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“Great view at reasonable cost”
Review of Smith Tower

Smith Tower
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The Legends of Smith Tower - Observatory Access - Adult Ticket
Ranked #36 of 440 things to do in Seattle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enjoy Smith Tower like you've never seen it before. Immerse yourself in new exhibits that take you on a journey through the past one hundred years. Make your way to the top of the tower for an amazing vantage point from the Observatory, including an open-air deck that will give you 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond. Then take a moment to indulge in a Prohibition-inspired craft cocktails and shareable plates with a group of friends or your loved ones. And don't forget to make a wish in the Wishing Chair. It's the perfect selfie to post of your visit to Smith Tower.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great view at reasonable cost”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

Old manual elevator takes you to the top; great 360 degree views without glass to obstruct views including bay, downtown, Mt Rainier, Cascade Mountain Range, the Needle and more; reasonable cost of ~$8; recommend going at sunset

Visited August 2011
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“Worth a Look”
Reviewed August 28, 2011

The good thing about the view from the Smith Tower is that its much less crowded than the Space Needle and much cheaper as well. The gorgeous marble lobby leads you to the brass and copper decorated elevator, complete with attendant to get you to the 35th floor where you come out into the stunning Chinese Room. The observation deck wraps around the building so you get 360 degree views and at only $7.50, its good value. If you do the Underground Tour first, you get in for just $6.

Visited July 2011
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“Smith Tower worth the visit.”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Missssippi for nearly 50 years. The observation deck of this 1910 building offers views of downtown Seattle, the stadium complex, Elliott Bay and Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. The Space Needle from this perspective is framed within the Seattle skyline. The tower is cheaper and less crowded than the Space Needle. It is worh the visit if you are in the Pioneer Square.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

Great views and a beautiful building, but I t would have been nice to hear more of the history and to have seen one of the regular floors.

Here's a tip: If you are going to do the Smith Tower and the Underground Tour, do the Smith Tower first as you get a bigger discount for the Underground Tour from Smith, than you do for the Tower from the Underground Tour.

Visited August 2011
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“The View of the city is fabulous!”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

We were there on a beautiful day and had the place to ourselves near closing. Not only is the view wonderful but the beautiful lobby and the elevator service are extra special touches worth the trip...you get a dollar off the admission price if you did the Underground Door down the street.

Visited August 2011
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