Pike Place Market

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by sizemoretravel on February 21, 2008

Pike Place Market is one of the most exciting places to visit in Seattle. You can buy fresh flowers, fruits and vegtables, and most importantly, fresh fish.

History of the Market

Pike's Place market is located on nine acres in downtown Seattle. It's history is 100 years old. Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."

On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born because the price of produce had skyrocketed and local farmers banded together to try to solve the problem. They started bringing their produce to the market.

Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. "The Market," as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington's most frequently visited destinations.

I enjoyed just walking through the market and looking around as everything went on around me. The flowers were beautiful and there were lots of homemade goodies and beautiful crafts. If you would rather take a tour:

Market Heritage Tours:
Wednesday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance for weekday tours, and by noon on Fridays for Saturday morning tours.

The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (55+) and children (under 18).

You can make reservations online at www.pikeplacemarket.org
Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington, 98101
(206) 682-7453


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