Tillicum Excursion - Seattle

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    11:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Argosy Cruises - Seattle Waterfront, 1101 Alaskan Way Pier 55, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Myth and magic come to life on the Tillicum Excursion to Blake Island State Park, located 8 miles from Seattle's waterfront. Here, you have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture, enjoy a delicious buffet featuring traditionally prepared alder fire-roasted fish, and watch a Native American storytelling performance. Take time after the meal and show to explore the beaches and trails that surround Tillicum. This is a trip the whole family will enjoy!

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The 4-hour adventureon the Tillicum Excursion toBlake Island State Park begins at Pier 54 on Seattle's central waterfront. Relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery during the 45-minute narrated cruise from downtown Seattle.

When you arrive to Tillicum, make your way up to the longhouse along the pathway strewn with clam shells bleached by the sun. Before you enter the longhouse, take a moment and enjoy an appetizer of clams and nectar. Be sure to crush the empty clam shells when you are finished as it is the tradition to help preserve the path!

Inside the longhouse, watch as whole fish is cooked over an alder-wood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. As you finish your buffet meal, the lights dim while the myth and magic come to life in the spellbinding performance featuring Tillicum dancers.

After the show, you have approximately 45-minutes of free time to browse the gift gallery featuring artwork of local artisans or stroll along the pleasant beaches and forest trails.

Finally, board the boat and enjoy the relaxing cruise back to Seattle.



• Traditional Alder Baked Fish: Savor this centuries‐old treat! The fish, baked around alder wood fires on cedar stakes, is unlike anything you have ever tasted. Taking approximately one hour to bake slowly to perfection, the fish retains moisture and takes on a wonderful mild flavor unique to this style of cooking and is served with a signature Juniper Berry Seasoning.
• Signature Beef Stew: This thick meaty stew is full of flavors beef combined with root vegetables and potatoes for a mouth‐watering dish.
• Wild Grain Harvest Rice: Try this wonderful combination of wild and regular rice, cooked to perfection with onions, garlic and a fragrant vegetable stock.
• Warm Whole Grain Tillicum Bread: This rich, dark, slightly‐sweet bread is made with a hint of molasses and served warm with butter. This bread is so popular, in fact, you can even purchase an extra loaf to take home!
• Field Greens Salad: Seasonal greens, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, Oregon blue cheese and served with stone ground rosemary dressing or raspberry vinaigrette served on the side.
• Tri‐Colored Bean Salad: A colorful display of marinated creamy‐white cannelli beans and bright, fresh green beans tossed with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and shallots in a red‐wine vinaigrette.
• Fresh Fruit Salad: Assorted melons, grapes, strawberries and pineapple served with a strawberry honey dipping sauce.
• Northwest Dessert Treat: A Northwest inspired finish to your meal.
• Coffee, Tea, Lemonade


Roundtrip Boat transportation to Blake Island State Park

NW Buffet Meal with traditional native-style fire-roasted Fish

Northwest Coast Native American storytelling show and dance performance



Bar service

Hotel pickup and drop off

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  • 26-Aug-2019

    The boat ride was lovely, the guide was interesting and informative, the salmon dinner was delicious, the storytelling and native dancing show was impressive, and our short hike took us on a beautiful nature trail past stunning trees and ferns. We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.

  • 14-Aug-2019

    Great time, beautiful people with an informative production. Top notch courteous crew and clean facilities.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    Outstanding I highly recommended it A+ Thank you. I have been use for years now!! And I will continue use them they are the BEST

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our Argosy boat trip to Blake Island was delightful, narrated by Jason, our cruise director. The weather turned out sunny, highlighting the beautiful forests on the island, and the Native American art around the longhouse. Our salmon dinner buffet was perfect, enhanced by the friendly, attentive waiters and workers. The tribal dances and program were excellent, creating a better understanding and appreciation of our native peoples.I would recommend this trip to all Washington residents (as am I) and visitors!

  • 21-Aug-2018

    The food was great, but out entire party was disappointed with the tiny amount of salmon we got. There was beef stew to supplement, but just not the same. All of the food was delicious. The table service was very slight as there were more guests then they had anticipated. We ended up getting our own water and went to the bar for our wine.The cruse was great and the tour guide really knew what he was talking about. Everything was very informative.

  • 23-Jul-2018

    We had out of town guests from San Francisco that were excited about the Tillicum Excursion. When we arrived in Seattle, the directions printed on our tickets said to go to the Seattle Aquarium to pick up our tickets. We waited in the long line to find out that the ticket pickup window had changed to a location several blocks away. We went to the “new location” to get out tickets, just in time to board the boat before it set off for Blake Island.
    It was a beautiful day, so the 25-minute trip to Blake Island was enjoyable. Once at the Island, we waited in line for the clams that are served to the guest. Our guests were extra excited, as they had never experienced the PNW clams before. Just as we got to the front of the line, from patiently waiting our turn, we were told – “I am so sorry, we just ran out of clams”…. WHAT???? So very disappointing!
    I had assured our guests that the Dinner was Fabulous (and worth the wait) as well as the Dinner show, so we enjoyed a cocktail until we were able to be seated for our dinner. My husband (who is allergic to fish) was guaranteed that there were MANY other food items to select from, so he would not be disappointed! When we got up to the buffet, much of the food was gone and had not been replenished. The only main course item that would have been available for my husband to eat would have been the beef stew. Unfortunately, there was no beef stew left!!! My husband had salad, a little bit of what was left of the fresh fruit, some overcooked polenta and cookies. Our guests also had the same experience, they were however able to get some of the Salmon, which was delicious.
    I had told them about the elaborate Dinner Show (which I had seen about 6 years prior) that had lights, music, dancing, etc… Once the show began, it was clear that something had changed. What was, 6 years ago – was no longer. The stage no longer had the rock/cliff setting it had in the past, instead, in its place was a hologram type of backdrop with a storyteller, and later 3 people who jumped across the stage in wooden masks, slamming close the mouth of the mask making loud clacking noises. This “show” lasted about 20 minutes vs the 60-minute play like presentation (with elaborate displays) of the past.
    We were extremely disappointed with the entire experience. We basically paid $400 for a 25-minute boat ride to and from Blake Island.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    Everyone was super nice and friendly. The salmon was the BEST! All the food was good. The rice could have been cooked a little more, but it was taste. The story telling and the dance was the best. I just wish there had been more! The island was nice. I liked seeing the eagle!!! The ship was very comfortable. I was very impressed with all your employees!

  • 25-Sep-2017

    A tour that's worth the money and time. It's something different and the food was delicious.

  • 16-Sep-2017

    We really enjoyed our late afternoon trip out to Tillicum, the meal and show was great and it was lovely coming back to Seatlle on the boat in the evening as the sun was setting.

  • 12-Sep-2017

    Great, Great Tour, Great food and great show well worth doing and seeing plus nice boat ride.
    Paula and Jocelyn

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