How to Visit the Seattle Space Needle

Cityscape with Space Needle from Kerry Park in downtown Seattle, Washington State
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Seattle's Space Needle has become an icon for the city. Located in Seattle Center, the futuristic structure is a legacy of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The Space Needle provides a stage for many seasonal events, including a fabulous New Year's Eve fireworks display. Visitors can take an elevator to the top and enjoy a 360-degree view from the observation deck. A great gift and souvenir shop, packed with everything from T-shirts to art, is located at the Space Needle's base.

The Space Needle's famous revolving restaurant lies just below the observation deck. Completely updated in 2000 and now called SkyCity, this fine dining establishment allows you to enjoy ever-changing city, mountain, and Puget Sound views as you savor regional cuisine. The restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 206-905-2100 or 800-937-9582, or online. The elevator ride and observation deck visit are complimentary for SkyCity diners.

Location: Seattle Center, 400 Broad St., Seattle, WA 98109
Admission to Observation Deck: $19 for adults, $12 for children
Hours for Observation Deck & SpaceBase:
Monday to Thursday - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday - 9:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday - 9:30am to 9:30pm

Want to learn more about Seattle's Space Needle?
Here are some quality resources:

Space Needle Architecture
About.com's Architecture guide provides this article addressing the Space Needle's design, its many transformations, and the Needle's more recent renovations.

Space Needle 50th Anniversary
The Space Needle, along with all of Seattle Center, will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2012. The special SpaceNeedle50.com website has lots of fun and interesting photos and illustrations of this Seattle icon, both during the 1962 World's Fair and through the years afterwards.

Space Needle - A Snapshot History
Historylink.org, Washington State's premiere history resource, provides this fascinating set of concept sketches, art work, and photographs along with an article that discusses the Space Needle's design, construction, and history. The organization also offers a series of articles about the 1962 World's Fair.

The official Space Needle website