Entertaining and informative Seattle architecture tours are offered in locations throughout the city by The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF). Architectural tours awaken people to the profound influence of the built environment surrounding them.
About SAF architecture tours
All SAF architecture tours are conducted rain or shine. In the rare event of extremely adverse weather (wind, heat, snow or ice) SAF will cancel a tour to protect guest safety and notify registered guests via email.
Most architecture tours last approximately two hours and are held in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. SAF Tour Guides are volunteers who receive extensive training in architectural styles, Seattle history, and more.
Most tour routes involve hills, stairs, escalators and elevators. To enjoy the tour, you should be capable of walking and standing for at least two hours. SAF tours are not recommended for children under 12, except tours specifically designed for younger children. Tours may not be ADA compliant.
About Seattle Architecture Foundation
Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design, and history of Seattle.
Design shapes communities on many levels, whether we are conscious of its impact or not. Everything we touch, everything we see in our city–in the built environment–is a product of the design process. Plazas, public spaces, even things considered natural, like parks and landscaping, are intentionally designed.
SAF awakens people to these influences and increases the public’s awareness and appreciation of design in the built environment. An architecturally informed population becomes involved in exploring options and is enthusiastic about its choices. Ultimately, the shape of our communities reflects who we are and who we want to be.
SAF provides tours, programs, and events such as design lectures, community discussions, youth workshops, family programs, and more. Through its programs and civic engagement, SAF hopes to empower you to make a difference in your community.
How to get discount tickets for SAF tours
During Spring-Summer, SAF offers at least one tour every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, excluding major holidays. During the Fall-Winter, tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
Get discount tickets by purchasing them online in advance of the tour date. Tour tickets are $18 advance and $25 on the day of the tour (unless sold out).
Besides enjoying a discount, advance registration is strongly encouraged, since many architecture tours sell out in advance.
For upcoming architecture tour dates or to purchase advance tickets, visit the SAF tour ticket calendar.