Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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Sky View Observatory takes you to the 73rd floor of Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center, and provides 360-degree views across the city. The observation deck takes you to a height of 275 m (902 ft), offering panoramic views of distant mountains and the vast city below. You’ll enjoy great views no matter what time of day, although clear days provide the best conditions, and sunset is renowned as one of the best times to visit. Use our Seattle trip app to arrange your visit to Sky View Observatory and other attractions in Seattle.
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  • October 4, 2017
    The Sky View Observatory is higher than the Space Needle, cheaper, easy enough to access and provides 360 degree views over Seattle, you can even see Boeing Field, both football stadiums, I could go o...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We went early on a Saturday morning, which turned out to be ideal since there were no crowds. The only negative is the pricy underground parking at the building.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Cheaper than the Space needle, (we pay $ 33 for 2 person), higher than the Space needle, less crowded so more quiet (no noise, people whisper are quiet is really nice), not many people. The view is really beautiful. One bit come several times in the tower with a ticket come in late afternoon. To see day and night with the Sun this sunset. I highly recommend! We stay 4 h observed Seattle from all angles!
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  • July 8, 2017
    We attended a Hoiday party at the Sky View Observatory for my husband's company. While moving to the side of the hallway to make room for the caterers, I brushed up against an uncovered light switch and ripped my dress sleeve. There was a sharp rod of metal just sticking straight out. The protective covering of the light switch was completely missing. It ruined my $150 dress on the first wear and was highly embarrassing walking around that way for the rest of the evening. Luckily it was a $150 little black dress and not a multi thousand dollar wedding gown!! I tried contacting the manager, as did my husband's office. It's been months now and I've yet to receive an apology or a refund for my dress. Pretty disappointing considering how much the company spent to host their party here. +1 star for the amazing view -4 stars for the disappointing experience and lack of customer service!!
  • June 21, 2017
    Found out about this hidden gem through my partner's workmates. Not hugely advertised, which means few people and a nice quiet viewing area. Fantastic value for money, and substantially cheaper than the Space Needle (with arguably a much better view!). Would 100% recommend to all Seattle visitors.
  • March 29, 2017
    The view is amazing from up here. We stayed to watch the sunset which was really pretty. It felt nice and peaceful being up here as there was not many people. There are places to sit which is good and it has interesting information on the walls. I loved being up this high in the building and seeing the view of the sunset and city.
  • March 18, 2017
    Don't get me wrong, being in the tallest building located in Seattle was a pretty cool experience. However it was $14 to enter [plus additional $15ish for parking] which covered using the 2 separate elevators [72 (?) floors in total] and walk around inside the observation floor that had windows. You couldn't go outside, and you couldn't really talk because people seemed to get irate when talking with your friends. Granted it was cool to see Seattle from such a high vantage point, but honestly not really worth it.
  • March 13, 2017
    One of my favorite spots in the PNW. The view is breathtaking regardless of the weather, and there are many visual guides scattered around the observatory that help identify what you're looking at, including history tidbits and diagrams of visible mountains. This place is very special, because when you finally get through the door, it is very, very quiet. The view seems to instill a sense of awe that leaves visitors hushed. For myself, this was the last place I spent some precious time with my mother before she passed, so visiting the Sky View will always leave a poignant impression. A beautiful and peaceful place.

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