Pier 62, Seattle Waterfront Stu Mullenberg
Seattle AquariumB.O'Kane Alamy
Photo: David Newman
Seattle Great Wheel Photo: David Newman
Photo: John Lutz
Photo: David Newman
Photo: David Newman


There’s always fun to be had on the bustling shore of Elliott Bay.


Walkable piers line Seattle’s vibrant, welcoming waterfront. Dive into the local aquatic life at Seattle Aquarium (1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59), where sharks swim overhead in an underwater dome and adorable otters play. Head two piers south to Wings Over Washington (1301 Alaskan Way), an interactive theater that virtually transports you to some of the state’s most stunning natural wonders, like Mount Rainier and the San Juan Islands. Then clamber aboard The Seattle Great Wheel (1301 Alaskan Way) for breathtaking glimpses of the skyline and Elliott Bay.

Eat and Drink

Elliott’s Oyster House (1201 Alaskan Way) and Ivar’s Acres of Clams (1001 Alaskan Way) are two casual-chic spots serving seafood classics like grilled salmon, fresh oysters, and clam chowder. AQUA by El Gaucho (2801 Alaskan Way) takes a fine-dining approach with seared scallops in a preserved-lemon cream and wild Alaskan cod. You can find plenty of other satisfying options in the area too, like slices topped with locally sourced ingredients at Post Alley Pizza (1123 Post Ave) and award-winning whiskeys and gins at Copperworks Distilling (1250 Alaskan Way).


Pick up the perfect local souvenir at Simply Seattle (1001 Alaskan Way), where shelves are stocked with everything from Seattle-themed sweaters and totes to mugs and sports gear. Pike Street Press (1510 Alaskan Way) is a fave for stationery lovers with its witty greeting cards, posters, pens, and notebooks. In it for the hunt? Pick your way through Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (1001 Alaskan Way) for crafts, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts from all over the world.


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