It’s a bit of a last minute notice for the first-up in the Seattle Center’s Next 50 Cultural Exchange Tours (we just got notification today, and the South Park tour is tomorrow), but if you’re interested in touring neighborhoods beyond Queen Anne, you can buy tickets to tour South Park, Chinatown-International District, Ballard, and the MLK Business Association. Prices range from free to $43, depending on the neighborhood.
Conveniently for Queen Anne residents, the tour begins and ends at the Seattle Center; your ticket includes round-trip transportation and lunch. The tour buses pick up/drop off on 1st Ave N along the West Plaza of Key Arena at 10am for each tour.
The 4-hour tours are designed for local PNW residents who are interested in exploring other neighborhoods’ history, way of life, and cuisine. The tours are part of The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Descriptions & Direct Links to Purchase Tickets are below:
South Park Neighborhood Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 15, $25
Arrives at 11am for the Fiestas Patrias parade, followed by a guided tour of restaurants and businesses. The tour focuses on the South Park immigrant communities and their economic and cultural impact in Seattle, and finishes around 1pm at the Seattle Center’s Sea Mar Plaza for the family-friendly Community Fiesta.
Chinatown-International District Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 22, $43
Take this tour with Chinatown Discovery Tours and learn about the 100 year-old neighborhood and its contributions to the city and region. Tickets include a multi-course lunch.
Ballard Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 22, $21 (includes museum tickets)
First stop is the Nordic Heritage Museum and a variety of Scandinavian foods. Focus in on the economic and cultural importance of Scandinavian immigration. Also includes a visit to Marvin’s Garden and free time to explore the unique shops and restaurants.
MLK Business Association Walking Tour, Sept. 29, FREE
MLK is located in the most diverse zip code population in the country, with 90 languages spoken and a high concentration of small, locally owned and operated businesses and service providers that reflect the community’s rich cultural diversity and history. Tour includes stops at a Vietnamese Restaurant, jewelry store, Deo Valente and other shops.