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Space Needle

Monument / Landmark, Historic Site, and Scenic Lookout
Lower Queen Anne, Seattle
389 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • observation deck
  • landmarks
  • clear day
  • chihuly
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  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaJanuary 12, 2015
    The Seattle Space Needle was opened in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair and is 184 m high. There is a lot more to discover in this city though - let yourself be guided by the Lufthansa Travel Guide! Read more
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerDecember 30, 2014
    Great views. Make sure you get your tix in advance. Make your reservations for the cafe days in advance. Sunset is the best time to visit. Beautiful spot!
  • Crist J.
    Crist JarrettMarch 13, 2016
    Even if you're a local, you've got to visit the top at least once in your life. The views of the city and islands are beautiful. Follow @IsTheMountainOut on Twitter for a daily shot of Mt Rainier!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff S.March 9
    The elevator ride up has glass walls as you ascend to the top. You'll arrive at an indoor/outdoor viewing area providing 360 degree breathtaking views of Seattle,Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Amazing
  • Noel R.
    Noel RodriguezOctober 2, 2016
    Amazing views of Seattle! Do the multi-tickets deal and check out the other attractions around it. Well worth it. Lines can be long but they move quickly so don't get turned off by them.
  • Kaede B.
    Kaede BalazsNovember 14, 2013
    Besides being an observation spot with great views of the city, the space needle is just pretty to look at! It's an easy landmark to spot. Also check out EMP and Science Center right next to it!
  • Viridianne
    ViridianneMay 20, 2016
    The interactive spaces, such as free photos and cam control/viewing, is a great way to engage people. It also means more bang for your buck ;) I love the futuristic feel and art direction.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HomickNovember 16, 2012
    You can go to the top for free! Make a reservation for the restaurant at the top, which allows you access to observation deck for free. Then just go up & leave without ever going to the restaurant!
  • Daman K.
    Daman KapoorFebruary 24, 2015
    Great views from up here! Definitely get a table at Sky City restaurant. The food isn't great but the rotating view on a clear day is to die for!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 12, 2014
    Amazing views!!! Dude, you can just skip the $16- ticket and eat @ the restaurant to get the views & go up the deck after your meal! Not much difference in view except for the fresh air! 👆👍💙⛅☔
  • Sandra L.
    Sandra LozanoSeptember 2, 2016
    Love it! Its a most to visit at the city of Seattle, please visit the restaurant have a less crowded view with excellent food!!
  • Camilla H.
    Camilla HansenApril 16, 2016
    I loved the view, make sure to go here on a day where the weather is nice and there aren't too many clouds. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Al B.
    Al B.March 2, 2016
    Excellent views! But price is really high for just an elevator ride up. If you decide to take this, take it with the Museum as well.
  • Monika S.
    Monika SalitaNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Views at sunset are spectacular, but come early or late if you want to avoid lines. Get a souvenir photo taken before you board the elevator, they're fun to look at upon returning to the ground floor.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WangMarch 27, 2016
    The view is never old. Go there during sunset if it is a clear day or slightly after dark on a cloudy day to get the gorgeous city lights view.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CraigMay 17, 2014
    If the tomahawk steak is on the menu, ask your server to reserve one ASAP. Then look at the menu. They go fast. Best steak ever! Big enough to share.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Must see for visitors and locals alike. Nothing beats then quick lift rode and 360 view at the top. Go in the off season for a bit of breathing space ;)
  • DoubleTree Seattle Airport
    The Space Needle is a must see attraction of Seattle! Take the Link Light Rail next to the DoubleTree Seattle Airport and it will take you directly downtown Seattle! Don't forget your camera!
  • Serene T.
    Serene TangDecember 19, 2016
    At a price of $22 to catch a view of Seattle is a miss and hit. It isn't entirely a necessity because there are of course beautiful views elsewhere. A good view need not be from the top hey?!
  • Jetset Extra
    Jetset ExtraAugust 20, 2012
    Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the Space Needle was built as a monument to science and technology. At the observation deck, visitors can dine at the beautifully retro Sky City restaurant. Read more
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BuchananJanuary 2, 2014
    Bring a coat and go to the restaurant. The ticket up is normally $ why not eat at the restaurant with a $25 minimum and a free ride up. Essentially, $6 lunch for a great lunch.
  • Marilyn F.
    Marilyn FungOctober 1, 2011
    A day/night pass is included in the Seattle CityPass so you can see the view over Seattle by day and also look at the pretty lights at night. Sunset is a popular time to visit.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 8, 2015
    You can pay $19 to go to the top, or you can buy $25 min worth of food at the restaurant for entrance into the sky deck. Don't forget to check out the EMP Museum and Chihuly Gardens & Glass nearby!
