Photo: David Newman
Seattle Great Wheel Photo: David Newman
Photo: John Lutz
Photo: David Newman
Photo: David Newman

Waterfront

Our doorstep to the world, more wonderful than ever.

Against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery, the waterfront is all about walkable fun, where quirky shops, seafood eateries, and iconic experiences await.

Eat

Photo: Elliott’s Oyster House

Seafood is predictably the cuisine of choice while gazing out at the glistening waters of Elliott Bay. Elliott’s Oyster House has both views and oysters for days, while you can enjoy alder-smoked salmon at The Salmon Cooker or fish and chips at Ivar’s Pier 54 Fish Bar. The Crab Pot is an iconic eating experience, where seafood feasts are poured right onto the table. And for non-seafood folks, AQUA by El Gaucho serves up the best of both worlds: fresh seafood and custom-aged steaks.

Shop

Miner's Landing at the Seattle Waterfront

Miner’s Landing Photo: David Newman

Since the turn of the 20th century, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop has delighted and entertained visitors. Stop in for all manner of souvenirs, get your fortune told, and take a look at oddities like shrunken heads. At Pike St. Press, pick up a whimsical, Seattle-themed letterpress card to send to someone lucky back home.

Play

Seattle Great Wheel Photo: Stuart Mullenberg

To get a different perspective of the waterfront, head up in the Seattle Great Wheel or set sail. Washington State Ferries take you to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island, while Argosy Cruises boats explore the shoreline of Elliott Bay. Also not to miss: Wings Over Washington takes you on a virtual aerial ride above the state, from the glacier-capped peak of Mount Rainier to the seaside cliffs of Olympic National Park.
Back on land, stop by the Seattle Aquarium, where the seals and otters steal the show—plan to be there at 11:30am or 2pm for a daily talk and feeding.

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