Pike Place Market
- Type: Shopping
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle, but that's no reason to scratch it off your to-do list. Recent visitors say the abundance of vendors and lively atmosphere make it something you shouldn't pass up. "From the famous fish-throwers to all the great shopping/dining experiences, you're in for a real treat here," said one TripAdvisor user.
Since 1907, this bustling market near the downtown waterfront has been the go-to place for local produce. Today, you can find almost everything, from local artwork to puppies. Plus the flower market is a particular must-see. The streets surrounding the Pike Place Market are peppered with restaurants and coffee shops, and there's an information booth just west of the marketplace at First Avenue. If you're not sure where to begin, sign up for an hourlong guided tour. Tickets cost $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and kids ages 11 to 17, and $14 for kids ages 6 to 10. Discounts are available on tickets if you purchase in advance.
The market is divided into two levels — street-level and underground — which are open everyday, from mid-morning to early evening. While you won't have to pay to explore the market, you might want to have your money ready in case you find something that tickles your fancy. For more information and a schedule of special events, check out the Pike Place Market website.