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Pioneer Square Tours

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Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders first settled in 1852, is a bustling district in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle. The shop- and nightlife-laden neighborhood takes its name from the small, triangular cobblestone plaza known as Pioneer Square Park, and features a bust of Chief Seattle, an ornate pergola, and a totem pole.
 
The Basics
Its streets lined with trees and restored Victorian buildings, Pioneer Square is listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. During the day, the area buzzes with locals and visitors alike perusing the antique shops and art galleries. When you’re not shopping or marveling at cutting-edge art, visit the Seattle Underground, a network of underground passageways and basements that are remnants of the original buildings here, many of which were destroyed in the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. Come evening, Pioneer Square’s restaurant, bar, and nightclub scene takes over, making this one of Seattle’s hottest night spots.
 
Most Seattle walking and other sightseeing tours include a stop at Pioneer Square in combination with other nearby highlights such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chinatown, and the Smith Tower. The Seattle Underground tour takes you through the interconnected tunnels of the neighborhood.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours are the best way to get to know the neighborhood’s history and cultural offerings.
  • Pioneer Square deserves two visits: one to patronize the local boutiques galleries during daylight hours, and one to sample the bustling nightlife.
  • Parking around Pioneer Square can be tough. Plan to join a guided tour with transportation or arrive via public transportation.
 
How to Get There
Pioneer Square, like the rest of downtown Seattle, is easily accessible by bus and streetcar. The neighborhood lacks definitive borders, but is bounded roughly by Alaskan Way South on the west, South King Street on the south, 5th Avenue South on the east, and between one and two blocks north of Yesler Way. Nearby are the International District, Waterfront Park, and Union Station.
 
When to Get There
Pioneer Square offers different pleasures at different times of day: boutiques and historical landmarks during the day, and a buzzy nightlife scene after dark. Most locals would recommend visiting Seattle from June to September; the city lives up to its rainy reputation for the remainder of the year.
 
Klondike Gold Rush History
During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 to ’98, Pioneer Square was a hot spot for “stampeders” heading up to Alaska. Their stopover business is part of what made the neighborhood prosperous. Now the area is host to part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park; the other part of the park is located in Skagway, Alaska.
Address: Cherry Street and 1st Avenue South, Seattle, USA
Admission: Free
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30 Tours and Activities to Experience Pioneer Square

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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.03
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$29.03
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle City Tour

Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle City Tour

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Find out what makes Seattle one of the most popular areas in the US on this half-day Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle city tour. Visit Snoqualmie Falls, and then journey into the vibrant interior of Seattle itself. Sit back and enjoy the sights of the Emerald City from your window seat as you pass Pioneer Square, Fremont Troll, and a top city vantage point. Ample time at each stop is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.83
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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour

3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Experience the best of Seattle on this small-group minibus tour in and around the Emerald City. Visit great attractions in downtown Seattle and at the Seattle waterfront. Travel to Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, plus Seattle Center (with the iconic Space Needle), hopping out for photo ops throughout the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.29
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00

4-Hour Seattle City Tour

4-Hour Seattle City Tour

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It might seem a little bit intimidating exploring one of the largest cities in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region all on your own, but there’s no need to stress. This 4-hour guided tour helps you conquer all the hot spots of Seattle, including the Space Needle, China Town, and T-Mobile Park. Your guide knows all the quickest ways around, so you can see more in less time.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.66
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Seattle Scandals History Tour

Seattle Scandals History Tour

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It is the only tour in Seattle that has more than 10 stops (and therefore more than 10 stories) in Pioneer Square. All the other tour companies focus on one small detail, and they will go to only one, maybe two locations at the most. But, we go to at least 8 locations on each one of our tours, and guests will hear at least 8 different stories of Seattle's fascinating history.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$23.00
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Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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$251.29
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Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Get to know the landscape of Seattle on a private sightseeing tour that provides an introduction to the city--great for the start of your stay. Traveling in a Suburban (avoid the bus tours), you'll pass by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other major attractions across seven neighborhoods. Along the way, stop for photo ops and learn about local history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$598.18
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

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See the best of Seattle on this sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.00
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$148.00
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Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

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See Seattle’s main attractions on this guided sightseeing tour in an around the Emerald City. Visit must-see sites like the iconic Space Needle, the beautiful Seattle waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and Puget Sound, among many others. Enjoy lunch and leisure time at the world famous Pike Place Market on the waterfront. Then tour the massive Boeing assembly plant, the world’s largest building by volume. See airplanes being built and the Future of Flight Aviation Center. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.00
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$177.00
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

