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Our most recommended Seattle Romance & special occasions

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: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

2. Seattle: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

Hop aboard the only Seattle whale watching tour that leaves direct from downtown at Pier 69! The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and biologically rich areas teeming with an array of spectacular wildlife. One of the best places to see transient orca killer whales as well as humpback, gray and minke whales breach, splash, feed and play in their natural habitat. Our popular half-day Seattle whale watching tour is a great option (and the most convenient!) for those visiting Seattle looking for a fun day on the water whale watching. Our watching tour features an expert onboard naturalist who guides and educates guests about the surrounding area, local sealife as well as wildlife. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll be offered a free trip! The perfect Pacific Northwest family or couples adventure to spend a beautiful day on the water and learn about local whales and sealife while observing these beautiful animals in their natural environment. As a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we abide by all state and association viewing regulations to protect and and not disturb whales and sealife. Seats may be upgraded to window seats if space is available when checking in at terminal.

Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

3. Seattle: Gray Whale Watching Tour

Discover the gray whales off the coast of Seattle on a relaxing boat tour. Be on the lookout for these giants of the sea as you learn about their biology and behaviors from an expert naturalist onboard. Board the boat at Pier 69 in downtown Seattle. With the guidance of Clipper’s expert onboard naturalist, you will be on the lookout for these huge special whales as they migrate north. Learn about their astounding annual migration from the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea. Discover interesting facts about their behaviour and intelligence. As you cruise offshore of Seattle and Langley on Whidbey Island, try to spot the whales breaching the surface. The area is popular with grays due to the robust shrimp population. Each March and April, the gray whales detour from their off-shore journey into the Salish Sea to feed and fuel up for the remainder of their journey to Alaska.

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

4. 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: One-Way Locks Cruise

5. Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

Take a ride on a boat elevator during a 2-hour cruise departing from the Seattle Waterfront or South Lake Union. On this 1-way cruise, venture through Elliott Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union. Enjoy spectacular views and experience first-hand the transition between salt and fresh water on this exciting ride. During the journey, get a feel for what it means to follow the tides of the Puget Sound, as the boat is lifted and lowered in the Ballard Locks. Fully-narrated and full of fun facts, bring the whole family along for an entertaining and informative experience. Glide past large fishing vessels docked to unload their catch, seaplanes landing or taking off, the fascinating Gasworks Park, and more.

Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

6. Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on a schooner sailboat. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high perimeter railing. 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. Search for local wildlife like swooping seagulls, frolicking porpoises, and playful harbor seals. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar or sea if the sailor's life is for you by trying your hand at hoisting the sails. If the conditions are right, go full pirate ship and watch the canons fire.

Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

7. Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Seattle's city center while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history behind the monuments and attractions. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the origins of some of downtown's most iconic buildings and tourist sites like Pike Place Market. Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You are standing at Union Station, unsure of why you're there. You realize you're a ticket for the S.S. Portland. You'll need to gather your supplies before boarding the next ship to the Yukon region to try your luck finding gold before other miners..." Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Learn about the events around the Klondike Gold Rush, the Seattle Underground, the Great Seattle Fire. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

From Seattle: Ferry Day Trip from Seattle to Victoria

8. From Seattle: Ferry Day Trip from Seattle to Victoria

Board a high speed catamaran and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Salish Sea to Victoria, and explore the best Victoria has to offer, from historic buildings to beautiful gardens on this day tour. Hop on board the boat in Seattle and get ready for the perfect day trip to Victoria. Settle in and find yourself a comfortable seat by a window. Enjoy a short and scenic cruise through the Salish Sea, and admire the beautiful scenery along the way. Arrive in Victoria and enjoy five hours to explore the city however you wish. Browse unique shops, sample artisanal delicacies, or visit the flower-filled Butchart Gardens. Explore Victoria with the freedom to choose your own stops, before heading to the Victoria Clipper Terminal in the heart of the city to return to Seattle. Board the boat and venture North through Puget Sound to take in the majesty of the Pacific Northwest.

Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

9. Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you to the most iconic spots of Seattle, Washington. Enjoy the flexibility and safety of an activity ran entirely on an app. Use clues, solve problems, and unlock stories as you explore the city and learn its history. Start your exploration game at the Father and Son fountain. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Visit the Seattle Cloud Cover, Anne Frank Chestnut Tree, Space Needle, and more. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

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What people are saying about Seattle

I went to Seattle for a friend’s weekend getaway and this was the highlight of our trip. It was relaxing, beautiful and a lot of fun. The crew was extremely attentive and they tried to engage everyone throughout the 2 hours trip.

Perfectly good experience. Competent, attentive and friendly crew. And an ideal evening for sailing; it was all just right.

Amazing views and great ship crew. Weather was fantastic and the drink option on board were good. We had a pair of Ciders

magically lovely. really relaxing. Awesome!!!!!!!!❤❤❤We really loved it.❤

The crew was so much fun! The drinks were affordable. Great cruise!