Join us for a one-hour historical tour of Pike Place Market filled with intriguing tales! At 105 years old, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States. The original Starbucks and Sur La Table stores can be found here, as well as the world famous fish throwing Pike Place Fish boys.
It is also home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople; and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people.
Your tour will take you inside the main thoroughfares of the Pike Place Market, as well as the Lower Levels where hidden treasures await. Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds that make up this iconic landmark!
At least 10% of all ticket sales go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation. They support four social service agencies for low-income and elderly residents of downtown Seattle, including a medical center, food bank, senior center, and childcare center.
Meet your tour guide near the corner of Western Ave. & Virginia St., at the tree surrounded by a low brick wall.
Adults (18-64 yrs)
$15 advance purchase; $19 walk-up
Youth (11-17 yrs) and Seniors (65+ yrs)
$13 advance purchase; $17 walk-up
Children (6-10 yrs)
$10 advance purchase; $14 walk-up
This 1-hour tour departs daily at 10:00am and 2:00pm, rain or shine. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
Additional tour times may be available depending upon demand. Please click on "Buy Tickets" for availability.
Click on the questions to find answers.Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance tickets are encouraged and are available at a discount. It guarantees your space on the tour. If there are no advance bookings for the tour, the tour may not operate. On all operating tours, walk-up tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis .
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the tour. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time.
You are on your feet for the duration of the 1-hour tour. There are no stairs on the tour, but there are inclines, declines, and cobblestone roads. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
The Public Market Garage at 1531 Western Avenue (just behind the Market) offers some of the most affordable parking rates in all of downtown Seattle.
Gratuities for good service are always greatly appreciated. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.
Whether you are hosting a 16 person school group or 200 conference attendees, let us show you the best that the Market has to offer.View details about Private/Group Event Packages
A non-refundable deposit is required to hold a specific date, time slot, and tour guides. Deposits made by credit card will hold the date immediately. Remaining balance (non-refundable) is due 14 days prior to the tour.
Purchased within 14 days of the Tour date:
Full payment made by credit card or check is required.
Purchased 15+ days prior to a Tour date:
Deposit requirements: $150.00 (1-24 people), $300.00 (25-48 people), $450.00 (49-72 people).
Small Group (1-16 ppl)
1 guide, $232
$14.50 for each additional person up to 24 people
Medium Group (25-32 ppl)
2 guides; $448
$14 for each additional person up to 48 people
Large Group (49-56 ppl)
3 guides; $770
$13.75 for each additional person up to 72 people