Sunday we will be taking a cruise out to beautiful Blake Island State Park, WA, home to Tillicum Village (more on that later). This event will take place from about 08:30 to 3:30 (15:30). After that, folks will have free time. Some of you will be heading to hotels to pack up, while others might stay for some more sightseeing!
That's where The Alliance for Pioneer Square come in. They were nice enough to respond to one of my Tweets to them asking for walking tour maps of Pioneer Square. I just got a thick stack of them in the mail. For those of you sticking around on Sunday, consider a walk in this National Historic Park.
That's right! The National Park Service has dedicated a chunk of the city of Seattle as an historic park! There is a visitor center and everything! Last weekend I went to check it out: Klondike Gold Rush Park. The museum was very nice, with a great video discussing the historic roots of Seattle and its connection with the gold rushes to the Klondike (parts of Alaska and Canada) in the late 1800's. Seattle would not be where it is today without the gold rush (this is where merchants like Nordstrom got its start).
To get to Pioneer Square from our cruise drop off, you can take a free bus or walk. It's about a 5-10 minute walk on flat sidewalk terrain. Pioneer Square is near the Link Light Rail and bus stations too. I'll get you a walking map of the place, but here's a taste of what to see:
- Pioneer Place and Pergola
- Smith Tower
- Yesler Way
- Occidental Square & Pedestrian Walk
- Fallen Firefighters' Memorial
- Waterfall Garden Park (perfect spot for haiku or other writings)
- Historic Museums: Klondike Gold Rush National Park, Last Resort Fire Department Museum, Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum
There are dozens of art galleries in Pioneer Square too. Many places to eat or just grab a cup of coffee will keep you sustained. Enjoy some shopping or antiquing, but be sure it all fits in your bags home!
Finally, if you're wondering what other attractions to see in Pioneer Square, I personally recommend the observation deck of the Smith Tower. It's $7.50 to go up and open until sunset (around 9:00 / 21:00 this time of year in Seattle). Also, take the walking tour of Seattle's UNDERGROUND. Did you know Seattle was built on a tide flat? We have blocks of the original city under the current streets, and you can go lurk with a great tour guide to show you the way on Bill Speidel's Underground Tour.
So again, I encourage you to stay through Sunday if you can! You'll be glad you did.