The Best Tours in Seattle

Updated: March 13, 2017

What are the best tours in Seattle, Washington?

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Seattle’s Best City Tours

What are the best tours of Seattle?

Totem pole at Pioneer Square in Seattle.

  • Tours Northwest
    This company offers Seattle city tours in two different lengths; the shorter 3 hour driving tour all takes place within the bus, with guides pointing out local highlights and history, while the 6 hour Day Tour (available in the summer months) includes a trip up the Space Needle and two hours in Pike Place Market. Their passenger coaches are clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, and guides are super friendly and accommodating. Tours Northwest also offers Boeing Factory tours, Mount Rainier day tours, and pre/post Alaska cruise tours that include transportation and baggage handling.
    Tours pick up and drop off at all downtown hotels.
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  • Shutter Tours
    This photo-centric four hour tour is a great way to learn the history and layout of Seattle, as well as venture outside the city to scenic Snoqualmie falls. Knowledgable guides know all the best photo stops, and their tips and tricks will ensure that your vacation photos are suitably wow-worthy. (No fancy SLR required, even a disposable can capture some great shots with a little guidance.) Seattle/Snoqualmie tours run daily year-round, except during the month of April, when the company shuttles aspiring photographers north into the Skagit River Valley for the stunning and colorful Tulip Festival. No meals are included in the price of the tour, but water and light snacks are available, as well as food for purchase along the way.
    Tours depart from Pike Place Market, but will pick up at downtown hotels by request.
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  • Seattle by Foot Kids Tours
    The popular Kids Tour by walking tour company, Seattle by Foot, is a great way to explore downtown Seattle with kids 10 and under. Fun guides (sometimes with their own children working alongside them as “junior tour guides”) keep kids interested and the pace brisk. Along with other stops, you’ll explore Pike Place Market, get a kids’ eye view of Seattle’s public art and architecture, and even make a masterpiece at Seattle Art Museum. Tours are private (priced per family), last approximately two hours, and can be customized to accommodate all different ages and interests.
    Tours depart from Pike Place Market.
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  • Seattle by Segway
    These things scream “I’m a tourist,” but they’re fun to ride and easier to master than they appear. Zip around town on these electronic marvels of transportation, covering much more ground than you could on foot. Small group Segway tours of two to eight people begin just south of downtown, traveling along the waterfront, up through Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, over to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, and down through Myrtle Edwards waterfront park – all in under two hours. Tours run year-round, rain or shine. No experience is necessary and there’s no age limit, though tours are recommended for people aged 12 and up.
    Tours depart from 214 Alaskan Way South, near Pioneer Square.
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Seattle’s Best Culinary Tours

