The Space Needle is one of the landmarks in Seattle, Washington. My understanding is that the concept of this architectural design was conceived from George Jetson’s home in the Jetson carton.
When it was built in 1962, it was the tallest building (605-foot tall) west of the Mississippi River. The original name of this architectural wonder was "The Space Cage" and the original name of the restaurant here was called "Eye of the Needle" (now it is called SkyCity).
When we went here we had decided we only wanted to go to the observation deck and the gift shop even though there is the revolving restaurant called SkyCity here. Therefore, we purchased tickets for the observation deck and later purchased our photo taken with a backdrop of the Space Needle. The ticket price for adults is $13, and senior price (65 plus) is $11. Youth (ages 4-13) is $6 and Children (age three and under) is free. If you want to go during the day and evening, it has to be done on the same day. For this, the adult ticket price is $17; for a youth, it is $10. Concerning our picture, it was $13 for the first 5x7 and half-price for the second.
Once you board one of the elevators to get to the observation deck, within 10 seconds you will see Puget Sound, 20 seconds Mount Rainier, 30 seconds the miniature looking skyscrapers and in 41 seconds, you are at the Observation Deck. The Observation Deck is 520 feet above the city.
You will be captivated by the sights you will view. The Observation deck has a 360 degree view. You will see various sights. These include the snow-capped Mount Rainier which to the south, Cascade Mountains to the east, Olympic Mountains to the west and Lake Union. In addition, there are barges, cruise ships and ferries that cross Elliot Bay. We took many grand pictures here and there are photo guides near the sights you see so you can identify what you are viewing. Personally, I would bring your own binoculars to see these spectacular sights. But if you have don’t have any you can look through Space Needle’s super magnified telescopes. I think these are set to magnify eighty times.
If you care to dine here, SkyCity serves brunch, lunch and dinner. You can make reservations during the following hours: brunch Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm, lunch Monday-Friday 11am-3:30pm, and dinner Monday-Sunday 5pm-10pm. The phone number to make reservations is 206/905-2100 or 800/937-9582. Your elevator ride and Observation Deck don’t cost you anything if you dine here.
If you want to go to the Observation Deck and SpaceBase (where the gift shop is that is filled with a variety of items, such as adult and children’s clothes, office gifts, collectable items, books, etc.), you can go during the day or the evening or both. The operation hours are as follows: Monday-Sunday 9am-12am. A contact number is 206/905-2100.
The Space Needle is located at 400 Broad Street, Seattle WA, 98109. It is near the Monorail and Seattle Center House at 5th Avenue North and Broad Street.
From downtown Seattle: Start at Alaskan Way and head northwest for .3 miles. Then turn right on Lenora Street, heading northeast. Then turn left on Alaskan Way (via Highway 99, Alaskan Freeway), heading north for 0.6 miles. Then turn left on 6th avenue, heading northwest for 0.1 miles. Bear left on Denny Way, heading west for 0.2 miles. Then turn right on 4th Avenue heading North and you are there.
From I-5: take exit number 167-towards Mercer Street/Seattle Center. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Turn right then left onto Valley Street. Valley Street becomes Broad Street. Space Needle is located on the corner of 4th and Broad.
I highly recommend this landmark site. Not only will you have a great photo opportunity here, but you can also dine, have a scary high elevator ride to the Observation Deck, purchase souvenirs in the gift shop, do some great people-watching, and see street performers at the base of the Needle. There is also a food court and a mall at the base of the Needle.
Parking is available at the base of Space Needle, but we wouldn’t pay the price it was asking. It claims that its valet parking saves time and is convenient, but it is very expensive. It is $13 for the first four hours and then $26 after four hours, with the taxes included. We instead paid $6 for two hours of parking. This parking garage was on the corner and across the street from this Seattle icon.