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- took the monorail cuz it was also built at the same time the Needle was, 1961, in a year they built it, pretty cool for back then and still standing or swaying. Built to stand 150mp winds. its worth your timeWritten January 26, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I was here 1 other time in 2009 tbh but I was here in September for a game on fri and sat night killing time while I was in seattle. Nice stadium to watch a ball game in. Good place to watch a baseball game and fun fans there as well on a nice September night.Written November 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stopped by here after the Seahawks game. Great 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Very cool at night. Cheaper and less crowded than the Space Needle. If you can only visit one, do this one insteadWritten January 9, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We just missed fish journey but got to see the locks in action. Went by private tour rather than by boat or public tour.Written January 8, 2023
- I visited to use the computers (I’m 83 days into a 101 day trip and wanted to have a break from my tiny mobile phone screen!).
I am obviously not a local so I simply checked in with the staff and they gave me a guest pass. Everything worked perfectly.Written January 15, 2023
- They opened at 11am and I arrived around 1pm and they told me I was the first person to go up to the Observatory. When I was doing my Seattle sightseeing research, this was not originally on my list as it wasn't very popular with people and no one seemed to really recommend it. People seem to sway towards the Space Needle and to the Columbia Centre.
I was in the area and had some spare time and decided to go up and I am very glad I did. It was very quiet and I only saw two other people during my visit up there. It was so very peaceful and it was a lovely day. The views of the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier were so clear and beautiful. I had gone to Mount Rainier National Park for some hiking a few days beforehand and it was foggy and I didn't get to see the mountain on the drive up and back. I was very glad to have seen such a clear view of this today.
I do understand though why it may not be so popular. The tower isn't as high as the others and you only go up there to get a view of the mountain ranges and a bit of the nearby city towers. You can't see much beyond that. The Space Needle and Columbia Centre obviously offers much more broader encompassing views around the city but I couldn't see Mount Rainier from those observation decks. Maybe it was cloudy. It's just a different view here.
All the staff were very nice and friendly except one rude man which is why I took one star off otherwise it would have been 5 stars hands down.
After I went back downstairs, I wanted to visit the gift shop but I was told by security I needed to exit the building and then enter through the main ticketing entrance again. All good. No issue. I proceeded to open the entrance door and there was a small podium there with a short, chubby man with long hair and glasses. He wasn't there when I came to buy my ticket. He was talking to some other visitors and there was no signage there anyway.
I walked past him and he rudely yelled at me asking me to stop and line up behind the couple he was talking to, and that I am not allowed to proceed further without going past him. Before I could say something the girl who was selling the tickets stopped him from yelling further (that is how far she could hear and how loud he was), and told him that I came earlier. He then shut up and put his head down and when I left he kept his head down as well. Clearly knowing he did the wrong thing and didn't even apologise like a decent person would have. A decent person wouldn't have gone off and yelled at me to begin with when I was not even doing anything wrong.
Even if I hadn't yet bought a ticket and completed my visit, and walked passed and went straight to the girl selling the tickets, what is the problem? You had 1 visitor in 2 hours and including the couple who had yet to buy a ticket, I saw a total of 4 others in a 40 mins stay. There are no bag checks required, nor is there any signage saying you need to stop at some random podium that was not marked and wasn't even manned when I arrived.
What sort of place requires you to present yourself for clearance before you buy a ticket? How ridiculous. It was more the way this guy approached the issue. He could have been polite but he wasn't. To treat a customer like this when you have no visitors and it isn't exactly a popular attraction, the Smith Tower needs to sack this guy.Written January 11, 2023
- I had a packed lunch that I was eating in front of the International fountain. Most of the time it looked more like a dribbler than a fountain, remaining dormant and innocent-looking for extended periods and then, without warning, shooting a stream of water high into the air at random intervals, surprising any people (or sometimes dogs) in the immediate vicinity.
There was playful music playing through the loudspeakers to enhance the effect.Written January 15, 2023
- Visited for grand-daughter's Medical Graduation. Still the fine institution I graduated from in 1958!Written August 22, 2022
- Beautiful cemetery near downtown Seattle. Google maps should take you right to the area. We had no problem finding it.
The inscription on Brandon Lee’s grave is absolutely beautiful and I hope those who have a chance to visit really take in that beautifully written tribute.
Followed both their careers in my life and it is saddening to know such talented people had their life cut so short.
A must see and show of respect to the both of them from fans.Written November 11, 2022
- The Freemont Troll is a fun local landmark. Under an overpass, the troll is fun to look and take pictures. Unfortunately, we when we were there, it was covered in graffiti. I was told by a local that they were painting it the next day to cover all of the marks. Too bad we missed that, but our pictures still came out pretty well.Written January 13, 2023
- This is a nice area which is quite touristy but fun. There are a lot of restaurants (mostly casual dining) and souvenir shops. A couple of those shops sell some unique items which were fun to see. There is also the ferris wheel which seems to be a highlight. All in all a nice place to spend some time.Written November 26, 2022
- Went here for a soccer game and it turned out to be the best experience of my life. Plenty of beer and hot dogs and amazing views.Written May 6, 2022
- Such great views and great price. Nice bar. Lots of history and easy. I'd go again right now, but live here. Just for my guest.Written September 15, 2022
- I’ve done 250 TripAdvisor reviews but this attraction is very difficult to rate due to it’s one-of-a-kind-ness.
I do like that it is unique. It would benefit from an information board detailing the history.
The two other aspects to consider are hygiene and the environment. In terms of hygiene, maybe they need to dowse it with anti-bacterial spray once a day. With environmental concerns, I suppose as long as the gum stays on the wall it doesn’t harm the environment.
To complete the sensory experience, I suggest that some gum-themed songs are played on rotation in the background. ‘Icky sticky bubblegum’ springs to mind. So does ‘Gummy bears’ which technically isn’t about bubble gum but surely we could overlook that.Written January 16, 2023
- Take your time, use buses, eat well. An excellent vacation city. Found the people, sights and services a great pleasure-able contrast to home hustle and bustle. Thank you.Written October 29, 2022
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