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King County Water Taxi

Seattle's Top 30 Attractions

King County Water Taxi

The Water Taxi "Rachel Marie"

 

 

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King County Water Taxi

A skyline view from the stern heading towards West Seattle

OVERVIEW

From spring through early fall, one  way to enjoy Seattle's views from Puget Sound is to take the round trip on the King County Water Taxi from the Seattle waterfront to West Seattle.  On a pretty day, you get grand views of Seattle's full skyline, the seaport operations,  and the Olympics.  It offers many photo opportunities.

The trip is not narrated but it does offer most of the views of the longer,  narrated harbor cruise for 30% of the cost of the harbor cruise.  The Water Taxi also makes multiple trips during the day.  The Water Taxi is operated by the King County Metro Transit System.

This excursion is on our list of Seattle's Top 30 Attractions 

PHOTO GALLERY AND VIRTUAL TOUR

King County Water Taxi

Pulling away from the waterfront

 

King County Water Taxi

Lower downtown and the harbor operations

 

King County Water Taxi

A view of the new Great Wheel

 

King County Water Taxi

Downtown Seattle and the waterfront

 

King County Water Taxi

The Space Needle, the waterfront, and a Washington State Ferry

 

King County Water Taxi

A cruise ship docked at Pier 66

 

King County Water Taxi

Queen Anne Hill

 

King County Water Taxi

A panoramic view of the Seattle skyline

 

King County Water Taxi

The Seacrest Park dock in West Seattle

 

King County Water Taxi

Giant loading cranes designed to unload super cargo ships

 

King County Water Taxi

Normal loading cranes at rest

 

King County Water Taxi

The cranes with Mt. Rainier in the background

King County Water Taxi

 

King County Water Taxi

 

King County Water Taxi

At the Pier 50 dock in Seattle

King County Water Taxi

 

WHERE

From West Seattle, the taxi operates from Seacrest Park at 1660 Harbor Avenue.

From the Seattle waterfront, the taxi operates from the Seacrest Dock at Pier 50.  The address is 801 Alaska Way at the foot of Yesler Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO THE WATER TAXI

King County Metro buses serve both the Seattle and the West Seattle docks.

WHEN

The taxi operates seven days at week on its summer schedule that runs through October 31.  It generally sails once a hour.  The trip lasts ten minutes. After a few minutes, the ship makes the return trip. Please consult the Water Taxi web site for the detailed schedule.

You can make this trip on mostly cloudy days but the views are much better on partly cloudy or sunny days.

The best time for photographers to take the trip is in the afternoon when the sun is behind most of your shots.

FARES

Please click here to go to the official web site for the King County Water Taxi to see current pricing.

THE SHIP

The ship is the Rachel Marie, a 77 foot catamaran with capacity for 150 passengers.  She can carry up to 18 bicycles.

PHOTOGRAPHY

On a pretty day, you see grand views of the entire Seattle skyline that stretches from West Seattle all the way around Elliott Bay.  The views make outstanding photos.  You also can take excellent shots of the Seattle seaport operations including the orange and white seaport cranes that dominate the seaport skyline. 

WEB SITE

Please click here to go to the official web site for the King County Water Taxi.

 

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