Space Needle

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Space Needle
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Seattle’s “must see” is now a “must do” following the Space Needle’s multimillion-dollar renovation. Glide onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and the city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air deck and float over Seattle on one of 24 angled Skyriser glass benches. Sip and sample the Pacific Northwest’s best while savoring the thrilling views. The future. Now open.
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  • Seattle Center • 4 min walk
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ690 contributions
Aug 2019
The Space Needle is obviously a must see location whenever visiting Seattle. It not only is a great addition to the Seattle skyline but it also provides some of the best views of the city and surrounding Pacific Northwest. Much like any other attraction you will need to purchase tickets to go.Tickets are sold based on the time frame that you'd like to go up which helps to make sure it won't be too overcrowded but make sure you get your tickets in advance to avoid missing out. They can range from $27-$37 with cheaper options in the early morning or after sunset. The busiest time to go is during sunset so be sure to buy tickets for at least 45 minutes before sunset. The reason why we recommend that time frame is to account for the time that will be spent waiting in line to get up and get a good spot. Once up there they have an indoor and outdoor section that have floor to ceiling glass that allows you to still see everything. There is also a small shop that sells some basic food and drinks in case you'd like something to hold you over while up there. If you'd like to sit down for a while there are also a handful of places to sit but they are usually taken up so you'll need to be quick to save a spot especially when waiting for sunset. Because there is glass outside it can cause some undesirable reflections and glares when taking photos so just keep that in mind when taking photos. From up here you can also get some great views of Mt Rainier on clearer days which adds even more to the landscape. When we went we didn't get to see the new glass floors put in but hope to be back again to get to see it all again!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written July 21, 2020
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Shopping Bag
Anchorage, AK6 contributions
Apr 2022
It might be very pedestrian to visit the Space Needle when in SEA, but after a couple decades of visiting this city my enjoyment of the Space Needle has not waned! The price has gone up significantly during that time, but the thrill of seeing the world from 600-ft. up hasn't been diminished by those increases. The addition of the see-through glass floor was ingenious and always my favorite part of the experience.
Written April 22, 2022
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL2,826 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I visited the Space Needle during a solo trip to Seattle in September 2020. It’d been almost 15 years since my previous visit.

Overall, I had a nice time. On the ground, the COVID-19 protocols were excellent: timed entry (buy online in advance, which was easy), strong cleaning protocols (some of which seemed theatrical, honestly, but good for the Needle for taking it seriously), spacing in-line, limited capacity on elevators, etc. However, the top of the Needle was a bit of a social distancing nightmare: even with timed entry, there were a lot of people in a small space. Masks were, at least, required, and people were being mindful about it.

Obviously, try to visit on a nice day. The weather was perfect for my visit, and the views of the region are spectacular! I do wish that the viewing platforms had a few more information panels, however, about the geography of the area and landmarks to look for in the views. While the views were great, it wasn’t very educational.

The lower level of the top, which used to be a restaurant, has been converted into a viewing deck (entirely enclosed, unlike the top level). It still rotates, and much of the floor is transparent. That was cool and there were some great photography opportunities. Lines for elevators back down, however, were loooonnng.

The ground level featured a couple of interesting exhibits about the Needle’s construction (viewed primarily while waiting in-line) and a large gift shop with typical souvenirs but also some nice items featuring the Pacific Northwest.

The area around the Space Needle, Seattle Center, is really nice and worth visiting on its own—a lovely park, the fantastic Chihuly gardens and glass, etc. I’d plan extra time to explore that area beyond your visit to the Needle itself.

Getting to the Needle was very easy; I bought a round trip ticket on the monorail that runs from downtown, where I was staying. Monorail staff were diligent about masks and social distancing, and it felt very safe. It was great to not have to worry about parking.
Written October 17, 2020
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cathyd
Jekyll Island, GA2,030 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Very crowded on a Friday. No social distancing and hardly anyone wearing a mask. They give you a free digital photo that you can choose a background on. Good views of the city and the surrounding mountain ranges. Be aware you have to preschedule a visiting time when you buy a ticket and they do check before letting you in. I felt the combo ticket with the Chihuly museum was kind of pricey.
Written April 16, 2022
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Sandy D
Bellevue, WA11 contributions
Oct 2021
I didn't see a way to review the observation deck and the lounge separately, hence the average rating.