  • T R
    T RDecember 12, 2016
    Locals know: the space needle is best seen from places other than the space needle. Don't bother going to the top. The view from Kerry park is much better, and free.
  • Bill T.
    Bill TngJanuary 7
    A must see local attraction for Seattle. On a good day affords a gorgeous view of the city and beyond
  • Victoria H.
    Victoria HarmanJuly 31, 2013
    At peak times, pay the extra $12 for a VIP ticket in the group tickets line. It's the only way to avoid the DisneyWorld style lines. Park in Pacific Place and pick up the Monorail at Westlake Center.
  • Dean N.
    Dean NelsonMarch 24, 2014
    SkyCity Restaurant is the best place to view the entire city and includes your observation deck access.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerJune 14, 2015
    A must visit when in Seattle. Great views from the top. Free photos taken from staff--emailed to you. Parking is not free. Numerous souvenirs.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MayeshibaMarch 8, 2013
    They'll take your picture before you go up and there are kiosks above where you can select a background and email yourself a copy of he picture for free. Fun!
  • Diana K.
    Diana KFebruary 29, 2012
    Great place to go at sunset. Best way to see Seattle. You can also grab the monorail to/from downtown shopping area if you don't want to walk.
  • Laura
    LauraJanuary 23, 2014
    ABSOLUTLY spectacular!! You can walk around the outside deck, come in, have a coffee, listen to some vintage tunes. Very clean and friendly...oh yea, they serve beer
  • Denise F.
    Denise FMarch 20, 2016
    It's a must view, but nothing so incredible to see, try to visit on weekdays because it can get really busy, better going when weather is good.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CraigAugust 9, 2012
    Make reservations in advance for dinner. If you eat in the restaurant you get free admission (saves $16/person)...dinner runs $40-$60/person for a main dish.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SucreseJune 28, 2016
    Lots of fun going to the top. Great views of the city any time of the day. Restaurant is WAY over priced.
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McLeodFebruary 28, 2016
    Kind of expensive... But I mean, you will pay it anyway. You can't go to the Space Needle and not go up. The guys who make the prices know how to get ya. The view is awesome, but go on a clear day
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 23, 2012
    Everyone should go to the top of the Space Needle at least once in their life! Take a jacket and enjoy the views. Turn off your flash though!
  • Mary Claire C.
    Mary Claire CouchOctober 15, 2013
    Go eat in the Sky City restaurant! The floor rotates while you dine, providing breathtaking views of the city and of the Puget Sound
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DoddSeptember 24, 2011
    It is nice to go to the top of the Needle, late in the day to watch the sun set and stay up there as it gets dark and watch the night lights of Seattle light up the skyline. Spectacular!
  • Anna A.
    Day/night pass (you can go up 2 times) is included with the citypass and it's totally worth it! Also, you can email yourself the pic they take of you at no charge
  • Erin M.
    Erin MosowSeptember 16, 2014
    Crowded but fun. Go on a weekday if possible. Don't miss the Chihuly exhibit next door.
  • Caroline K.
    Caroline KimaniJune 1, 2013
    Can't come to Seattle and not visit the needle. I went just before sunset and up to the sky deck and all i can say is the view was absolutely breathtaking to say the least couldn't have asked for more
  • Connor G.
    Connor GarrettAugust 22, 2015
    Honestly, you need to go up here at least once. Show up 30 minutes before your boarding time. Don't drop your phone off the edge when you're taking a photo.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerFebruary 17, 2016
    360 degree views of the downtown Seattle area. A must see if you are visiting!
  • SeattleMonorail
    SeattleMonorailAugust 17, 2011
    Icon of Seattle - great view of the city from the Observation Deck. The gift shop has a nice selection of Space Needle/Seattle themed merchandise.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, this tower isn’t a marvel of height alone. Its elevators travel at 14 feet per second, the same speed that rain falls to earth. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Max W.
    Max Wenneker1 week ago
    Little pricey but worth it. Amazing views. Bathrooms available up top. Went at 10am Sunday and no line to go up.
  • Sahithya B.
    Sahithya BaskaranAugust 4, 2013
    The 360 views are great but the cruise offers better photo ops and an unobtrusive view of the city skyline compared to the needle.
  • Kristine G.
    Kristine GelsanoNovember 19, 2014
    A visit to Seattle just isn't complete without a trip to the Space Needle. Journey skyward for amazing views, fine dining and an experience I will never forget.
