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Space Needle

400 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100
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Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA
Space Needle - Seattle, WA


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I’ve been to the Space Needle occasionally throughout the years, but my most recent trip showed a number...


Look, the Space Needle is amazing. It is expensive just to go up and look around. However it's free when you have a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation. You will still pay f...

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As Far as City Architectural Icons Go, Ours is Pretty Good 7/6/2006

In 1962, some people thought that we might live in places that looked like this flying-saucer topped tripod. Many people like the view from the observation deck but some people may puke on their upward ride. Because it is our distinctive civic architectural icon, all new residents are somehow obligated to go up into it, even if you don't like it, so if you haven't, you might as well get it over with so you can tell your relatives on your next family visit. Wouldn't it have been awful if the old King Dome had been our city's 'icon' and people around the world had identified us with that eyesoar? Perhaps that's why we blew it up. But the Space Needle isn't going anywhere (unless you believe those old Lotto commercials) and it probably won't fall if there is an earthquake, because it is build into one of the largest concrete blocks in the world. It's a bit of a tourist trap, but I used to love it as a kid. more

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Space Needle for Drinks 5/24/2006

You might laugh/scoff at this suggestion but don't knock it until you've tried it. There's a decent bar up there and it's hard to deny the kitsch factor. A friend of mine a few years back bought an annual pass to the spaceneedle (can take up to 4 people up on the elevator) for something like $40 (double-check the price). His wife and he would meet there for drinks after work pretty regularly to avoid rush hour traffic and revel in the view. Pretty genius. Go there for a drink and then wander into Belltown for a wonderful dinner at one of the many restaurants there. How can you go wrong? more

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Cha CHING! 5/7/2006

Ok, ok the view is incredible and the restaurant revolves - oh joy! You get to take about a full turn during the course of the meal. But lets talk about the food - the menu is uninspiring and the food isn't all that great, especially when you consider the price, which is outrageous at best. We don't take out of towners here anymore - it's just not worth the price, and if you want the view, just pay the $10 or whatever and go up to the observation deck. more

On top of the space needle 4/27/2006

If it will be nice this place has some great views and the food is really good. We try to take out of towners here. more

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A bit expensive. But would be fun on shrooms. And if you're a seafood fan. 4/15/2006

The space needle is an icon of the pacific northwest, and with good reason. It's big and they serve delicious salmon. Albeit expensive and snooty, typically frequented by the aristocratic elite of washington state, nothing beats bothering them by bringing your trashy loud family there to eat and smash your face against the window going "Whoahb! trippppyyyyyyyyyyyyy" it's quite a fun experience and is greatly enchanced by hallucinegetic drugs. But if that doesn't float your boat then you can always just enjoy the delicious northwestern food on the menu. A good place to eat on special occaisons. more

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Wonderful View -- Great Restaurant 4/14/2006

The space needle is absolutely the most marvelous place to visit while in Seattle. It is gorgeous at night and an outstanding view during the day. The ride to the observation tower is fun too. We have also dined in their restaurant and have also have had group events in their private rooms. Everything is also tended to in a careful manner which always make a huge impression. more

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Great food and experience! 4/7/2006

Even though the space needle is just something to look at and their prices in their gift shop and restaurant are way too high, the food is EXCELLENT! The portions are large and the taste is great. For approximately $38 per person, you get the brunch brunch. I got a glass of orange juice, coffee and water; three types of bread with hazelnut oil, a bowl of clam chowder, Prime Rib with garlic mashed potatoes, and cheesecake in a raspberry sauce. Mmmmmm Good!!!!! more

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Great spot to visit 4/6/2006

If you ever decide to visit Seattle, you must make a stop at the Space Needle. I've lived like 2 hours away from Seattle my whole life and didn't go there for the first time until I was 27. I've seen the Space Needle in movies but it's even more beautiful and amazing in person. You have to wait in line to get into the elevator and you CAN NOT bring strollers. This was my only issue. We had our baby in his car seat/stroller combo thing with his diaper bag and other misc crap in the bottom. We had to leave the stroller there and bring all the other stuff with us. We wish we would have known the NO STROLLER RULE. The ride up the elevator is a lot quicker than I imagined, and the elevator host gave lots of info. The view from the top was amazing. We were lucky enough to be there when there was no fog and we got to see everything. It was a little cold outside but that was to be expected. They have a snack bar up there for food and table and chairs to sit down on. The ride down is in a different elevator that lets you off in the gift shop. This is a great idea except when you have to go all the way around to get your stroller that you had to leave behind. I think the Space Needle is very cool and cant wait to go back. I think next time we'll try it at night:) more

space needle 4/4/2006

The Space Needle is a great thing for all tourists to go check out, I think Seattle Natives would enjoy it too. The views are beautiful and the pictures I took came out very nicely. I didn’t eat in the restaurant on top of the space needle, but I did see the menu and the options were plentiful and the prices matched the space needle (sky high!). The store on the bottom had a great selection of souvenirs and gifts. more

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A lot of Hype, Really Expensive 3/20/2006

So if you visit Seattle, everybody wants to visit the Space Needle. Now it's a great thing to do once, just to say you've done it, but in reality, it's expensive and there's nothing overly compelling about it. It seems more worthwhile to eat in the revolving restaurant if you're going to pay for the ticket up. Do so, and you'll feel a little better about the whole experience, but the food's only mediocre and you'll see that you really are paying for that ticket up anyways. But, it's Seattle, and this is the Space Needle, so you gotta do it once--but just once. more

