Sky View Observatory Tickets in Seattle, WA

700 4th AvenueSeattle, WA 98104
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Soar up to the 73rd floor of Columbia Center for stunning views of the Seattle skyline. Sky View Observatory is the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. Experience 360-degree views of the city, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. No matter the time of day, the Seattle Sky View Observatory guarantees a view of a lifetime.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Seattle Travel Experts
  • Plan to spend 45-90 minutes.
  • Souvenir photos available for purchase.
  • Enjoy a drink or snacks at Sky View Café & Bar while taking in the Seattle skyline views.
  • Café and bar close 30 minutes prior to observatory closing.
  • Last elevator ends one hour prior to closing.
  • Gift shop located in the atrium.


from Sky View Observatory
It all starts at Sky View! Sky View Observatory Seattle is the tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest and the perfect place to begin any Seattle experience.

Guests ascend 73 floors in 70 seconds in an immersive elevator ride that whisks them to the Observatory, where stunning 360-degree views await. From Mt. Rainier to Mt. Baker, the San Juans to the Olympics, all of the Northwest’s magnificent scenery is on display.

Whether planning an excursion to the rainforest or a journey through Seattle’s thriving cultural scene, Sky View is the essential first stop. Visitors can plan their visit with the city and the wild at their feet.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sky View Observatory

What are the Seattle Sky View Observatory operating hours?

Sky View Observatory is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm – 8pm; Mondays: 10am-2pm. Hours are subject to change without notice. Last elevator up is one hour prior to closing. Hours vary on certain holidays and for private events:

Where is the Sky View Observatory located?

Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center at 700 4th Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. Entrance for the Sky View Observatory is located in the atrium at the 4th Avenue entrance of the Columbia Center.

Can I bring my kids to Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center?

Yes, Sky View Observatory is great for kids and guests of all ages. Children 4 and under are free but do require a ticket.

How much time do I need to visit Sky View Observatory?

Time will vary by visitor. Your timed ticket is based on a 30 minute entry window (e.g. an 11am ticket garners admission between 11-11:30am). Upon arrival to the observatory itself, plan to spend about 45 to 90 minutes to complete your visit.

What if there’s zero visibility on the day I plan to visit?

Visibility from Sky View Observatory varies with Seattle’s weather conditions. On days when visibility may be poor, signage will be posted in the box office saying so. On the rare occasion of zero visibility, and at the discretion of Sky View Observatory, a voucher may be issued for each unused ticket, allowing for re-entry on another date and time within 14 days.

What if I arrive later than my entry time?

Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity, so you might be asked to wait until the next open time slot. We strongly encourage you to arrive earlier than your scheduled time to avoid any delays.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, strollers are allowed. You may be asked to remove your child from your stroller and fold it up when entering the elevator if extra space is needed.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, visitors are encouraged to take as many personal photos or videos with handheld devices as they’d like.

Are tripods and other professional equipment allowed?

Personal use of tripods and selfie sticks are permitted at Sky View Observatory. Please remember to be respectful of fellow guests and not block pathways or obstruct views.

Can I bring food or drinks?

Outside food and beverages are not permitted in Sky View Observatory. Snacks and beverages are available at Sky View Cafe.

Are dining and concessions available at Sky View Observatory?

Snacks and beverages are available at Sky View Cafe.

Are there public restrooms at Sky View Observatory?

Restrooms are available inside Sky View Observatory. They are located in the central part of the observatory.

Is there a gift shop at Sky View Observatory?

Yes, the gift shop is located in the atrium.

Are pets allowed?

Service Animals are welcome. All other animals are not permitted in Sky View Observatory.

Can I bring my licensed firearm?

Firearms are not permitted at Sky View Observatory or Columbia Center.

Is smoking permitted at Sky View Observatory?

Smoking and vaping are not permitted anywhere within the observatory or Columbia Center.

Can children visit Sky View Observatory by themselves?

To gain independent admission, guests must be at least 16 years of age. Younger children must be escorted by an adult.

Can I use the stairs to go up and down?

The stairs can only be used in case of an emergency. All guests must access the observatory by elevator.