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“Mother and daughters trip”
Review of Space Needle

Space Needle
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Ranked #6 of 478 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: If you see one thing in Seattle, see everything. Explore jaw-dropping 360° views on the Observation Deck: majestic mountains, sparkling waters, towering skyscrapers, and beyond. Plus, use award-winning interactive technology to explore the icon’s history and Seattle’s sights like never before.
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The reason I gave a 2 stars rating was because the needle was under construction and the view was horrible, boards everywhere. My daughter and I were looking forward to dining in the restaurant but that too was closed due to remodeling. Not worth the ticket price!!!

Thank Margarita H
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

If you want to avoid the crowds and particularly the long lines, come early. In the 1962 World’s Fair, over 20,000 people daily would ascend to the 520 foot high Observation Deck. On a nice day, the line to the elevators can get quite long.

Another tip, is to buy a combo ticket either on-line or at one of the kiosks around the needle. We thoroughly enjoyed Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.

Dale Chilhuly’s glass work is phenomenal and will take your breath away. We also liked the Museum of Pop Culture, particularly the exhibit of all the hanging guitars.

The elevators will travel you up at 10MPH and the entire trip will take 41 quick seconds. On a clear day you can spot such landmarks as Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay. The Space Needle is an icon of Seattle and definitely a landmark for the region.

The Space Needle is actually 620 feet high and used to be the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. The Observation Deck is 520 feet and the rotating restaurant is at 500 feet.

At present, the SkyCity restaurant is closed for renovation and the expected date of opening is May 2018. Also the wires around the Observation Deck will be replaced with glass.

Don’t worry about earthquakes as the Space Needle can take up to a 9.1 magnitude jolt. There are also 25 lightning rods ready for any electrical storm. Reinforcing steel insures that the Space Needle can withstand winds of 200MPH.

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2  Thank Marty B
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

I know this is a main attraction in Seattle. But honestly it was just ok. It was a lot of money for just going to the top and a really long wait. Also we have been to so many other such attractions that 52 stories is not that high or exciting. It’s under construction now and that kind of ruined the experience. However when it’s done it will probably look great.

Thank Mommyof2NewJersey
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We purchased a three ticket pass(Museum of flight, Chilluly Glass, and space needle) great deal. due to remodel, restaurant was closed and 1/2 of observatory ring. Still Awesome. I nerded out on all the 1962 worlds fair aspect and the general construction but wife could have taken or left it. It was nice to be able to see some of the old railings and the new glass panel enclosure side by side. It always inspires me to see an example of a time when we built things magnificent- as a testimony to a confident future- Still waiting on my flying car!

2  Thank Castlepete
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

You can ride to the top for the view or dine at the top. I've done both and frankly, if it's a clear day, you can't beat dining in the revolving restaruat. I've been in the Empire State Building and the tower in Toronto and the views from the needle on a clear day can't be beat. It's a post card. The trick is finding a clear day! ;) The food is expensive. Expect fine dining prices and beautiful presentation of mediocre food. Still worth it it you live out of the area.

1  Thank bailarina5678
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