A few blocks south of modern downtown, Pioneer Square is Seattle’s oldest district, where the original settlement began in the 1850s and still rich with appealing bookshops and galleries amid the old red-brick and wrought-iron buildings. The name refers to an area; there are parks and squares here (Occidental Park and Pioneer Place), but no plaza itself called Pioneer Square. There are also a number of rough-around-the- edges clubs and bars, and more than a few homeless people adding to the diverse environs. Kids will love the Waterfall Garden at 219 Second Ave South.

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