The Seattle Space Needle is to Seattle's skyline as the Empire State Building is to New York City. Iconic and futuristic in design, the Space Needle has been one of the most popular attractions in the Emerald City since its construction for the 1962 World's Fair. The structure proudly stands 600 feet over the city, offering not only some of the best views of Seattle, but also some of the best food in the city. The Seattle Space Needle also offers the Skyline Banquet Facility 100 feet above ground and available to rent for parties and special occasions.
A 43-second ride in a glass-enclosed elevator lifts riders 520 feet above ground to the observation deck. A wide vantage point of Mount Rainier in the South, the Cascade Mountains in the east, and the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west make the Seattle Space Needle the best lookout in the city. Take advantage of complimentary telescopes to explore the skyscrapers and buildings of downtown Seattle, as well. Don't miss the Space Needle's SkyQ computers, interactive programs that further explore Seattle, its surrounding areas, and its residents. The observation deck also offers the SpaceBase gift shop, and a commemorative photo of your Space Needle experience is included in the price of each admission ticket.
The Space Needle restaurant, called Sky City, is one of the best places to eat in Seattle. Renowned for its delicious preparation of local specialties, Sky City combines fine dining with panoramic vistas. The most unique characteristic of the Space Needle restaurant is its rotating floor. The circular dining room revolves 360-degrees around the core of the Space Needle, allowing diners to enjoy every perspective of the Space Needle's view from the comfort of their table. A full revolution takes 60 minutes. When dining at Sky City, indulge in northwest specialties, such as wild king salmon, northwest beef, and fresh local berries. Enjoy a taste of history with the Lunar Orbiter ice cream dessert, served on a steaming bed of dry ice since the original world's fair in 1962. The elevator ride and a stop at the Observation Deck are complimentary to guests of the Space Needle restaurant.