Space Needle
Space Needle
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksObservation Decks & Towers
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
Located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this iconic landmark and observation tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Perch on the glass benches known as “Skyrisers” and gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows, snap a selfie at the outdoor deck, or head upstairs to The Loupe, an indoor lounge featuring the world’s first and only rotating glass floor. Here, you’ll be greeted with 360-degree views of the downtown Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. For a smooth-sailing experience, it’s best to pre-purchase a timed ticket. Space Needle is also a part of CityPASS. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Queen Anne
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  • Seattle Center • 4 min walk
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  • Tara B
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania673 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    So many people told us the Space Needle wasn’t worth the visit and to skip but I don’t know why. We were inclined to skip as well due to the price but we are glad we didn’t. What a cool piece of history and it’s amazing how fast it was built. The views from the top are beautiful and the rotating floor is perfect to grab a drink , relax and focus on the views. They also have a glass floor on the level with the rotating floor. So I recommend you stop and see this iconic attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • MarcMis96
    Arab, Alabama199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Than We Expected
    We visited the space needle on our family vacation through the Pacific Northwest. We honestly didn't think we would be that impressed with it, but we ended up really enjoying it. We went in at 8:15 pm, so we were able to see the sunset. It was beautiful. They sell drinks on the observation level. The gift shop at the end is enormous and has all kinds of stuff. It's definitely worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • NYC Edge
    Queens, New York357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth The Ride / Awesome Views
    If you are visiting Seattle the Space Needle is a must. Sure, a number of cities have a similar such attraction, but, if you get a clear day, the views from the top of the Space Needle are awesome. You may be deterred by the long lines, but, the lines do move quickly and if you wait until later in the day or early evening (like we did), you will likely have hardly any line.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Bill B
    Wentzville, Missouri190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seattle City Tour
    Going to the top of the needle was part of our Seattle City Tour offered by our cruise ship. We really enjoyed it. Our only problem was that we could never connect to the app to download the pictures that we took. That was disappointing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Mike Kowalczyk
    Somerset, New Jersey369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immediately wanted to do it again
    I have to admit that I often scorn tourist traps like Time Square and the Space Needle. Sometimes I am justified, sometimes (as with the Space Needle), I am not. It's obviously a must-do attraction in Seattle, but it is truly an enjoyable and memorable experience. As someone who is enamored with the space age and the midcentury modern aesthetic of the '50s and '60s, this was even more so the perfect experience for me. First off, in the spirit of the space age, I recommend arriving in the transport of the time: the monorail. For a small fee, you get to arrive in style and get what will probably be your first look of the Space Needle as you come around the bend. The Space Needle experience was totally renovated during the pandemic and it shows. Everything looks fresh with the perfect retro flare on signage and decor. The outdoor elevator trip to the observation deck is awe-inspiring, as are the 360º views not only from the outdoor observation deck but also from the rotating glass floor deck one level down. After taking way too many pictures, I left the experience thinking about how I would love to do it again. If it had been a little less expensive, I probably would have!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • PhotoDudeIII
    Toronto, Canada106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You gotta do it if you're in Seattle
    Was in Seattle for a few hours, and did the touristy thing and went up the Space Needle. Yep, it's cool. If you're not afraid of heights, do it. Only drawback was going on a Sunday afternoon and the line-ups were crazy, so beware it might take a while. Once you get into the line-up, it does move fairly fast. Being from Toronto, it was interesting to see how much the CN Tower in Toronto "borrowed" from the earlier built Space Needle. Great view of the city, and many people who were there had gone before, so many repeat visits.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • BBF
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Space Needle
    Definitely worth going up the Space Needle if you never have . No doubt a great 360 view of Seattle. Be prepared to stand in line for 45 min to an hour and that was on a Thursday. Plenty of opportunities to take photos and there are food n beverages you can purchase. I definitely recommend adding the Chihuly Garden and Glass tour also as a combo .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Vonda J
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eyes can’t believe it
    Your eyes won’t believe the view from space needle. All directions amazing. Worth high price but cheaper if go in early am. Might be prettier but we went afternoon. Don’t miss glass rotating floor experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Dawn
    East Hartland, Connecticut5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seattle icon - must do!
    It can be crazy busy, but the story of the Space Needle distracts you for a while as you stand in line. I do love rotating restuarnts, and even though the one at the top of the Space Needle is no longer, you can observe from that location and get a different perspective. It's cool!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Lauren R
    Wynantskill, New York361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes! Must do
    Oh man, what a great experience. For a family of 4, at 10:30 it was a little more than $100 for 2 adults and 2 kids. They have the history in a timeline leading up to the elevators. You will be packed in like sardines in the elevators. There are windows looking out as you go up as well. You arrive on the top and you can walk around, there are different photograph spots that you can participate in and they will attach to your ticket and you can email them to yourself free of charge. You can then go down 2 flights of stairs to the revolving glass floor. This was neat, our boys loved it. No time limit once you’re through the gates. When you take the elevator down, you’ll dump out into a gift shop. It’s huge, a lot of selection and prices are reasonable. We spent about 2 hours here, we took our time. Probably could have spent more time, but we were with another family with toddlers.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
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Christina R
Friend, NE370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a must do stop. View is amazing! I was somewhat disappointed your not able to eat dinner anymore. They do offer a wine and cheese tour but it was booked and we tried booking 3 weeks in advance on a Monday so plan ahead. Also dont skip the glass art museum in the same complex of buildings it was also very beautiful. We got to needle about 11 we had no waiting in line. Make sure you scan your ticket at the spots on the needle you get free pictures. It was a short trip 4 days we plan on going back this summer
Written 15 February 2020
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Sandy D
Bellevue, WA11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I didn't see a way to review the observation deck and the lounge separately, hence the average rating.

