With numerous fun-but-tacky tourist shops and the Alaskan Way Viaduct thundering overhead, it's a wonder any natives visit ... More
With numerous fun-but-tacky tourist shops and the Alaskan Way Viaduct thundering overhead, it's a wonder any natives visit Seattle Waterfront. The views are spectacular, the Bainbridge Island ferry leaves from Colman Dock, and the popular Summer Nights at the Pier concerts play at Pier 62/63. The Seattle Aquarium and the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center are also here. The old streetcar clangs along the length of the waterfront and the green spaces of Myrtle Edwards Park take over from the concrete mayhem at the northern end.
My husband and I had visited Seattle a few times already and took in the harbour cruise and the underground tour. Great value and educational about the city. Later we enjoyed the fresh crab and mussels at Elliott's Oysterbar.
The Seattle waterfront has something for everyone. On my first trip to Seattle I was on my own most of the time. I filled an entire two days with the waterfront. You can visit the Aquarium, eat at Ivar's, roam around Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, hop a Washington State Ferry for a cheap cruise to Bremerton or wherever you want to go, risk a heart attack with the Pike Hill Climb, watch a cheesy film about Mount St. Helens, buy all the bric-a-brac your heart desires, etc., etc. I could go on and on. The only thing you may get tired of is all the homeless out asking for handouts.
Lots of interesting stores to go in along the way - the ole curiosity shop, Ivars, Seattle aquarium, etc. Great place to people watch too!
At night, fun to watch the locals fishing for squid off the pier! Not sure of the season for this but was definitely interesting!
The waterfront is a place of so much variety it is hard to describe. The small shops are great for the kids to see things they never dreamed of. The aquarium is one of the best on the west coast, and its proximity to the space needle, pikes market and the Seattle zoo, makes it a perfect place to start an exploration of seattle the kids big, and small, will never forget.
I go back every year and look foreward to it every time!
Lots and lots to do and see! Definitly a full days adventure. Sunshine or raining outside you'll find a comfortable place to relax and enjoy.Whether you prefer indoors at the aquarium or a day of strolling,eating and shopping,you won,t be disapointed! Not to mention the view!WOW!
There is plenty to do. People watching, places to eat and shop, take the water taxi to Alki beach is quick and easy or the trolley to one end to the other along Alaskan Way. Also the Argosy cruise is fun for out of town guests. I will be looking forward to seeing the New and improved Aquarium. You don't have to be a an out-of-towner to enjoy this area.
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