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.
The tour guide knew little except to tell sexist and racist jokes and very little history. Go ahead... walk through a few lousy basements and then step out into an alley where "the puddles are there even when it doesn't rain". Trapped in a basement listening to some bitter person tell you how a few big companies that made Seattle great are just the evil of the world is a waste of $14.
Although filled with interesting information about Seattle's history, the Underground tour was overall a disappointment. Several guides told horrible jokes and herded the many tourists like cattle through the underground sections. The whole group found ourselves checking our watches and rolling our eyes. Time would be better spent reading a book about Seattle's history from the library.
Tour was better a few years ago. They have jacked the price way up, no more music at Doc Maynard (although they have never bothered to updated that on the web site), we couldn't get the drink special, and our guide was so boring. I won't be taking anymore quests to this tour.
Did not enjoy this tour at all. Not much to see in the way of old Seattle. The tour was over priced at $14.00 . A lot of toilet jokes a ten year old might find humorous. The worst part is upon leaving the gift shop at the end of the tour the guides sit by the tip jar and eye ball you for a tip as you exit. I don't mind tipping if the service is good.
I loved underground Seattle because they have people from the local comedy club come and give you the tour, so the jokes are HILARIOUS!And the gift shop at the end is awesome! I recommend getting the "smash a penny". And wear tennis shoes because it is kinda dirty. And when you first go down there, IT WREAKS! but it was so much fun.
My husband and I missed the last Underground Tour for the day. We were told about an ADULT version of the tour. We were sooo happy to go on this tour. We started out in the lounge, enjoyed their happy hour specials until the tour started. This tour was only an hour long opposed to the 90 min. tour during the day The guide was awsome! Lots of ghost stories and Redlight District history. We felt we got more history on this tour, than we would have on the day time tour. It even included a cocktail at the end of the tour! We love the tour and lounge , we even stayed until midnight! Thanks Madam Lou!
what a rip-off!14 dollars for a guided tour of basement that smells of dust and urine.seattle history tour in a basement.no real historic artifacts.only positive was the guild who did her best to cover the fact that we are in a basement!
We didn't go on the underground tour until a couple of years ago, even though we have been making annual trips since 84. I don't know why it took us so long. We learned so much about the history of our favorite city -ya gatta go!!!! Very interesting and informative.
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