ABOUT THE SPACE NEEDLE

The Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and is a treasured Seattle icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the Century 21 Exposition whose theme was “The Age of Space”—the tower’s futuristic design was inspired by the idea that the fair needed a structure to symbolize humanity’s Space Age aspirations. Since its grand opening on April 21, 1962, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. Located at Seattle Center, the Space Needle stands at 605’ tall and is one of the most photographed structures in the world.

The tower’s 520’ saucer-shaped “top house” offers visitors Seattle’s only 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges.

To further elevate the visitor experience, the Space Needle recently announced a multi-year venture focused on the preservation and renovation of the 55-year old icon. The renovation will include breathtaking, multi-level, floor-to-ceiling glass viewing experiences and an outdoor observation deck with open-air glass walls and glass benches. Two observation levels will be connected by a grand wood, steel, and glass staircase that will connect the upper-level to the world’s only glass rotating floor below, opening up a never-before-seen downward view of Seattle’s iconic tower. Newly imaged dining experiences will be unveiled to compliment the amazing views. The first phase of the remodel will be completed in spring 2018. Visit the renovation page to learn more about how the Space Needle is further enhancing its visitor experience.

The Space Needle is proud to support local organizations who make a positive difference in the Puget Sound region through its community giving and engagement programs. Visit the Space Needle Foundation page to learn more about the Space Needle’s community giving and guidelines.

About Space Needle