Reviews & Schedule
608 First Avenue • Seattle, WA 98104
TICKET PRICES AS OF November 2010 (Cash Only)
$15.00 Adults (18-59 yrs)
$12.00 Seniors (60+ yrs)
$12.00 Students (13-17 yrs or w/valid college ID)
$7.00 Children (7-12 yrs)
UNDERGROUND TOUR SCHEDULE (updated November 2010)
January 2 – 31: Daily, hourly, 11am – 4pm
February: Mon-Th, hourly, 11am – 4pm / Fri-Sun hourly 11am – 5pm
March: Daily, hourly, 11am – 5pm
April: Daily, hourly, 11am – 6pm
May – September: Daily, hourly 10am – 7pm
October – November: Daily, hourly 11am – 5pm (Closed Thanksgiving)
December 1-23: Daily, hourly 11am – 4pm
December 26 – 31: Daily, hourly 11am – 5pm
The tour begins at Doc Maynard’s, a restored 1890s public house, then goes underground to visit the abandoned, sunken storefronts of what was once ground-level Pioneer Square. Their well-informed guides recount the role of the modern toilet in Seattle history, the origin of the term Skid Road, and take you to some places where ghosts are said to hang out, all the while telling hilarious stories and recanting Seattle history.
In the olden days, downtown Seattle was chaotic– built on a tidal plain– with very poor drainage.
After the Great Fire in1889, city planners wanted to raise the streets to solve the city’s growing sewage problems, but the downtown building owners, who didn’t want to wait for the city to get to work, rebuilt their buildings at the original level.
Many years later, the city of Seattle raised the streets, leaving sidewalks and entrances as much as 36 feet below street level. For several years, pedestrians clambered up and down between street level and building entrance on ladders, but eventually the building entrances were raised, and the old sidewalks covered over, creating the area called the Seattle Underground.
The preceding content is an editorial review of the Seattle Underground Tour based on editorial information collected by our organization. The tour operator can change prices and schedules, so make sure to call to confirm the most current tour info.