Beside's Starbucks, the Main Symbol of Seattle is the Space Needle. The space needle was made in the world's fair in 1962 to showcase seattle as the exposition city and then it became the icon of Seattle. At the top, weather permitting, you can sees Mt. Rainier to the south, the Cascade Mountains to the east and the majestic Olympic range to the west. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River but now overtaken by the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle via elevators that travel at 10 mph (16 km/h). The trip takes 43 seconds. It is also nearby to the Key West Arena and the Seattle Music Experience Museum.
Entrance: Adult: $16.00, Child: $8.00
Observation Deck & SpaceBase Retail Store
Sunday – Thursday 9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:00am – 12:00am
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:45pm
Monday – Friday 11:30am – 2:45pm
Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 8:45pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 9:45pm
If you intend to see the view from the Space Needle during the day and during the night, for just a little extra than the price of a regular ticket you can buy a "Day & Night Pass" and visit the tower twice within 24 hours. The second time you arrive you hand your ticket over at the ticket booth.
Space Needle was built for 1962 World Fair along with the entire Seattle Center.
It is $14 to go up and you can walk around the needle and take pictures of the view of seattle, lake, eastside, university area, queen anne, etc.
Another thing to do is to dine at the top at the restaurant, which will eliminate the cost of entrance fee but you will have to pay for an ok food. While you eat the restarant rotates, so it's a nice experience.
If you have not done so already, you can take a touristy monorail back to downtown from seattle center, it drops you off at Westlake mall
The Space Needle is certainly a landmark and icon of Seattle. When constructed in 1962, it was the tallest building in the US west of the Mississippi River, at 605 feet above the ground. The observation deck, at 520 feet above the city, offers splendid views of downtown, the Puget Sound, and Mount Ranier. At its base is the Seattle Center is a key cultural and sports area of the city with the zoo, science center, several theaters, Seattle's NBA team, and more. The Space Needle is also a major navigational landmark, easily spotted from all directions.
The space needle is definitely touristy.... It's expensive at $16 for an adult to visit the top ($12.50 for military also offer discounts for kids and seniors). At the bottom is one of the city's most crowded tourist gift shops that sells all of your junk from Seattle. Terribly expensive rotating restaurant with meals as high as $65 for steak and crab legs or $46 for cioppino seafood soup. On the flip side, the wine list is actually not that expensive ranging from $35 to $150 a bottle... some fancy restaurants I've visited lately have listed $400+ bottle of wine.
If you dine at the SkyCity Restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, you will receive complimentary elevator ride (with a minimum restaurant purchase of $20). Normal admission to the observation deck costs $14.
We chose the crab cakes and coconut prawns. The food was good, and very filling. And the hazelnut oil provided as a bread dip was so yummy! Much nicer than olive oil!
It takes 47 minutes for one complete revolution of the restaurant. Take as many photos from the restaurant as you can, as the view is better here than on the observation deck (especially when it's raining!)
Reservations recommended. Try and book on a clear sky day and remember to bring a camera.
the Space Needle is a strange building... it was built for the 1962 World's Fair and at the time, was the tallest building in the western united states.. .. it is over 600 feet tall which isn't very tall but it is far enough away from the rest of the buildings in seattle to offer a 360 degree view of all of seattle as well as the surrounding mountains, islands, lakes, and the Puget Sound... you can take an elevator to the top for $15 or for $19 you can take the elevator twice in 24 hours (once in the day; once at night).. it really is worth the view during the day and night because seattle is absolutely gorgeous at night and the mountains are breathtaking during the day.. or if you have money to burn, you can eat at the SkyCity restaurant located at the top of the Needle and watch the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains.. don't worry about requesting a table facing west because the whole restaurant and observation deck rotates a complete 360 degrees every 47 minutes.. you wont even notice you are moving unless you look away for a few minutes and look back to see a slightly different view than you did before..
if you happen to visit the space needle while it is snowing, you'll be suprised to find that when coming back down, the elevator descends faster than snow falls so it looks like the snow is falling up... and don't believe the pictures you see, the space needle is actually hundreds of feet shorter than the taller buildings nearby
The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair. It is one of the main attractions of Seattle, and most visitors like to experience this. It is said to be 520 feet to the Observation Deck.. and takes only 41 seconds to get there.