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Worth going once, but only on a clear day 2/24/2006

It took me a while to go up to the top of the Space Needle...not because I'm afraid of heights, but more because I just figured it'd be a really boring, touristy thing to do. I was able to go when my mother came into town, and surprisingly, we had a perfect, clear blue sky when we went. Overall, I thought it was something worth doing. Seattle doesn't have the architectural skyline of a New York or the majestic views of San Francisco. But being able to see all the neighborhoods, along with the mountains and the Sound, was an experience worth having at least once while you're here. more

Necessary tourist trap 12/14/2005

The first time my native Seattleite spouse took me to the Space Needle I thought it would be a waste of time and money. As soon as I reached the observation deck I had changed my mind. The view is stunning, especially on a clear day around sunset. The handy maps around the observation deck allow you to find your bearings. After this view I am not sure why you would want to live anywhere else. Though I have seen cities more in harmony with their surroundings, the outlook over the bay is almost perfect. The price to ascend to the observation deck is reasonable, though if you are in town for a few days you might want to purchase the Seattle super saver which will save you a few dollars. Lines are long during the summer so be prepared for a wait or visit during another season. more

A Must See Seattle Attraction 12/9/2005

If you are spending your first time in Seattle, you have to see the Space Needle. The view from the top is much more beautiful at nighttime, when you can see the Seattle night lights. The rotating restaurant on the top is very expensive, yet very luxorious. If you have some money to spend, you should try it, as the chefs there are world reknown. more

real fun! 10/17/2005

The first thing I wanted to do when I visited Seattle was go up to the top of the space needle. The views are amazing. You can see Lake Washington, Lake Union, and all of the neighborhoods of Seattle. The staff was great, and the food was delicious! Highly recommended. It is rather pricey, but is well worth it. more

Neato 10/8/2005

The SPace Needle is located at the base of Queen Anne in Seattle Center, next to Key Arena. The charge is around $11 per person to ride to the top. There is a nice gift shop in the bottom where you can buy many Space Needle and SEattle related souvenirs. The view from the top is amazing. Make sure to bring your camera, and if you can, arrange to go during a sunny day (which means that going between September-July is kind of out of the question). When there is cloud cover (again, September-July), you really don't see anything at all. During the summer when the clouds are gone you can see forever. Very nice place for tourists and locals alike to see SEattle and get a nice visual layout of the city and surrounding area. more

Not very impressive. 9/16/2005

When it seems like Seattle has the potential for a much more impressive skyline, the Space Needle feels like a let down when you see its short size compared to other downtown buildings, or the nearby hill in Queen Anne. Regardless, the shape is quite distinctive, and the Seattle Center grounds help make up for the Space Needle’s lack of excitement during the year. more

Great View 8/23/2005

I love the space needle. Yes it is expensive but the view from there with the sun setting over the water is just breath taking. Also, the restaurant is good. We went there for Easter last year and again it was a bit expensive but the food was to die for and the view was exquisite especially since the restaurant turns you get to see all parts of the city. I think it was worth every cent. more

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Alot of money for the view..... 8/21/2005

See, the thing about Seattle is that there are more cloudy days than sunny days. Especially September-July So if you're going to the needle for the view, make sure it's a sunny day, otherwise you're not even going to be able to see your hand in front of your face, much less the views across Elliott Bay. The trip to the top is expensive as well. I believe around $12 - $15 a person. If you go during the clear days, the wait to get up to the needle will be around an hour, just standing in line...... I say skip the needle. Go a few blocks away to Kerry Park in Queen Anne (W. Highland Dr at 3rd Ave W.). This is the place where 99% of all pictures of Seattle are taken. You can see the space needle, downtown, the water, the islands....and for FREE!! more

Go There 8/17/2005

Many others have given the specifics of the Space Needle, so I'll skip that and just tell you my experience. Since I was taking a class from 8:15 to 3:15, I had only the late afternoon and weekend in which to squeeze all the sightseeing I wanted to do. Since I also was by myself, I had to figure out a place to eat that was interesting. I discovered that when you eat dinner at the Space Needle, your elevator ride is included in the price, plus you don't have to stand in line for a ticket. So I did that. My dinner, including tea to drink, dessert and tip was $37.05. At the time, the elevator ride was $6.00 so my dinner was really only $31.05. It was a good dinner, and I enjoyed the view. I found the following information on their website amusing: THE UNEXPECTED * Plans to build a stork's nest atop the Needle were canceled when it was learned that storks could not live in Seattle's climate and would migrate to warmer climates. * The city of Fife, Washington offered $1 million to move the Space Needle to its downtown. * During the fair, private planes that flew near the Needle were reported to the authorities only if they were so close their wing numbers could be read. * There have been six parachute jumps from the Needle; two were unauthorized and the other four were part of a promotion. * As an April Fool's joke a local television station aired a phony report that the Space Needle had fallen over. Emergency phone lines were swamped with calls. The Space Needle received more than 700 calls, even though there was a flashing alert during the entire report telling the audience that it was a joke. One Spokane man even jumped in his car and began driving to Seattle because his daughter worked at the Space Needle. * The Space Needle moved 312 feet SW in June 1987. The move was only on paper, however. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began a 10-year project of re-mapping the earth by satellite. Major structures, such as the Space Needle, were used as landmarks. more
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  • The Background
    The story goes that a Seattle businessman was musing about possible centerpieces for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair when he penciled the needle shape onto a coffeehouse...

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    South-Lake Union, Lake Union