Soaring in 60 feet high, Space Needle is the most remarkable landmark in Seattle. The tower was constructed in mid-April 1961 and completed in the same year to welcome World's Fair which was held a year later. The impressive futuristic architecture of the tower was designed by Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr while its hourglass profile was constructed by a renowned architect Victor Steinbrueck. Space Needle is not only known for its breathtaking architectural design, it is also known as an incredibly sturdy tower that even it withstood the Nisqually Earthquake happened in 2001. It also survived the Category 5 hurricanes.
Fascinating Things to Do Around Space Needle
Pacific Science Center
Science doesn't have to be boring or dreadful, Pacific Science Center will introduce you a fun way to learn them. Established in 1962, the science center provide numerous fun activities and interesting games to try and will surely invoke your children' curiosity to science. Tinker Tank game for example, is a game that help to stimulate children' abilities in problem-solving, while they will get closer to nature when they observe hundreds of colorful butterflies in Butterfly House or have a hands-on experience with marine animals in the Saltwater Tide. The Planetarium Show will invoke children'curiosity of life beyond this blue planet.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a perfect art museum to immerse yourself with marvelous glass arts created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The art museum's centerpiece is the Glasshouse, a 40-fot tall structure made of glass and steel decorated with artistic palletes of yellows, ambers, oranges, and reds. The real charm of the building shows when the colorful glass ceilings are hit by light. Chihuly Garden and Glass also boast 8 exhibitions, a stunning lush gardens and a theatre showing video of how all glass arts sculpted by the artist are made.
Museum of Popular Culture
Museum of Popular Culture, also known as MoPOP is a unique museum dedicated to showcase many kinds of contemporary popular culture. The museum was established by Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen as a part of Experience Music Project in 2000. It boast dozens of exhibits, including a guitar sculpture titled “IF VI WAS IX that consist of 500 musical instruments and 30 computers as a collaboration between Neal Potter and Trimpin.Museum of Popular Culture also boast hundreds of artifacts relating to musical industry, including hand-written lyrics and musical instruments belonged to famous musicians Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.
International Fountain Seattle
The International Fountain is an impressive fountain structure designed by duo architects from Tokyo Kazuyuki Matsushita and Hideki Shimizu in 1961. The dome was supposed to represent Earth, while the sprouting water represent humanity's effort to explore and discover the farthest reaches of outer space. After the initial design won the Century 21 Exposition, the fountain was built on the former Mercer Playground. While the fountain hold so much significance to the adults, the fountain looks appealing to children as a small water playground.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
You already know Bill and Melinda Gates are humanitarians who have donate billions dollars to help people around the world, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center will tell you more about things that the Gates are deeply care about. In this discovery center, you'll learn about positive impacts the Gates Foundation and their affiliates bring to improve the world. Each exhibits are presented in interactive way, visitors will definitely be entertained with every brilliant innovations and inventions. It also feature many discussions and debates held over years that discuss about many social-related issues, such as health, education, and poverty. The moment you get home, who knows, you might get inspired and start to take action on a cause you care about.
Seattle Children Theatre
If you're visiting Center House in Seattle Center, be sure to visit Seattle Children's Museum. Occupying a space which was once the site of the bubbleator, the children museum boast 11 exhibits with various stimulating attractions designated for children around age 10 months to 10 years old. The museum also frequently host camps and other engaging activities.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase the entrance ticket to enter Space Needle directly or book it online to save time. Different fees might be applied if you're visiting other attractions near the skyline.
How To Get Around?
A fast lift service will takes you to Space Needle's floors and observation deck. Other attractions are located in the same complex, it is highly reachable only by walking.
What Should I Wear?
There's no particular rules in how you should dress when you're visiting Space Needle. However, if you're planning to dine in the restaurant inside the skyline, you might want to dress up a little bit.
Best Time to Visit
Space Needle is great to be visited at anytime and in any seasons. For a more romantic view, you might want to visit the skyline at night where you can see Seattle City glimmering with lights while enjoying your dinner.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all attractions are within Seattle Center area, you can easily reach each one of them by walking or using public transportation. You can find informations you need in this website.
How To Get There?
The best way to reach Space Needle from the downtown Seattle is by taking a public bus, you can access them for free. You can also take the monorail from the Westlake Center, and take any free-ride public transportation that is provided in the nearby free-ride area.