Every visit to Seattle should include a trip to Pike Place Market. Located right above Elliot Bay on Pike and First, just a few blocks from the Seattle Center, Pike Place Market has been in operation for over a century. It is filled with almost 300 year round vendors selling everything from fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, to locally made crafts and art work – and so much more. Wind through the Market into the Down Under for more specialty shops and restaurants.
Free Things to Do at Pike Place Market: World Famous Fish Market
Watch out for flying fish! When you enter the Market directly under the large neon sign, the first thing you’ll experience is the show put on by the World famous Fish Market. If no fish are being thrown, buy one, and you’ll get to catch it (see video below). The fish mongers are fun to watch and great to interact with, definitely a Market highlight.
Free Things to Do at Pike Place Market: Gum Wall
As you wander under the Market down Post Alley, you will find the Gum Wall. Here kids of all ages for almost 20 years have been adding their gum to the growing collection. Gross, I know, but your kids will be intrigued and want to add their own. Bring a pack of Bubble Yum!
Free Things to Do at Pike Place Market: Starbucks’ First Store
Get your double tall skinny vanilla latte fix where it all started.
Free Things to Do at Pike Place Market: Victor Steinbrueck Park
At the north end of the Market is a large open space with a paved area, large lawn and amazing view. You’ll also find street performers here.
There are so many side streets and crazy alleys filled with shops, restaurants and great views. A day at the Market is definitely a Seattle must see.