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Pioneer Square

Yesler Street & 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206-667-0687
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Ranked #113 of 215 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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Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed walking around Seattle's charming historic district. Good to pay attention though as some blocks are a little seedy.

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Vancouver, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was just kind of an area of grass with a Totem Pole? I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be looking for, and then I realized I was standing in the square. There's a few things around here, but really nothing special. I was in the area to do the Underground Tour, so I checked it out but... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
45 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very pretty tree lined square with some good sculptures and story boards. The sculpture of the firemen is particularly good. Just round the corner is a small waterfall garden given by the UPS founders to the people of Seattle.- worth a look

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you wanne go somewhere where it smells pee and is dirty - do so. Quite funny that all te city guides are mentioning this square which is tiny adn extremly dirty.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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136 reviews 136 reviews
36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This area gave me the creeps. I was a lone female, interested in checking out the Underground City tour. There was so many homeless people, people begging, and people who looked high, I just turned around and left. People were talking to me, asking for money, sounding delirious. If this is a tourist attraction area, the city of Seattle may... More

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Forest Park, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is where the history of Seattle began, Love the story behind the Totem pole. Whether you are on a walking tour or other organized tour, stop and visit Pioneer Square.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I live 5 blocks from there.Whenever I want people watch or just to chill having a Starbucks coffee, this is the place !

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We walked around this area a couple of times on our recent visit. Being honest it's nothing too special, it's not even signposted! If you go on one of the tours, then you do get to learn some of the history of the area, which is interesting. However in terms of a place to come sightseeing, it really is an... More

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San Antonio
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Before traveling to Seattle, Pioneer Square was one of the places I wanted to explore. However, when we took the Tours Northwest city tour, we stopped there for about 15 minutes. That was long enough. Both of the underground Seattle tours are in Pioneer Square so chances are you will be there one way or the other during your visit.... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wandered around Pioneer Square for a while. Fireworks is a fun shopping spot. Lots of homeless, which is not good for tourism. I would recommend the Smith Tower Observation Deck nearby. Inexpensive, and you get a ride up to the cool observation deck (indoor/outdoor) in an antique elevator.

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