Pike Brewery Tour

Pike Brewery Tour

  • Savor Seattle
    This is Seattle’s biggest and most recognizable food tour outfit. The Savor Seattle guides’ pink umbrellas make it easy to stick with the group, and personal audio devices mean that you won’t miss a detail, even in the thickest crowds. You’ll learn about local history and culture, and meet chefs and producers along the way. No need to eat before or after – these tours are a meal in themselves. Most run about two hours, and there are a few great family-friendly options, like the Signature Pike Place Market and the Chocolate Indulgence Tours. Get up early and beat the crowds on the VIP Market Tour, and watch the vendors set up their wares. Adults-oriented options include Gourmet Seattle, Dinner Soiree, and Booze’n’Bites Tours, as well as a restaurant tour in the hip Capitol Hill neighborhood.
    Tours meet at various locations, check website for details.
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  • Eat Seattle
    These Pike Place Market tours are chef-led, and focus on the region’s unique culinary history and identity. Along the way, you’ll sample wares from the Market’s best suppliers of organic produce and sustainable proteins, as well as special tastings created by your chef-guide. Chef-led market tours are two hours long, and kids are welcome. Eat Seattle also occasionally holds combined events that include a chef-led Market tour, hands-on cooking class in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen, and a fantastic 3-course meal that you help create.
    Tours meet outside of Seattle Coffee Works: 107 Pike Street.
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  • Seattle Bites
    Seattle Bites does one tour, and does it well: their guided food and historic walking tour of Pike Place Market. Fun and friendly hosts teach you all about the Market’s history, and introduce you to the folks that make it what it is today. The tour makes stops at some of the Pike Place Market’s best-loved food merchants, and is known for its big samples – there’s no need to eat before or afterward. Tours are offered twice daily, at 10:30 and 2:30 pm, and last about 2 1/2 hours.
    Tours meet in the Pike Place Market Atrium or Seattle Art Museum.
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  • Seattle by Foot Coffee Crawl
    Seattle’s known for its coffee, and there’s so much more than Starbucks. On this 2 1/2 hour walking tour, you’ll stop and sample at some of the city’s best cafes, as well as learn about the history of coffee, and different processing and brewing methods. Tours run Thursday through Monday, departing at 10am.
    Tours meet outside of the Seattle Art Museum at 1st Avenue and University Street.
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  • Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
    The nation’s first organic, fair-trade chocolatier offers tours of their factory, where visitors can learn all about chocolate, see how it’s transformed from bean to bar, and sample heavily along the way. Tours are offered seven days a week, though you need to visit on a weekday to see the factory in full production mode. And because it’s a working factory, they require closed-toed shoes and hair nets (provided), and ask that you leave your perfumes and fur at home. Tours are one hour long, $10/person, and frequently sell out – it’s best to buy tickets well in advance. Kids under 6 aren’t allowed on standard tours, but Theo holds a special, chocolate-themed story time just for them once a week. Also check out the factory’s website for events, classes, and private tours.
    Tours meet at Theo Chocolate Factory: 3400 Phinney Avenue North.
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  • Road Dog Tours
    Sample Seattle’s best beverages, and let someone else do the driving. Road Dog’s popular Seattle Brewery Tour stops at three of the city’s finest craft breweries, where guests learn all about beer, the brewing process, and the local beer scene; with lots of tasting along the way. If spirits are more your thing, their Seattle Distillery Tour will introduce you to the major players and tastes in Seattle’s growing small-batch distillery scene, while their Coffee Tour caters to the caffeinated crowd. Tours are offered daily, and last about three hours. Road Dog Tours’ 14-person passenger vans pick up and drop off near Pike Place Market, and private group tours are available on request.
    Tours meet at Seattle Beer Company: 1427 Western Ave.
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  • Bon Vivant Wine Tours
    The Woodinville Winery Day Tour is a great way to experience the region’s renowned wineries, with your host acting not only as knowledgeable guide, but also a designated driver. Woodinville Day Tours generally visit 6 wineries, including both the grand and famous Chateau Ste. Michelle as well as smaller, lesser-known vintners. Scheduled tour groups are small, with a ten person limit, and trips last 6-7 hours, and include a stop for lunch – but note that lunch and tasting fees are not included in the tour price. Bon Vivant also offers a variety of other scheduled tours, like their Art and Wine Tour (held in the Chihuly Museum), City and Bainbridge Island Day Tour, and tours across the mountains in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and Yakima. Tours pick up and drop off in downtown Seattle, and private and multi-day tours are available on request.
    Passengers can be picked up at various locations, check website for details.
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  • Seattle Wine Tours
    For a completely customized wine touring experience, choose Seattle Wine Tours. Their knowledgeable chauffeurs offer private tours of all shapes and sizes; from afternoon to multi-day, in a town car, limo, passenger van, or 35-person mini-coach. Visit big or boutique wineries (or both) in Seattle, Woodinville, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan, Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Walla Walla. Add in a stop at majestic Snoqualmie Falls, if you’ve got time. Those who know where they’d like to go can create their own itinerary. If you just want to sit back and enjoy the ride (and wine), Seattle Wine Tours will create a custom experience based on your personal taste and time preferences. Meal and tasting fees are not included in the tour price, but water and snacks are provided.
    Passengers are picked up and dropped off at their preferred location.
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  • Pike Brewery Tour
    Since 1989, Pike Brewing has been making great craft beer in the heart of downtown Seattle, just next door to Pike Place Market. For a small fee, visitors can tour the facilities, learn all about beer and how it’s made, and sample the brewery’s best offerings. Brewery tours run from 3-4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and cost $5/person (free for folks under 21). Private tours for groups of 6-20 people are held earlier in the afternoons, from 12-1:30pm, include a tasting of 7 Pike beers, and cost $20/person. Free evening tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday at 6:30, but don’t include samples – pair this one with dinner and a beer (or two) at their pub. All tours must be booked in advance.
    Tours meet at Pike Brewing Company: 1415 1st Avenue.
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Seattle’s Best Sea, Sky, and Outdoors Tours

Seattle from above, as seen from a Kenmore Air float plane tour.