The Loupe Lounge: 4/5

Parents and I did the "Taste of Washington" which included a wine flight, truffle fries, and wagyu beef sliders. It was not mentioned that "sliders" actually meant one for each person, so it was a bit of a disappointment there as far as clarity. We ended up ordering more sliders, though it would have been nice if we had been given the digital menu a bit earlier so we weren't cutting it too close to the end of our allotted time. Our server was excellent, friendly and made the experience worth it overall. The lounge is on the rotating glass floor panel so you have views both below and outwards.

Observation deck: 2/5

I'm a 40yo local who has been up the Space Needle a few times throughout my life. The glass remodel is gorgeous. The cafe and selfie kiosks are still there. But gone is everything else. The maps indoors that would show you what views are in front of you in every direction, the wall murals that showed the history of the Space Needle including information about how it was built. They used to have interactive touch screens too, but now everything is empty and sterile. If it was a matter of cost to upkeep, there should be no cost in leaving at the very least the info maps and history bits on the walls. They have taken out all the important information that makes the Space Needle such a special landmark. Because of that, $35 for an observation deck ticket is a ridiculous cash grab. It's like they removed everything else to keep people from spending too much time up there, for faster turnaround.

If you have reservations for the lounge, you already get access to the observation deck without needing to pay a separate ticket for it. This is much more worth the cost if you have the time, money, and are interested in what the lounge offers. Otherwise you could honestly skip the Space Needle entirely, unless $35 for an empty observation deck to maybe buy overpriced Starbucks coffee excites you. There are many other places to get great views of the city along with much better coffee shops!
Written 13 October 2021
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Ellie H
Seattle, WA54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I went up the Space Needle because I had purchased the City Pass which made it more affordable. Without the pass the ticket price alone would not have been worth the experience. The ticket also included a return entrance for the same day after 6:30 PM. II did not take advantage of this as I was alone and I do not walk around by myself after dark in a strange city.
Written 24 February 2020
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BeginsInWonder
Seattle, WA412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
I very much enjoyed visiting the Space Needle and some particular highlights were as follow. They operate safe , staged entry in light of Covid. When you enter there is an interesting information display which really evokes the optimistic, futuristic mindset that spurred its construction in 1962. Then they will take a photo of you in front of a green screen which you can download with your chosen Seattle backdrop on the app for free. It is great that this is included in the ticket price (I’m looking at Seattle Aquarium which charges more than 20 dollars to get your photo). The trip in the elevator is quick and fun if you stand by a window. There is a viewing deck with glass windows where you can see views over Lake Union, Queen Anne and the Puget Sound. Half of the viewing deck is taken up by a cafe and has views over the buildings of downtown and towards the East. Then - and don’t miss this - you go down a floor to the floor which revolves. Part of the revolving floor is made of glass and so you can see right below to the structure of the Space Needle and the plaza, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and flower sculptures below. You’ll want to do a couple of rotations to appreciate the sights below and although it’s not really scary kids will love the glass floor. At the ground again is an ok gift shop with lots of choice. All in all I’m pleased with my visit. Yes, it’s no longer the tallest building in Seattle but it’s iconic and the features like the revolving floor make it really memorable.
Written 7 September 2020
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Iris D
