Observation decks seem to be popping up in cities everywhere these days and Seattle is no different. 365Tickets USA takes a visit to the tallest observation deck in the pacific northwest with a stop at Skyview Observatory, located at Columbia Tower and take in those views that you simply can’t get anywhere else.
The Skyview Observatory is located in downtown Seattle and is easily walkable from many downtown and waterfront hotels. There are many public transit options as well, the Skyview Observatory entrance is located just one block east of the LINK Rail Pioneer Square Tunnel Station. Parking garages are also located within a few blocks of the observatory.
When you arrive, board one of the elevators and take to the sky. You’ll soar 73 floors in a matter of seconds and once those elevator doors open, be prepared to be wowed. The views of mountains, the sea, the sky, and more will greet you.
Located throughout the museum are interactive kiosks where you can learn about some of the major landmarks that you’ll see. Be your own tour guide and look up various buildings and locations throughout Seattle and learn about their part in history. From the top of the observation deck, make sure you point out Mt. Rainer, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle, and the city of Seattle.
Photos are highly encouraged at the museum and there are plenty of places that make for the perfect souvenir. When you find that coveted window spot, maybe it’s with Mt. Rainer in the background or picturesque Elliott Bay, snap as many as you’d like!
The perfect place to start your trip to Seattle, this attraction will help you get the lay of the land from high above. Pick out the places you must visit on your trip and see if you can spot them from the 73rd floor. Afraid of having to wait on long lines? You won’t have to do that here. Every ticket is a timed entrance ticket and timed tickets are sold on 15 minute intervals. Once inside, stay as long as you’d like!
If you arrive hungry, you can take care of that here too! When you arrive at the 73rd floor, gaze out the windows and enjoy the view while you grab a quick bite at the Sky View Café. The café has all different snacking options and also has local beer and wines for sale. What a great spot for date night too!
The observatory staff urge all guests to check the website for the most up to date information on private events. The museum will close early sometimes, and that information is always available online or on social media channels. At the discretion of the box office, if visibility is poor or bad weather is occurring, the box office will exchange tickets for a different day so you can have the perfect experience.
Depending on the season, the observatory has changing hours. If you visit during the summer, summer hours are in season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The last ticket is sold at 8:30 PM. For the remainder of the year, the hours are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The last ticket is sold at 6:30 PM.