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Seattle Center, Seattle

4.4
#5 of 63 in Parks in Seattle
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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  • This is right beside the Space Needle. In fact, you can see it from the top of the Space Needle. I believe this is where we parked/walked to see the Space Needle. There is a big red sculpture...  more »
  • had a lovely colorful and artistic experience. Had also a guide explain to us some of the highlights of the exhibition. You need to google it and find out what is on as it changes every now an then.  more »
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  • 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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