The ultimate symbol that you have arrived in Seattle. Built in 1962 for the World's Fair. Take the elevator to the top and see incredible views of the entire city and the gorgeous Puget Sound.
When I visited Seattle as a child, the Seattle Space Needle was certainly a thrill! I recall being both terrified and excited to venture to the top of the structure on the eve of our arrival. One of my favorite things about family travel is the obstacles that one can overcome when you participate as a group. And one thing is for sure; my fear of heights was both challenged and overcome in Seattle.
On our most recent visit, my kids were equally thrilled and overwhelmed by their ascent 520 feet in the air to the Observation Deck (the top of the needles stands at 605 feet!). My three-year-old was quite intimidated by the height of the structure and chose to not go up on our first trip.
The elevators to the top are part of the thrill; the 43-second ride in a glass enclosed elevator takes you to the top where you can enjoy the SkyCity (revolving) Restaurant, 360 degree views of the Seattle skyline and harbor, complimentary telescopes, land markers, and interactive SkyQ kiosks to play and discover on.
You'll have access to free photos of your journey available to download or post directly to facebook, all included with your admission.
If you use the Seattle CityPASS you actually get two trips to the top, which was perfect for my family as our toddler decided to join our group the second time around. (She stayed safely with dad on our first venture!)
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the Seattle Space Needle as guests of Seattle CityPASS. I was not required to state any particular view; all opinions are my own.
The Space Needle is what you think it's going to be. You pay a pretty high price, stand in line, but then....
You take a glass elevator ride, like right outta Willie Wonka, up to the top of the world. Well, the northwest anyway. We were there on a clear day and the views were amazing. There is not much for the kids to do at the top and there is the lingering fear that my kid could be the only one who could climb over the safety barriers.....
But that aside there is a remote control digital telescope with a 40" tv showing what the telescope sees. Kids control where the scope points and can zoom in close enough to see the tug boat drivers and dock workers. All my kids loved this and we spent the majority of the time looking out over the bay then back again at the TV to control the scope.
So we spent more time watching the TV than the cascading Cascades, but it's the Space Needle. You gotta go up!!
My 5yo has been dying to go up the Space Needle ever since he could pick it out of the city skyline. "FINE," his parents said, one day. "WE'LL TAKE YOU."
We had to pawn his younger sisters to do it, but we stood in that Disneyland-esque line, squeezed into the elevator, and finally, excitedly, pushed ourselves outside onto the observation deck, with its glorious panoramic views of our beloved city.
"I'm cold," my son groused. "It's too windy up here."
"Let's go around to the other side!" we cajoled. "Let's look at the ferries! And the mountains!"
"Blarrfffpphh," my son said, his face halfway buried inside his coat jacket.
So yeah. Not quite a successful or worthwhile trip for our family. I think the Space Needle is great on sunny clear days (if you're lucky to get one of those) or on a clear night when you're on a fancy date. OR if you're a longtime resident who can pick out every building and landmark. Otherwise? I'd take the kids to Kerry Park (where all the postcard snapshots are taken!), the Great Wheel on the waterfront, or even the observation deck of the Columbia Tower (tallest building downtown.) The Space Needle is SO expensive that I'd really want to make our next trip up a GOOD one. (Also, the restaurant is the sort of place your grandparents take you for your birthday.)
A trip to the top of the Space Needle isn't cheap so pick the time and day you go wisely. Nothing is worse than going up on a cloudy day. You will miss out on some of the best views of the city! If you catch a clear day make sure you get in line early and smile pretty for the camera as you take shot after shot with Mt. Rainier behind you. Bring a snack and stretch those arm muscles. There are multiple points that your kids will want to peer through the binoculars provided. Toddlers will want you to hold them up for hours as they gaze out at Lake Union, Puget Sound, the Cascades and Olympic Mountains.
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I have been up the space needle twice, once on a clear day and the other was cloudy. It is NOT worth the money to go up on a cloudy. You can't see more than a few miles. BUT if you go on a clear day the view is absolutely incredible. So go ahead and plan to go up the space needle but if it is cloudy skip that part of your plan and know you aren't missing anything.
i absolutely loved going on a date to the restaurant at the needle, (the skydeck is included) but I would not pay so much to bring my kids here. It's just not worth it. They charge a ton just because they can because it's the "Space Needle" (insert eye roll here). I say don't waste your time. There are tons of other things to do in the city that are more fun.
The space needle is a lot of fun for families. After riding the elevator to the top, there are lots of pictures, facts and history about the space needle in the viewing area. Once you step onto the balcony it can be a bit knee shaking, but wow what a view. Our family went at sunset and it was so much fun to point out the areas around town we had recently been to. Beware of the gift store on the main floor. Good luck getting out of there without opening your wallet. The prices are not much different than other gift shops, but the souvenirs are pretty cool. Lots of opportunities for pictures - even in the gift shop.
