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While we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise–the Space Needle–stands as Seattle's most-recognized tourist attraction. Built for the... Read More
While we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise–the Space Needle–stands as Seattle's most-recognized tourist attraction. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the forward-looking theme of which was "Century 21," the 602-foot Needle looks like a huge flying saucer on a towering tripod. Having recently undergone a $100 million "spacelift," the structure now features the world's first and only revolving glass floor. "The Loupe" allows for never-before-seen downward views of the Needle's unique architecture and landscape below. Visitors also enjoy completely unobstructed, floor-to-ceiling views of the Seattle skyline and dramatically expanded views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges from both the inside and outside of the upper observation deck. On the way up, entertaining elevator operators rattle off fun facts and invite visitors to test their Needle knowledge.
- Observation Deck & SpaceBase: Mon-Thu 9:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11:30pm; Sun 9am-11pm
- SkyCity: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8:45pm; Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9:45pm; Sat 10am-2:45pm, 5pm-9:45pm; Sun 10am-2:45pm, 5pm-8:45pm
- Adult (14-64) $17; Senior (65+) $15; Military $15; Child (4-13) $9; Child (3 and under) Free
- Things to Do in Fall: "To compare elevated views around town, also check out Columbia Tower's brand-new, 73rd-story, Sky View Observatory experience."
- Romantic Things to Do: "As an alternative to enjoying the Space Needle's elevated views, head to Pioneer Square's recently revamped Smith Tower, where you can enjoy cocktails and tasty snacks in an intimate setting."
- Sightseeing, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center: "The fine-dining space atop the Needle is one of the few revolving restaurants in the world. The 360-degree view is spectacular, and the food isn't bad either."
- Best for Things to Do in Fall Because: Relish the colors of the season from the iconic Space Needle, which recently underwent a $100 million "spacelift."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Savor gorgeous 360-degree views atop Seattle's most iconic landmark, perhaps before grabbing an intimate dinner nearby.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The city's most recognizable attraction--the Space Needle--offers stunning views of the city and beyond.
- Best for Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center Because: No visit to Seattle is complete without ascending to the top floor of the Space Needle. Enjoy panoramic views and perhaps a fine meal.