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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of old Seattle
  • Discover Pioneer Square, the Emerald City’s original neighborhood
  • Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that led to its beginnings
  • Compare modern-day Pioneer Square with that of yesteryear
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience
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Disposable masks available for purchase at $1.00 each for guests unable to provide their own mask

Departure Point

102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Look for the black awning over the sidewalk; the stairs beneath will lead right to the check-in desk.

Return Details

119 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Get ready to discover the original Emerald City, the city of Seattle, Washington, from its inception in the 1890s. This entertaining and educational underground voyage travels beneath the streets to uncover three blocks of historic, old Pioneer Square. Explore not only the underground passageways that were built more than 120 years ago, but also the modern Pioneer Square that exists today.

Hear tales from the past, like the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in what would become the Klondike Gold Rush. Find out about Skid Row, a dilapidated urban area that served as the main street in Pioneer Square. And get to know the history of a group of people called the Coast Salish, the ethnically and linguistically related Indigenous peoples that first settled here.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beneath the Streets
Beneath the Streets focuses on factual, historical information that details the birth of our city, 1890’s architecture, and several other stories including the Klondike Gold Rush, Skid Row, and the Coast Salish Peoples that first inhabited the area. Our tour guides participate in workshops on cultural traditions and history with special guest historians and Native Tribal members as continual professional development.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pioneer Square
We cover four city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and explore three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890's. You'll see and hear the history of the neighborhood from both the original and current street levels.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beneath The Streets
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.

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  • "It was raining the day we went so there were some puddles to deal with so wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the weather." See review
  • "The tour is only one hour, so great for kids." See review

Reviews

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3,047 Reviews

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star-5
Interesting History
Dianna_S
, Nov 2021
The tour guide was great and entertaining. Very interesting history of Seattle. The artifacts that still remain are incredible.
star-5
Steeped in History!
Lisa_t
, Nov 2021
Hearing the history of Seattle while walking beneath and above the streets was beyond memorable. We learned so much!
star-5
Exchange student fun
Janet_S
, Nov 2021
Great info given in a fun format! Mike was a perfect tour guide. Our exchange student loved it. Can’t “do” Seattle without this tour.
star-5
Learning the history of...
Shana_K
, Nov 2021
Learning the history of the old part of Seattle and the founding of the city was fascinating. Our guide was gregarious and incredibly knowledgeable. Excellent tour overall!!
star-4
Seattle is Cool
Cheeney_S
, Nov 2021
Made me more proud to be a Seatlelite, honestly go with a group of fun friends you vibe with and it'll be great! :)
star-5
The tour guide was...
Trece_L
, Nov 2021
The tour guide was awesome with great energy & seattle facts! He really knew his stuff! This is an experience I would want to bring my kids to.
star-5
Best Tour in Seattle!
Stacy_H
, Nov 2021
Very fun and informative tour. So much fascinating history to Seattle. Our guide Jennifer was the BEST. She knew her Seattle History and made this tour fun and entertaining. She’s really funny! Thanks for a great tour!
star-4
Going underground
Peter_G
, Nov 2021
Jennifer was fantastic - she was a wealth of knowledge - she made the tour ! Tour sites were disappointing based on previous tour experience
star-5
Interesting
Barbara_E
, Nov 2021
I liked learning that the UW got started in order to get the government grant money. Water back-up problems were also interesting and comical.
star-5
History
Amanda_J
, Nov 2021
A lot different than the last tour I went on over 10 years ago but full of new information. I loved seeing all the buildings and knowing there was a lot of history beneath the ground that we don’t think about.

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