was unable to make it.
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Awesome Tour of Seattle
DonnaLynn_R, Jul 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The driver was prompt and the shuttle clean and comfortable. The tour was a great way to end our week long vacation in Seattle. The tour guy was knowledgeable about everything historical, and he was witty and funny. I would definitely take a tour again
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Jennifer_G, Jun 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
**HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** This was our first tour of this type. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Just me and my 16 yo, and he, surprisingly, enjoyed every minute. The shuttle bus was very roomy, clean and comfortable. Our tour guide was awesome: extremely knowlegable on Seattle and all of its locations and history. I will certainly participate in this tour within the first few days of arrival on any future trip so that Ican decide which areas of the city I'll want to explore deeper.
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Great Tour
Richard_M, Sep 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
DC did an excellent job! He was very informative and provided a great experience learning about Seattle. The salmon swimming through the locks was especially fascinating. Highly recommend!
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Great way to start a trip to Seattle
Matthew_H, Jun 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Tyler was a Great tour guide. Pick up was on time. Bus was clean and comfortable. Lots of room. Perfect way to start our trip to Seattle.
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Seattle tour
Joyce_S, Sep 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Ken Kdid a great job driving and showing us Seattle, thanks! It was very enjoyable would book again —————————————————————-
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Excelente Job done by dc
Vicente, Sep 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Everything was very good experience dc was very informational cerro good history give his heart out in this job the entirely world need more people line him excelent job will do this tour again
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Fantastic tour
Debra-C, Sep 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
This was a great tour! Amy is extremely knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. She was very accommodating and a good driver. I would definitely do this tour if new to the city. It was well worth the money.
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Scenic
Michele_L, Sep 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Great scene tour takes you out of downtown. Great for my parents who can't walk too much just enough, but being in a shuttle bus is good for them.
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Excellent
Estelle_J, Sep 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Excellent . DC was a wonderful guide and gave many interesting details of the history of Seattle. Very informative and enjoyable. Highly recommend.
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3-Hour Seattle Tour
Lowell_L, Sep 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Great tour guide, very informative he new what he was talking about. Did a fine job of driving threw the traffic.
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Really enjoyed 3 hour tour
Theresta_L, Sep 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the city. He took us to all the spots I wanted to see. We had the perfect day for it.

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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