Seattle from above, as seen from a Kenmore Air float plane tour.

  • Argosy Cruises
    Seattle’s a harbor town, and one of the best ways to learn about the city (and see the skyline!) is via boat. The biggest and best boat cruise outfit in town is Argosy, and they’ve got many options to choose from: tour Seattle’s working harbor, or visit the floating homes on Lake Union – choose the 2 1/2 hour Locks Cruise for a bit of everything. Around the holidays, decked-out Argosy ships lead the annual Christmas Ships Festival. In the summer, take an excursion to Tillicum Village on Blake Island to learn about the area’s native heritage. Cruises last 1-2 hours, are narrated by professional guides, and offer snacks and beverage service, including a full bar. Book in advance, especially in the summer months.
    Tours depart from the downtown waterfront, Lake Union Park, or Kirkland Waterfront.
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  • Kenmore Air
    Watching the Kenmore Air seaplanes take off and land on the south end of Lake Union is a quintessential Seattle experience, but the view from inside the aircraft is even better. Their 20-minute scenic Seattle flights offer a unique perspective of the city, and include narration that clues you in to what you’re seeing. Kenmore Air’s De Havilland planes hold 6-10 passengers (everyone gets a window seat), and are super gentle on take-offs and landings. If you’ve got more time, ride along en route to the beautiful San Juan Islands, or combine your flight with a whale watching or kayak tour.
    Tours depart from South Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Boeing Field.
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  • Victoria Clipper
    This is the quickest, easiest, and most scenic way to get from Seattle to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. The Victoria Clipper departs daily from Pier 69 on the downtown waterfront, with 2-3 sailings per day during the busy summer months. You can head up and back in one day, or spend the night in Victoria – the company offers packages that include hotel and admission to popular attractions like Butchart Gardens. The boats are clean and comfortable, though those folks who are prone to seasickness will want to take precaution – the ride can get a bit choppy once you’re out in open waters. Buy tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line, and don’t forget to bring a passport. Kenmore Air also offers whale watching excursions and summer service to Friday Harbor in Washington’s San Juan Islands.
    Tours depart from Pier 69 on Seattle’s downtown waterfront.
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  • Helicopters Northwest
    Two to three-person private helicopter sightseeing tours, with 20, 30, or 40 minute options. The shortest tour covers the Seattle highlights, but splurge on the 40 minute ride, if you can; it’ll take you out over the Cascade Mountains and majestic Snoqualmie Falls. No matter which option you choose, you’ll see Seattle from a unique perspective, 500-1000 feet above the ground.
    Tours depart south of downtown at 8500 Perimeter Rd South.
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  • Far Niente Sailing Charters
    A fantastic option for a romantic evening or small group function, Far Niente offers privately-chartered sunset sailings for up to six people. The general tour is around Elliot Bay to Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island and back, but they’ll alter course if weather dictates or if there’s somewhere special you’d like to see. Tours generally last around 4 1/2 hours, and pricing is determined by how many guests are aboard. Gourmet snacks and drinks are included.
    Tours depart from Bell Harbor Marina on the Seattle waterfront.
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  • Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
    Seattle Ferry Service (a small outfit, not to be confused with the WA State Ferry System) runs this weekend boat tour year-round, departing Sundays from the dock at the Museum of History and Industry in South Lake Union. It’s a 45-minute narrated cruise around Lake Union, hitting highlights such as the Sleepless in Seattle floating home, Dale Chihuly’s lakeside glass-blowing studio, Gasworks Park, and a fantastic view of the Space Needle from the water. This tour is very family and pet-friendly, and there are a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase on-board. Overall, a fun and inexpensive way to get out on the water.
    Tours depart from South Lake Union Park, near the Museum of History and Industry.