Maryland24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Avoid at all cost. Not worth the hassle especially with rude staff. The Space Needle is extremely disorganized. It took us 2 hours to get through the line with a 6 month old baby in the summer heat. When we finally got to the top, my sister had to breast fed her hungry baby. There were so many people that all the chairs were unavailable. We took a corner stairs so my sister can feed her crying baby. A few minutes later, a staff came yelling at us for taking up space. I explained that my sister is feeding her baby underneath the blanket and if she can give her a few minutes to finish. The staff refused to listen and proceeded to yell at us further saying that the stairs are for old people to use the rails. I looked around and there was no geriatrics needing to use the rail at that moment. Plus, there’s another rail in the opposite corner that people can use if needed. What a disappointment that Space Needle management tolerates their staff yelling at customers. I will never ever in my life visit the Space Needle again. First of all, it wasn’t even that impressive compared to the view from high risers in NYC (One World Observatory, Empire State, Top of the Rock) and the Space Needle definitely cannot compare with the view from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Second, I live in DC and I do travel often and have been to many cities and countries, but every time I visit Seattle, my experience with their locals just gets worse and they’re extremely rude - from the Space Needle staff, to Southwest check in counters and yes, even the drivers are crazy. I would expect this in Europe or even Asia, but not in the USA such as Seattle with every encounter of the local customer service is a disappointment and what’s with all the homeless people? It’s starting to look like San Francisco and Los Angeles. I’ve seen homeless people in DC, NYC and even Paris, but the West Coast takes the cake.
Written 23 June 2020
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My wife and I visited the Space Needle in Seattle on our US trip to Washington State. We enjoyed the 360 view of Seattle and surrounding area. It was busy but visitors were continually moving around so you could see everything by moving too. We went to the top level then walked down 2 floors to the revolving level. Unfortunately one of the lifts wasn't working so there were long lines to descend. The lift operator provided interesting facts and fun commentary and when asked how is day had been he answered "it's been up and down!" Tickets may be purchased either from a manned counter or from the self service machines. Worth a visit plus enjoy the excellent store on the ground floor.
Written 28 February 2020
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Rachel H
Lakeside, CA7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Time your trip to arrive an hour or so before sunset... the line to get in takes a good 45 mins to an hour, even with timed pre bought tickets. Wine bar is more like a roped off section. Loved watching the sunset and then seeing the city lights.
Written 11 February 2020
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sunneyjim1996
San Diego, CA5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have been to the needle three times in my life since the late 70's the only thing about the view that has changed is more tall building. Nothing Special and for this type of "Attraction" we rated it about 15 Bucks, you get nothing and have to buy overpriced stuff. I know I am a retired vendor of Space Needle Corporation
Written 5 March 2020
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cathyd
Jekyll Island, GA2,430 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Very crowded on a Friday. No social distancing and hardly anyone wearing a mask. They give you a free digital photo that you can choose a background on. Good views of the city and the surrounding mountain ranges. Be aware you have to preschedule a visiting time when you buy a ticket and they do check before letting you in. I felt the combo ticket with the Chihuly museum was kind of pricey.
Written 16 April 2022
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47SLS
Southampton, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Not a cheap option but if you’re in Seattle and you want an amazing experience go up the needle an hour or so before sunset and be up there as the sun drops over the horizon. Don’t skip reading the history boards en route. You’ll get stunning views of daylight and then sunset and then the night sky.
If you can, once you’ve done the photo thing grab a drink and seat to watch. The restaurant wasn’t open when we went but we queued a while for a seat at small cafe on revolving floor. Only 5 tables so a bit of a wait (and naturally people not wanting to leave). Got drinks and waygu sliders. Food and drink is expensive but great quality and did I mention the view!. We sat for 90 min whilst it turned a full rotation.
Written 7 September 2022
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