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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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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

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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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
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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.
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What is the social distancing policy during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
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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
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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

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Informative and educating
Cynthia_O
, Aug 2021
The information that I learned about early Seattle was fascinating. My teenage grandchildren were with me and we all felt it was a worthwhile tour.
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Very informative!
Patty
, Aug 2021
Very informative and our guide was knowledgeable about Seattle history. He took us to places in Pioneer Square and shared information about them as well as the tunnels underground. Nice tour of a part of Seattle that I had never heard of.
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GREAT underground tour of Seattle
Sabrina_H
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide (Megan) was EXTREMELY nice. She made sure that we understood what she was talking about, made us feel free to ask her anything at all times, and was just an really friendly person overall. I loved the tour, and definitely recommend it!!
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Cool Historical Walk
Kala_D
, Aug 2021
Interesting historical walk through town and “beneath the streets”. Questions were answered easily by our knowledgeable guide. An hour well spent!
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Nice history overview of Seattle
Clarissa_R
, Aug 2021
Nice history lesson on origins of Seattle. Tour guide Mike was passionate and well read about the subject. He was very energetic and seemed like he just finished a double espresso LOL!
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Great learning experience
Frederick_C
, Aug 2021
Nice hat…..great enthusiasm….mike loved his job and made us love the history. We absolutely love understanding the reasons why they built the way they did and what challenges they must’ve had. His review of his favorite women from Washington who graduated from the university was exceptional!
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Entertaining and informative
Rich_C
, Aug 2021
Entertaining and informative. Had a wonderful time! Info about a cool neighborhood with lots of insight from our guide
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Beneath the Streets
Worldtraveler
, Jul 2021
Chuck was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and fun! We absolutely loved this tour and a lot of it was thanks to Chuck’s knowledge and wit.
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Beneath the ground
Zul
, Jul 2021
Was a very nice and interesting tour, learn about the beginnings of Seattle and their history. Chuck was great. Recommend it 👌🏽
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Excellent tour
Noelle_G
, Jul 2021
We highly recommend this underground tour! Knowledgeable, friendly, and funny staff. Great way to learn about the city - especially the underground portion with photos. Teens thoroughly enjoyed too!
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