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  • Alki Kayak Tours
    Scenic sea kayaking with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. Paddle around Elliott Bay, or out to Alki lighthouse – Alki Kayak Tours’ experienced and friendly guides will fill you in on area history and local wildlife. Tours run March through September (daily in the summer months) and depart from Seacrest Park in West Seattle, which is easily accessible from downtown via the Water Taxi. For the most spectacular city skyline views, choose a Summer Sunset or Full Moon nighttime tour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Tours depart from Seacrest Park in West Seattle.
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  • Evergreen Escapes
    Evergreen Escapes offers fantastic day tours and hikes in Seattle’s many nearby wilderness areas: Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks, Mount Saint Helens, the North Cascades, and Snoqualmie Falls. These small group tours are capped at ten guests, and include transportation in a Mercedes van, a day hike, and gourmet lunch with local wine. Tours run year-round, with snow-shoeing replacing day hikes in the winter months, when needed. Evergreen Escapes also offers a San Juan kayak and whale-watching tour in the summer months, with optional sea-plane or overnight add-on.
    Tours pick up at downtown hotels. Guests staying elsewhere meet the tour at Hotel Monaco.
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  • Tours Northwest
    Tours Northwest offers a Mount Rainier National Park day tour that’s a great option for those looking for an easy way to see the park. Informative guides will pick you up at your downtown or Sea-Tac hotel, and customize the trip to your desired activity level. A grocery stop is offered, to buy items for a picnic lunch on the mountain, or you can purchase food at the park’s visitor center while you’re there. This tour runs May through November.
    Tours pick up at Seattle and SeaTac area hotels.
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  • Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard
    April through October, Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard offers tandem sea kayak tours that depart from scenic Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Paddle around the Sound observing wildlife like seals and otters, head out to Discovery Point in West Seattle, or venture through the Ballard Locks into Seattle’s Lake Union. Combine your trip with a stop at a boat-up restaurant for a clam chowder lunch. Kayak tours are good for all experience levels. Two paddleboard tours are offered: one specifically for beginners, and one that goes to Ballard. All equipment is provided.
    Tours depart from Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard.
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  • All Rivers and Saltwater Charters
    Experience a real Pacific Northwest salt water fishing experience with knowledgeable guides and all equipment provided. All Rivers’ Seattle Salmon Fishing and Crabbing charters run from early July through September, departing from Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard. Fish for King, Coho, and Pink Salmon, and enjoy crabbing when in-season (through Labor Day). Fishing licenses are available on-board, and water, soda, and snacks are provided. Outside of Seattle, All Rivers runs fishing charters on the Washington coast, as well as the Skykomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and Cowlitz Rivers.
    Tours depart from Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard.
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  • Island Adventures Whale Watching
    This is the best whale watching tour in the northwest, offering service from the downtown Seattle waterfront October through March, when orca whale pods journey south into Puget Sound. Experienced naturalists are in constant communication with other vessels, and take you right to where the whales are. The boat’s cabins are heated and comfortable, with binoculars and wildlife viewing guides available for on-board use, and hot and cold drinks and snacks available for purchase. At all other times of the year, Island Adventures charters depart from Everett, Anacortes, La Conner, and Port Angeles; where guests can expect to see humpback, minke, and grey whales, as well as other marine wildlife.
    Tours depart from Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront.
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Seattle’s Best Cultural and Historical Tours

