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Seattle Center, Seattle

#5 of 61 in Parks in Seattle
Fountain · Hidden Gem · Garden
Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, Seattle Center is home to the instantly recognizable Space Needle, Seattle's official landmark. Here, you'll find the International Fountain, a Modernist water sculpture of carefully timed water jets and accompanying music. Travel to the observation deck atop the 184 m (605 ft) tower in 41 seconds via one of the elevators, and take in the 360-degree views of Seattle. Grab a burger at Skycity, the center's revolving restaurant, while watching the busy city below. The center is also home to the Seattle Shakespeare Co., the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and the Kobe Bell. Also on site, the EMP museum is dedicated to popular culture and features the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The complex's Pacific Science Center, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, is home to two IMAX theaters. To visit Seattle Center and other attractions in Seattle, use our Seattle trip maker website.
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  • First thing I did after getting to Seattle was to head to the Seattle Center. So many of the attractions I wanted to see were all in one place. I didn't realize, however, how wonderful of an...  more »
  • Very diverse area, with instalations, museums and the Space Needle. Green areas for relaxing. Starting point of bus tours.  more »
  • An excellent place. A 'must visit' location, if you are in Seattle. One gets to know the historical importance of the place, as well as the efforts that have gone into building the center. The reservations, tour timings are very well managed. The floating floor adds to the excitement. There are plenty of opportunities for enjoyment in the space center itself: a restaurant, a store for buying memorabilia, etc. One can also take a stroll in the gardens and grounds around the center.
  • There is always something going on at this place, especially in the summer. From concerts to movies in the park, the Seattle center provides inexpensive entertainment to the community. One of the events I went to in early August was the first annual Russian Festival. It was pretty neat to see the various dances, songs, and wares for sale. Hopefully next year it'll be bigger and better. Anywhere in the park, there is a great view of the Space Needle, so pick a spot on the grass and enjoy the view.

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