For those visiting Seattle for the first time, taking a tour is an excellent way to get a crash course on local history, attractions and upcoming events. Seattle is home to delicious regional cuisine, and the Savor Seattle Food Tour takes guests on a culinary adventure through the famous Pike Place Market. This two-hour walking tour gets behind the scenes at the top local vendors and acclaimed restaurants. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous Puget Sound while in Seattle. The best way to truly experience it is to take a lake cruise. The Royal Argosy Lunch Cruise features a three-course lunch and some of the best views of the Sound. For land lovers, the Seattle Double Decker Tour is an easy way to see the best sites of Seattle. Hop on or off at any attraction, or ride the entire loop for a complete tour. Check out the list below for other Seattle tours.

Savor Seattle Food Tours
8521B Interlake Ave., N., Seattle, WA; Tel. 1.877.357.8088
Savor Seattle Food Tours guide epicures and sightseers through the culinary world of Pike’s Place Market, sampling the food and vibrant culture of the century-old establishment. The two-hour walking tour takes guests behind the scenes, stopping at local vendors and acclaimed restaurants and tasting a wide variety of food and beverages along the way.

Cruise West – British Columbia Cruises
2301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 401, Seattle, Wa; Tel. 1.888.851.8133
Come visit and retrace Captain Vancouver’s historic voyage to what is now British Columbia. Visit quaint ports, amazing cities and beautiful wilderness that has barely changed since Vancouver first visited it in 1791.

Go Seattle Card
Go Seattle Card is the only all-inclusive ticket to Seattle’s top attractions. For one price, the Go Seattle Card gives visitors unlimited sightseeing with free general admission to over 30 attractions, over $500 in value and savings at shops and restaurants, free gifts at select attractions, and a full-color pocket guidebook to the city. Enjoy the freedom to visit Seattle’s attractions at your leisure, with the flexibility to choose from a selection of activities including a whale watch, historic sites, museum admissions, excursions and more. Take advantage of exclusive values and save up to 20% on shopping and dining throughout the city.

Boeing Plant Tour
Seattle’s Boeing Plant is located in the world’s largest building (98.3 acres under one roof). Learn the Boeing story from a knowlegeable guide and a state-of-the-art video presentation before entering the vast factory. There you will see the assembly line and top-of-the-line Boeing airplanes, including the 777, 767, and the largest airplane in commercial service, the 747.

Royal Argosy Lunch Cruise

All aboard for a dining experience unique to Seattle! Come along for a delightful cruise on famous Elliott Bay, where you can enjoy a sumptuous three course lunch aboard The Royal Argosy. As you cruise along, you will see the stunning skyline that has become one of the most famous in America. Every guest is insured a private table and select from a wide variety of entrees prepared by chefs onboard the Royal Argosy.
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Seattle Double Decker Tour

Two original Double-Decker buses provide the transportation between top Seattle attractions. The hop-on, hop-off service provides a fun way to gain a unique perspective of the Seattle. You may hop off to visit the Seattle landmarks or simply ride the entire loop, enjoying a bird’s-eye view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle waterfront from the upper deck on the one hour Seattle tour.
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Seattle Lake Cruise

Explore Seattle’s Lake Union and Lake Washington on this 2-hour cruise, featuring live narration on the history and facts of the area. Sights include Seattle’s historic houseboat community — including the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat — views of Mt. Rainier, and homes of Seattle’s rich and famous.

Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

In spring, summer and fall, magnificent Orca whales ply the waters around Seattle’s San Juan Island, located 1 1/2 hours north west of Seattle. The mild and protected waters are home during the summer months to Orca, Minke and Gray Whales, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Porpoises and more. Onboard, professional naturalists provide commentary throughout the cruise for a fun and educational Seattle adventure tour.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
NE 45th St & 17th Ave NE
University of Washington campus
Seattle, WA 98105-3010

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Dinosaurs, fossils, Native American masks, Asian cultural costumes, bugs and birds! Get the inside story on Washington State natural history and Northwest Native American culture. Check out state-of-the-art exhibits on subjects ranging from fossils to wildlife photography.