What are the best cultural tours in Seattle?

Longhouse at Tillicum Village

  • Blake Island/Tillicum Village Tour
    A fascinating introduction to Seattle Native People’s History. 4 hours in total, the trip begins with a beautiful 45-minute boat cruise to Blake Island. There you’re treated to a Pacific Northwest-inspired buffet with alderwood-smoked salmon, and stories and dance from Coast Salish tribe members – all in a traditional Native longhouse. Afterward, stick around to poke about the museum and gift shop, or explore the trails of beautiful Blake Island State Park. The combination of boat cruise, meal, and entertainment make this a great deal for the price. Excursions run from April through September, but July onward is your best chance for pleasant weather. Book early – these tours sell out, and an early-booking discount is offered more than 28 days in advance.
    Tours depart from Pier 55 on Seattle’s downtown waterfront.
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  • Seattle Architecture Foundation
    These volunteer-led downtown walking tours are organized around such architectural themes as Northwest Art Deco Skyscrapers, Design Details, and Hidden Spaces in Public Places. No previous experience with architecture is required; you’ll learn as you go – not only about the buildings, but about the city and its history, as well. Tours run year-round, rain or shine (but only on Saturdays in the winter months). Outside of downtown, SAF also leads tours in the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, as well as the University of Washington campus. Not recommended for children under 12.
    Tours depart from various locations, check website for details.
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  • Benaroya Hall
    This concert hall is home to the Seattle Symphony and is renowned for its award-winning architecture and technology-infused acoustical properties. Free public tours of Benaroya Hall are offered on various dates year-round (check the website for schedule.) Two tours are offered: an abbrevaited tour at noon, and a full tour at 1pm. Both tours are scheduled in conjunction with a free recital and demonstration of Benaroya’s famous Watjen Concert Organ at 12:30. Reservations are not required for individuals or groups of fewer than 10.
    Tours depart from Benaroya’s Grand Lobby entrance at the corner of 34d Avenue and University Street.
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  • Seattle Art Museum
    The Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection is impressive; a hodge-podge of Egyptian, African, Native American, Asian, European, pop, and contemporary works, as well as a fantastic variety of world-class touring exhibits – and free tours are available with museum admission. Some tours focus on a single gallery, while some highlight the favorite works of SAM’s curators, visual artists, and critics. Most tours are 30 minutes, though special exhibition tours are more in depth and run about an hour in length. SAM even offers monthly Art Beyond Sight tours for visitors with low or no vision. Check the calendar for upcoming tour schedules.
    Tours meet at various locations inside the museum.
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  • Wing Luke Museum
    This great museum, focused on the Pacific Northwest’s immigrant communities, is located in Seattle’s International district, and their fantastic walking tours are a great way to explore this diverse neighborhood. The Historic Hotel Tour takes you into a 1910 general store and through a series of staged rooms that show how different populations lived when they first came to our city. There are also seasonal food tours, a Bruce Lee themed tour, and a tour that takes readers to the sites in the popular novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, about a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl struggling through the times of WWII internment camps. Tour prices include all-day museum admission.
    Tours depart from The Wing Luke Museum at 719 South King Street.
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  • Underground Tours
    Tours of Seattle’s “underground” take visitors down beneath Pioneer Square, and through the maze of buried alleys and storefronts that were once Seattle’s surface streets. They’re a great crash (or refresher) course on Seattle history, and kids and adults both find them fascinating. You’ll want to buy your tickets in advance, as tours routinely sell out. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is the original and most famous. Groups are large, and guides are friendly and knowledgable – but lean heavily on the “schtick.” (You may find this super fun or supremely irritating, depending on your personality.) Beneath the Streets offers a more intimate underground tour option; groups are smaller and the vibe is less corporate, though the guides are just as knowledgable. Both tours run daily, year-round, and last a little over an hour. Note that, with steep wooden stairways and uneven surfaces, these tours can be a bit “rustic” – I don’t recommend them for people with mobility issues, very small kids, or strollers.
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  • Klondike Museum Walking Tour
    This small museum in Pioneer Square is actually a pint-sized National Park, filled with artifacts and exhibits highlighting Seattle’s role in the Klondike gold rush of the 1890’s. They offer free 45-60 minute walking tours of the Pioneer Square neighborhood in the summer months, and the rest of the year provide a Trail to Treasure tour map, so that visitors can walk it on their own.
    Tours depart from the Klondike Museum Vistor Center, at 319 2nd Avenue South.
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  • Ballard Locks Tours
    Ballard’s Hiram M. Chittenden Locks help boats get from salty Puget Sound to freshwater Lake Union (and vice versa) while maintaining the water level of Lake Union at 20 to 22 feet above sea level. Its Fish Ladder does the same thing for spawning salmon, allowing them to return to the lakes and rivers around Seattle. Free one-hour guided tours are given daily at the Locks from March through November at 2pm. Reservations are not required.
    Tours depart from the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center.
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  • Olympic Sculpture Park
    The Olympic Sculpture Park is a branch of Seattle Art Museum located along Seattle’s downtown waterfront, just downhill from Seattle Center. It’s home to a great collection of modern works by contemporary artists: most notably, Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, and Louise Bourgeois. Besides boasting an impressive collection, the Sculpture Park is one of downtown Seattle’s few green spaces, set amid picturesque views of the sound, mountains, and ferries. Admission is free, and hour-long public tours are offered at 1pm on weekends from April through November. Check the SAM events calendar for details.
    Tours depart from the Sculpture Park’s Paccar Pavilion.
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Seattle’s Best Offbeat Tours

