400 Broad St
Seattle, WA 98109
Space Needle Description
Seattle's most famous landmark is on the pricey side -- and it may be lost on young kids -- but kids age 7 and older will find it thrilling. A glass elevator transports visitors 520 feet up to the observation deck, with a 360-degree view of the city, lakes, and snow-capped mountains. With mounted telescopes and information displays, kids always know what they're looking at. Back on the ground, be sure to hit the large gift shop at "SpaceBase" for a wide selection of souvenirs.
Babies: The observation deck is stroller friendly, but summer crowds make strollers impractical. You may need to shield babies from wind.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Younger children will enjoy the 40-second ride in the glass elevator.
School-Age Kids: Kids this age love the telescopes and information guides. Let them roam the circular deck on their own self-guided tour.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Pre-teens and teens will enjoy the birds-eye view of city and mountains, but they'll like the unique gift shop even more.
- Buy Observation Deck tickets online. Tickets aren't timed, so buy your tickets through the Website before your trip and bypass the long lines.
- Wear a sweater or light jacket. It's often windy and sometimes chilly on the observation deck, which is 520 feet high.
- Go on a sunny day. Overcast days hide the snow-capped mountains that ring Seattle. Go on a clear day when the mountains are in full glory.
Just the Facts
Hours: Observation Deck: Sun.-Thu., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-midnight. The observation deck is open 365 days a year, but occasionally closes for private events; check the Web site for updates.
Fees: $10 - $20
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour