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Seattle Waterfront

Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
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Ranked #4 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to Seattle and we very much enjoyed the waterfront area. Seeing the cruise ships and watching the cruisers checking in to board their ships was exciting. We enjoyed the variety of vendors and the many shops and restaurants. It's exciting to be part of the hustle and bustle of the variety of things going on... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

During our trip to Seattle, we visited the Waterfront several times. However, the best time that we had there was when we visited it EARLY (after we had just been to Pike Place Market for breakfast). Many of the shops were still closed (the Aquarium doesn't open until 9:30, which was where we were headed next), BUT it was nice... More

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Apopka, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were with friends and it was nice to stroll along but started to get a bit hectic after awhile. Lots of shops and food places and that is where most of the water tours go out of. It is a hike to get to the Public Market area. Parking is not free and the traffic is just awful so... More

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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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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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