Tallest public observatory in the Pacific N.W. sits at 902 ft and offers views of Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains, and Seattle skyline
What You'll Get
- Youth tickets are valid for ages 5–13, adult tickets are for ages 14+, and senior tickets are for ages 65+
- Free admission for children 4 and under with an adult or senior
Located 902 feet above ground on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory is the tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest. Guests enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle skyline.
- Hours of operation
(end times below indicate final entry, one hour before close)
- March 8–March 31: 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
- April 1–May 1: 11a.m.–7 p.m.
- May 2–Sept 7: Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Mon/Tue/Wed 12 p.m.–9 p.m.
- Sept 7–Oct 2: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Oct 3–Dec 31: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Directions and Parking Information: Main entrance located on 4th Avenue just south of Columbia Street.
Pioneer Square Link Light Rail Station is just 1 block East of Sky View Observatory. Many major bus routes stop nearby; for bus routes, check out King County Metro Trip Planner at tripplanner.kingcounty.gov. Various pay-to-park options are available in the area, including Columbia Center Garage at 5th Avenue & Columbia Street, or street-level parking at 4th Avenue & Cherry Street. Note: Sky View occasionally closes for private events. Please call to inquire prior to your visit.
The Fine Print
About Sky View Observatory
Located at 902 feet above Seattle, 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, 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.