Marijuana tourism in Seattle

Seattle Kush Tours

  • Stalking Seattle: A Rock and Roll Sightseeing Tour
    Any fan of 90’s grunge music will love this tour, which visits locations relevant to such bands and artists as Pearl Jam, Nirvana/Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Alice in Chains, and more. Aside from the city’s music history, tour guide Charity provides a solid overview of the city layout. Small and personal tours are capped at five passengers, and last about 2 1/2 hours.
    Tours depart from MoPOP at Seattle Center, under the Space Needle.
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  • Kush Tourism Cannabis Tours
    For an in-depth look at local marijuana commerce and culture, check out Kush Tourism’s Seattle Kush Tour. Their friendly and professional guides take you behind the scenes to explore this evolving industry – from seed to shop – with those in the know. Tour groups are small (up to 6 people), and begin and end at Boro School of Glass in south Seattle, where you’ll be treated to a pipe-blowing demonstration. You’ll visit and tour Dawg Star Cannabis, one of the Seattle’s premiere licensed grow facilities, and a production facility where extractions and edibles are produced. Finally, you’ll put your new-found knowledge into practice at one of the city’s best retail shops. Kush Tourism also offers private tours, as well as a Cannabis & Spirits Experience tour, which visits a grow facility and a local distillery. Age 21+
    Tours depart from Boro School of Glass, at 1300 South Dearborn Street.
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  • Bill Speidel’s Underworld Tour
    Bill Speidel’s popular daytime Underground Tour is a crash course in Seattle history that touches briefly on the city’s seedier side, in coded language so that the kids in the crowd are none the wiser. All bets are off for their after-hours Underworld Tour, however, which positively revels in this town’s bad and bawdy history of drugs, crime, and prostitution. All the same locations are visited as during the day, but the stories are raunchier at night and guests receive a free cocktail upon completion of the tour. Age 21+
    Tours depart from Doc Maynard’s Public House in Pioneer Square, 614 First Avenue.
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Stadium Tours

Touring Seattle sports stadiums

Safeco Field Stadium Tour

  • Safeco Field
    Safeco Field is home to the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. Tours of the stadium are about an hour long, and include private suites, the visitor’s clubhouse, the press box, the field, and both team dugouts. Tickets can be purchased through their website in advance, or pick them up at the Team Store shortly before the tour is scheduled to depart. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
    Tours depart from the stadium’s Team Store on First Avenue.
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  • CenturyLink Field
    CenturyLink Field is the home stadium of both the Seattle Seahawks football team, and the Seattle Sounders FC. Stadium tours last about 90 minutes, visiting the field, visitor’s locker room, press box, private suites, and the famous 12th Man flagpole. Tickets can be purchased at the Downtown Pro Shop (at 4th and Pike) and the NW Box Office (off Occidental) – they sell out quickly and cannot be purchased by phone or online, so it’s recommended that you get there at least a half hour before the tour is scheduled to start. It’s also a good idea to call ahead to confirm the tour schedule, as tours aren’t given on event days. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
    Tours depart from the Stadium Pro Shop off Occidental Avenue.
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  • Husky Stadium
    The University of Washington’s Husky football team plays at this picturesque campus stadium, northeast of downtown in Seattle’s University District. Sitting directly on the shores of Lake Washington, with the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier in the distance, Husky Stadium has been called “the greatest setting in college football.” Highlights of the stadium tour are a visit to the Husky Hall of Fame, traveling down the football tunnel out onto the field, and seeing parts of the stadium that the public doesn’t get to see. Tours are given every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm, and last about an hour to an hour and a half – reserve a spot online in advance at least five business days in advance.
    Tours depart from Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed. Pavilion), at 3870 Montlake Boulevard NE.
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Seattle’s Best Local Industry Tours

