Located in Seattle, Washington, the Sky View Observatory is a truly original way to experience the city of Seattle. Visitors can expect a once in a lifetime 360-degree view of the Seattle skyline complete with a café and educational experiences for members of the entire family.
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The Sky View Observatory is known as the Northwest’s Highest Public Observatory and stands at 1,000 feet with a 360-degree view of the Seattle skyline. The Sky View Observatory is housed on the 73rd floor of the 76-story Columbia Center in downtown Seattle.
At the time of its construction, it was the highest skyscraper in the West Coast. However, it is now currently the fourth tallest skyscraper on the West Coast of the United Sates, falling only behind buildings located in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Columbia Center is a skyscraper which was designed by Chester Lindsey and developed by Martin Selig. Construction was started in 1982 and the building was completed in 1985. It’s triangular design even makes the building resistant to hurricanes and earthquakes. Scarily, it is rumored that the attacks planned for September 11, 2001 were also supposed to be directed at the tallest buildings on the West Coast, which would have been the Columbia Center at that time.
The original purpose of the building was as an office building for Bank of America with retail shops on the ground floor and of course, a space for the Sky View Observatory, café, and club lounge. The viewing deck wasn’t always the top-quality experience that it is today. In fact, the spectacular 360-degree view was originally only 270-degrees. The building was remodeled in the summer of 2013 to expand its viewing area and to improve the experience for all future visitors.
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Visitors could easily spend an entire afternoon at the Sky View Observatory. Besides the incredible views and educational experience that coincides with that, visitors can also enjoy a nice coffee or lunch break in the café. Visitors can also relax and unwind with a cocktail in the club lounge while taking in the most incredible view in the city.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center. There are no special events held at the Sky View Observatory, however, there is the option to host private events there. For more information on ticket prices and opening hours, visit the Sky View Observatory website.
There is also plenty to do in the surrounding Seattle area, including some of the county’s best music, food, artwork, and coffee. There are a wide variety of museums and national monuments or landmarks in the greater Seattle area that are sure to entertain members of the entire family.
Sky View Observatory, 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-386-5564