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    PIKE PLACE MARKET


    1501 Pike Place
    Seattle, WA 98101
    206-774-5249

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    History of the Market

    The history of Pike Place Market is as rich and colorful as Seattle itself. Its nine acres and 100 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."

    Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. 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.

    On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. On that first day, a total of eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street—and were quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00 am, they were sold out. Thousands of shoppers went home empty-handed, but the chaos held promise. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space filled.

    A century later, 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.

    Learn more about Market history at the Heritage Center. Located on Western Avenue right behind the Market, it's open daily from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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    SEATTLE RAFT AND KAYAK


    7777 62nd Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    206-528-1700  •  800-625-7782

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    Everywhere you look there's another spectacular water view. There's no better way to explore our waterways than from a kayak, canoe, or raft; and there's no better way to paddle than with Seattle Raft & Kayak.
    Whether it's a lake kayak rental, a whitewater kayaking class, or a guided whitewater rafting trip you're after, Seattle Raft & Kayak is the place for paddling adventure in Cascadia: from our ocean shores, into Puget Sound, through the inland lakes, to our mountain rivers.
    From the Seattle waterfront to the rainforest of the western Cascade Range, to the desert of the Cascades' East slope, to the high peaks of North Cascades National Park, our kayak, canoe, and raft rentals, classes, guided trips, and adventure travel programs offer the best in urban and wilderness paddling adventure.


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    ALKI KAYAK TOURS


    1660 Harbor Avenue SW
    Seattle, WA 98126
    206-953-0237

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    Alki Kayak Tours is committed to the conservation and preservation of the Puget Sound as a working marine ecosystem that supports the industries of Seattle as well as the spawning salmon headed up the Duwamish River. Our guides provide an additional set of eyes on the Sound looking over its well-being for preventable ecological harm. We utilize best management practices and focus on leaving the smallest possible ecological footprint when operating tours. The tours are a forum where the Puget Sound community and tourists alike can discuss and learn about the history and ecosystems of the Sound. AKT offers meaningful commentary with a goal of having every paddler will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for our unique corner of the world.



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    WATERWAYS CRUISES


    2501 North Northlake Way
    Seattle, WA 98103
    206-223-2060  •  800-806-3353

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    Your cruising desires are the cornerstone on which Waterways Cruises builds an entertainment event to remember. It’s your guest list, large or small; your selection of the perfect private yacht or a seating selection on our favorite Special Event Cruise or CruiseTour©; your choice of cruising time, anytime… any place; your selection of an individualized menu, from one of many or create your own; your selection of beverage options. Our experienced cruise and event planners will make your cruise that special moment you and your guests will cherish warmly and long remember.


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