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Seattle Waterfront

Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
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Ranked #3 of 203 nightlife in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Walking along the Seattle Waterfront is a perfect way to soak up some Northwest atmosphere.  Take in views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains... more » Owner description: Walking along the Seattle Waterfront is a perfect way to soak up some Northwest atmosphere.  Take in views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains while exploring Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Aquarium, shops, and restaurants like Ivar’s, a local landmark, where you can watch the ferries load and depart while you eat.  « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ate at the Crab Pot restaurant, which was great! We were going to ride the ferris wheel, but decided it was a bit too pricey. The Seattle aquarium is next to the ferris wheel too. The waterfront is a fun place to go but wear a good pair of walking shoes!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Our group of four visited Seattle to attend a Mariners game. The Sunday we chose was also the day the City was hosting the Gay Pride Parade. Prior to walking to Safeco Field, we opted to spend some touristy time around the waterfront area. First stop - coffee at Starbucks (Pier 56). This coffee hub was dirty, and the restroom... More

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Westlake Village, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We enjoyed a fun afternoon strolling along the Seattle Waterfront. We loved the views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Moutains. We had a nice visit to the Seattle Aquarium and Olympic Sculpture Park.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

a nice place to take a stroll and spend time at even though it was full of tourist. however there are lots homeless people everywhere, sad sight.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Like all great tourist spots, it is teeming and with all the tourist traps, but we enjoyed walking around from one end to the other. Weather was gorgeous - some great restaurants. However, (although it is very sad) we were rather surprised at the amount of homeless people who harass people passing by - no much security in sight either.... More

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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Seattle Waterfront that the public is most familiar with extends from Pier 52 (or so) in the south at the Washington State Ferry terminal to a mile or more north. In between you have the aquarium, Elliot's, Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, the pirate store, the coffee shops, the Ferris wheel, and tons more. Because Elliot... More

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This place is so shady. There were young homeless people everywhere. When I parked I was harrassed by five different people in about ten minutes as I was trying to pay for the parking stub. When I got to my car to put the sticker in the window another homeless person is asking for change. As i walk away I... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The Seattle Waterfront is an extent of parks, piers, promenade , Aquarium, shops & eateries, Seattle wheel, Elliott Bay and picturesque mountain setting to the other side. On a clear sunny day it’s an awesome view. Pike Place market is just few steps away from waterfront. Downtown is also a short walk. It’s good to spend some time here at... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We visited the Seattle waterfront as a part of our family spring vacation. Overall, the area is filled with interesting attractions ( Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Pikes Place Market, Carousel/Ferris Wheel) and many seafood restaurant choices. However, this city has serious homeless/panhandler issue in which many of the people can be aggressive and threatening. In our two days we witnessed... More

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We found the waterfront to be a great stroll among the Tourists, Workers, Locals & Seagulls !!Just turn right (or downhill) from Pioneer Square and you are there. The ferries were non-stop serving all the rest of Seattle & Islands. There are a heap of souvenir shops , eateries and play areas for kids and adults alike. On a sunny... More

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