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Seattle Waterfront Tours

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Seattle Waterfront
When a city has an enviable location on a large body of water, like Puget Sound, the waterfront becomes a top attraction. This is definitely true in Seattle, where the nearly 20-block stretch along the water is home to restaurants, hotels, markets, shops, and more than a dozen piers.
 
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. 

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.

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.
 
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.
 
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.
Address: Alaskan Way, Seattle 98101, USA
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20 Tours and Activities to Experience Seattle Waterfront

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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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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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$80.29

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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$66.66
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.00
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$94.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$598.18
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.25
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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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Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Seattle By The Sound

Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Seattle By The Sound

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Seattle to Victoria Day Trip with Royal BC Museum

Seattle to Victoria Day Trip with Royal BC Museum

Skip the traffic and enjoy the sights by traveling straight from downtown Seattle to Victoria, BC on a high-speed ferry. The efficient and comfortable mode of transportation ensures busy travelers don’t waste any time in transit. Plus, you arrive in Victoria well rested rather than tired out from a drive. That way, you have ample time and energy to explore the Royal BC Museum—admission is included with the trip.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.77
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Vacation Photographer in Seattle

Vacation Photographer in Seattle

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Seattle to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Seattle vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Seattle has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Seattle

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Seattle

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Seattle, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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Ultimate Mt. Rainier Tour from Seattle: Helicopter Flight & Alpine Hike

Ultimate Mt. Rainier Tour from Seattle: Helicopter Flight & Alpine Hike

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Fly over Mount Rainier’s glaciers, old-growth forests, and snowfields on a dramatic tour from Seattle, combining a 35-minute helicopter flight, a guided, 4-hour hike, and a catered meal in Mount Rainier National Park. Exploring by air and on the ground means you can see far more of the massive volcano without hours on the road, and the super-small-group tour is limited to three guests for the ultimate in personalized service.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$579.00
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$579.00

San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

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On this full-day air and land adventure, soar over Seattle and Puget Sound in a private seaplane to the wild outer San Juan Islands. Your guide will lead you on a 1-1.5-hour excursion over forested trails, along wild beaches above rugged cliffs that ring the island. During the hike, you’ll learn about the area's natural history and your guide will show you the best photo spots. As we go, we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife. We frequently spot bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, and harbor porpoises. Enjoy a delicious picnic and drinks before flying back to Seattle for flyby of the waterfront and the Space Needle. -Escape to wild outer San Juan Islands on a 1 hour 40 minutes round-trip seaplane flight. -Land at a beach and explore the island on a guided naturalist hike. -Indulge in a delicious chef-prepared picnic lunch amidst the island’s beauty. -Fly by the Seattle waterfront, Lake Union, and the Space Needle.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$2,439.00
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Private Mt. Rainier Helicopter Flight & Alpine Hike from Seattle

Private Mt. Rainier Helicopter Flight & Alpine Hike from Seattle

If you are looking for a boutique outdoor experience, look no further than this private tour of Mt. Rainier. Take a helicopter ride over Mount Rainier National Park’s 369 square miles of rugged mountains, then spend several hours exploring its old growth forests by foot. After working up an appetite on the trails, enjoyed a catered lunch in the midst of the park’s natural beauty. Groups are small—no more than six people—to ensure a completely bespoke experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$1,783.59
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$1,783.59
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Night Tour of Seattle

Night Tour of Seattle

Hear wonderful stories and anecdotes about the Emerald City from your knowledgeable and entertaining narrator as you explore Seattle’s many interesting and diverse neighborhoods including popular points of interest from Alki Beach to Queen Ann Hill. As the sun sets over the Olympic mountain range, take in Seattle’s most popular vista points with incredible views of the Emerald City skyline during this two-hour, live-guided night tour. Return home with unforgettable images etched in your mind of Elliot Bay, the Puget Sound, and the surrounding mountain ranges.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.98
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$38.98

7-Day Small Group Tour: Canadian Rockies and National Parks

7-Day Small Group Tour: Canadian Rockies and National Parks

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Set out from Seattle on a 7-day tour of the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains. On your journey through Western Canada, you’ll visit the cities of Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Whistler, Jasper and Vancouver. The Insta-worthy scenery, including alpine lakes, waterfalls, giant glaciers and the jagged Rocky Mountains will leave you breathless! This small-group tour with no more than 14 passengers offers wildlife spotting opportunities, either camping or lodging accommodations and optional tour excursions such as canoeing on Lake Louise, a helicopter flight over the Icefields and biking in Jasper. Required Supplement Charges: Covers meals while on tour, payable on the first day of the tour: • Camping: USD100 includes six (6) light breakfasts, seven (7) picnic-style lunches and six (6) communal dinners • Lodging: USD50 includes seven (7) picnic-style lunches New Private Tour Option - Purchase 5 seats and have a fully private tour with selected Camping or Lodging option.
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  • 7 days
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$1,490.00
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Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour

Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour

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Transfer from your airport hotel to the cruise terminal — and tour Seattle in between — on this 3-hour pre-cruise city tour. See Seattle's most popular attractions, including the Space Needle and the original Starbucks, on this fully narrated excursion that includes pickup from your airport hotel and drop-off at the cruise terminal around noon.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.54
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High Speed Passenger Ferry Between Seattle, WA & Victoria,BC ONE-WAY

High Speed Passenger Ferry Between Seattle, WA & Victoria,BC ONE-WAY

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The Victoria Clipper runs a high-speed boat trip between Seattle and the charming English-influenced city of Victoria, Canada. This one-way trip whisks you from downtown Seattle to the inner harbor of Victoria. The scenic three-hour cruise offers amenities like duty-free shopping, in-seat food and beverage service, and views of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Once in Victoria, enjoy shopping, dining, and museums, all within easy reach of the dock.   
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.50
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Seattle with licensed tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Seattle with licensed tour guide

Make the best of your visit to Seattle and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories that Seattle has to offer in this 3 hour guided walking tour. The final itinerary is of course adjustable to your personal interests about Seattle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$397.98
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$397.98
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