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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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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Normally, the Seattle Waterfront is a great place to walk. However, construction for the new sea wall, and on-going repairs to the tunnel boring machine ("Bertha") have the waterfront from the Aquarium, south toward Pioneer Square chewed up. The water side is mostly closed to pedestrians in that area; the other side of the street has a pedestrian corridor but... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Very good place to spend day walking, best time is in Summer. Not big place, just for several hours and good lunch or dinner. Small local restaurants around, best food and not expensive.

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Vancouver, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Why go any where else to see the water front , Just take hwy #5 from Vancouver B.C to SEATTLE , not just the waterfront to see ,this Pacific Northwest is so cheap to visit ,for all ages ,luxury ,or back packet traveller ,nightlife seeker ,shopping ,eat , but ,you need less 2 days or a week to enjoy the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Oh to be in Seattle in the summer and taking a beautiful evening stroll along the waterfront. Highly recommend it with plenty of places to stop for a nice dinner.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I did not go from one end to the other though I did visit parts of the Seattle Waterfront and I loved every moment the views of the Puget Sound and city of Seattle was amazing most of the waterfront has free access so you can enjoy the views without having to worry about cost.

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

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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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
5 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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67 helpful votes 67 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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