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Your ultimate guide to tours of Seattle

Explore the Emerald City through its history, food, drink, and nature on these tours.

Pioneer Square circa 1895

Pioneer Square is the site for a lot of Seattle history tours.

Photo via Seattle Municipal Archives

Whether you’re a lifelong Seattleite longing to embrace your inner tourist, or you have a limited amount of time in the Emerald City, here are 15 tours guaranteed to show you the sights you want to see.

Note: Price estimates are based on individual adult rates available at the time of publishing. Check each company’s website to see current pricing.

All in on history

Self-Guided Green Book Tour | Free | Year-round
Download the app created by Seattle’s historic Black & Tan Hall, then stroll around Jackson Street in the Chinatown-International District to explore the city’s jazz age through the lens of the Black community.

Beneath the Streets: Queer History | $27 per person | June-August
From the early underground nightlife scene in Pioneer Square to the first Gay Pride Picnic in Occidental Park and up to modern day, this tour celebrates and explores the roots of the local LGBTQ+ community.

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour | $10-$50 per person | Year-round
One of Seattle’s most well-known tours literally takes you underneath the sidewalks to peer into the remnants from the Great Fire of 1889. A lot of the stories are punched up for dramatic effect + easy laughs, but the sites are still cool to see.

A group of people led by a tour guide looks at flowers at UW's Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, WA.

The flowers at UW’s Washington Park Arboretum are gorgeous in spring and summer.

Photo via the University of Washington

Great outdoors

UW Botanic Gardens | Free | January-November
On the first Thursday of every month except December, you can stroll around Washington Park Arboretum to hear more about the seasonal plant collections and see some pretty flowers.

Lake, Old Growth, and Trees in Columbia City | $139 | Spring-Summer
Looking for a real intimate tour? Longtime Seattle resident Lynn Curtis drives small groups of folks around town in her SUV to various sites, sharing her deep knowledge of the area — you’ll get to take a hike with her on this particular journey.

Seattle Bike Tour | $65-$185 | Year-round
There are several options to choose from, whether you want to pedal your way through 13 miles of interurban paths on regular ol’ bike or hit up Discovery Park on an electric one.

A tour guide holds up a tray of food in front of Marination in downtown Seattle

Eat Seattle is a great option if you want to get acquainted with lunch options around the Spheres.

Photo via Eat Seattle

Eat and drink

Street Foods of South Lake Union | $56 per person | Year-round
The two-hour trip stops at six locations around the Amazon and Google campuses grabbing bites at fast-casual spots like Marination and Mamnoon Street. You can also get discounts to other local restaurants after the trip.

Pike Place Market Tasting Tour | $55 per person | Year-round
Enjoy bites from vendors like Pike Place Chowder, Frank’s Produce, and Chukar Cherries, while getting a history lesson about the market.

Woodinville Wineries Day Tour | $89 per person | Year-round
You’ll visit a large winery and a couple of boutique ones in the popular Eastside wine destination. Each tour is catered to the group, so feel free to make requests.

Get ghosted

Haunted History: Ghost Tours of Seattle | $15 per person | Spring-Fall
Guided by two longtime residents and steeped in local paranormal knowledge, you’ll stroll through Pioneer Square to explore Victorian mysticism, Seattle’s oldest saloon, and the city’s darkest secrets.

Seattle Terrors | $21-$30 per person | Year-round
Learn about the Northwest’s first elevator for corpses, a serial killer who posed as a doctor, and other spine-tingling tales in a one-mile loop that lasts 60 minutes (or add on an extra 30 if your nerves can take it).

Nightly Spirits | $30 per person | Year-round
Need a little nip while ghost hunting? A costumed guide will take a two-and-a-half hour tour of haunted bars around town, including Kells Irish Pub (housed in a former mortuary). Drinks not included in the price.

A pod of orcas swims in the Puget Sound with a mountain in the background

Orcas can often be spotted in the Puget Sound — you don’t have to sail too far to find them.

Photo via FRS Clippers

On a boat

FRS Clipper Tour | $109+ per person | May-October
Wanna see an orca? While there are lots of whale watching tours in the region, this is the only one that offers a half-day excursion departing from downtown Seattle (Pier 69) and is a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association.

Harbor Cruise | $20-$54 per person | Year-round
Run by the popular Argosy company, the one-hour trip has a live narration about Seattle facts and offers great views of the city’s skyline and Olympic Mountains. There’s also a full-service bar with snacks.

Alki Kayak Tours: Lighthouse | $119 per person | Spring-Fall (weather permitting)
Row, row, row your own boat. Launching from the beach near Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle, take a scenic trip around Duwamish Head, and check out the lighthouse on Alki. The company’s three-hour tour is busiest in the summer.

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