Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour provided me with a lot of Seattle’s historical background, which definitely enhanced my experience in the city. The tour was great, but from the advertisements what I got was not what I expected. On the brochures they advertise Seattle for a more scandalous tour but for the most part it was a historical tour.
The tour itself went really well; our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable on Seattle’s history and was able to answer any questions. The guide did do a great job of keeping everybody close, but the tour group was way too big for my liking. There were 46 people in our one group. Personally, I would rather be in a smaller ground, so I am able to easily ask questions and to just have a more personal experience overall.
Tour information: Tours start on the hour from 10 am to 7 pm (May-September) or 11 am to 6 pm (October-April). Reserve your spot ahead or arrive at least a half hour early (first come first serve tickets). The tour beings at 608 First St in Pioneer Square. The ticket prices are as follows: adult ($16), seniors or student with current ID ($13), children 7-12 ($8), and the adult tour is ($25 — includes cocktail). Children under the age of 7 are free, but may have a hard time with the 70-min tour.
So, if you find yourself in Seattle, I would recommend this tour if you are looking for some historical background to put your present-day experience into context – plus it is fun to go down into the tunnels of Seattle. I would also recommend taking a look at the Underworld Tour, an adult-orientated guided tour (21 & up).