The SkyCity Restaurant is at the top, and revolves 360 degrees, while you dine, and enjoy the view.
Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know....everyone has a page about the Space Needle.
Despite numerous trips to Seattle over the years, I had not gone up the Space Needle because of the overcast weather. Well, last week the weather was magnificent. We got the day/night ticket that enable a daytime and nightime visit on the same date. it costs only $3 more than the single visit.
The last time I had gone was May 1962, during the Seattle World's Fair and less than a month after it opened. It was, and continues to be, one of my most vivid childhood memories.
You can't take a trip to Seattle without going up the Space Needle. Tickets were about $14 or so for the ride up. Once at the top, you can grab some food or coffee at their snack bars and restaurant. The view is amazing, not as high as I expected, but still a beautiful view.
If you enjoy seeing a view of the city from above, this is where to do it from. Originally built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle is now the defining characteristic of the Seattle skyline. It is actually a bit of a ways from the downtown core, but is easily accessible by transit. The Space Needle is in the Seattle Center area, which also includes the Experience Music Project, Key Arena, and the Pacific Science Center, among other things. $14 gets you a ride up to the top of the needle, where you get the best view of the city, as well as Puget Sound, and on a clear day, Mount Rainier. Well worth the money in my opinion.
the space needle is the most famous landmark of seattle and build for the EXPO in 1962.
i personally think it's a damn nice tower and i was not dissapointed eventhough i kinda knew what it looked like allready.
the area surrounding it has a lot of bars and cafes and it's quite pleasant hanging out there watching the whole scene around it with street artists, tourists and roller bladers.
The most prominent landmark and icon of Seattle is undoubtedly the Space Needle. At a height of 605 feet, the Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World Fair. The Space Needle is to Seattle what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris - iconic. There is an expensive revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, the Sky City which revolves one complete circle per hour. There is a minimum food charge of $30 per guest.
After visiting the Space Needle, you can head for the Science Fiction Museum which is located just next to the monorail station.
The Space Needle is probably Seattle's most famous landmark, stretching towards the sky as it dominates the city's skyline. It was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair as part of a larger complex called "Seattle Center" near the downtown.
Well, I'm hear to tell you that although the Space Needle looks cool from a distance it's kind of a rip off to bother paying the $20 or so it costs to take the elevator ride up. The view is nice if it's a clear day, but it's really not worth it if it's cloudy.
On the lower level of the Needle is a gift shop which sells just about everything you can imagine with the Space Needle on it. It is very expensive. Very. Much more overpriced than any other touristy gift shop I've visited. I went to make my daughter a crushed penny with the Space Needle on it (she collects them) and they wanted $1.25!!!!!!!! For a crushed penny? Usually they are only $0.50, which is still too much.
The Space Needle also has a restaurant which is on an upper level. This may be a good way to see the needle actually. You a get a free elevator ride as well as dinner.
I wish I could've spent more time here and just soak it in. Sure, it's a tower really, but it's one of Seattle's landmarks that's gotta be visited to be appreciated. If you have kids with you, they run a small little amusement park during the summer next to the Needle. There's also the Science Fiction Museum which isn't too far either. It's like a quick 40-50 second ride to the top, not too long at all.
My ascent to the top of the iconic Seattle Spaceneedle took place on an absolutely beautiful summer's day in July 2006. The views of the city and the harbour were fantastic. To the southeast, Mount Rainier was spectacular on the horizon and to the north there was the snowy peak of Mount Baker. The view is certainly worth the long queue and slight crush of the outside observation deck. Guides, stationed around the deck take turns at talking about the vistas at three points of the compass. Once one guide has finished she asks you to move round the deck to the next one. This was a great addition to my experience as I learnt a little more about what I was looking at.
Entrance cost US$14 in July 2006. Be prepared for a long queue in the summer afternoons. It can get a little packed inside the observation level and back down at ground level in the gift shop.