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Seattle Center, Seattle

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, Seattle Center is home to the instantly recognizable Space Needle, Seattle's official landmark. Here, you'll find the International Fountain, a Modernist water sculpture of carefully timed water jets and accompanying music. Travel to the observation deck atop the 184 m (605 ft) tower in 41 seconds via one of the elevators, and take in the 360-degree views of Seattle. Grab a burger at Skycity, the center's revolving restaurant, while watching the busy city below. The center is also home to the Seattle Shakespeare Co., the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and the Kobe Bell. Also on site, the EMP museum is dedicated to popular culture and features the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The complex's Pacific Science Center, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, is home to two IMAX theaters. Work out when and for how long to visit Seattle Center and other Seattle attractions using our handy Seattle travel itinerary planner.
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  • If you're visiting Seattle for the first time, this area is a must. The monorail costs a nominal amount, and it takes you through the city, with views you wouldn't get anywhere else. For the Seattle C...  read more »
  • We had so much fun. I think the best part started with the entrance to the monorail. Met a nice guy in a wheelchair with his caregiver. He was real polite and let me in line in front of him. Saw him l...  read more »
  • You need several days here to take in all the attractions. I had only one day, so my choices were limited. I walked around the Space Needle, really touristy, but this is Seattle. Skipped the Glass mus...  read more »
  • Great place for enjoyment of the whole family. Keep a whole day for the Space Needle, Chihuly glass garden, International fountain etc. Armory, the food court, has lots of options for all. Seattle Children Museum is inside Armory. Many others museums and places of interest are also nearby. Whole day cheap parking $10-12 is available nearby, but better to park in the $15 /day parking in the covered multi-level parking lots also nearby.. awesome summer fun area.
  • Street performers add local color. Caricature artists and musicians sell their products. Great climbing structure for kids and a contemplative (orange) maze are outside the experience music project. Monorail and space needle and Pacific Science Centre are great attractions. Armory is a good location to purchase a variety of food with slightly higher prices than normal.
  • Such a fun fountain for kids to play in on a warm day! This fountain is HUGE and the water changes to the current music playing! Plus you have a cool view of the space needle through the trees!
  • I like the fountain because it will play music in sync with its water display. I also like the center for the giant playground, the armory (always a good source of food) and for the Movies at the Mural on Saturday nights in August. There's always a festival going on, and this always turns about to be a place to hang out and have fun.
  • The Seattle Center is always wonderful and vibrant. Yesterday was the first day of the DOTA 2 competition at the Key Arena, so we shared the venue with a larger crowd than we'd anticipated on a Monday. Between the Pacific Science Center, the theaters, the fountain, and the Armory, we had an amazing day.
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