Throughout the year, the Burke Museum has fun events for the whole family. These Family Day Events offer close encounters with Burke collections, all-ages activities, and a chance to talk with Burke experts. Family Day Events include:

  • Bug Blast
  • Archaeology Day
  • Meet the Mammals
  • Dinosaur Day
  • Mushroom Maynia

The Burke Museum also contains nationally ranked research collections from four main divisions holding over 14 million specimens. These divisions are: Anthropology, Biology, Geology and the recently acquired Fish collection. Within the divisions are such departments as Archaeology, Ethnology, Ornithology (birds), Arachnology (spiders), Herpetology (lizards) and a fantastic regional botany collection (the Herbarium).

The best place to see it all is at the Northwest’s premier museum of natural history and culture – the Burke!

Call for information, 206-543-5590.

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. No.
Seattle, WA 98103

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Woodland Park Zoo is hailed as one of the finest zoos in the world for its award-winning naturalistic exhibits.

The zoo provides quality care to approximately 1,100 animals, the largest live collection in Washington state. Nearly 300 animal species and a thousand plant species are represented in this lush oasis. And, the must-see attraction is just minutes from downtown Seattle!

Go nose-to-nose with a jaguar in a tropical rain forest. Observe a family of gorillas foraging for food. Come eye-to-eye with orangutans living atop trees in an open forest canopy. Enjoy a herd of elephants meandering rolling terrain in a Thai village. Safari to Africa for sweeping views of giraffes, zebras and hippos. Trek to the north for underwater views of grizzly bears and otters. Explore, climb and slide in Zoomazium, an all-season nature play space where kids can connect with animals, habitats and more through the natural language of childhood play!

Youll want to take a nostalgic ride on the zoos historic carousel (additional cost for rides). And dont forget to smell the roses in the award-winning Rose Garden featuring more than 290 varieties of roses. The zoo also features an indoor/outdoor restaurant and the ZooStore for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, conservation merchandise and the ever-popular Zoo Doo.

No Ice, Still Cool

People do not usually think of penguins as a desert species, but Humboldt penguins live in one of the harshest and driest desert habitats on earth! The zoos new penguin exhibit mimics the arid, rocky coastal peninsula of Punta San Juan, Peru, a natural refuge for Humboldt penguins and other native species, and a place where rain does not fall for decades at a time. The 17,000-square-foot exhibit features shoreline cliffs, viewable entrances to nesting burrows, rocky pools, crashing waves and a beach.

Get Animal Smart Education at the Zoo

A host of zoo classes and programs are offered at the zoo year-round for all ages infants, toddlers, and grade schoolers, and teens and adults. Discover a range of wildlife topics from animal defenses, baby signing and animals, to birding and creating your own backyard habitat. Also check out Zooper Day Camps offered during school breaks and Zoo Overnight and Evening Adventures. For information, call 206.548.2424 or visit and click on Education.

iPhone Application

Bring the zoo straight to your iPhone or iPod Touch at home and on zoo grounds. Track your location on zoo grounds, discover more about the animals, and access daily activity schedules to make the most of your next zoo visit. The application costs only $.99 with proceeds going toward the zoos animal care, education and conservation projects around the world. iPhone users can go to the iTunes App Store and search for Woodland Park Zoo to download.

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. No.
Seattle, WA 98103

Seattle Aquarium
Pier 59 – Waterfront Park
Seattle, WA 98101

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Visit the Seattle Aquarium & See playful otters, incredible octopus, flashy fish, and other amazing sea creatures in award-winning exhibits.

Touch live sea stars, urchins and more in the Life on the Edge exhibit where you experience Washington’s wild outer coast and Seattle’s inland seas.

Explore the aquatic world of the Pacific Northwest at the 120,000 gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit full of Northwest sea life and three dive shows each day. Delight in the antics of the sea otters and go nose to nose with the colorful inhabitants of a tropical Pacific Coral Reef.

Become a member – be part of the excitement and support Puget Sound’s source for marine education and preservation at the same time!

Inspiring conservation of our marine environment

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