Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront featuring boating, sailing and city views

Seattle Waterfront

A wonderful place to stroll and dine, this ever-changing attraction is more than just a place where land meets sea.

Seattle’s western border ends at the waterfront where the views across Puget Sound to islands and mountains are enhanced by elegant yachts, ships, cruise boats and ferries. Walk along the 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch and browse quaint shops, explore the public spaces and piers, and enjoy the smells of the ocean air and freshly cooked seafood from the dozens of restaurants along the piers.

The waterfront runs for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) beneath the elevated Alaskan Way from Pioneer Square in the south to Centennial Park and Smith Cove docks to the north. The area has more than a century of history; in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush catapulted Seattle’s waterfront into being the “Gateway to Alaska.” A few years later, the city became a major trading port and the huge port complex, just to the south of downtown, remains a fascinating feature. Grab some food at one of the seafood restaurants — from fast food to elegant — and enjoy superb waterfront views. Everything from oysters and mussels, to crisply battered fish and chips is available along this entertaining stretch of boardwalk. Don't miss the fresh Northwest Copper River salmon when it’s in season.

You can walk the waterfront from end-to-end in about 40 minutes, but allow another couple of hours at least for all the distractions. Browse exclusive stores for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, nautical knick-knacks and atmospheric artworks. Explore the fascinating Seattle Aquarium with its marine exhibits and touch pools on Pier 59. Meander through Myrtle Edwards Park with its peaceful bike and pedestrian trails. The adjacent Olympic Sculpture Park combines the natural beauty of Puget Sound with modern art along a trail that takes about an hour to walk at a brisk pace.

Hop aboard a ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy the journey as much as the final destination. The return trip offers some of the best views of Seattle’s skyline. The Seattle Waterfront is directly adjacent to downtown Seattle, and easy to find: just walk to the west, which is generally also downhill.

Top Hotels Close to Seattle Waterfront

The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$5,053 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,750 reviews)
"Excellent value. Very nice property, rooftop deck, immaculately maintained."

Reviewed on 2022/8/8

The Belltown Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,710 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3,578 reviews)
"Very good room, nice views, and very friendly staff"

Reviewed on 2022/8/5

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$5,659 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,001 reviews)
Great location for arena access
"Nice updated old Hotel. Two blocks from Climate arena and the Space Needle, multiple restaurants too. We parked at the hotel and walked everywhere. Only negative was the slow elevator. We will be staying there any time we want to go to Seattle."

Reviewed on 2022/8/7

Mediterranean Inn
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Waterfront

The Moore Hotel
The Moore Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1926 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$4,611 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
The Moore Hotel
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,710 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Hyatt Regency Seattle
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is NT$5,053 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
The Belltown Inn
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is NT$5,659 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Mediterranean Inn
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,258 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
The Paramount Hotel
Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is NT$5,061 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Executive Hotel Pacific
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is NT$6,258 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Warwick Seattle
Palihotel Seattle
Palihotel Seattle
3.5 out of 5
107 Pine St., Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,737 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Palihotel Seattle
Motif Seattle, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
Motif Seattle, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,271 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Motif Seattle, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
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