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Pioneer Square

Yesler Street & 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #99 of 206 attractions in Seattle
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Pioneer Square Park, topped by an ornate pergola, is the site of the city's oldest settlement.
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Sydney Australia
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343 reviews 343 reviews
189 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

With 30 years between visits I'm happy to say that Pioneer Square was exactly as I remembered it. Seedy bars , seedy people (me included) lovely old buildings , good places to eat or shop , bad places to eat or shop ! It is a great place to wander around and enjoy the viewings ! It is exciting to... More

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San Clemente, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Pioneer Square in Seattle is an amalgam of tourist attractions+history+urban grit. Shopping in the area is also as eclectic; boutique shoppes, tourist trinkets to high end. Cafes are simlarly mixed ranging from vintage taverns to dives. Photo ops abound including old buildings, interesting characters and funky neon signs. It's worth a couple of hours walking about, grabbing a hand-pulled beer... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Pioneer Square is a beautiful old part of Seattle with some very interesting street life. The area is great for old architecture, narrow streets, etc., the old pergola is beautiful. The area seems to be a gathering point for the local homeless as well. It makes for an interesting mix.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

From the description given to me by a helpful young lady in a cafe I was looking forward to some interesting architecture maybe? In the end it felt rather like a desolate area devoid of any striking features, the trees down there in that little triangle were about the high spot. I felt as though I had strayed into a... More

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Spent almost 4 hours in the area, I'm into old buildings and took many photos in this area. Did the underground tour, it's a different view of the area. We were not approached by any of the unfortunate individuals while in this area, but they are there.

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Stafford, Virginia
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The first time I visited Pioneer Square it was not apparent what the interest in that location was. But I did sign up for a 3 hour Seattle tour and the drive shared some very interesting history related to Pioneer Square. So,my advice would be to take a tour that includes Pioneer Square unless you are an avid reader and... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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159 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

my husband and I went on a weekend's day around noon to do one of the tours that are advised here in Tripadvisor by our own. since we travel a lot and have seen homeless people in other cities, and just coming from portland (that has a lot of street kids), we thought that we will be fine. after few... More

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Marksville, LA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Sort of scary to go by yourself….many homeless abound…obviously mentally ill, we were hustled by one in the parking garage asking for money…even though it is illegal…made it to a nearby sandwich shop where we felt safer. Definitely not safe by yourself.

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Port Orchard, WA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

It's been a few years since we took visitors to Pioneer Square and we were VERY disappointed and quite uncomfortable. Over the years, we had become familiar with the few "drunks" that would congregate. But, because it is illegal for them to panhandle, most were fairly careful about approaching tourists. HOWEVER ... now enter the stoners! We could not go... More

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Great old town feel - some great shops and photo ops. I arrived at Pioneer Square late in the afternoon and noticed that most of the shops close around 5 or 6pm. Some of the missions are located in this area and their clientele start arriving about that time and can get a bit aggressive. I suggest to go early... More

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