The Loupe Lounge: 4/5

Parents and I did the "Taste of Washington" which included a wine flight, truffle fries, and wagyu beef sliders. It was not mentioned that "sliders" actually meant one for each person, so it was a bit of a disappointment there as far as clarity. We ended up ordering more sliders, though it would have been nice if we had been given the digital menu a bit earlier so we weren't cutting it too close to the end of our allotted time. Our server was excellent, friendly and made the experience worth it overall. The lounge is on the rotating glass floor panel so you have views both below and outwards.

Observation deck: 2/5

I'm a 40yo local who has been up the Space Needle a few times throughout my life. The glass remodel is gorgeous. The cafe and selfie kiosks are still there. But gone is everything else. The maps indoors that would show you what views are in front of you in every direction, the wall murals that showed the history of the Space Needle including information about how it was built. They used to have interactive touch screens too, but now everything is empty and sterile. If it was a matter of cost to upkeep, there should be no cost in leaving at the very least the info maps and history bits on the walls. They have taken out all the important information that makes the Space Needle such a special landmark. Because of that, $35 for an observation deck ticket is a ridiculous cash grab. It's like they removed everything else to keep people from spending too much time up there, for faster turnaround.

If you have reservations for the lounge, you already get access to the observation deck without needing to pay a separate ticket for it. This is much more worth the cost if you have the time, money, and are interested in what the lounge offers. Otherwise you could honestly skip the Space Needle entirely, unless $35 for an empty observation deck to maybe buy overpriced Starbucks coffee excites you. There are many other places to get great views of the city along with much better coffee shops!
Written October 13, 2021
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Jessica S
Granada, Spain17 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
It was more fun than I thought I would be, I think worth the price if you stay for an hour or so, you can get wine and snacks and take a bunch of selfies on a nice day all around the tower with the glass floors and walls. I appreciated there was a level with open air to take advantage of the nice weather. Lots of families and tourists, but still was fun to see the views of everything from Mount Rainier to the city to the water with wine in hand.
Written April 29, 2022
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amberdaniels
Torrance, CA64 contributions
Sep 2021
I know this experience does not need another positive review, but I recommend going to the Space Needle around 6:30pm! You will be able to see the views during the day, for sunset, and the night lights. We expected to have to leave before it was dark, but you are able to stay and don't have to buy the new ticket for night views. The restaurant is closed, but you can go downstairs to the moving platform for views inside.
Written October 5, 2021
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA784 contributions
May 2022
As one of the most notable observation towers in the world, the Space Needle is a must visit on reputation alone. The price is a little high for what it is, but you can roll it into a few combo tickets if you are visiting other attractions in the area. For the price of admission, you'll get a glass door elevator ride up and down, an outdoor walk around the observation deck, and a rotating glass floor on the level below the observation deck. The view from the top is alright. Seattle isn't exactly an iconic skyline. The views of the water and distant mountains are more interesting than the skyline. The rotating glass floor is a quality gimmick and the Needle tough to pass up given its draw. If you missed it though, I can't say you;d be missing a must do attraction.
Written May 8, 2022
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Kralahome
Orlando, FL86 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Advance reservations are not necessary, simply visit when the weather is clear. Beautiful views of the downtown Seattle skyline, Lake Union, and Elliott Bay. The glass revolving floor is fun for taking pictures. Do not miss the overpriced cafe: not only does it have the best views, but it is the only area where you can remove your facemask to take a picture.
Written August 30, 2020
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Nena L
13 contributions
Dec 2021
Don't let anyone tell you it's not worth going up on the Space Needle! You get amazing 360 views of the city (day or night) and the revolving glass floors are a super unique and worthwhile experience. Take your time while you're up there! If you're able to grab a seat to enjoy the view, do so. You won't regret it! Plus, take advantage of any deals or coupons you may find to get tickets at a discounted rate. While we were there, they had a buy one get one free ticket coupon you can find at Top Pot Doughnuts locations.
Written December 28, 2021
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