O ne Bus Away Tour: Downtown

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ne Bus Away Tour: Downtown

Come explore downtown Seattle with fellow UW students and learn how to get around using the U-PASS. Take a walk through historical Pike Place Market, down to the waterfront, and to the Aquarium. Find local shopping spots like Westlake Center and Pacific Place. Locate a few movie theatres and figure out how to get back again on your own. Students love these tours, and the fun is only one bus ride away!

Explain UPASS:

  • How to use the UPASS and brief explanation of using it on the bus; free use in the greater King County area

  • How to read a time table-times are often for other stops then the one listed

  • Metro trip planner (http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/)- plan your trip and where/what buses you need to transfer etc.

  • OneBusAway App – Created by UW students, it can be used to check bus times, bus stop locations, and bus routes.

In the event of an emergency, contact

Amanda Anderson (425)-280-5597 and

Martha Tran (425)-210-5894.
Friday, September 23 from 1-3pm
Monday, September 26 from 10am-12pm, and 1-3pm

Meeting Place: Suzzallo Library Steps
Route: The Light Rail; leave from Husky Stadium; get off at Westlake Station Bay C (in tunnel)
Tour Description:

Pike Place Market (The Market)

Its nine acres and 104 years of operation encompass thousands of unique and interesting stories — stories of immigration, internment, gentrification and urban renewal — that explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle." Pike Place Market is a huge tourist attraction, so see what it’s all about!

  • First began in 1907 as outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses.

  • Fish throwers are always entertaining to watch.

  • Over 600 vendors: The Pike Place Market is occupied by more than 100 farmers, 150 craftspeople, nearly 300 commercial businesspeople and 50 performers. The Market also is the site of a senior center, childcare center and preschool, food bank and medical clinic, as well as home to 500 residents (low income and elderly)

  • Shops are available below the "main" market as well as across the street.

  • First ever Starbucks is at Pike!

  • Unofficial mascot—Rachel the bronze piggybank located by the market clock.

  • Fun Fact: All the Pigs around the market symbolize the 100th anniversary of the market!

  • Fun Fact: The Real World Seattle cast lived in a house on Pier 70 of Elliot Bay.

  • Open 361 days a year (Closed for Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday, Christmas and New Years) Merchants set their own hours.

  • In sum, whether you’re shopping for fresh produce, antiques, or exotic goods from around the world, you’ll find it among the Market’s eclectic collection of stalls, shops and businesses.

Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium is a nationally recognized aquatic educational center built in 1977 by the City of Seattle on Pier 59, at the edge of Puget Sound's Elliott Bay. The Aquarium is open daily and serves three-quarters of a million visitors annually. The Seattle Aquarium provides fun and exciting ways to see, touch and explore the underwater world of the northwest and beyond. With a wide range of colorful sea creatures in award-winning exhibits, touch pools, and trained naturalists, the Aquarium continues in its mission of inspiring conservation of our marine environment. As the region's leading provider of marine science education, The Seattle Aquarium serves more than 40,000 school children annually.

  • Aquarium Fees:

    • Adult (ages 13 & over) $19.95

    • Youth (ages 4-12) $13.95

    • Child 3 and under Free

  • NEW: The Window on Washington Waters, a 120,000 gallon exhibit with a 39' X 17' viewing window is the centerpiece of the $41 million expansion and renovation.


Seattle has one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring seaports in the world. The Port is designed so that the waterfront’s natural and man-made charm is easily illustrated.

  • Dine, shop or play at Bell Street Pier.

  • Take a spectacular cruise to exciting spots in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest.

  • Attend exciting events held at Port facilities.

  • Visit the many trails, bike paths and other public access sites of the Port.

  • Sightsee around Puget Sound and on the way to Victoria, B.C. on the high-speed Victoria Clipper catamaran. Departs from Pier 69.

  • Watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains from Shilshole Bay Marina's promenade.

  • Dine and shop at the homeport of the North Pacific fishing fleet at Fishermen's Terminal.

