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.
The WaterFront has the most gorgeous view day or night and lots of shops and very good restaurants. I was so in love with this place that after my second visit from Ca. I moved up here. The Waterfront is one of my favorite places to take my out-of-town guests. They really enjoy the views and the restaurants and the kids really enjoys their time at the Aquarium.
This is a place that you can enjoy by yourself, or a romantic night out, or with the whole family.
I lived in Seattle for almost 8 years before I, regretably moved away. My very favorite thing to do on the weekends was to go down to the waterfront, and watch the farries come and go, eat at Ivar's Acres of Clams, browse Ye' Old Curiosity Shop, and just whatch the sun set over the horizon. It's so peaceful, and beautiful. There's an Aquarium to take the kids to as well, and each year, there's a Salmon Bake that the Northwest Native American Tribes put on. The best Salmon in the world comes from the Northwest!:) I love to park my car way up at the center of downtown Seattle, and hike down to the waterfront, it makes it all the more worthwhile. There's always a musician on hand too, you can hear guitar or sometimes a saxaphone, and sometimes there's street vendors too selling novelty items. My friend who grew up in Seattle loves to dine at Johnny's restaurant on the waterfront, they have the best gourmet seafood, and it's a romantic restuarant overlooking the water! There's even a breed of shark that lives below the warf, don't worry, I hear their vegetarians that feed off the vegetation that grows on the floor bed of the Pudget Sound; exciting to imagine them down there though!:)
There is something special about walking Alaskan Way eating an ice cream cone with cars on a dilapidated viaduct above you, street musicians along side, the squawking of seagulls and the smell of salt air. The Seattle Waterfront is something that has to be done. First however, check the baseball schedule. If the Mariners are playing at home ths place tends to get VERY busy--people come on ferries early in the day to watch and eat. The aquarium is okay--if you've not been to many, or are new to the area then by all means take it in, other wise, it can be passed. The Old Curiousity Shop is a 'must'. There is so much unusual merchandise let alone attractions that enduring the smell and crowds is a must just to say you've 'done' it. Ivars is a piece of history. For years you would stand and just yell your order. Now there is a system and a bit of refinement. Should you chose to enter the restuarant for a quite bit of ambiance that is available. Otherwise the outdoor tables are great fun....and the seagulls are hilarious. The price is right--free--unless you succumb to the delightful frozen treats or wares available in stores.
Park your vehicle, grab some chowder at Ivar's and head to Ye Old Curiosity Shop... watch the ferries, breathe in some fresh air.
Experience the Seattle Waterfront, a little piece of Americana. Bring some spare change for the beggers or be prepared to be harassed.
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