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Address: Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Walking along the Seattle Waterfront is a perfect way to soak up some...
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. 
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Great Way to Experience Seattle

It may not be as bustling as San Fran's waterfront or as modernized as Chicago's, but this place certainly holds its own. Lots of great restaurants and shops to choose from, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It may not be as bustling as San Fran's waterfront or as modernized as Chicago's, but this place certainly holds its own. Lots of great restaurants and shops to choose from, but the best feature here is the view of Puget Sound to the west or the city to the east. Take a leisure walk along the waterfront at dusk... More 

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Dayton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the waterfront view for dinner after i spent about 2 hours walking around the open air / under cover small shops, flowers, and incredible food market selection!

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Blairsville, Georgia
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Visited the Waterfront while on a cruise and enjoyed strolling the shops and restaurants. The sides of the docks were teeming with schools of colorful fish in many sizes in the clear water. Some of the ships had lively groups entertaining guests as they arrived to sail, which added to the atmosphere. Take a little time to visit before you... More 

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boston
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The view is nice but for a waterfront, there is little else to do but eat and drink. The limited shopping is dime store tourist. Outside of Elliotts, was not all that impressed. Pretty shady there at night, cab it or drive. I wouldnt walk around too much there at night, especially alone.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A leisurely stroll on the Waterfront gave us great views of Elliot Bay, numerous gift shops for souvenirs, historical piers, Ferris wheel, Aquarium thus hitting it high on our family favorite waterfront spot.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

While the view from the large pier next to the aquarium was beautiful, it could have been a much more accommodating experience. We parked at the antique store across the street and took turns shopping and walking over to the waterfront because we didn't want to pay the ridiculous parking fee ($15+) for the short time we planned on being... More 

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Pinole, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Except for the aquarium and pier with ferris wheel and carousel, there really isn't much going on. Most shops within the waterfront pier were closed or non-existent. There could be a lot more happening. Granted, there was construction going on along the entire stretch of the Alaskan Way, and it was hard to get to the pier in the first... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

On a beautiful Sunny day there is no better place to be than downtown the Seattle Waterfront. Pike place is a place to start. Fish market alive a bustling. many little shops to pick up exoctic things from, most hand crafted. Then just walk around the area and see so many retail shops with restaurants ,and shops. Don't forget the... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited the Seattle Waterfront, and was disappointed that there is nowhere you can touch the ocean. There are benches and chairs to sit on. There are a ton of homeless people here. There were also some musicians and artists. An okay place for a brief stop while in downtown Seattle.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have visited the Seattle Waterfront numerous times. We have enjoyed the aquarium. We have stayed at the Edgewater and was delighted with the views from our balcony. We have taken the ferry to various parts of Washington. This trip we took the Norwegian Cruise Line to Alaska and left from the Seattle Waterfront. Before our cruise we enjoyed the... More 

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