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Puget Sound is a complex waterway of inlets, bays, and harbors that includes not only Seattle, but also the cities of Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia, and a plethora of charming little towns and islands with a culture all their own. It is a region of sparkling blue waters, green forests, sandy beaches, and a relaxed pace of life. It’s a place where many Seattleites escape the bustling city life, get out on the water, and absorb the views of the Olympic Mountains.

Washington Ferries handle most of the traffic in Puget Sound, and you can get out on the water from Seattle Waterfront. Take a boat to Tillicum Village on Blake Island for a traditional Native Pacific Northwest dance performance, or sail to Brainbridge Island for an afternoon picnic. As you explore the Sound, you’ll come across old fishing villages turned yacht havens, and idyllic rural settings.  

Practical Info

Puget Sound stretches approximately 100 miles/160 kilometers from Deception Pass in the north to Olympia, Washington in the south. Distances between islands aren’t great, but you should still allow at least a day to explore a few of the islands.

If you want to get out on Puget Sound from the Seattle Waterfront, head to Pier 52 for the Washington State Ferries, Pier 55 for harbor cruises and trips to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, or Pier 56 for a boat to Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. 

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Seattle City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

A great introduction to Seattle! This sightseeing tour is perfect for people wanting to get out and experience Seattle for themselves, but just need a helping ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Seattle Space Needle Observation Deck Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Don’t miss the picture-perfect views from the top of Seattle’s iconic landmark – the Space Needle! With this admission ticket, you’ll gain access to the Space ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.95

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 109 Reviews

Not sure what to see in Seattle? Take the stress out of sightseeing on this 6-hour tour, which covers 50 miles (80 kilometers) of downtown Seattle and the ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00

Seattle Locks Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Enjoy beautiful views of Seattle from the water on this relaxing cruise along the Ballard Locks, connecting Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.20

Seattle Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Sightseeing City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Making a short stop in Seattle before embarking on a cruise? Take this three-hour pre-cruise tour of Seattle and discover the best of the beautiful Emerald ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.00

Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

The best orca whale watching is off San Juan Island, near Seattle. The San Juan Islands are considered the "jewels" of the Pacific Northwest, located ...  Read more

Location: Friday Harbor, Washington
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours

From USD $96.21

Seattle Seaplane Flight: Waterfront Highlights

This exciting seaplane tour lets you admire the whole Seattle metropolitan area from a whole new perspective. Soar over downtown Seattle, Puget Sound and Lake ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00

High-Speed Passenger Ferry Service From Seattle, Washington to Victoria, British Columbia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

Hop aboard the high-speed ferry from Seattle in Washington State, to Victoria in British Columbia. Enjoy a scenic 2- to 3-hour cruise through Puget Sound as ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.50

Friday Harbor Day Trip & Whale Watching from Seattle

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Take an all-day round-trip adventure from Seattle to San Juan Island's Friday Harbor aboard a high-speed catamaran. Upon arrival to the San Juan Islands enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

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