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Pioneer Square is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. It was once the heart of the city: Seattle's founders settled there in 1852, following a brief six-month settlement at Alki Point on the far side of Elliott Bay. The early structures in the neighborhood were mostly wooden, and nearly all burned in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. By the end of 1890, dozens of brick and stone buildings had been erected in their stead; to this day, the architectural character of the neighborhood derives from these late 19th century buildings, mostly examples of Richardsonian Romanesque.
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Very fun tour. Comical and educational. Our tour guide was kind and witty. Answered all the questions we had. Very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend taking the tour. You will learn things you never knew you never knew! Do it!
The tour itself is really interesting and cool, our guide was a great story teller and we had fun. However, there were two things that bothered me; 1- they allow wayyy too many people into each tour. It was super crowded and hard to enjoy the different spaces we visited. So definitely try to avoid going on the weekends. 2- our guide was running from one location to the other without giving us time to look around, take it in and take pictures. We stopped, she told the story and kept going. That could also have been because of the massive group we were in (AT LEAST 30 people). We were also asked to not stay behind so we felt rushed. All and all, I think it was worth it, and if you manage to get in during the week it might be better.
A great history lesson of how Seattle all began. Being able to see original parts of buildings that were built before the big fire in 1889. The tour guide was very well informed and also added in his own corny jokes. Definitely well worth it. Part of the tour is underground and part of it is outside so dress accordingly.
If you are looking for a tourist-y thing to do in Seattle, I would recommend this. It was a fun tour and great to learn about the history of the city. Definitely entertaining. The tour was appropriate for kids but was geared more towards adults. If you have some time in SEA and have an appreciation for history, I highly recommend.
I enjoyed the tour very much. It was my first time visiting Seattle and I learned so much about its history during the tour. The tour guide was very well informed and had a very enthusiastic personality which was a plus it made the tour even better. I did wish we got to see more of some rooms more thoroughly; they were either too dark or there was a rope that we couldn't pass. The things we did get to see were fascinating. I truly recommend.
Great great tour with amazing tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and funny. The cost is very reasonable you can buy ticket online or on a counter. I went n Tuesday afternoon and it was busy(around 40-50) in one group. So I guess it does make difference if you are going weekend or weekday. You will learn a lot about fascinating history of Seattle.
Loved it! It was done with a lot if enthusiasm and in a very entertaining way. Some people said the guides and their stories were more interesting than what we saw. But I really liked the tour and it was my favorite experience in my short stay in Seattle! The whole history of old Seattle, which was raised above sea level is so strange and fascinating to me and the fact that there are leftovers from before for us to see is just amazing!
Awesome experience if you are visiting. You get to learn and experience the history in a fun way. Clay, our guide, was HILARIOUS and a told the history in a very interesting way. If he is not a history teacher, he needs to be so that more kids can have inspiration and enthusiasm about learning. This would be a great date, activity for visitors, or a field trip. I would love to go on the paranormal tour.
What a fantastic tour and a great way to find out more about the city and its history. If you're heading to the bar beforehand, then make sure you take ID with you (regardless of age). The tour guy was brilliant, answered questions along the tour and gave us heaps of information. Make sure you get there a nit early as its a very popular place to visit. Also great to do if the weather is a bit wet.
Absolutely loved this tour. Went with my wife wife, g/f at the time, and friends. When we entered the room they did weddings in I felt an interesting energy but shrugged it off. As the tour group left the room I wanted to be last to experience some of the silence in that chamber. As my wife walked out of sight started to walk after her and felt what I can only describe as what I thought at the time was a large fly that had haphazardly flown into the back of my neck. At that moment I thought nothing of it as I touched the back of my neck and looked back. I saw nothing. Mainly darkness, but I was scanning for flying insects. I thought if something that large flew into me I must be able to see it buzzing around. But after staring into the darkness for what seemed an eternity I was reminded by my internal wimp that I was standing in an underground chamber, in the dark and I now have no idea what touched the back on my neck. SEE YA!
This your was very informative and the your guide was very funny. He did a great job of instructing the group for safety and sharing things before you walked past so you didn't miss anything. They take your picture and at the end of the your they offer a series of your pic on different Seattle historic backgrounds for $30. They offer it digitally for free with purchase. Have a plan for where to go afterwards. We hung out outside at the end and were approached by a crazy guy trying to get us to acknowledge that we wanted to hear his story.
Outstanding tour! Not only is it fun to go walk around underground but the information they tell you is great. If you can get the tour guide Andy, she is great! Super funny and just a great personality, truly made the tour amazing. We are new to Washington state and did not know anything about the history of the state but now I feel so informed about how Seattle came to be. You will not be disappointed by this tour, truly a good time.
The tour takes you to several portions of the city underground. The tour guides tell the history in a comical manner, but I would have preferred to have seen more of the underground and had fewer crude jokes about toilets. I'm not sure if any of the other tours are more historical, but this one definitely focused on entertainment. For $22 I was expecting to see more than just 3 tiny sections of the undergound. Also, they say this is a PG tour, but I personally would not want my kids going on it. Much of the tour was dedicated to talking about how the city was built on "seamstresses" (prostitutes). While this may be historically accurate, tour guides made more of this than was necessary. Sometimes it was for comedy; sometimes it was to promote more liberal political ideals, but regardless I'd wait until the kids are older for this one. Overall, I don't regret going, but I'd recommend my friends look at some of the other options (though I don't know if they are better or not).
Quite a fun experience and very informative! Our guide was really entertaining the whole way through and very knowledgeable. As a tourist it was a fun learning about the early history of Seattle and how it became what it is today. It's crazy how much of the underground tunnels and architecture is still preserved. Would definitely recommend to people visiting Seattle. The complimentary drink at the end of the tour was the icing on the cake!
Absolutely loved this tour. Went with my wife, g/f at the time, and friends. When we entered the room they did weddings in I felt an interesting energy but shrugged it off. As the tour group left the room I wanted to be last to experience some of the silence in that chamber. As my wife walked out of sight started to walk after her and felt what I can only describe as what I thought at the time was a large fly that had haphazardly flown into the back of my neck. At that moment I thought nothing of it as I touched the back of my neck and looked back. I saw nothing. Mainly darkness, but I was scanning for flying insects. I thought if something that large flew into me I must be able to see it buzzing around. But after staring into the darkness for what seemed an eternity I was reminded by my internal wimp that I was standing in an underground chamber, in the dark and I now have no idea what touched the back on my neck. SEE YA!
This tour was very interesting and pretty quite funny! The guides really make this an awesome experience! We were afraid we wouldn't enjoy ourselves since the only way we could do the tour is if we brought our 2 year old along with us, but it was pretty great and the walking really wasn't too bad. The tour consists of walking down to certain underground areas and then the tour guide tells you stories while you're down there so it's a lot less walking than it seems for an hour and 15 minutes.