Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, send a note to Contact Us and our team will be happy to respond.

What is your vaccine policy? Am I required to show proof of vaccination to visit?

Starting October 25, all ticketed Guests ages 12 and over must show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to visit. No proof of vaccination or negative test is required to enter the lobby or shop at Spacebase gift shop.

Learn more about the prescreening process before you visit for a quick and easy arrival.


Are there any discounts?

We offer discount for youth (ages 5 - 12) and seniors (ages 65+) through online ticketing and on-site self-service ticket kiosks. We also offer military and King County resident rates at the admissions office; discounts are for anyone in the party with an ID.

How do I purchase a timed ticket?

You may reserve your timed ticket online, via your mobile device, or on-site at our admissions windows or self-service kiosks. Select from a variety of options to determine the ticket type, day and time that works best for you. Arrival times are set for every 15 minutes from open to close.

How do timed tickets work?

Your visit is good for the date listed on your ticket. Arrive at the Space Needle at the arrival time listed on your ticket. Upon arrival, follow the signs towards the Entrance located outside on the north side of the Space Needle (across from the monorail station).

What happens if I don’t pre-purchase tickets?

Guests that pre-purchase their tickets save time – just arrive at the arrival time on your ticket and start your experience! Tickets purchased on-site on the day of your visit are subject to availability and wait times.

What if I arrive early or after my scheduled launch time?

Your visit is valid for the date and arrival time on your ticket. If you arrive more than 5 minutes earlier or later than the time on your ticket, please see a Space Needle Team Member upon your arrival to reserve the next available entry time.

Do you participate in CityPASS?

Yes! First, purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device. Next, use the Space Needle Ticket Exchange module to make your timed-entry reservation. Bring your CityPASS and timed-entry ticket to Space Needle for admission.

I am having trouble purchasing tickets online. Who can help?

Contact us and our Hospitality Communications Center can assist you.

General Questions

I’m purchasing the Space Needle + Chihuly Garden and Glass combination ticket. Do I have to visit both on the same day?

Yes. When purchasing a Space Needle + Chihuly Garden and Glass combination ticket, you’ll be prompted to choose a Space Needle arrival time. Visit Chihuly Garden and Glass any time on the same day as your Space Needle visit (check Chihuly Garden and Glass for current hours).

Does the Space Needle have a revolving restaurant?

SkyCity Restaurant closed in September 2017 as part of the Space Needle’s historic renovation project. There is currently no full-service revolving restaurant at the Space Needle.

What are the current food and beverage offerings at the Space Needle?

The Loupe Lounge features show-stopping mixology paired with tastes of the Pacific Northwest for Guests 21 and over. Learn more about the lounge and book here.

Sunset Champagne is an indoor sunset wine experience for Guests 21 and over. Learn more about the package for two and on the Experience page under Food & Beverage Packages.

Please check back closer to your visit date to see if other food and beverage options are available. Our café is temporarily closed related to COVID-19 restrictions.

I purchased a Sunset Champagne package. Where do I check-in when I arrive?

Check-in at the arrival time printed on your ticket inside the lobby of the Space Needle (ground floor) adjacent to the drop-off turnaround and valet parking. Once at the top, check in at the wine bar located near the top of the grand staircase (Puget Sound side of the observation deck).

Where can I find my free digital photo from my Space Needle visit?

Using the 18-digit number printed on your tickets, visit the Spacebook page and enter the number to see your photos.

If you can't find your photo by searching with your 18-digit code, fill out the missing photo form and we will help you find your souvenir photo.

I have an infant with me, will my car seat be allowed in?

Yes. Car seats are fine to take with you. However, strollers must be parked before entry.

Will my stroller be allowed in?

No. Unfortunately due to the volume of people and limited space on the elevators, strollers must be left in your car or parked in our designated stroller area.

Someone in my party uses a wheelchair. Are you an accessible facility?

Yes. Wheelchairs are always welcome. Upon arrival, our Team Members will direct your party to our courtesy entrance (located on the ground floor in the gift shop) for access at the arrival time printed on your tickets. Once at the top, our Team Members can assist with elevator access between floors.

Are large bags allowed?

No. Large bags (example: too big to carry-on to an airplane) are not allowed in the facility and will not fit in on-site storage lockers; please make other arrangements for storage.

Complimentary storage lockers are located near the main entrance for storing other luggage. Small backpacks and purses (example: something that could fit under an airline seat) are permitted inside. Medium-sized bags and large backpacks (example: carry-on sized luggage too big to fit under an airline seat) will fit in our complimentary lockers.

Is my pet allowed?

Unfortunately pets are not allowed inside the Space Needle. However, service animals are always welcome.

I have a license to carry my concealed weapon. Am I allowed to take my firearm with me?

No. The Space Needle does not allow any weapons on property (with the exception of law enforcement personnel in the performance of their official duties).

Is my camera allowed?

Yes. Photos are highly encouraged. With 360° of viewing on two levels, including the world’s first and only rotating glass floor, you’ll have plenty of photos to take!

May I take and use my tripod?

Tripods are allowed at the Space Needle, however please remember to be courteous of your fellow Guests by not blocking pathways or obstructing views.

Is my video camera allowed?

Yes! You’ll have plenty to capture during your visit to the Space Needle. Photo and video recordings for anything other than personal use (i.e. professional equipment, professional photo shoots) must be approved through our Public Relations Department.

May I take my water bottle in?

Yes. Plastic and metal water containers are totally fine. However, glass containers are prohibited. Water bottle filling stations are available at the top.

Elevating Clean

What is the Space Needle doing to protect its Guests and Team Members from COVID-19?

We’ve made many changes to incorporate redundant layers of cleaning procedures – some you can see, some are done behind-the-scenes. Visit for details.

What is your current mask policy?

For the safety of unvaccinated children and vulnerable guests, all Guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask indoors and on the elevator. Masks are optional outdoors for vaccinated Guests.

For special accommodations, contact us at (206) 905-2100 or before your visit.


Where do I check in when I arrive?

Start your visit inside the lobby of the Space Needle (ground floor), at the VIP check-in podium. If arriving at the drop-off turnaround, enter the doors adjacent to the turnaround and the check-in podium is located to your right. After checking in and going through a security screening (weapons prohibited), our team will direct you toward the top!

Do I need to arrive early for my reservation?

There's no need to arrive early. Check in at your reservation time inside the lobby (ground floor).

What is the mask policy at The Loupe Lounge?

For your safety, as well as the safety of our Team Members, we kindly ask that you put your mask on when servers approach your table. We greatly appreciate your considerate support as it will keep everyone safe. Please also wear your mask when they leaving the lounge to use the restroom or exit for the elevators.

What is the maximum party size?

The maximum party size is 4.

When are reservations become available for booking?

New reservation availability is released every Monday for bookings up to two weeks in advance. Visit the booking site for more information.

Is there a restaurant at the Space Needle?

SkyCity Restaurant closed in September 2017 as part of the Space Needle’s historic renovation project. There is currently no full-service revolving restaurant at the Space Needle.

I have a gift card for the Space Needle. How can I book?

Contact (206) 905-2100 for details on how to book with a gift card.

How do I check my gift card balance?

You can use this tool to check your balance. Please enter your 19 digits gift card number. The second row of four digits will be used as your PIN.

How early can I arrive before my lounge reservation?

Though we encourage lounge Guests to arrive at their reservation time for check-in, you are welcome to arrive up to 30 minutes early to allow for extra time exploring the Space Needle before your lounge reservation. All Guests are welcome to explore the Space Needle after their lounge experience.

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