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Well, we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, but the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise – the Space Needle – still stands as Seattle's most-recognized tourist attraction.... Read More
Well, we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, but the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise – the Space Needle – still 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. At the 520-foot level, the observation deck provides panoramic views of the area's surrounding bays, lakes, mountains, and other points of interest. Just below, at 500-feet, diners enjoy a 360-degree view in the revolving Sky City restaurant. On the way up to, entertaining and comedic 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
- 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 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.