Summertime Fun-Time along Seattle’s Waterfront
Allow yourself to take in a deep, crisp breath of salt air when you visit the Seattle Waterfront. Its multitude of activities, shopping, and fresh seafood will create an environment to build lifelong memories. Among Seattle’s most unique areas, the waterfront is a working waterfront, with fireboats, cruise ships and more, along with great eats and attractions.
Food Along Seattle’s Waterfront:
A fun destination restaurant along Seattle’s waterfront is The Crab Pot, one of Seattle’s most famous eateries. As seen on Man v. Food, each bite of succulent seafood will have you coming back time and again. Order the Seafest for two or more and get heaping combinations of fresh crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, and delicious sides. Or, if oysters are more your speed, try Elliott’s Oyster House, which boasts a 21-foot oyster bar!
For a more casual, and definitely memorable, setting check out Ivar’s, next door to the Fire Boats at Pier 54. Share your chips with the many seagulls that gather here. Not for the germaphobes among us, but a fun experience for those of us with kids!
If seafood is not your thing, there are other options! Red Robin Burgers is at Pier 55, and has a great selection of both burgers and chicken items. Kidd Valley is a local burger chain that besides beef, has an excellent vegetarian option. Also Elliott’s and Crab Pot, mentioned above, do have land based options!
Seattle Waterfront Fun:
Perhaps after all of that open air, a bit of shopping is in order. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop has something to wow each and every person who crosses its threshold. Shrunken heads, jackelopes, and two headed taxidermy pieces are only a few of the wonders you will encounter in this charming shop. Opened in 1899, Joseph Edward Stanley began his collection of unusual art, and it has only grown larger over the five generations it has been open.
While visiting the Waterfront, why not take a stroll to the Seattle Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with all that live under the briny depths. Fun and casual, the aquarium creates a unique environment to learn all things aquatic. They feature three dive tours a day, in which a diver literally immerses themselves in their work to answer questions from curious visitors. If after your visit you are longing for more, their website features Live Streaming video cams daily so you can watch otters, seals, and the Giant Pacific Octopus in their natural habitats without all the lines.
Seattle Waterfront Shopping:
The shops along the waterfront make a great place to pick up momentos of your Seattle trip, or souvenirs for the folks back home. There are a couple of shops I really enjoy browsing, even as a local. Check out Pirates Plunder, at Pier 57. It a fun shop, crammed full of pirate themed items as well as fun games, books, and toys for the little ones, along with a great selection of Seattle and Washington state knick knacks and souvenirs. Simply Seattle has a selection of Seattle themed items not found anywhere else–popular items are Theo’s chocolate, and skyline socks. If you need to get a BUNCH of t-shirts, check out the street vendors at Waterfront Park (adjacent to the Great Wheel) for can’t be beat prices.