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Sky View Observatory

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Best spot for NYE

We went here for their NYE celebration. I can't imagine a better place to see the fireworks! Its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sunnyvale, California
Great view and staff! Definitely worth the price

Breathtaking 360 degree view of Seattle! Went on a Wednesday afternoon and found it to be less... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet O
Oregon Coast, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for their NYE celebration. I can't imagine a better place to see the fireworks! Its the tallest building in Seattle with a great view of the Space Needle where the fireworks were set off. Entrance included meat/cheese plates, fruit and other appetizers,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking 360 degree view of Seattle! Went on a Wednesday afternoon and found it to be less crowded and better view than the Space Needle. Unlimited time which was great. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Definitely worth the price!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Janet O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to spend your time for any season or weather. This is a place that the picture changes every moment so be ready with your camera to snap all the photos! If you come during Christmas they have a real life Santa...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank urpeanut
Reviewed December 9, 2018

IF you go to Seattle, you have to consider going up to the space needle for lunch, Rather than pay to ride to the top, consider making a reservation for lunch. That way you can spend an hour rotating around the top of the city...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Giovanni D
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Columbia Tower is a tall but completely anonymous black skyscraper that most of the locals don't seem to know about. Yet this 360-degree sky deck offers by far the best view of the city and surrounding areas on a clear day, it's much taller than...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jrh825
Reviewed November 28, 2018

The observation deck provides excellent view of Seattle city and far beyond. The highest building in the city, Much cheaper than the Space Needle, and probably better views too. We paid $30 for a morning and evening trip up the town and still $5 cheaper...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Neil M
Reviewed November 24, 2018

When I learned this observatory deck was hundreds of feet taller than the Space Needle, I knew where I wanted to visit. No regrets! Beautiful 360 degree views of Seattle and surrounding area. You literally look down on the Space Needle from this location! They...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ron H
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Kind of feels like you’re visiting an office with a nice view - there is no cafe/ restaurant/ bar. Beautiful panoramic views of the Space Needle and Seattle. I believe you get a ticket to re-enter at a later time (same day), which may be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank VictoriaL984
Reviewed November 14, 2018

It's cool to say you were at the highest viewpoint in the North west for sure, and the view is impressive. But it's just the view; currently there aren't any restaurants or bars up there (although one in the making) and feels pretty corporate. You...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank helenCPL
Reviewed November 2, 2018

This has to be the best view of Seattle hands down. Sure the view from the Space Needle is pretty cool, but from this building you get a really nice view of the Needle itself. You also get to see the beautiful mountain ranges around...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Ana N
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October 21, 2018|
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Response from SkyViewObservatory | Property representative |
Yes, we're happy to change the date on the tickets within 12 months of the original purchase. Your friends will also need to contact us before the date on the ticket--so when you're buying their tickets, we recommend... More
August 6, 2018|
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Response from Dawn W |
Hi there! I work box office there, so I wanted to let you know that starting on 9/4/2018, we will be closing at 8pm instead of the summer closing time of 10pm. Because the last elevator goes up one hour before closing, this... More
July 8, 2018|
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Response from 273kevinf | Reviewed this property |
It was a standard ticket but it might have been the time of year, mid-June that we were there. At that time, you could only purchase in person, online purchase was not yet available. I’m guessing with the lower tourist... More
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Carmen G
Miami, Florida
Seattle in just 2 days (11 Replies)
My husband and I will be in Seattle for 2 days before heading on an Alaskan cruise. Will I be able to to do this itinerary in two days? Chihuly Space Needle MoPop Pike Place Market, eat a local restaurant Underground Tour Harbor Tour Seattle Big Wheel Sky View Observatory Please recommend restaurants with local flavor for lunch and dining...casual.
July 13, 2018|
Response fromibgardyloo|
Sure, you can do it all. Where are you staying?
Sky View Cafe?? (2 Replies)
Is there a cafe for lunch/dinner at the Sky View Observatory? I cannot find any information for it. I read on one post about the Sky View Cafe and also a Starbucks in the building. Any info is welcome. Thank you.
April 20, 2015|
Response fromCraigandMolly|
I've never been to the cafe on. 73rd floor, but I want to check it out! The Columbia Tower has a large food court on the 4h Ave level, including a Starbucks. Good international variety of fast food popular with office and court workers in the area. I like it for a group lunch because we don't have to agree on what kind of food to eat. Everyone makes their own. House and we sit together in the atrium.
Kristin W
Shawnee, Kansas
Planning a Trip from Seattle to Monterey, CA (6 Replies)
I am planning a two week road trip from Seattle to Monterey, CA in late July/early August. Here are a few questions for the Seattle crowd: * Should we go up the Space Needle? (I hear it's a huge tourist trap) * Is the Sky View Observatory a better "high" view of Seattle to the Space Needle? * Is there an even better "high" view of Seattle to either the Space Needle or Sky View Observatory? * If we take a ferry, is Bainbridge Island the best option? If not, what do you recommend? * We're...More
May 12, 2014|
Response fromKristin W|
Thanks for the amazing list! Regarding this question: Have you selected a route southbound? Portland, OR? The OR coast? The Redwoods? We're thinking of: I-5 from Seattle to Longview Longview to Astoria Astoria to Seaside Seaside to Portland Thoughts? We'd like it to be as scenic as possible. I am so grateful for all of your help!