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Sky View Observatory
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701 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98104
701 5th AvenueUSWashingtonSeattle98104
ObservatoryToday 10AM–8PM
Saturday 10AM–8PMSunday 10AM–8PMMonday 10AM–8PMTuesday 10AM–8PMWednesday 10AM–8PMThursday 10AM–8PMFriday 10AM–8PM
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"Toursity but fun, columbia observatory offers a better view."
"Incredible views from the 73rd floor."
"Fun place to go!"
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Edward Aites
a month ago
This is a great place for photographers. There are sweeping views of the whole Seattle Metro region. Most people go during the day, but I suggest getting there at sunset and watching the city lights come up. I go there for time lapse photography because the sky is so visible and always changing. Fairly reasonably priced, too. Keep it in mind to bring out-of-state visitors and family if they haven't been to Seattle before.
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a month ago
When you think of Seattle- the first thing that pops up is probably Space Needle. And sure it's cool to go up that Space Needle, but now there's a long wait and its also pricey and once you're up it you can't actually take a picture with it. A more affordable, cool way to see the city AND get a pic with the Space Needle (albeit small) is the Sky View Observatory. Located close to downtown, the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Center offers awesome panoramic views of Seattle 70 floors up at a fraction of the cost ($7-10), with little to no wait. There's also a bar with beer and grub, some nice sofas to lounge around, and a little info on Seattle/history to educate yourself/family/significant other. It is a little confusing navigating your up however, as you just buy your ticket on a kiosk and are kinda are your own to get up. I also wish bathrooms were more easily accessible in the observatory (use it on the floors below before you go up). Otherwise, I liked wandering past the various law offices on the journey to the top. Hopefully its not too cloudy/rainy to enjoy the view!
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Chase Nunes
2 months ago
Over 300 Ft taller then the Space Needle and a MUST VISIT if you are seeing the area for the first time! The value is amazing and depending on the day your views can be unlimited! Its more of a cozy setting and everything is inside. No outside walks from over 70 floors up. Sadly, the evening hours end at 8pm. It could be a Fall/Winter thing, but yeah, no staying late for those nice Seattle nights. Also, the food and drink options are limited. They don't even have Hot Chocolate. However, for the best views in town, this is a must stop!
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Hannah Wheeler
6 months ago
Incredible views, no line, not crowded. We did this instead of the space needle and I am so glad! It was fun looking down on the space needle and seeing the bay. There are great sandwiches at the top. Worth it.
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Puneet Vijay
in the last week
Loved it, 100 times better then space needle. This is a much better place then space needle. It's taller, has more room, plus you have multiple full day entry. You can enjoy both day and night view in single ticket. Not crowded and awesome view.
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Mariano Perez
2 months ago
Best view of the City of Seattle. A nice little spot that's a little out of the way, but worth it. Compared to other views (space needle) its much cheaper, and it has a cafe up top that isn't to bad (but a little pricey). Overall, good value, I highly suggest checking it out.
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Travis Raymond
2 months ago
Amazing view. Lots of window space for pictures and 360 degrees as well. Sell snacks and drinks. Some lounge seating. Some historic facts written on the walls. Windows have a glare so not easy to get pictures without window glare.
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Clem Leung
3 months ago
Very cool. Much better than needle. Quieter.. Less touristy. Great views