Touring Seattle businesses

Filson Factory Tour

  • Boeing Factory Tour
    This 90-minute enormous factory tour, located 25 miles north of Seattle in Everett, Washington, is a must-see for anyone interested in aviation, and many people’s favorite Seattle attraction. After an informative video introduction, walk the floors of this enormous plant and see 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliners in production. If you lack a car, there are many local tour companies that will pick you up at your hotel. Tours are given daily, year-round. Reservations should be made in advance, as these tours frequently sell out. While booking, please notify the tour company of any mobility issues, so they can plan ahead. Children must be at least 4 feet tall.
    8415 Paine Field Boulevard, Mukilteo, WA
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  • Amazon Headquarters Tour
    The online mega-retailer, Amazon, is not only a local company, but the single largest private employer in Seattle. Visit their vast and pet-friendly South Lake Union campus and see this tech-industry behemoth in action. Tours last approximately an hour and are given on Wednesdays, at 11am and 1pm. You’ll need to register well in advance, as these tours are popular and do sell out. Ages 6 and up, please.
  • Filson Factory Tour
    Filson has created rugged outdoor clothing and goods out of Seattle for over a century, and provides complimentary tours of the manufacturing facility housed within their beautiful new Flagship store in SoDo. Walk the factory floor and see their expert craftspeople turn raw materials into high-quality garments, bags and gear. Tours are offered at 10am on Tuesdays and 1:30pm every Thursdays, RSVP on the website to secure your spot. 12 and over, please.
    1741 First Avenue South
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  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
    Pick up a map upon entry in Starbucks’ gorgeous new Reserve Tasting Room, and embark on a self-guided tour, a great way to view the roasting process and dig deep into Starbucks Coffee culture. Watch master roasters at work, preparing the brand’s small-batch reserve beans, then take a seat at the Coffee Experience Bar for a hot or cold coffee-tasting flight. Afterward, peruse the tasting room’s Coffee Library, boasting more than 200 volumes, and explore the many unique and high-end souvenir Starbucks items that are available only at this location.
    1124 Pike Street
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  • Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
    The nation’s first organic, fair-trade chocolatier offers tours of their factory, where visitors can learn all about chocolate, see how it’s transformed from bean to bar, and sample heavily along the way. Tours are offered seven days a week, though you need to visit on a weekday to see the factory in full production mode. And because it’s a working factory, they require closed-toed shoes and hair nets (provided), and ask that you leave your perfumes and fur at home. Tours are one hour long, $10/person, and frequently sell out – it’s best to buy tickets well in advance. Kids under 6 aren’t allowed on standard tours, but Theo holds a special, chocolate-themed story time just for them once a week. Also check out the factory’s website for events, classes, and private tours.
    3400 Phinney Avenue North.
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  • Geocaching Headquarters Tour
    If you’re a fan of the worldwide GPS-based scavenger hunt, then this is the Mothership. Just pop in during their weekday drop-in hours (Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm) to log the coveted HQ cache, get exclusive swag, and meet the Lackeys who make it all happen. It’s all free. After your visit, take the GeoTour, a fun 9-stop multi geocache within walking distance of HQ. Note that, due to high visitor volume in a small office space, visits between August 14 and September 8 must be registered in advance.
    837 N 34th St, Suite 300
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  • Gates Foundation Visitor Center
    Just across the street from Seattle Center and MoPOP, the Gates Foundation Visitor Center explores the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, its philosophy, and the best ways to improve health and education around the world. The theme of exhibits often returns to two questions: What does it take to change the world? How can each of us make a difference? The center is a lot more fun than it might sound and there’s a fair bit of hands-on exploration. Plus, it’s free, so easy to drop in for as long or as little as you want. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, with public tours offered at 2pm.
    440 Fifth Avenue North
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