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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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3-Hour Seattle City Tour
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
star-4.5
$80.29 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great time for history loves.
Our tour guide was DC, who is one of a kind. He is the best guide, I have experienced. My husband and I enjoyed the vast information, which gave us great love for Seattle. The knowledge shared peaked our interest to learn more about Seattle. My husband wanted to continue picking DC’s mind, but we ran out of time. This tour is highly recommend. Thank you DC.
Margarita_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Excellent excellent experience
Geovanni_B, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
tour guide was amazing! My wife and I are both visually impaired, and we felt just as part of the tour as everybody else! Great great service!
star-5
Highly recommend
Dana_C, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
We had a great time on the tour. Our tour guide was great! Highly recommend this tour of Seattle!!!!
star-5
This was an awesome tour....
Ann_D, Oct 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide made it personable and very enjoyable. Would highly recommend to anyone.
star-5
Great Experience! Awesome Guide!
Isaac_O, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Awesome adventure around the city. Jeff, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. This is a must do if it’s your first time in the city. You get a better idea where many of the attractions are located. We went back to the Queen area to explore it further after this tour.
star-5
Premier Seattle tour
ELLEN_W, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Ken did a great job sharing his wealth of knowledge of the Seattle area! This was our first trip to Seattle and we learned a lot about this beautiful city.
star-5
Hawaiian tourists
James_G, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Our tour guide Mark was exceptional and gave a detailed overview of historical events to current day living. Visiting the iconic areas and neighborhoods gave us great ideas of the places to spend more time being a tourist. Aloha
star-4
Tour Guide very Knowledgeable
Jeff_F, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
We had a nice tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided excellent suggestions. Tour covered a variety of city highlights. We went to nice viewpoints.
star-5
Great tour!!
Francisco_D, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Jeff was very knowledgeable , friendly and funny. Had a great time on this tour, will definitely recommend

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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Trip ideas

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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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