Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square
3.5
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Pioneer Square Park, topped by an ornate pergola, is the site of the city's oldest settlement.
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Address
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
How to get there
  • King Street Station • 4 min walk
  • International District/Chinatown • 6 min walk
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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia857 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Area, but...
    This is an interesting area to explore, with several art galleries and some historic buildings. The toy store (Magic Mouse Toys) on the corner is absolutely worth a visit, with an eclectic selection of interesting toys. However, the area is fairly rundown and there are a lot of homeless camping out.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice
    I had read some negative reviews of Pioneer Square prior to our recent visit so we were a little hesitant to take a tour of the area. The day we visited, it was very nice and we enjoyed the visit. There are a number of shady areas with seating to relax and a variety of shops and restaurants in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Linda H
    Yeovil, United Kingdom2,383 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too many down and outs on the streets
    Felt uncomfortable walking around here with so many down and outs on the streets. We enjoyed Smiths Tower very much but Occidental Square put as I’ll at ease. We walked through quickly but didn’t feel safe to stop and enjoy the sculptures and fountains and this was mid morning
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia48,693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic area
    Pioneer Square is not just a "Square" in the usual sense. It's a neighbourhood! We walked around and quite enjoyed the whole area. Historic buildings, nice little park with an ornate iron pergola and a host of other things. It's definitely worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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L R
Dawsonville, GA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Architecture was interesting; but had a sad vibe like it's seen better days. We strolled here before catching the ferry to Bainbridge. Left the car in parking garage in pioneer square..... came back to busted out window.
Written May 3, 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Pioneer Square is not just a "Square" in the usual sense. It's a neighbourhood! We walked around and quite enjoyed the whole area. Historic buildings, nice little park with an ornate iron pergola and a host of other things. It's definitely worth visiting.
Written November 22, 2023
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Richard S
Rahway, NJ664 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The interesting historic buildings are offset by the depressing number of street people camped under the iron pergola and along every street and doorway. It didn’t feel dangerous, but not somewhere we wanted to be. This seems to be an issue in much f downtown Seattle but Pioneer Square seemed to be the homeless center of the area, with a number of charity missions. Don’t bother coming here to see charming buildings, it seems to be reverting to the rough part of town it once was.
Written October 18, 2023
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Valleyblue
Sacramento, CA383 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Pioneer Square is rarely mentioned as an attraction like Pikes Place Market and the Space Needle, but it is central to Seattle's history. This area is a must-see for Seattle. Seattle residents became proactive to save the history of Pioneer Square when they wanted to tear down the magnificent buildings to modernize. This area is great to walk around and explore and to enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch. While you're there, be sure to take an underground tour to truly appreciate the area and its remarkable history.
Written October 1, 2023
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Linda H
Yeovil, UK2,383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Felt uncomfortable walking around here with so many down and outs on the streets. We enjoyed Smiths Tower very much but Occidental Square put as I’ll at ease. We walked through quickly but didn’t feel safe to stop and enjoy the sculptures and fountains and this was mid morning
Written September 27, 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I had read some negative reviews of Pioneer Square prior to our recent visit so we were a little hesitant to take a tour of the area. The day we visited, it was very nice and we enjoyed the visit. There are a number of shady areas with seating to relax and a variety of shops and restaurants in the area.
Written September 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

drb4735
Lancaster County, PA31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Did the Underground Tour (Spiedel's) and waited in the park for it to start. It had more homeless than not. Watched 3 police and 3 public works standby for 30+ minutes while some social worker tried to get a homeless couple to decamp from a 2 bench area where they had been sleeping (illegal). After the woman physically pushed the counselor, an officer moved closer. They decamped to another bench, 30' away while the workers cleaned up the trash of thier site. I asked the on-site city parks proctor what precipitated the removal and he said "someone called it in". He was exasperated that somebody had the audacity to make the complaint, noting everyone was welcome in all parks, so long as they don't set up the cardboard beds and sleep, as this couple had. The couple was still sleeping on the bench 2 hours later when we finished the tour (which was interesting - wear a dust mask). I don't blame the proctor as he has to coexist with the addicts every day there.
Written September 15, 2023
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA857 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is an interesting area to explore, with several art galleries and some historic buildings. The toy store (Magic Mouse Toys) on the corner is absolutely worth a visit, with an eclectic selection of interesting toys. However, the area is fairly rundown and there are a lot of homeless camping out.
Written August 21, 2023
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BobiTychynskiShimoda
Oakville, Canada397 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Neat place to walk by. The pictures are what it is. It’s a tiny urban park with a cool totem pole and a neat architectural feature.
Written June 17, 2023
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Victoria N
Gateshead, UK3,167 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
There sadly was not a lot to see in this area, however there was some interesting architecture and a free National Park Museum which tells the history of the area, which was really interesting. There are a few nice trendy coffee chops in this area too.
Written June 11, 2023
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