If you had to identify Seattle with one image, it would be the Space Needle. Hardly a tourist comes to town without a visit or at least a photo of this historic landmark. The price to ride the eleveator to the top is pricey, but if you can plan your trip around meal time and eat at the restaurant, the ride up is free. THe views, as you would expect, are amazing. Kids love that they can see so far. You must keep a close eye on the little ones because they are, of course, not allowed to dash about unattended. Beware of high priced gift shop items too.
It sure is tall but, i been on thier and it was a tremous view of seattle.
I would recommend it for people who like a nice view. Otherwise the rides for kids and the arcade they have year around is real fun for the little ones. Expect now that i passed that age, i just let my kids play. Its sure is a thing to do again.
Had that horrible jell-o leg thing the whole time, but this was an awesome, once in a lifetime thing. Doesn't seem that high, but it sure feels it on the elevator ride up. Unsurpassed view of Seattle from the top, you have to do it once. Most kids will love this, but it might be a bit intimidating. It feels so tall, but it is only 1/2 as tall as the Eiffel Tower! Crazy! A little pricey, but you just have to hit this on your first visit.
The Space Needle is amazing and worth the high price and the revolving restaurant. You get some beautiful views. you can see until your eye sight could go as its the talest of all the buildings. but the kids don't really enjoy as they cannot run here and there. its worth going at least once in life time.
This trip included ages 15-49. The surrounding area was interesting in an adult kind of way. I would not bring younger children here. I believe they would be bored. We chose not to ride to the top of the needle. It was very expensive and the line was way too long. There are many hotels that have rooftop views of Seattle. See the view from one of them.
The Space Needle is completely amazing and well worth the high price and long line for the one-in-a-life experience. But that's about it. You get some beautiful views but the kids don't really care about it and don't enjoy the half-day wait in line. I am super glad we went, but won't do it again.
A really iconic part of a trip to Seattle is a trip to the top of the Space Needle. It was built as part of the World's Fair in Seattle in the '60s and you can tell by the space age vibe of the structure. Delicious food in the spinning restaurant at the top but expensive. The views might make it worth it though!
The Space Needle is something that you can see in any picture and know that is SEATTLE! It is a must see for visitors and same on you if you live here and have never taken this experience. Bring your camera! I regret that I forgot mine! We loved going to the space needle for our anniversary. It is a little pricey bu It is a must Seattle experience! Great food, wonderful views, friendly and professional staff. And keep your eyes peeled for all the great events they offer throughout the year.
This is one of the coolest things to see! Children have lots of fun. Be prepared to be crammed in en elevator going up to the top. Once you get there, however, it is all worth it! You can see mountain ranges, snow, all the major buildings and sports arenas. All of the traffic looks as if it's made up of ants. It's usually pretty windy, so dress warm! There is an indoor cafe at the top of the Space Needle and an enormous gift shop at the bottom floor. Bring your camera for amazing landscape photos! Note that it is on the expensive side to go to the top! Considering it is a once in a life time opportunity most likely, I'm glad I was able to do it. You could probably bring snacks in your purse, along with bottled water to avoid the expensive food at the cafe. Plan to eat out somewhere afterward and look for sale items in the gift shop. I found some fun things on clearance when I was there.
Pretty expensive for a fast trip up in an elevator. My husband and I enjoyed the views, but the kids weren't too into it. My 5 year old liked looking at Puget Sound, but it was very stressful with my 2 year old. No strollers are allowed in the elevator or on the platform, so containing a wild toddler was a little difficult. Beautiful views!! We will try it again when the kids are older! Looked like there was a fantastic gift shop...we didn't even attempt.
Its one of the best place to see in seatle. THe dining experience on the observation deck makes it the pefect experience. The view from the observation deck is awesome. You can alos buy great souvenir from this place too. You should definitely visit if you are visiting seattle. Its worth the money spent
Going to the top is worthwhile but it's best when you can go after dark. The night time view is the best. Make sure you can either carry your child or they can walk cause no strollers on the way up. Also dress warm cause it can get pretty windy when you step outside. They have a cafe and if you really want to spend money you can eat at the restaurant (never been to the restaurant)
We were hesitant at the beginning, thinking our son wouldnt like it(he was only 2)... however, I can't tell you how much he loved it! It's been over a year since we were there and he still remembers everything about it! The elevator, the people talking, the little cafe on the top part... looking at the city from the viewers... he had so much fun! Bundle up so you can enjoy the view without worrying about them, kleenex for their noses because they will be runny with all the wind!! And snacks if you are not going to buy anything at the cafe... they do offer sandwiches, coffee, lunchables, muffins, etc.
You might want to make sure you hold them tight when you are at the gift shop on your way out, they will want to look at everything and there are breakables! :)