Seattle WA – Space Needle


What? :

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle with its unique UFO-like shape has become an icon and recognizable Seattle landmark.

Located just north of city-center downtown and near the museums area the observation tower is visible from all over Seattle.

From 520 ft high, the two observation decks provides a 360-degree spectacular views of Seattle Skyline, Elliott Bay, and on a clear day the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges.


Space Needle web site:


Where? :

400 Broad St. Seattle, WA 98109

Located for about one mile north of downtown in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, in the Museums Area, just near the Pop Culture Museum and Pacific Science Center.

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When? :

This location is open year-round, check website for exact operating hours.



Due note 1: Observation deck hours vary by season. Operating hours are posted on the website approximately one month in advance. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time as listed in the operational hours.


Due note 2: Price may vary depending on the visiting time, range between 35$ to 39$


Due note 3: Seattle Center Monorail provides connect between downtown Seattle and the Space Needle.


Due note 4: Due to limited parking availability at the Space Needle, we recommend utilizing Seattle Center's nearby parking facilities.


Due note 5: All guests are subject to a security screening upon entry. All bags and parcels are subject to search. Complimentary storage lockers are located near the main entrance.


Due note 6: Currently there is no full-service revolving restaurant at the Space Needle. You can find a bar.


Due note 7: Pets are not allowed inside the Space Needle.


Due note 8: I recommend visit here on a clear day, when it is foggy it is less worth the time and money.


Due note 9: About thousands of people visit here every day during the summer and weekends. Expect the stand in long lines for the elevators and have many people at the observation deck.




My thoughts:

Over the years I visit Seattle countless times, for work and as a tourist, and I went up to the Space Needle only few times when traveling with my kids. If there isn’t too long line, the overall experience, and the ability to view the city from this high building is fun experience for kids and adults.

Some say that no trip to the city is complete without a visit to the Space Needle but I’m not sure this is a MUST visit. You can have other viewing locations, not less attractive, both from other buildings or in other viewing locations in the city free of charge.

For more viewing locations see my blog: Seattle WA – Skyline Viewing Points.




The visit:


As you walk inside the lower halls presenting the story behind the construction of the Space Needle for the 1962 World’s Fair. It was built in 7 months and was never intended to be a permanent structure, but after the World’s Fair ended, they kept the building intact.

Today, over a million tourists a year visit this place, ride to the top of the Space Needle to see Seattle from a different point of view.


The tower have three lifts around the central structure, and they have external windows, so you get to see the view as you are climbing up.

There are two viewing levels, the upper one that has external platform and the lower one with a glass floor. It is the world’s first revolving glass floor.


Once you went up to the upper platform you are allowed to stay as much time as you like in the observation deck. There are restrooms and a small coffee & bar at the upper platforms.


When you are in the upper level you can walk outside to the viewing platform with glass walls. You can find small “gaps” between the glasses so you can take a picture without glass interference.


Take your time, and enjoy the sites of downtown Seattle, the bay and on a clear day also Mount Rainer to the southeast and Olympic Mountain range to the west.

Once you are done, take the elevator done. You will need to pass through the store in order to get out.


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