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Space Needle, Seattle

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Enjoy panoramic views of Seattle and the surrounding water from 184 m (605 ft) in the air at Space Needle. A symbol of the city since it was built for the World’s Fair in 1962, the tower features a 360º observation deck. Ride the elevator to the top for unobstructed views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay, and the surrounding islands, before stopping for a meal at the rotating SkyCity restaurant. Take a jacket with you when visiting the tower, as the observation deck is known for windy conditions. Plan your visit to Space Needle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Seattle road trip tool .
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  • This is one of those place that has to go, I have to go! The view from the top is very nice, the Centre spins 360 degrees and lasts 44 minutes. There's a restaurant at the top which serves snacks and beers. The best time is at sunset, but it is a bit cramped. The feeling is amazing.
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  • The Space Needle has been updated, and it is the best view in Seattle. The new observation deck with the tilted glass panels allows you to see everything! Take a seat on one of the benches and feel li...  more »
  • I was anxious to see what the view looked like with the new floor-to-ceiling plexiglass viewing area. It was amazing to walk out onto the platform and see the expansive view. The clear plexiglass seat...  more »
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  • Iconic. Still graceful after 56 years. Worth the price just to ride the elevator up to spectacular 360 degree views. The rotating glass floor, which will be part of the restaurant, is amazing. The staircase between the observation and restaurant decks is cool. The remodel is stated to be 95% complete, but the missing 5% is very apparent as the restaurant is noticeably absent, and definitely needed, to complete the Needle experience. The gift shop at the bottom extends around the base and offers a large variety of Space Needle items that are nice but generally pricey. I was a kid the last time I went to the top of the Needle and the new, updated version is worth experiencing. When the restaurant is open and the small detail work is completed, this will be a 5 star experience.
  • The most amazing views can be found at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle! On one side you can see the Seattle City skyline and from the other, the beautiful Puget Sound. We went at Sunset and it was absolutely breathtaking! I loved watching the Ferry's traveling through the water. There are glass benches that are leaning slightly back and give the illusion you're sitting over the city! On the 3rd floor down from the observation deck, there is a rotating glass observation floor, the kids loved it!
  • Such a fun touristy thing to do. The line was long but moved quickly, we probably waited a total of 30 minutes before getting to the elevators. There is a fun hallway you walk through before getting to the elevators that shows the history of the process of building the needle. The elevators go surprisingly fast- I think it was 40mph and you're at the top in no time. Earlier in 2018 the lower level of the observation deck was replaced with a rotating glass floor. So cool. It's a great activity and a beautiful way to see all of Seattle.
  • I’m lucky enough to get to work at a place most say is a “once in a lifetime” experience. It’s truly the most beautiful view. The renovation is remarkable. You’d be surprised how many travel from all over just to visit the Space Needle but also how many locals who’ve been here for years but have never been up! It’s worth it, day or night. Both views are a totally different experience but I think my favorite is at nighttime. The city lights, shine bright. It never gets old.
  • The preeminent icon of Seattle, and newly remodeled, the Space Needle is a fantastic attraction for tourists and locals alike. I was lucky to come after the restaurant level (which now has a stunning glass floor) had been completed, but before they had installed the tables and fixtures for the restaurant itself. It was awesome! I will admit that it would be terrifying for those who are afraid of heights, but it was an excellent view of Seattle and particularly of the many attractions that Seattle Center has to offer. The facade, entryway, gift shop, and integration with the monorail have all been tastefully redone in a semi-futuristic style with the heart of the original design in mind. Depending on how you plan your night, this is a great stop for kids or date nights. I'm looking forward to coming back during daylight hours!
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