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Travel Tips

Ticket Booking and Entry

Book tickets online in advance and consider weather conditions. 1

Booking tickets in advance is recommended to skip the lines. 2

Purchase tickets online in advance. 3

Pre-book tickets for a timed entry to avoid long waits. 4

Best Viewing Times

Visit at sunset for a spectacular view of the city. 5

Visit during sunset for breathtaking views. Booking tickets in advance is recommended. 6

Try going around sunset for an incredible view. 7

Time your visit around sunset for a breathtaking experience. 8

Transportation and Nearby Attractions

Use the ORCA regional day pass for transportation and don't miss the original Starbucks store at Pike Place Market. 9

Visit the surrounding museums like Chihuly Garden and Glass. 10

Visit Kerry Park for the best views of the Space Needle and downtown Seattle. 11

Use the Link light rail from the airport. Visit the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. 12

Unique Experiences

Lean out over the city against tilting glass walls and Skyriser glass benches on the open-air deck. Visit The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. 13

Visit the rotating glass floor at the 500-foot level for a unique perspective. 14

Snap a time-lapse video from the elevator for a unique memory. Visit the rotating glass floor for a bird’s-eye view. 15

Dine at the rotating restaurant for a unique experience. 16

About

History

  • ⚜️ The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle.
  • ⚜️ It was privately financed and constructed in less than a year at a cost of $4.5 million.
  • ⚜️ Upon completion, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
  • ⚜️ The Space Needle replaced the Smith Tower as the tallest building on the American west coast.
  • ⚜️ The structure was designed to withstand high wind speeds and earthquakes.

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Architecture

  • 🏗️ The Space Needle's design was a compromise between two concepts: a giant balloon tethered to the ground and a flying saucer.
  • 🏗️ The tower was built to withstand wind speeds of 200 mph and sways only 1 inch per 10 miles per hour of wind speed.
  • 🏗️ The hovering disk of the Space Needle once housed two restaurants 500 ft above the ground.
  • 🏗️ The tower's elevators were replaced in 1993 with new computerized versions.
  • 🏗️ The Space Needle features a powerful beam of light known as the Legacy Light or Skybeam.

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Renovations

  • 🔧 The Space Needle underwent a major renovation called the Century Project in 2017-2018.
  • 🔧 The renovation added an all-glass floor to the restaurant and upgraded internal systems.
  • 🔧 The rotating restaurant's motor was replaced, and elevator capacity was increased.
  • 🔧 The renovation aimed to achieve LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency.
  • 🔧 The Loupe, an indoor observation deck with a revolving glass floor, was opened in August 2018.

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Visitor Experience

  • 👀 Visitors can enjoy a 360° view of Seattle and beyond from the Observation Deck at 520 feet.
  • 👀 The Space Needle offers interactive technology to explore its history and Seattle's sights.
  • 👀 Complimentary digital photo downloads and access to free telescopes are provided to all guests.
  • 👀 The Space Needle app allows visitors to unlock Seattle's secrets and enhance their experience.
  • 👀 The Loupe, an indoor observation deck with a revolving glass floor, offers a unique perspective of the city.

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Events

  • 🎆 The Space Needle hosts a fireworks show at midnight on New Year's Eve.
  • 🎆 The fireworks display was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to various reasons.
  • 🎆 The 2022 fireworks display returned with augmented reality effects.
  • 🎆 The Space Needle has been the site of various events and celebrations over the years.
  • 🎆 In 2007, the Space Needle welcomed its 45 millionth visitor.

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Jumping Incidents

  • 🪂 Six parachutists have leaped from the Space Needle since its opening, with some incidents being illegal.
  • 🪂 Netting and improved fencing were installed after several suicide incidents in the 1970s.
  • 🪂 The Space Needle has had a history of jumping incidents, both legal and illegal.
  • 🪂 BASE jumping from the tower is only legal with prior authorization.
  • 🪂 The tower has seen both authorized promotions and illegal jumps over the years.

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TV and Film Appearances

  • 🎥 The Space Needle has appeared in TV shows and films like 'Life After People' and '10.5'.
  • 🎥 The tower was mistakenly portrayed as crumbling concrete in the TV miniseries '10.5'.
  • 🎥 The Space Needle has been featured in various media productions over the years.
  • 🎥 The tower has been a popular filming location for TV and film projects.
  • 🎥 The Space Needle's appearances in TV and film have contributed to its iconic status.

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Travel Information
📞   Phone: (206) 905-2100
🌐   Website: https://www.spaceneedle.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
🔗   Profiles: Facebook YouTube Instagram X (Twitter)

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