  • Transitions® lenses
    Transitions® lensesApril 18, 2012
    Seattle’s Space Needle is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Take a ride up and see the entire city, and more, from the top of this iconic tower! #seemoresights
  • veronique @ ..
    From a distance, it looks like a flying saucer on a tripod, and when it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, the 605-foot-tall Space Needle was meant to suggest future architectural trends.
  • Phillip W.
    Phillip WalkerDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Instead of going up to the observation deck you should book a lunch at the SkyCity and enjoy the view with lunch!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGJanuary 25, 2015
    Buy your tickets online to save a couple of bucks. They also have deeply discounted deals if you buy joint tickets with the Chihuly Exhibit.
  • Diana P.
    Diana PJuly 1, 2013
    Make sure you visit the Collections Café in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum at the base of the Space Needle.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeMay 30, 2016
    Beautiful views! Buy online and choose an early or late time to save a good amount of money.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    Make sure you visit the Collections Café in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum at the base of the Space Needle.
  • Karina V.
    The guy who sold me the ticket was kind of rude, other than that a good experience, if you can't go you don't miss that much.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing views of Pugent Sound as well as the montains and the city. A must-do, especially on a clear day.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GattoOctober 30, 2014
    Awesome views of the city. Definitely worth the $22 price tag.
  • B W.
    B WadeAugust 12, 2010
    Instead of paying the pricy fee to go to top, enjoy it from below. Great picture op when sitting at the mural near the center house. More impressive than actual view from top.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranMarch 2, 2015
    Try to go during sunset. With the city pass ticket, you can go up twice in one day!
  • Sonny D.
    Sonny DatoyJuly 15, 2014
    if you're buying the combo tix, skip the long lines and go around the corner to the chihuly entrance- where a super lonely kiosk awaits
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgMarch 20, 2016
    Please don't stand in the boarding line earlier than your ticket time. The staff will make you leave and you'll be holding up the line for others
  • Johnathan F.
    Johnathan FreemanJuly 31, 2014
    Buy your ticket online and skip the line. Bought tickets in 1 minute online when the line to wait for tickets was about 45 minutes
  • Sanjay G.
    Sanjay GuptaApril 28, 2010
    It is a magnificent view, but I recommend bringing a sweater because it can get pretty windy up on top. In addition, if you want a snack, I recommend the clam chowder, which is homemade daily. Read more
  • Hector K.
    Hector KokubunjiJanuary 1, 2015
    Great place, be sure to arrive early, visits are timed and you will get a late entrance time if you don't.
  • Christopher B.
    A classic relic of space age Utopian aspirations, kept relevant as a figurehead for the evolving city around it.
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 7, 2012
    <3 Our 1st Time To The Space Needle For Our 3rd Anniversary <3 Go To The Top On The Observation Deck & Watch A GORGEOUS Sunset Over Seattle <3
  • Victoria A.
    Victoria ADecember 28, 2012
    Go up 30 minutes before sundown to see the city from above in both daylight and the city lights at night by hanging out while the sun goes down!
    LAMPS PLUSAugust 17, 2011
    The Space Needle Skybeam shines skyward from the top of the tower on special occasions. It's powered by lamps that total 85 million candela that can be seen up to 30 miles away!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenDecember 9, 2011
    Despite some bad reputations, I've dined there many times to much delight. The salmon and crab cakes are out of this world.
  • McKenzie B.
    McKenzie BolinAugust 2, 2016
    Get there early and you may be able to walk right up! Great view of the city and cool experience
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 15, 2014
    July clear-sky views from the observation deck are fantastic! Seattle truly sparkles like a gem.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzSeptember 22, 2014
    The views are as cool and nearly as iconic as the tower itself. The operation is starting to feel archaic however.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DickenApril 25, 2012
    It takes a little under three hours to walk to the Space Needle from the Northgate Mall at a leisurely pace. Definitely worth it tho, this thing is tall!
  • B N.
    B NashJune 17, 2016
    In 1999 an 85 million candela beam pointed skyward was added that is activated around a dozen nights year, an homage to the official 1962 World's Fair poster.
  • A G.
    A GhoulscoutJune 30, 2015
    Purchased Seattle City Pass - worth cost of admission to a few locations!
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a sweater, and go a little bit before sunset to see Seattle by day and night ;)
  • LC
    LCApril 27, 2013
    Be sure to say hi to elevator operator Aisha, the single RUDEST employee we've EVER met at a tourist attraction. Nice job!
  • Matt F.
