Getting Serious About Fun

Downtown Seattle has something for everyone – historical landmarks, natural beauty, renowned arts and professional sports, and amazing retail and restaurants. Throughout downtown, the Northwest’s top restaurants share block space with sidewalk cafes, bars and food trucks. And when the sun sets, bands and live theater light up a flourishing nightlife scene. A growing number of fitness facilities help downtown workers and residents burn calories and a bustling tourist and convention industry brings millions of visitors – and dollars into the city annually.

Unmatched city amenities and outdoor recreation make downtown Seattle the Northwest’s leading tourist and convention destination. Millions of visitors and tourists take in spectacular mountain and water views each year while enjoying iconic attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Along with visitors, locals enjoy downtown’s entertainment venues, museums, performing arts and dining options as well.

Recreation and Leisure Industries

Sources include individual venues, the Port of Seattle, Smith Travel Research, Visit Seattle, Washington State Convention Center and the Washington State Department of Revenue. 

Retail sales numbers for cities are from the Washington State Department of Revenue. Since sales are only reported at the city level, downtown sales were estimated based on the number of employees in downtown brick and mortar stores using employment data provided by Puget Sound Regional Council. 

Arts and Entertainment categories include sports venues, fitness centers, arcades and other recreational industries in addition to traditional arts and entertainment.

If you have questions about our research, contact Elliott Krivenko:

Phone: 206-613-3255
Email: elliottk@downtownseattle.org