  • Olympic Sculpture Park: (About 10 min NW along the water front by Pier 70, just mention it)
    • The Olympic Sculpture Park transforms a nine-acre industrial site into open and vibrant green space for art. This new waterfront park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculptures in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Admission is free.

Westlake Center and Surrounding Area (From the Market, walk up Pike and take a left on 4th AVE to get to PINE)

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Westlake Center is a four-story, glass enclosed retail pavilion (with a Food Court on the Upper Level) offering a mix of national reputation retailers and a unique selection of the finest quality regional merchandise; the Center offers a high-energy, one-of-a-kind urban shopping environment.

Seattle Art Museum (The new museum entrance is located on First Avenue on the corner of Union Street)

The Seattle Art Museum seamlessly integrates old and new buildings, creating timeless, light-filled spaces for art and for people.


  • Wednesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
    Thursday & Friday: 10 am–9 pm
    Monday & Tuesday: closed


  • Adults: $17

  • Senior (62+), Military (with ID): $15

  • Students (with ID), Teen (13-17): $11

  • FREE for children (12 and under)

  • FREE for SAM members

  • FREE first Thursday of every month

Benaroya Hall (The public entrance to the Hall is along 3rd Avenue and Union ST)

The Home of Seattle Symphony with two versatile auditoriums, a stunning Grand Lobby and an elegant private function room.

  • Besides symphony, every year, Benaroya hall hosts hundreds of other events, including company meetings, lectures, concerts, fundraising auctions, holiday parties – even wedding and receptions.

The 5th Avenue Theatre

Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with music, drama and laughter. The 5th brings approximately 150 live musical performances to the stage each year.

  • Annually, it attracts over 200,000 patrons from the Pacific Northwest, across the U.S., and around the world.

  • The 5th AVE Theater is the largest theatre employer in the Puget Sound region, annually employing up to 600 actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers, technicians, stage hands, box office staff, and administrators.

  • During each performance, 30 to 50 people are working behind the scenes.

ACT – A Contemporary Theater (7th AVE & Union)

  • The center for contemporary theatre and arts in greater Seattle.

  • An interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate, and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight and humor.

  • Dedicated to the advancement and preservation of today’s contemporary work for future generations.

  • Since 1965, ACT has probed cultural boundaries, tackled social issues and penetrated hearts.

Paramount Theatre (On the corner of 9th AVE & Pine)

For 77 years, Washington residents and visitors have been entertained at Seattle’s magnificent Paramount Theatre. Millions have delighted in the Paramount’s architectural majesty, viewed countless films, and enjoyed thousands of performers from all corners of the globe.

  • The Paramount Theatre box office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. In the evening and on weekends, the box office opens 90 minutes prior to show time for sales to that day’s event.

Gameworks (7th Ave & Pike)

  • Arcade (admission is free!)

  • Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - Midnight
    Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
    Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
    Sunday 10:00 am - Midnight 

  • Air hockey, hunting games, racing games, basketball, baseball, tennis, hockey, virtual reality, dance revolution, and many, many more.

Pacific Place (6th Ave & Pine)

Pacific Place is downtown Seattle's premier shopping, dining and entertainment center. Featuring Tiffany & Co., MaxMara and Coach along with J. Crew, Chico's, Ann Taylor, Helly Hansen, L'Occitane, Restoration Hardware, Barnes & Noble and Williams-Sonoma. An 11-screen AMC Theatres complex. Stores open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Restaurants and AMC Theatre hours vary. Barnes & Noble open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Area Shops

  • American Eagle

  • Nordstrom & Nordstrom Rack

  • Gap

  • Old Navy

  • Abercrombie and Fitch

  • Bed Bath and Beyond

  • Diesel
  • Anthropology

  • Urban Outfitters

  • Nike

  • Banana Republic

  • Macy’s

  • Pike Place

  • Ross

Pioneer Square

  • Features over 20 city blocks of Victorian Romanesque architecture

  • More than 30 fine art galleries

  • Over 200 unique and independently-owned shops

  • The entertainment epicenter of Seattle's nightlife.

  • Many restaurants and coffee houses.

Tour Time: 2 hours
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