The Seattle Space Needle, the Symbol of Seattle
The Seattle Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair and today is recognized as a true symbol of the city of Seattle. Built to withstand 200 mph winds and an earthquake of up to 9.5 magnitude, the 605-foot-high Space Needle offers amazing views of the Seattle skyline and the area's spectacular natural landmarks like the Puget Sound, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Ranier from its popular observation deck and SkyCity restaurant.
Space Needle History. Completed in April 1962, the Space Needle was built as the focal piece of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair. The tower was orignally the idea of Edward E. Carlson, chairman of the 1962 World's Fair, whose visit to the Stuttgart Tower in Germany served as inspiration for the creation of Needle. The Space Needle was designed by noted architect John Graham, who added cutting-edge features to the final design, including a now-famous rotating restaurant at the top. The Needle was built by the Pentagram Corporation in just one year at a cost of 4.5 million dollars and at the time was the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and almost 20,000 visitors travelled up the elevators to the observation deck during each day of the World's Fair. The Space Needle underwent a 21 million dollar renovation in 2000, adding the SkyCity restaurant, the SpaceBase retail store, and overhauling the observation deck. The renovations also included adding the SkyBeam, a bright beam of light at the crest of the tower that was included in Graham's design plans, but never added during the original construction.
Seattle Space Needle Lodging. Stay at the Watertown when you visit the spectacular Space Needle in downtown Seattle, Washington. Our hotel is centrally located just minutes away from the Space Needle and many other top Seattle area attractions. Leave the driving to us and our shuttle will take you and pick you up from the Space Needle and Seattle Center. The Watertown offers reasonable rates, spacious, family friendly accommodations, Pineapple Cafe on site, and free Internet access for a comfortable, budget friendly stay in Seattle.
SkyCity Restaurant. SkyCity Restaurant is a rotating restaurant located at the top of the Seattle Space Needle. This exceptional restaurant offers a unique dining experience, with a rotating dining room that allows diners to enjoy a world-class meal surrounded by dramatic views of the Seattle skyline, the Puget Sound, and other spectacular natural wonders. The chefs at SkyCity skillfully prepare a mouthwatering buffet of fresh local salmon and other seafood, fine aged meats, just picked produce, and indulgent desserts for your dining pleasure, and the full bar proudly serves fine cocktails and award-winning wines for your enjoyment. Enjoy the convenience of valet parking then ride the elevator up to the observation deck and restaurant. SkyCity is open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and for dinner Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. Weekend brunch is served Sat-Sun 10am-3pm. Reservations are recommended. Call 206-905-2100 for more information.
Visit the Seattle Space Needle. A visit to Seattle isn't complete without a visit to the city's famous Space Needle. Day or night, this Seattle landmark offers the best view of the city and the surrounding area and the Space Needle's observation deck offers views that will amaze and delight visitors of all ages. Ride the elevator to the 520-foot high observation deck for a 360-degree view of the city of Seattle, Puget Sound, Mt. Ranier, the Cascades, Elliot Bay, and more. Swarovski telescopes offer visitors a closer look at some of the city's most popular sites, and informational displays with colorful graphics help you learn more about Seattle and the surrounding area. The observation deck is open Sun-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12am. One trip tickets range from $8-$16, and the popular day/night passes range from $12-$20. Children under age three are free. www.spaceneedle.com