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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.


  • 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.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip to Tillicum Village was a really nice excursion whilst in Seattle and I would recommend it to anyone. It was very interesting, the food was amazing, the service good and the location very relaxing. The 45min boat trip from Seattle to Blake island was also very relaxing and informative.

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Trip was easy to find, well organised, good ferrying with helpful guide. Experience at Blake Island was excellent. Food was excellent. Entertainment excellent - although I wouldn't say toddlers would be comfortable for the time in the dark with the documentary... Only criticism was that we were not there long enough to checkout the gift shop AND take a walk on the island.

Michael P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed that boat ride to and from the island, and the food was incredible!

Gary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful time with great food. The staff were great. Highly recommended

barbara y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very informative, well-spoken cruise director/speaker. The meal was excellent, the boat comfortable, and all in all, a very enjoyable time. Tillicum Village was clean, and we enjoyed watching the salmon being smoked.

Carol T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved everthing about the trip. we've lived in Seattle 22 years and had never done anything like
this, however, some good friends invited us, and we accepted!
Lovely day, delicious food, LOVED the Salmon dinner,
and just an all around enjoyable day. Very pleasant!

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.

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