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Exploring the Pioneer Square District

Occidental Park

Occidental Park and Mall

 

The Pioneer Square District ("PSD") is the oldest part of Seattle.  It is a lovely area to stroll around.  The beautiful buildings with their splendid architectural details are very attractive.  This PSD is like a candy store for lovers of old architecture.  The area has a number of retail shops, coffee houses, bars, and restaurants.

Photographers will find numerous scenes worthy of shooting as they stroll around the streets of the PSD. On cloudy days, the beauty of the old buildings really stands out. 

 

Pioneer Square Park Pergola

The elegant Pergola in Pioneer Square Park


MAP

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INDEX FOR EXPLORING THE PIONEER SQUARE DISTRICT

  General Information
  Architecture and Parks
  Klondike Gold Rush Museum
  Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
  Smith Tower Observation Deck
  Coffee Houses
  Agate Designs
  Glasshouse Studio
  Cuttysark Nautical Antiques

 

Architecture and Parks

 

 

Dexter Horton Building Lobby

 

The main attraction of the PSD is its gorgeous old buildings. Use our Architecture guide to see the best of the PSD's architecture.  Intermingled with the architecture are several small but delightful parks that are a treat to visit.

Please click here to go to our full section about PSD's architecture and parks.

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Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

 

Bill Speidel Underground Tour

 

This is a fun, 90-minute excursion into the history of the Pioneer Square District and Seattle's early days.  This is certainly recommended for Seattleites, experienced Seattle visitors, and anyone that is visiting Seattle for several days.  The Pioneer Square District has a colorful past and the Tour guide gets you well acquainted with some of Seattle's exciting history.

Please click here to go to our main information page about the Underground Tour.

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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

 

 Klondike Gold Rush Park Sign

This  museum attracts over 60,000 visitors annually.  It is part of a multiple location park in the United States and Canada that documents the last major gold rush in north America. Seattle had an important role in the Klondike gold rush and this interesting museum educates you about that role.

Please click here to go to our main information page about the Klondike Park.

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Smith Tower Observation Deck

 

Smith Tower in Seattle's Pioneer Square District

The 35th floor observation deck offers splendid views of Downtown Seattle, the Pioneer Square District, and Elliott Bay.  It is open daily from April through October and on Saturdays and Sundays for November through March. 

Please click here to go to our main information page about Smith Tower.

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Coffee Houses

 

 

Coffee Cup

The PSD has several lovely coffee houses where you can rest your feet, savor some of Seattle's finest java, and enjoy the splendid views of the PSD.

Please click here to go to our main information page about the Pioneer Square District coffee houses.


 

Agate Designs

Agate Designs

This is a retail store that could be a mini--museum.  The offerings of the store include crystals, gems, minerals, fossils, and other natural history items.  Its shelves present items spanning hundreds of millions of years and that come from all parts of the globe.  

Please click here to go to our main information page for Agate Designs.


 

Glasshouse Studio

Glasshouse Studio

One of Seattle’s most beautiful retail stores is Glasshouse Studio. Glasshouse is a combination working glass art hotshop and a retail store for glass art. In the hotshop, you can get within a few feet of the artists and watch as they craft their colorful creations from globs of glass.  The retail store is a mini-museum of glass art.  You can find every size and color of glass creation from jewelry to massive lighting fixtures on display.

Please click here to go to our main information page for Glasshouse Studio.

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Cuttysark Nautical Antiques

Cuttysark Nautical Antiques Figurehead

 

The PSD offers a variety of stores where you can look for antiques, art, toys, and other items. One of the beautiful stores in PSD is Cuttysark Nautical Antiques Cuttysark specializes in nautical antiques as well as new nautical-related items. and it is filled with ship models, lighthouse models, instruments, artwork, lanterns, lights, wheels, figure heads, flags, collectibles, and much more. 

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INDEX OF GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EXPLORING THE PIONEER SQUARE DISTRICT

  Getting Around
  Uneven Streets
  Visitor Information Booth
  Restrooms
  Safety

 

 

Getting Around 

One simple way to get to the Pioneer Square District is to take a bus or a train in the Downtown Transit Tunnel to the Pioneer Square Station.  From that station, you are only three blocks to Pioneer Square Park. 

You can also take a surface street bus from other parts of Downtown Seattle to the PSD.

Buses and trains are in the Ride Free Area for the entire PSD.

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Uneven Streets

Here is a general caution about walking around in the District. Streets and sidewalks can be quite uneven due to the use of sawdust as landfill in Seattle's early days .  It can be quite easy to stumble when you are walking around. 

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Visitor Information Booth

Pioneer Square District has its own visitor information booth.  It is located on South Main Street where it intersects with Occidental Avenue.   This is the south side of Occidental Park

 

Pioneer Square District Visitor Information Booth

 

 

 

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Restrooms

There are no public restrooms in the Pioneer Square District.  If you patronize any of the coffee houses, restaurants, or bars, they let their customers use the restrooms.  One fairly central location for the District is the Grand Central Bakery in the Squire Latimer Building at 214 First Avenue South and that faces Occidental Park.  You can rest your feet, savor a coffee, and take advantage of their restrooms while enjoying the beauty of the lovely atrium in the building.

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Safety

During the daytime, the PSD is quite safe for pedestrians.  Avoid the alleyways. The areas near Occidental Park and Pioneer Square Park draw a number of homeless people but they don't normally pester tourists.  I wouldn't recommend exploring the PSD at night.

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