Once You've Come to Shore, Keep on Cruising to Seattle's Hottest Sites

With Seattle's cruise ports located close to the thriving downtown zone, passengers will disembark to quickly find a wealth of possible activities available at their fingertips. Thanks to the natural beauty surrounding this city that sits on the edge of Elliott Bay, visitors can stay close to the water for an abundance of enjoyable activities that range from wandering the piers and exploring the aquarium to visiting the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Other activities cover the gamut of interests at destinations like Pike Place Market, the Experience Music Project museum and the Underground Tour, among many others.

Cruise passengers can either walk directly from the cruise port to nearby activities, or they can hop on a bus (or in a taxi) for a quick ride to their destination. One of the cruise ports pulls in close to Discovery Park, a 534-acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. (This is also Seattle's largest city park in Seattle, and it occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site.) If visitors have longer amounts of time to dedicate to exploring the surrounding region, they will be happy to hear that downtown ferry ports grant access to desirable destinations like Bainbridge Island or Alki Beach in West Seattle.

Pioneer Square


When Seattle's 1889 fire leveled part of the city, officials decided to raise the city to a higher level, both metaphorically and literally. The portion left behind (and beneath) is now subject matter for a tour of Seattle's past, especially its...  Read More



Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park--the largest in Seattle--offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths. Ostensibly a bluff-top reserve, Discovery Park protects a remarkable...  Read More



From Seattle's downtown waterfront, it takes only 35 minutes to arrive at Bainbridge Island. Along the way, you can enjoy all the wonderful sights that make Seattle such a unique city (the ferry ride itself is worth the journey!). The snowcapped...  Read More



If you could go to just one place in Seattle to visit, the Seattle Center would be it: 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages. This is the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962...  Read More

Pacific Science Center


The Pacific Science Center is a great place for the entire family to learn about the natural world in an entertaining way. Children love games and demonstrations about physical science; exhibits displaying dinosaurs, insects, computers and...  Read More

Olympic Sculpture Park


Olympic Sculpture Park: Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown,...  Read More



A 48-foot Hammering Man sculpture marks the outside of this vast museum, and adjustable steel panels flank the glass walls and allow light to enter the innovative front space known as the Brotman Forum. Upon entering, visitors encounter an...  Read More

Seattle Aquarium


Seattle Aquarium shelters a host of marine life, highlighting creatures found in the Pacific Northwest. One of the facility's most intriguing features is an underwater dome where visitors can watch fish and sea mammals swim around them. A...  Read More



If you're ever going to visit a venue dedicated to the magic of music, Seattle is THE place to do so. This intriguing museum celebrates the history of rock and roll. Over 80,000 American music mementos are showcased in the ultra-modern Frank...  Read More

Pike Place Market
Photo courtesy of Magic in the Market/Richmond Public Relations


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...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne