Sky View Observatory in Seattle, WA

700 4th AvenueSeattle , WA 98104
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Overview

Stop in for a drink and see picturesque views of Seattle at the highest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest! You will enjoy 360-degree panoramas of cityscapes, waterways, and mountainous terrain as far as the eye can see. The city at night is especially gorgeous as skyglow illuminates for miles in all directions. No matter the time of day, Sky View Observatory guarantees a view of a lifetime.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Seattle Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly activity.
  • Gift shop located in the atrium.
  • Souvenir photos are available for purchase.
  • Snacks and beverages are available at Sky View Café.
  • People spend an average of 70 minutes at this attraction.

Description

from Sky View Observatory
It all starts at Sky View!

Sky View Observatory 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 hours of operations?
Sky View Observatory is open daily from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. Final entry is one hour prior to closing. Hours vary on certain holidays and for private events:

Thanksgiving - 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Christmas Eve -  11:00AM – 5:00PM
Christmas Day - 1:00PM – 7:00PM
New Years Eve - 11:00AM – 5:00PM
New Years Day - 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Where is it located? 
Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center at 700 4th Avenue, Seattle WA 98104.

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

Can I leave and re-enter on the same day? 
Standard tickets are valid for one admission.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, we encourage all guests to take as many personal photos or videos with handheld devices as they’d like. Please share with us! We encourage you to share your pictures with the tag @skyviewobservatory or #fromthetop.

How long is the tour? 
Time will vary by visitor. Your timed ticket is based on a 30-minute entry window (e.g. an 11:00 AM ticket garners admission between 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM). Upon arrival at the observatory itself, we recommend planning for 45-90 minutes to complete your visit.

Can I bring my own food/beverages? 
Outside food and beverages are not permitted in Sky View Observatory. Snacks and beverages are available at Sky View Cafe.

Can I bring my pet? 
Service Animals are welcome. All other animals are not permitted in Sky View Observatory. This policy is in effect at all times, including when the facilities are not open to the public.

I am uncomfortable in an elevator. 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.

Can I bring my licensed firearm?
Firearms are not permitted at Sky View Observatory or Columbia Center.