Sky View Observatory

Currently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
  • Address: 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2063865564
  • Ticket Price: 15 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Observatory, Family And Kids

Sky View Observatory - Review

From the 73rd floor of the Columbia Centre building, at 900 feet above the ground, this 360 degree observatory is the highest viewpoint west of the Mississippi. The view is incredible enough in the day time, but at sunset and at night there are few words to describe how utterly breathtaking the view its. You don't just get to see the city. Mount Ranier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Elliot Bay and the Space Needle are all part of this extravagant sight. It is universally agreed that the view here is better than the one you get at the Space Needle. Part of the reason for that is the lack of crowds.

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Sky View Observatory Information

  • Check out the cafe.
  • Handicapped accessible.

Sky View Observatory Ticket Prices

  • Children (6–12 years): $9
  • Students and Military with ID: $9
  • Seniors (of 55+): $9
  • Annual Membership: $95
  • For group visit: check the official website

Sky View Observatory Opening and Closing Hours

  • Sky View Observatory is closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.

How To reach Sky View Observatory by Public Transport

  • Buses 111, 114, 212, 214 ,216 ,217 ,218, 219, 402 ,405, 410, 412, 413 ,415 ,416 ,417 ,421 ,422, 424, 425, 435, 510, 511, 512, 513, 550 ,554, 590, 594, 595 stop 4th Ave & Cherry St
  • Bus 12 stop Marion St & 4th Ave
  • LINK and Buses 41, 74, 101, 102, 106, 150, 255, 550 stop Pioneer Square Station

Restaurants Near Sky View Observatory

  • Starbucks
  • Pappazi Pizza
  • Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery
  • Basil Box

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TripHobo Highlights for Sky View Observatory

  • Sky View Observatory Address: 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
  • Sky View Observatory Contact Number: +1-2063865564
  • Sky View Observatory Timing: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sky View Observatory Price: 15 USD
  • Best time to visit Sky View Observatory(preferred time): 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sky View Observatory: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sky View Observatory

  • 95% of people who visit Seattle include Sky View Observatory in their plan

  • 31.61% of people start their Sky View Observatory visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sky View Observatory

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

91.61% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sky View Observatory

People normally club together Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Discovery Park while planning their visit to Sky View Observatory.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Sky View Observatory, Seattle Reviews

  • Amazing experience! Higher, cheaper, and better vantage point than the Space Needle and almost certainly less crowded. Very modern building with an awe-inspiring view of the greater Seattle region. You can actually feel how the building sways back and forth!

  • Two elevators, a confusing entrance, and twenty minutes later you have the best view of Seattle and King County. Visiting here is all about getting to the 73rd floor. If you were hoping for gift shops, elevator attendants, and a view on the way up, you're at the wrong observation tower. Don't let that deter you from this one of a kind experience. Sky View is my go to because it's not the needle. This is an attraction for the adults, its quiet relaxing, allowing you to spend as much time as you please. What's really great is that you can revisit with a handstamp within the same day. My only con is the room temperature, the air conditioning doesn't work so well and it gets stuffy fast. Besides that, I couldn't recommend it more for those wanting a more, elevated experience (get it, elevated 😊).

  • It was very beautiful and surreal seeing Seattle and other surrounding cities from that point of view, it's definitely something I recommend for new tourists to see! I almost want to say it has better views than the Space Needle. The Columbia Center Sky View is enclosed whereas the needle is outside. The only gripe I had was it didn't seem to be very air conditioned and it was a fairly warm day we went. We were sweating like crazy but the views were worth it. I will note you do have to get on two different elevators to get to the Sky View observation deck.

  • I loved this observatory! When I planned to go to Seattle I was set on visiting the space needle. When I saw the price of the space needle, I realized it wouldn't be worth it. Instead I came to sky view which was closer to my hotel anyway. Boy am I glad I did! Sky view is taller and provides a great view of the city. It was also not busy at all. There were maybe 8 to 10 of us in the observatory during my visit. The price was very reasonable and allowed access for an entire day. Highly recommended! (You can see how small the space needle is compared to the sky view in one of the pictures I offered)

  • Such an amazing view point that many don’t even know exist! Cheaper than the space needle and way less crowded. You can see so far out on a clear day!

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