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“You are insane if you don't love it”
Review of Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront
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$75.00*
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Shared Three-Hour Pre-Cruise Seattle City Highlights Tour
Ranked #35 of 443 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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. 
Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“You are insane if you don't love it”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

Seattle waterfront is absolutely beautiful with plenty of things to do.You get a great view of the Olympic mountains, and if you walk up Alaskan way going away from the ferry terminal there are enough stores to keep you busy all day that lead to Pike Place Market and the Aquarium. The waterfront gives Seattle its character, I love it.

Visited November 2013
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Seattle Waterfront is a Working Port... Don't Expect A Lot”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you are visiting Seattle I highly recommend you make some time to visit the water front but you should know that this is a working port so it's very industrial and has not been developed for tourists. There are really good places to eat here, just not as many as you would expect. There are really great things to do here but again, not as many as you might expect.

The waterfront is easy to walk to from the city centre (less than 10 minutes). They have good fish/chip shops with plenty of fish variety that you will not find in English 'chippies'. They have 2 great seafood cafe style restaurants: The Crab Pot and the Fisherman's. Lots of great fish on the menu but more of a battered fish, fun, family menu feel rather than a higher end seafood with prosecco feel like the Blueacre restaurant up town.

The waterfront has a beautiful, traditional carousel, boat trips and big wheel (ferris wheel) that run day/night. I thought the wheel was over priced considering it costs the same to visit the space needle but the wheel looks beautiful at night when it's all lit up and I'm sure it costs a great deal to upkeep so i took a ride anyway.

Take some time to visit 'The Curiosity Shop' - there really are some truly spectacular things to see here and the kids we saw were loving it.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Pretty good tour”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We visited Seattle on a cruise ship and had a wonderful day. our tour included the waterfront, Pikes fish markets and the locks. Great day, great city.

Visited April 2013
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Long Island, New York
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“A must see in the Pacific Northwest!”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

In many ways, Seattle remains a throwback to the 1960s. While it is a city on the cutting edge of health and technology, it also oozes a laid back vibe with countless street actors providing the kind(s) of entertainment reminiscent of the decade that marked a watershed period in America's history and culture. The best time to visit Seattle is in the summer. Given it's location you can pretty much expect that it will rain, mist, or be just plain cloudy most of the year. Seattleites deal with it but it's an acquired taste for sure. A must see in Seattle is the industrial waterfront where you'll be entertained all day by the Public Market a/k/a the Pike Place Market. There you'll find countless businesses lined up in an enormous several block long building which houses not just vendors but many good places to eat as well. A "claim to fame": Tom Hanks ate breakfast there while filming "Sleepless in Seattle". The Market sits astride Elliot Bay which in turn empties in to Puget Sound. Whether you take one or just sit and watch them, the Seattle ferries are a must see/take. They shuttle residents of the outer islands and the city back and forth all day long. There are also outdoor public areas where you can relax and take in the funky vibe that permeates Pike Place. Visit the first Starbucks located across from the Market as well as countless shops selling things like home made cheese, wine and great sweets! Of particular note inside the market is Pike Place Fish Market. The show is pure Seattle. Don't miss it. Of the many touristy attractions available in Seattle, the Public Market should be at the top of your list.

Visited December 2013
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San Diego, California
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“A Nice Stroll”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Seattle Waterfront is a bit industrial, but then again, that's what it is - a working port. The main section that the tourists visit is also exactly what it is supposed to be, a collection of restaurants, shops and attractions designed to capture and keep your attention for as long as you can bear it. Take advantage of the nice stroll along the waterfront for everything from dining and shopping to photo opportunities and modern art gazing. It's a great way to spend a morning or afternoon during your visit.

Visited July 2013
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