Seattle is not a city that lacks for waterfront space, and on Elliot Bay, downtown’s access to Puget Sound, and thus the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find that space lined with tourist friendly attractions and enjoyable ways to spend a day. From public art to public market, the waterfront is full of activity and sites to see.

Newly situated at the north end of the downtown strip is the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Formerly an industrial site, this nine-acre strip of land is now a grassy open space filled with art. The park is free to enter and provides a great view of the water and the Olympic Mountains, as well as walking paths through the art works and gardens.

Moving just south of the Sculpture Park starts the piers, including Pier 70, the home of seven strangers during the filming of the television show the Real World, followed by the cruise ship pier at 66, which crowds up with giant ships in summer, heading around the world or north to Alaska. Yet further south you’ll find pier Summer Nights on the Pier concerts at 62 and 63. Pier 59 houses the Seattle Aquarium.

The piers continue south, but get more commercial after you pass by pier 57, the home of the waterfront arcade, and 55, the launching point to head out to Tillicum Village, a Northwest Native Culture Center.

Just across the street from the waterfront is the Pike Street Hillclimb, a series of steps lined with interesting shops leading to the world famous Pike Place Market. The Pike Place Market began in 1906 as the main market for the blossoming city and continues today to attract 10 million visitors a year. As tourists watch the fish get thrown and browse the souvenirs and locals shop for their food, a whole other world of the market also exists, supporting low-income families and seniors through its foundation. The market is renowned for its fresh, local products, both food and art, and its connection between the producer and the buyer.