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Experience the tribal culture of the Northwest with a 4-hour cruise to historic Blake Island, the legendary birthplace of Chief Seattle, for whom the city is named. Enjoy a 45-minute cruise to Tillicum Village, located eight miles from Seattle on Blake Island. Learn about Native American culture. Explore the village. Watch a live performance featuring traditional song and dance, and delight in a delicious salmon buffet. It’s an inspirational and educational adventure for the whole family.

Highlights

  • Take a 45-minute cruise to Tillicum Village from Seattle
  • Learn about the Native American culture
  • Watch a 25-minute show featuring traditional song and dance
  • Chinook Salmon buffet is included
  • Enjoy free time to explore Blake Island State Park

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What You Can Expect

Tillicum Village Cultural Experience

Tillicum Village

Meet the tour group at Pier 55 on Seattle’s Central Waterfront to begin this 4-hour excursion to Tillicum Village in Blake Island State Park. From the waterfront, it’s a scenic 45-minute, live-narrated cruise to Tillicum Village.

Upon arrival, enjoy some steamed clams as an appetizer before dinner. Inside the cedar longhouse, watch Chinook salmon being carefully prepared over open fires — the way it has been for centuries — before a buffet dinner with Northwestern cuisine is served. After the meal, sit back and watch an incredible stage performance that combines Coast Salish storytelling and traditional Native American dance. Tillicum Village is the only place in the world to see these dances and hear these songs, performed by the dancers whose families have owned them for generations.

After the show, choose from any number of different activities: Explore the beaches or forest trails, watch a wood-carving demonstration or visit the gift shop and take a tour of the artwork in the back garden and around the facility. Those are just a few of the possibilities before the return voyage to Seattle’s waterfront.

Itinerary

Menu:

  • Traditional Alder Baked Salmon: Savor this centuries‐old treat! The salmon, baked around alder wood fires on cedar stakes, is unlike anything you have ever tasted. Taking approximately one hour to bake slowly to perfection, the salmon retains moisture and takes on a wonderful mild flavor unique to this style of cooking and is served with a signature Juniper Berry Seasoning.
  • Signature Beef Stew: This thick meaty stew is full of flavors beef combined with root vegetables and potatoes for a mouth‐watering dish.
  • Wild Grain Harvest Rice: Try this wonderful combination of wild and regular rice, cooked to perfection with onions, garlic and a fragrant vegetable stock.
  • Warm Whole Grain Tillicum Bread: This rich, dark, slightly‐sweet bread is made with a hint of molasses and served warm with butter. This bread is so popular, in fact, you can even purchase an extra loaf to take home!
  • Field Greens Salad: Seasonal greens, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, Oregon blue cheese and served with stone ground rosemary dressing or raspberry vinaigrette served on the side.
  • Tri‐Colored Bean Salad: A colorful display of marinated creamy‐white cannelli beans and bright, fresh green beans tossed with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and shallots in a red‐wine vinaigrette.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: Assorted melons, grapes, strawberries and pineapple served with a strawberry honey dipping sauce.
  • Northwest Dessert Treat: A Northwest inspired finish to your meal.
  • Coffee, Tea, Lemonade

Customer Reviews

Tisha C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

beautiful island

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The company has a well planned out cultural experience. The salmon buffet was outstanding with a good variety of fresh choices from fruits to salads.

Jean S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great trip, staff was very good. Will recommend this trip to friends.

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very enjoyable afternoon spent learning about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The food was good, the day was beautiful, one couldn't ask for anything more.

Doris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a wonderful time. Loved the Salish dances and story telling. Food was excellent. A memorable time.

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband Aaron and I just relocated here 3 months ago. Our daughter came for a visit from NYC and we wanted to have a cultural experience and this was perfect. The food was fabulous, the tour guides were amazing, boat ride perfect and so was the entertainment. Well worth every dime! I would take other guests for this experience!

Nancy l L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everything about this was outstanding
Food,boat,staff ,the use of technology in the play made for a great day thanks to everyone who helped too make it great

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent, but a little more free time to explore the area would be nice.

Rebecca L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Patricia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great experience! We enjoyed the boat ride, the delicious food and the entertainment. Would highly recommend!

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