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See Seattle like a local on a private shore excursion that takes in all the highlights of this famous Northwest city. While your ship is in port, take private transport to must-see locales such as the Chinatown-International District, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Queen Anne Hill. The 3-hour tour includes stops to explore Seattle’s food, shopping and entertainment. You can even get out to view Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the top of the Space Needle (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
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$251.29
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Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Plunging Seattle’s Depths

Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Plunging Seattle’s Depths

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Downtown Seattle is where it all began, a small logging town that gave rise to one of America’s greatest cities. On today’s epic scavenger hunt, we’ll loop through Pioneer Square, Downtown and Chinatown in search of public art, monumental buildings and diverse cultures ranging from Sunday morning mahjong to Monday Night Football. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your adventure around Downtown Seattle today! What You'll See: Pioneer Square, Chinatown, CenturyLink Field
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  • 2 hours
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$13.08
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

This private photo session gives you 30 minutes with a professional photographer in Seattle. Capture your most memorable moments on camera at a location of your choosing, such as Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, or Seattle Center—ideal for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. The high-quality photo package makes for a great souvenir.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.44
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Seattle Private Tour for 2-6

Seattle Private Tour for 2-6

Explore Seattle’s highlights on this customizable excursion. After a convenient hotel or airport pickup, head out with an informative driver/guide and check out must-see spots like the Space Needle, historic Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, Amazon headquarters, and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Learn about the city, personalize your experience to suit your interests, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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$275.25
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour

3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Capture the very best of Seattle on this city tour by bus. Your itinerary for the day includes many must-see spots, including Pike Place Market, the Central Waterfront, the Space Needle, and the locally sculpted Fremont Troll. Plus, this tour operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$69.50
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Seattle and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Seattle, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$544.88
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

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Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Seattle and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Seattle, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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$381.42
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Seattle City Tour in Spanish

Seattle City Tour in Spanish

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During the tour, we will make three stops in places of tourist importance. The first stop will be the Pioneer Square neighborhood located in the historic district of the old metropolis where we will visit the origins of Seattle on a walk suitable for the whole family and full of history, architecture and photography. We will continue to the Ballard locks for our second stop. There we will see the ships enter and leave the Pacific Ocean to the lakes that surround the city. Finally, we will end with one of the most impressive panoramic views before finishing the tour where we can take some of the best photos of the city center. The tour ends at the Space Needle tower, Pike Place Market or returned to your hotel. Generally it is a 3-hour tour but it can be extended if the group wishes. This tour is highly recommended for children and adults of all ages.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.31
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1-Day Seattle Tour ( Seattle departure ) SE1

1-Day Seattle Tour ( Seattle departure ) SE1

1. Wonderful adventure brings you unprecedented experience 2. Traditional Pike Place Market: Alaska crab & the world’s first Starbucks
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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$50.00
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Queen Anne True Crime Tour

Queen Anne True Crime Tour

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This is a scenic tour traveling through historical neighborhoods with some true crime featured as well. It is an unique way to see Seattle and hear about Seattle's interesting past. It combines sightseeing along with some dark history of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Secret Food Tours Seattle

Secret Food Tours Seattle

As Seattlites, it's no secret we're wildly passionate about our local food, our city, and its history. We're deeply proud to share the best foods from the abundant Pacific Northwest region and its rich culture. When you book our food tour you'll try some of the city's best food and drink, visit different areas including the piers on Elliot Bay, and hear about the area's history while we share other great tips that are sure to make your time in Seattle truly memorable.
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  • 3 hours
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$108.15
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Family Adventure Walking Tour In Seattle

Family Adventure Walking Tour In Seattle

We know that city breaks as a family can be unpredictable to say the least, but in a city like Seattle, that won’t be a problem! Whatever their age, however fussy your little ones can be with food and in spite of the rain that might fall, there’s always something to top that will keep the whole family happy! Seattle is packed with interactive museums like the Pacific Science Centre, opportunities to get active outdoors by canoeing on Lake Union or exploring Discovery Park with its forest trails and Native American Cultural Centre, and rainy day options like the Aquarium. So let a local show you the family side of this dynamic, modern city so you can make new memories and create the perfect family break in Seattle!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.76
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What's the best way to experience Pioneer Square?