Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and it wasn't always a pleasant place to visit. The Underground Tour ... More
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and it wasn't always a pleasant place to visit. The Underground Tour takes visitors around Pioneer Square above ground and also to a hidden Seattle that now lies underground. About 25 square blocks of Pioneer Square have hollow spaces under the sidewalks, thanks to peculiarities of the reconstruction after the great Seattle fire of 1889. Cash and traveler's checks only are accepted. ATM is on-site.
Kirk Bell-I will always use a thimble when sewing!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 12/5/10
The tour guide was a former musician, loved him and the tour. I do agree that big business has ruined most of the city and many others in this country. The biggest issue in Seattle are the foreign imports and import businesses.
Certainly not worth money - should be less expensive!
As for those who brought their children - READ THE INFO - NO KIDS!
My class (8th graders) all went on this tour and actually enjoyed it. Not one of us complained and tho it got a little slow at a few points. All 40 of us enjoyed it. And to most of us, it was the highlight of the whole overnight field trip!
I've brought out of town family to this tour many times but NEVER again. The price has gone way up, the talent way down. The gift shop is full of crap (candy and boring shirts) that I could get anywhere. The whole place feels like a greedy trap now. Too bad, this used to a real gem in Seattle
This tour starts with a 20 minute history of the city, with a 90 minute tour of the underground with a very entertaining tour guide. This was a great way to see and learn about Seattle's downtown. Well worth the time and money, and would recommend to anyone!
The tour started off with brief history and comedy. The female guide was the only entertainment of the tour. Our tour guide looked like an alcoholic just strolling out of the bar. Our group had kids as young as 3 and as old as 12. His jokes and comments far from appropriate! So bottom line...there's a tour every hour from 12-6, roughly 100 people, 14.00 per ticket, mashed into groups of 45 per tour guide.
The tour guides were very entertaining and the history discussed was relevant and interesting. I can't say the sites were fantastic, and they could have talked a little bit more about certain aspects of Seattle's history, but overall, very enjoyable walking tour.
The tour guides were very funny. If you don't have a sense of humor and don't get what people are saying when they're sarcastic, then please don't go and ruin the tour for everyone else. Some of these one-star reviews are for the birds.
Anyway, we saw the largest erection in the west coast, saw the Seattle of yesteryear with its sewer problematic history, fascinating history of the bawdy lumberjacks and seamstresses (prostitutes) that had that industry all "sewn up."
If you got the jokes above, then that's a taste of what you will get.
Prudes need not apply, thanks.
The guides told rude jokes, didn't know very much about Seattle. Basically you pay 14 bucks a person to be led through a couple peoples basements where it smells nasty and some places have puddles. It's actually not a very long tour in terms of length. We ended up wanting the guide to hurry up and finish so we could go and do something fun in Seattle... maybe go to the Klondike Gold Rush Museum... someplace where we can have fun and learn about old Seattle.
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