Pike Place Market is world famous and has more hidden treasures than one could discover in a lifetime. However, if you’re looking for a change of pace on your next trip to Seattle, venture a little further towards the water. In fact, the city is in the process of moving the Alaskan Way Viaduct underground so the Pike Place Market can expand further towards the water. Already bustling with shops, restaurants, and ferry/boat/ferris wheel rides, the Seattle Waterfront is a must-see on your next trip to the Emerald City. Check out five of my favorite stops:
- Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry: On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than taking the ferry across the Puget Sound. The boat carries snacks, local fare (like Ivar’s Clam Chowder) and even serves beer and wine. With incredible views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic mountains, don’t forget your camera. If you want to spend the afternoon in Bainbridge, check out my local guide here.
- Pirate’s Plunder: A gift shop with any pirate item you could want – apparel, costumes, flags, party supplies, jewelry, toys, weapons… you name it. They also have great knickknacks for random gifts. I stumbled upon a hilarious cocktail recipe book with a Hollywood twist featuring drinks like “The Big Le-Brewski,” “Fight Club Soda,” and “Sloppy in Seattle.”
- The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Great Wheel: I’m lumping these together because individually they’re good but together, they’re a great way to spend a few hours. The Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 is an incredible way to see the city and waterfront – it’s the largest observation wheel on the west coast and stands at 175 feet high. Tickets are only $14 (per adult) and includes at least 3 rotations (more if it’s less crowded). After your ride, swing by The Fisherman’s Restaurant for discounted drinks and apps on their happy hour menu (3:30 – 5:30 pm) and outdoor seating right on the water.
- Copperworks Distillery: We have yet to visit the distillery but have sampled their goods through local restaurant bars that distribute their spirits. They focus on gin, vodka, and all-malt whiskey and offer a $10 flight featuring Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey, Copperworks Gin, the current edition of Copperworks Cask Finished Gin, and Copperworks Vodka.
- Seattle Aquarium: Originally opened in 1977, the aquarium is home to an array of fish, otters, seals, birds, coral reef and more. They also host a gift shop and cafe featuring espresso drinks, fresh-baked treats, burgers and fries, and seafood entrees. For those not able to make the trip anytime soon, don’t worry – they have live webcams for the Harbor Seals, Sea Otters, and Giant Pacific Octopus.