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Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

1. Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

Discover the beauty of Seattle from above.  At nearly 1,000 feet this platform is the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest and is a perfect panorama to begin your Seattle experience.   Choose between 3 ticket options, where you can upgrade to receive priority entry and exit, receive a credit to spend at the Sky View Café or gift shop, and even enjoy reserved seating with the best view. Plan your itinerary from the vantage point of the observatory. Decide between taking a whirl on the Great Wheel, strolling through Pike Place Market, or journeying to the San Juan Islands. Interact with a touch screen technology to explore destinations, tours, and areas so you can create a virtual itinerary. Overlook the city’s skyscrapers, residential neighborhoods, shipping port, and sports stadiums, then look beyond to the mountains, the sea, and the sky. Be captivated by 360-degree panoramic views including Mt. Rainier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, the Space Needle and much more.

Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

2. Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

Meet your chef guide and watch cheese being made as you learn about the local dairy industry. Then, head to Beecher's Mac N Cheese and Elleno's yogurt for a tasting. Check out a secret garden that grows food and go to Pike Place Chowder. Discover small business stories like Chukar Cherries and taste several types of chocolate-covered cherries including Seattle's famous Rainier cherry. Learn about bean-to-bar chocolate and where chefs buy their produce, meat, and seafood. This is a unique way to explore Pike Place Market's small businesses and savor the local delicacies. The tour includes 9 different stops with about 15 small bites. In addition to tasting and learning about Pike Place Market, receive a 10% discount card to shop at a partner network.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

3. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

4. Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

Pike Place Market is a joyous assault on the senses. With fish mongers throwing large fish past your head, restaurant after restaurant lining the sides, and masses of people milling about, it is a place best explored with a local. During your Taste of Pike Place, you will be guided deep into the heart of this lovely place, for a taste of some of the best parts of the market. Your guide will share with you the legends and history of the colorful characters who have walked the hallways and hawked their wares.  Taste the best locally made artisan foods the market has to offer, including authentic Indian samosas, Italian gelato, Greek Yogurt, Pacific Northwest Native American style smoked salmon, America's #1 rated clam chowder, Italian truffles, the best wild salmon burger in Seattle, and more. Substitutions are available for most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Sit back, relax, and enjoy Seattle's most popular and important sights on this sightseeing bus tour. Hop on and hop off at any of the allocated tour stops to explore the sights that interest you the most. As you travel, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the open-top deck on the bus, plus a wonderful audio commentary giving you all the information you need. Hop off at popular landmarks including the space needle, one of the cities tallest structures and home to a wonderful observation deck and revolving restaurant. With the Premium Ticket, not only will you have access to all 16 bus stops, but you can enjoy the Scenic Panoramic Tour which gives you completely unrivaled views of the city. This ticket also includes a walking tour in the Pioneer Square Historic District, allowing you to take an in-depth look at some of Seattle's fascinating past.  Must See Seattle Route: •Space Needle & Seattle Center •Clipper Vacations •Edgewater Hotel •Pier 66 Cruise Terminal •Pier 55 & Argosy Cruises •Pioneer & Occidental Square •Historic Chinatown Gate •Panama Hotel & Tea House •Seattle Sky View Observatory •Seattle Central Library •Seattle Convention Center •Starbucks Reserve Capitol Hill •Capitol Hill & Jimi Hendrix Statue •Paramount Theatre •Westlake Center & Shopping •Pike Place Market •Pike Brewing Company •Seattle Art Museum •Pier 55 & Argosy Cruises •Original Starbucks at Pike Place Market

Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

6. Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Emerald City, and discover the best Seattle has to offer. At each location, you will taste a curated sample of the best donuts. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include Top Pot Doughnuts, Dahlia Bakery, and Daily Dozen Doughnuts, all of which are authentic donut institutions. This 2-hour walking tour is led by a passionate donut expert, who will guide you to some of Seattle's best donut locales. The tour can cater to all size groups, both large and small. The donut tour is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

7. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Answer all your burning questions about chocolate on this guided walking tour in Seattle. Discover wheather chocolate is a food or a technology and find out why it has such a a special place in cultures around the world. Tickle your sweet tooth with some tastings along the way. Meet your guide and engage all your senses to help answer these questions and explore the world of chocolate in the city famous for the beans that give you a buzz. Follow your guide on a 2.5 hour walking tour that fills you to the brim with chocolatey goodness. Sample classic flavors like dark, milk, bitter, sweet, and with or without nuts. Try drinking chocolate and solid chocolate or shake thinks up with spicy chocolate. Bite into the purest of the pure and leave with a deeper understanding of the attention that goes into each silky, smooth, decadent bite you take. Included in your ticket price are 12 individual tastes of chocolate (keep breakfast light) at 8 of Downtown Seattle's most beloved food stops.

Pike Place Market Haunted Happy Hour Tour

8. Pike Place Market Haunted Happy Hour Tour

Learn about Pike Place Markets spooky side on this ghost booze tour. Follow a guide on a walk thru the market, including sites such as the ghosts in the down under, an Irish Pub in the first mortuary, and dark hallways, all while listening to ghost lore. This tour is a fun introduction to the market and its spirits history. Speaking of spirits, your guide will be buying you some along the way. Join us on a 2-hour tour of some of the most haunted bars in Pike Place Market. You’ll hear tales about the dead that haven’t quite moved on, visit some of the most haunted places in the market, and get to know the spirits that haunt the locals…and the places that the locals haunt. So, raise your glasses high and toast to the ghosts of the market. This is a walking tour of about 1/2 a mile. The market dates back, so the sidewalks and roads can be dangerous to walk, crawl or run on at night. This is not recommended for anyone with mobility issues or highly intoxicated adults that can’t navigate the perils of the old sidewalks, stairs, hills and cobblestoned streets. Guests must be 21 and up to attend. The tour will go on if it is rainy.

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

9. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

10. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle on a guided minibus tour. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard the climate-controlled minibus and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish that are thrown at the market.  Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the country.  Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas by the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the distinctive Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum. Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away.  Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where Elliot Bays meets the waters of Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont. See the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Lenin. Make your way back downtown for convenient at a downtown attraction of your choosing or your hotel.

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What people are saying about Pike Place Market

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4.6 / 5

based on 760 reviews

Eric was a very entertaining guide on our food tour. You can tell he loves to take tourists around and experience good food. He was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for places to eat. We loved our dinner at the Pink Door and we loved the wine at the Tasting Room across the street. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Dawn & Bob Schlich, St. Simons Island, Ga.

Great tour, enjoyed learning about some of the history of the market and the best part was tasting all the delicious food. Our guide Chef Brendan was awesome!

This was a wonderful tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about the area. the sampling of the food was very good.

Chef Eric was great! Informative, great pace, great food. Hilight of my trip to Seattle.

The tour was great! They take you to great local food spots. Lots of delicious food!