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Fun on Seattle's Waterfront

Updated on August 20, 2012
Horsedrawn Carriage at Seattle's Waterfront
Horsedrawn Carriage at Seattle's Waterfront | Source
Waterfall at Seattle's Waterfront
Waterfall at Seattle's Waterfront | Source

Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront is filled with exciting things to do and see.

Each Pier is packed with attractions such as amazing seafood, unique stores and shops, local cruises and ferries.

There are many things to experience while just walking down the waterfront from Pier 70 to Pier 48. The waterfront walkway is filled with artists, craft vendors, horse drawn carriage rides and street entertainers.

The Fisherman's Restaurant on Pier 57 at the Seattle Waterfront
The Fisherman's Restaurant on Pier 57 at the Seattle Waterfront | Source

Minors Landing

Minors Landing at Pier 57 is a must see for all visitors. Minors Landing is home to the famous Fisherman’s Restaurant and The Crab Pot.

Kids of all ages can also enjoy the indoor carousel, video games, pinball, skeeball, fun photo booths and ticket exchange. All the fun and games is topped off with handmade ice cream or fresh breads and pastries. No visit to Seattle is complete without a trip to the Pirate’s Plunder for souvenir’s and the Salmon Cooker for some fresh oysters.

The Indoor carousel at the waterfront arcade
The Indoor carousel at the waterfront arcade | Source
The Great Wheel in Seattle
The Great Wheel in Seattle | Source

The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel on Pier 57 is the Seattle Waterfronts newest attraction that has people coming from all over the North West to take a ride.

This 17 story Ferris wheel is one of the largest in the United States. The spacious gondola’s hold 6-8 people and are encased so riders can enjoy the amazing view regardless of the weather outside.

The ride last approximately 20 minutes and is safe enough to accommodate riders of every age and ability level.

The Great Wheel in Seattle
The Great Wheel in Seattle | Source

Ye Old Curiosity Shop

Ye Old Curiosity Shop is an eccentric museum of strange artifacts and a gift shop. This shop has been in the same location since its opening in 1899.

Throughout the many years, Ye Old Curiosity Shop has collected many unique and one of kind treasures. The items found there aren’t like anything ever seen before.

A few of the wonderfully weird things visitors will see are:

  • Three mummies named Sylvia, Sylvester and Gloria
  • Shrunken Heads and one Shrunken Head with Torso
  • Two headed lamb and two headed cow
  • The Freak Pig
  • Vampire Killing Kit
  • And much much more!

Ye Old Curiosity Shop is also a gift store with hundreds of items not found anywhere else.

  • Scorpion Computer Mouse
  • Insect bracelets
  • Salt and Pepper wind up robots
  • Public Toilet Survival Kit
  • Hand Buzzer
  • Karmalogy Beads
  • Rubber Shrunken Heads

This is just a small example of what is available. Ye Old Curiosity Shop is definitely one of the places that must be seen in person!

Argosy Cruises

The Argosy Cruises have been delighting people with tours around the Puget Sound for more than 60 years. Located on the Seattle Waterfront, arranging a tour and boarding the vessel couldn’t be easier. Argosy offer private and public tours with many different sights to see and themes to experience. There is definitely something for everyone.

Argosy offers dining cruises which include dinner, lunch, brunch and the Tillicum Village Salmon Bake experience. Also available are the Sightseeing Cruises. The passengers get the option to tour Elliott Bay, Lake Union, The Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal, Lake Washington or Tillicum Village at Blake Island. These are guided tours and narrated by entertaining and informative hosts.

Argosy Cruis Ship
Argosy Cruis Ship | Source

Ferry Rides

The Washington State Ferry is the largest Ferry system in the United States. There is a terminal located on the Seattle Waterfront so visitors can catch a ride to Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island or Bremerton.

Many people bored the Ferry just to enjoy the ride. The smooth ride and deck access make a relaxing way to appreciate the amazing scenery on Elliot Bay.

The Crab Pot on Seattle's Waterfront
The Crab Pot on Seattle's Waterfront | Source

Restaurants and Shops

The Seattle Waterfront is the best place to find fresh, wonderfully prepared seafood among other foods. After a day on the pier, there are many wonderful restaurants shops to enjoy.

Anthony’s Pier 66, Elliott’s Oyster House, Starbucks, Ivar’s Fish Bar, Highway 99 Blues Club, homemade salt water taffy and ice cream are just a few of the many delicious options available.

The Salmon Cooker Fisherman
The Salmon Cooker Fisherman | Source

The Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium is one of the top 10 largest aquariums in the United States and has been entertaining Seattle residents and tourists for over 35 years.

Visitors get to see magical marine life up close and personal. There is a regular feeding schedule posted for viewing and they have a touch pool so guests can not only see the many varieties of marine life but, touch them as well.

Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Aquarium | Source

Seattle Water Taxi

The Seattle Water Taxi is a quick and fun way for visitors to travel from downtown Seattle to Seacrest Park in West Seattle.

Seacrest Park is located on the southern side of Elliott Bay and is very close to the beautiful Alkai Beach. Visitors can travel from Pier 50 on the downtown waterfront to Seacrest Park in a short 15 minute water taxi ride that only costs $4.00 and runs all day for traveler’s convenience.

Once at Seacrest park, everyone can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Seattle skyline, rent bicycles or kayaks to explore Alkai Beach or tour Elliott Bay and enjoy some delicious seafood at one of the many eateries right on the beach.

Pike Place Market Close By

The Seattle Waterfront has many attractions and activities to entertain everyone who visits but just in case you need more, the famous Pike Place Market is located just up from the piers on 1st Avenue. There are stairs that connect Pike Place and the Waterfront but there is also an elevator available.

Seattle Waterfront Attractions

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A markerSeattle Aquarium -
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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B markerSeattle Water Taxi -
801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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C markerYe Old Curiosity Shop -
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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D markerMinors Landing -
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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E markerArgosy Cruises -
1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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F markerSeacrest Park -
1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
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G markerPike Place Market -
1st Ave & Pike St, Vanpool Services Metro, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a terrific resource of places to go and things to see in Seattle! I so want to visit there; this is a keeper - I will be referring back to it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Loving your Seattle area hubs. This is a place I have long wanted to visit. Maybe some day! Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love ferris wheels and this one looks like it would provide so much fun. The Crab restaurant is one that I would truly enjoy. Thanks for sharing the fun parts of Seattle's waterfront.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Robie, if you ever decide to come this way, you won't be bored! :) Thanks for the great comment

    • Robie Benve profile image

      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      What a great hub, I love all the fun info you wrote and the original photos. I've never been to Seattle, but I'll keep this in mind in case we are heading that way. :)