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Smith Tower

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Address: 506 2nd Ave, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104-2343
Phone Number:
+1 206.624.0414
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We're thrilled to announce the new Smith Tower visitor experience is now...

We're thrilled to announce the new Smith Tower visitor experience is now open! Experience the world-famous Smith Tower Observatory with its historic Otis elevators, stunning, 360-degree views of Seattle and open-air viewing deck. On your way to the top of the tower, enjoy amenities bound to delight visitors of all ages and explore some of the stories and moments that have made Smith Tower a beloved Seattle gem via The Legends of Smith Tower exhibit. Take your time perusing the exhibit or head straight for the elevator to get up to the Observatory. The journey begins at Smith Tower Provisions general store - a charming spot to sip and snack, browse and shop, or purchase tickets. All tickets include access to The Legends of Smith Tower Exhibits beginning at Provisions general store and continuing through the second and Observatory levels. Providing a glimpse into a time when Seattleites were coming to terms with early prohibition and technology that would soon transform their city, the exhibits take you on a journey through time through the lens of Smith Tower. Linger as long as you like at the exhibits before riding up to thirty-fifth floor Observatory in our historic Otis elevator. The experience culminates in Smith Tower Observatory, now featuring speakeasy-inspired Temperance café and bar. With an intriguing and fun menu offering a pinch of Prohibition and a twist of Asian influence, Temperance pays homage to Smith Tower's rum-running roots and Chinese Room history.

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Wow, my husband and I finally went up the Smith Tower. We have always meant to go and this time we made it happen. This place is a must see. On a clear day you can see forever... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
June Q
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, my husband and I finally went up the Smith Tower. We have always meant to go and this time we made it happen. This place is a must see. On a clear day you can see forever. It is truly wonderful up there. There is a wonderful bar and restaurant on the 35th floor which is as high as... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Jeff More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was recommended a trip here one cold night while I was in downtown Seattle. The building itself was outstanding and in perfect condition the accompanied trip up to the top floor and observation tower was educational and entertaining the speakeasy that resides at the top was a perfect end to a lovely day and with a hot buttered rum... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and the hot buttered rum beverage! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the top to the speak easy where we had drinks and oysters. We got a great view of the city and the water. Before we got to the top we went through a little museum of sorts about the history of the tower and Seattle in the 1920s.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and the views from the Observatory! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

Vancouver, Canada
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought it would be just a skyscraper. Just go up and see a 360 view of Seattle and come down. But it turned out to be a tad more than that. The way the building had its historic prints and I enjoyed the small details in the rooms that they made like the old days. The elevator was a... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and all of the history the building has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Jeff More 

London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Loved our visit to the top and the drinks while checking out the view are a real bonus. We went in the evening and the view was wonderful.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and the amazing views of Seattle by night! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

Seattle
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Had not been to the Smith Tower in approximately 5 years and had some guests in from out of town. We were looking for something unique to show them and I had heard that the renovations of the Tower were great but had not experienced them myself so decided to try it! Gorgeous!!!!! Went TWICE!!! The tour was totally interesting!!!... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your first visit back to Smith Tower in 5 years! For frequent visitors, we do have our Rum Runner's Card, which makes it easy to access the Observatory whenever you want. Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Were curious to visit inside but unfortunately was opened only first floor because the upper view had work in progress to renew the deck. Anyway is fantastic this tower for style and white color in the middle of other modern constructions.

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Estero, Florida
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105 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

My step-daughter & I spent Christmas Eve Eve (12/23) visiting some Seattle sites (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, The Great Wheel). They were all fine, but we definitely enjoyed Smith Tower the most. The building itself is stunning and has great 360 degree views. We were practically the only people there so we were able to settle in with excellent... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and I will be sure to share your compliments with our Elevator Operators. Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

Seattle
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68 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

The self-guided tour was interesting, I'm just not sure it was $12 per person interesting. After viewing the exhibits you take an elevator from the 2nd floor to the top. There is only one elevator (with uniformed and fun elevator operator) for this purpose. It hold 7-8 passengers at a time. We ended up having to wait several minutes for... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review! I am glad you enjoyed the views from the Observatory, but I do apologize that sunset was missed. We do make every attempt possible to pace our guest admission so that the wait for elevator #7 is minimal. Thank you again and I hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely,... More 

Vancouver, WA
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Soooo glad the hotel clerk told us about the Smith Tower! Super awesome, great history, totally nice staff, and super cool bar. Views are absolutely stunning. Service was stellar. History is awesome. Ambience was great. Food was delicious. Totally a MUST DO!

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review and your kind words! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower. I look forward to welcoming you back again. Sincerely, Jeff More 

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