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Address: 506 2nd Ave, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104-2343
Phone Number:
+1 206-624-0414
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

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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Historic, cheaper and great views!

We did both the Smith Tower and the Space Needle. The Needle cost us over $50 for 3 of us!! Smith Tower was $17.50 plus we had $1 off coupon. Smith was not crowded. It was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 5, 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We did both the Smith Tower and the Space Needle. The Needle cost us over $50 for 3 of us!! Smith Tower was $17.50 plus we had $1 off coupon. Smith was not crowded. It was historic and beautiful. I am so drawn to buildings like this and I'm glad they are still around. The hallway with the elevators is... More 

Thank janelje
East Lansing
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I grew up in Seattle but didn't go up the Smith Tower till maybe 30 years later. Then, we could only peek from the observation deck through the windows but now the elevator deposits you right INSIDE the lovely Oriental Room. This July, my 23-yr old nephew and I had lunch in the International District. I asked if we could... More 

Thank CircGal
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a great way to see the Seattle skyline for a bargain. Be sure to check out the details of the Otis elevator as well as the tile work as you descend. There is also a book which tells you about various buildings on the skyline. Bonus is the dragon chair with mystical wishing powers!

Thank Vicky D
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

I have been to the Space Needle and it is okay, but The Smith Tower is much more architecturally significant, built in 1913 and finished in 1914 it was one of the world's first skyscrapers and at the time was the tallest building in the world outside of NYC! It Has a better view of downtown, the harbor, the Puget... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

This 35 story building has an old Otis elevator that takes you to the 35th floor. Very neat elevator ride. For less then 8 dollars you get a great view of Seattle. The top floor has a high rail all the way around so you can go out the sliding door and take pictures that are great skylines of Seattle.... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

The Smith Tower is a great find. For $7.50 you get great views of Seattle including the Space Needle! The Chinese room is amazing to look around and very peaceful and the guide extremely knowledgable. A wonderful place to see the city in a calm, relaxing atmosphere.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

For only $7.50, you can get almost the same views as from the Space Needle. It's a couple blocks from Pioneer Square. We went on a Saturday afternoon & there were only 5 people there. The elevator was fun- old fashioned, run by an attendant, but modernized so they just hit a button & you go up. You don't get... More 

Thank Cindy U
Pender Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

If you like visiting off the beaten places, this is one of those experiences you should not miss. Even entering the building's main floor lobby and riding up the near century old elevator operated by an attendant takes you back in time. On the 35th floor you enter the Chinese Room and outdoor observation deck. There is a small coverage... More 

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Oak Hills, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

We were walking back from Pioneer Square and decided to check this out. We had heard about Smith Tower as an alternative to the Space Needle. It's a cool old building, and they let us walk around inside first before we decided if we wanted to go up to the top. For a family of four, it was less than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is a delightful and off the beaten path way to get a bird's eye view of Seattle! Wonderful old building with amazing marble walls, elevators and moldings. Walk 360 around outside narrow porch to see the sites. Especially great view of Seahawks stadium.....my grandson loved that! Robin, the lovely woman who gave us our tickets, is a former concierge... More 

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