Pioneer Square in Seattle is a popular destination for both tourists and locals.
This is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Downtown Seattle. Being the first neighborhood in Seattle, Pioneer Square is a rich historic spot widely known for its renaissance revival architecture, art galleries and many events that it hosts.
Pioneer Square is defined by its colorful history. The First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square was the first art walk in the US. The neighborhood has unique nightlife, quirky boutiques, long-hidden sunken streets, delicious eateries, and bars. In the middle of Pioneer Square is Waterfall Garden Park (a 22-foot waterfall). So, the city’s original downtown is still lively as ever. The neighborhood is surrounded by more than 30 art galleries featuring indigenous Northwest handicrafts to contemporary art. On the first Thursday of each month, thousands of art enthusiasts fill the neighborhood, so do other event days.
Pioneer Square got its name from a small triangular plaza located at the junction of Yester Way and First Avenue which was then called Pioneer Place. The neighborhood is believed to be the heart of the city because the Seattle founders settled in the neighborhood in 1852. During those days, the main structures were mainly wooden. In 1989, unfortunately, a fire destroyed most of these wooden structures. As a result, dozens of brick structures were erected towards the end of the 19th century to replace the burnt ones.
Next to the neighborhood are the city’s two stadiums: CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field. So, on a typical game night parking in Pioneer Square is a challenge. If you are a sports fan you can easily cross over to one of the stadiums whenever major teams like Seattle Seahawks or Seattle Sounders are playing.