Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center, Attractions near the Convention Center, Things to Do with Kids, Free Things to Do, Attractions near Cruise Port: Sights, smells, and sounds make Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the air. Countering that are the rows of vibrantly colorful flower stalls, which emit their pleasing perfumed aromas to passersby. Farm-fresh produce is mounded high along the aisles, and local artisans display their art and wares unique to the Northwest. Restaurants, a brewery, and specialty shops for everything from antiques to movie ephemera fill the multi-level maze. To help visitors find their way, the Market Foundation offers fun and informational tours Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at the Market Heritage Center at 1531 Western Avenue. Once you have your bearings, pick out a favorite spot and enjoy some of the best people-watching around in this eclectic and progressive environment.
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Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: No visit to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place Market, where fish fly, and local vendors sell their tempting goods and wares.
Best for Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center Because: Pike Place Market is a feast for the eyes (and mouth); take in the city's many flavors at this bustling bazaar.
Best for Attractions near the Convention Center Because: The vibrant and colorful Pike Place Market, one of the city's most iconic sites, is a great place to dine, shop or simply wander.
Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Pike Place Market catches kids' attention with gems like Rachel the Pig (sit atop this local darling for a photo op!) and the market's famous fish-throwers.
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE essential Seattle attraction, and wandering the bustling cultural icon doesn't even cost a dime.
Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE quintessential Seattle destination; here watch the fish throwers, talented buskers and an array of local artisans selling goods.