    Matt FerrariAugust 1, 2016
    Beautiful views, even if you don't go up. Restaurants and rides for kids surround the area.
  • Gabriela A.
    Gabriela AlonzoApril 4, 2016
    Excellent choice to check out Seattle's skyline and surroundings.
  • Zhanna D.
    Zhanna DOctober 18, 2012
    Go after 5 just when the sun is about to set so you get both the day view and the night view in one trip! Awesome!
  • courtney s.
    courtney schielaJune 4, 2015
    Cool views. Definitely get a reservation for the restaurant, we didn't and totally regret it.
  • Darcy C.
    Darcy CheeriosAugust 4, 2013
    A very unique building that was built for the World Expo. Great sights from the top and one of Seattle's landmarks
  • Jennifer
    JenniferApril 11, 2013
    Love being home. That is why we call it the Space Needle of Joy. Makes ya smile all the time.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RogersAugust 9, 2014
    Bring a professional camera for some night shots of Seattle with a long-exposure! Beautiful!
  • Meghan E.
    Meghan EmeryAugust 30, 2011
    If it's a sunny day, try and get up to the observation deck just before sunset. Amazing pictures.
  • Magnus V.
    Magnus VojbackeJuly 22, 2016
    Come at sunset! Enjoy the scenery, but there's no need to stay for beers, there are better places for that.
  • Bob C.
    Bob CareyMarch 7, 2015
    Very cool observation deck a bit pricey for all the attractions in the area. But ride the monorail
  • Waffles
    WafflesJuly 15, 2014
    Download the Space Needle app on their free WiFi. Check out the large space spots on the floor.
  • Cameron A.
    Cameron AubernonDecember 7, 2015
    If you're a King County resident, present your ID at the ticket counter to receive the King County discount: $17 instead of $22, plus tax.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HeadrickApril 11, 2015
    It's worth going up, especially on a clear day!
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraMay 2, 2016
    You have to do it once :) soo not cheap, nice view
  • Tony G.
    Tony GilbertDecember 23, 2011
    Got a little weak in the knees on the elevator, but was "okay" at the top. If you go on a day with good weather, be prepared to wait in line for quite a while.
  • Erin H.
    Erin HowarthJanuary 2, 2012
    Get the Seattle City Pass. It includes two tickets to the top of the Space Needle: one for the daytime and one for the night time.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SOctober 18, 2013
    Get here just before the sun goes down and then you get best of both views. HOLLA!
  • Rockwell H.
    Rockwell HunterJuly 14, 2013
    It's not amazing, but it's interesting. Everyone should do it on their trip to Seattle. Be sure to buy the combo ticket with the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
  • Kate N.
    Kate NeschkeDecember 19, 2011
    The salmon is OUT of this world! The staff amazing at truly making a night special!
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CraneMay 18, 2013
    If you're dining, try the Lunar dessert! It's got dry ice and quite the presentation!
  • Roaa
    RoaaJuly 5, 2013
    Go early in the morning its quite and relaxing , send ur photo by email to urself and friends. .
  • Keith C.
    Keith CourtneyAugust 20, 2011
    There is a great picture spot across the amphitheater near the entrance to the Pacific Science Center.
  • Pablo Ariel D.
    Pablo Ariel Di LoretoNovember 7, 2014
    Una vista hermosa. Les recomiendo ir cuando esta atardeciendo porque pueden ver tambien el anochecer de la ciudad. Arriba hay para tomar y comer, y al hacer frio afuera un cafe nunca viene mal :-)
  • Lore M.
    Lore Méndez3 weeks ago
    Que vista increíble de la ciudad desde las alturas! Dedícale un atardecer para fotos increíbles. Los souvenirs son muy bonitos.
  • Karla G.
    Karla Garza-GarciaJuly 10, 2013
    Si vas en grupo aprovecha el precio especial. Si eres de los que gustan de comprar recuerdos a tus amigos hay un área especial con rebajas y alcanzas para todos. :)
  • Zodiac C.
    Zodiac CarpioMarch 21, 2013
    Aparte de tener una arquitectura increíble, la vista de Seattle es espectacular... Sitio obligado para visitar... Altamente recomendable
  • Pablo Ariel D.
    Pablo Ariel Di LoretoNovember 15, 2014
    Espectacular vista! Ir a la tardecita, asi pueden ver el atardecer y el anochecer. Impresionante la vista y el viento, subir abrigado!
  • Eduardo M.
    Eduardo MartinezJune 8, 2015
    La vista es extraordinariamente buena, pero la cena en el Sky City Restaurante es lo mejor, el postre "Orbit" espectacular!!!
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