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Space Needle

Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable when you see this soaring slender structure, built as a showpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle rises 605 feet (184 meters), like a beacon towering over the city. Erected in 1962, this unique building resembles a futuristic flying saucer set on irregular legs. 

The views are great, whether you’re looking up at the Space Needle from the grounds of the Seattle Center or looking down from the observation platform. The views are beautiful on a cloudy day and absolutely breathtaking when it’s sunny.

The tower is a comfortable walk of just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) from downtown. Alternatively, enjoy a ride on the Monorail, which leaves every 10 minutes from Westlake Center mall at Fifth Avenue and stops at the base of the Space Needle. Elevators whisk visitors up to the enclosed observation deck in a matter of seconds. On a fine day, step outside and walk all around the outdoor terrace for 360-degree views of the surrounding city. Free telescopes are strategically placed around the outside observation area. To sit and enjoy the views, make a reservation for brunch, lunch or dinner at the rotating Sky City Restaurant at the top of “the Needle.” 

Children in particular will love exploring the surrounding Seattle Center, with its green spaces and great fountain, and carts selling popcorn and rope licorice. The Pacific Science Center, a sidewalk away from the Needle, is a fun place to spend a few hours. Take in a show at the IMAX Theater, or gaze at the stars in the Willard Smith Planetarium. If you’re hungry, the Center House offers an expansive food court and sometimes entertainment.

Browse the gift shop at the Space Needle for all kinds of space-themed souvenirs to take home as a memento. 

The Space Needle is located in lower Queen Anne, about a 10-minute drive from downtown. Parking for a fee is available.  It’s open year round, day and evening.

Popular Activities at Space Needle

There are so many unique ways to get the most out of Space Needle. Here's a list of some of our favorites:

Have a look at our Seattle things to do page to discover even more activities in the area.


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Mediterranean Inn ¥11,125
Mediterranean Inn

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 12,271 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Center of activity Set in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this hotel is 2 blocks from Seattle Center and 1.3 miles from Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle. Terminal 91 Cruise Facility is 1.5 miles from the hotel.

    The Belltown Inn ¥10,341
    The Belltown Inn

    The Belltown Inn

    2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 4,996 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      This downtown Seattle hotel is in Belltown, within one-half mile of Seattle Center, Westlake Center, and Pike Place Market. The Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium are within 0.75 mile.

      Executive Inn by the Space Needle ¥9,871
      Executive Inn by the Space Needle

      Executive Inn by the Space Needle

      200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 2,326 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located within 2 blocks of the Seattle Center, the downtown monorail, and the towering Space Needle, this hotel is a mile from Seattle's world-famous Pike Place Market.

        Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle ¥13,497
        Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle

        Staypineapple, The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle Center Seattle

        300 Roy St, Seattle, WA
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 2,441 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Queen Anne, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, and Museum of Pop Culture. Chihuly Garden and Glass and Space Needle are also within 15 minutes. Seattle Center Monorail Station is 9 minutes by foot and Westlake Mercer St Station is 14 minutes.

          Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown ¥19,853
          Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

          Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

          201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 1,076 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps from Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Seattle Center and Pacific Science Center are also within 5 minutes. Seattle Center Monorail Station is only a 4-minute walk and Westlake Denny Wy Station is 11 minutes.

            Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle ¥13,598
            Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle

            Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle

            2200 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 2,567 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Featuring a funky, modern style, this Seattle hotel is in the hip Belltown neighborhood,5 blocks from Pacific Place and Westlake Center shops. The Space Needle, Experience Music Project, and Pacific Science Center are within 6 blocks.

              Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown ¥18,931
              Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

              Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

              110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 2,129 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown is a 5-minute walk from Seattle's iconic Space Needle, offering unparalleled views of the city from its observation deck. Near the Needle, guests can hop on the monorail and ride downtown, where attractions like Pike Place, a century-old farmers market, await.

                MarQueen Hotel ¥14,605
                MarQueen Hotel

                MarQueen Hotel

                600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 2,417 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Occupying a handsomely restored 1918 building, this boutique hotel is nestled among restaurants, theaters, and shops in the vibrant Queen Anne neighborhood, 2 blocks from the Seattle Center.