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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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It was a very good and...
It was a very good and guide was excellent. Learned alot about seattle. Views where great and guide knew what he was doing
Charles_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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Seattle Christmas
sohaila_s, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
My sister and I visited Seattle. From Santa Fe and San Francisco. We enjoyed Seattle city architecture, food, friendly people and cleanliness. We were very fortunate to have this experience.
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.
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Falling in love with Seattle
KristTrizha_M, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
I highly recommend this tour if you don’t have time to research on what to do in Seattle. It’s good to take this tour on the first day. It is very informative. I learned interesting things about the city’s different neighbourhood, history, business and culture. Our tour guide also recommended a lot of restaurants and places to explore. I just hope the tour is longer and have more stops for picture taking. Kudos to Jeff, our enthusiastic tour guide!
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The guide, Jeff, very...
Stephen_B, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The guide, Jeff, very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend. The tour was helpful for an overview of Seattle.
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Knowledgeable guide. Well paced tour.
Joseph_P, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Harbor. Views and locks. Andreas was a consumate host. Tour was well paced and included so very much.
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Best Tour Ever!
Maureen_D, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Brian was our guide and was absolutely the best at offering information about Seattle’s vibrant history, varied industries, stunning geographical landscape, and answering the myriad questions his information inspired. And, Brian delivered all of this with his friendly, engaging and humorous delivery!
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Great time for history loves.
Margarita_R, Oct 2021
3-Hour Seattle City Tour
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.
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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.
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Super tour guide and tour!!!
Twila_F, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Tour guide’s enthusiasm and shared knowledge of geography history of the city old and new. She included nice history of indigenous native Americans.
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INCREDIBLE TOUR
JULIE_C, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Bryan was A-MA-ZING!!!! incredibly fun!! extremely informative!! he had an excellent personality, was willing to answer all questions, gave us enough time to get out and look around. My friend and I walked away knowing soooo much more about the city and its history and it was incredible! thank you so much!!!!
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Great guide. Great recommendations. Amazing tour.
Brian_F, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Guide was great. Helpful tips and wonderful history of Seattle. I would have no problem doing this same tour next time I am in town. Thankfully we had clear views and he made sure we got to see the whole town.
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Fun, relaxing view of Seattle in a few hours
Dylan_H, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Our guide Avery was very funny and entertaining. It was a great way to start our trip to Seattle, we definitely felt we got the most out of our first day. I would recommend it to anyone on the first tike to the city.

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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