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The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At nearly 1,000 feet it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle.

Developed by Martin Selig, the 76-story, 1.5 million square foot Columbia Center—home to Sky View Observatory—was completed in 1985. Clad in smoked tempered glass and Carnelian granite, the structure boasts 8,800 windows, 2,100 hydronic heat pumps, 48 elevators, and 6 escalators. The many technical innovations required for such a large scale project, such as viscoelastic dampers and triangle shaped bracing, enable Columbia Center to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds, making it one of the strongest and safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.



701 5th Ave Floor 73
Seattle WA 98104

Onsite parking is available at current rates, subject to change without notice.


To get to the Observatory make your way to the main lobby on the fourth floor of the Columbia Center via the main entrance on 5th Avenue, the elevators from the parking garage, or the escalators from the 1st floor Atrium off of 4th Avenue. Find the elevator bank labeled 37-76 and take the elevator to the Sky Lobby on the 40th floor (where the highest Starbucks in the world is located). As you exit the elevator an automated voice will tell you which direction to turn. Proceed to the elevators that are labeled “66-76”. Once in the elevator press “73” and you will arrive at the tallest public view in the west in seconds!



Purchase your tickets online or in person on Floor 73. Pricing is as follows:

  • Adults: $14.75
  • Children Ages 6-12: $9.75
  • Children Ages 5 & under: FREE
  • Students & Military with ID: $9.75
  • Seniors 55+: $9.75


For groups of 10 or more, please contact us for rates: or 206.386.5564

Ticket prices are subject to change.

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We are currently creating a new Café experience and are closed for the moment. Please follow us on Facebook for updates.



The Sky View Observatory offers a one-of-a-kind event space in the highest public observatory in the Northwest with full-service catering. Whether it’s an intimate wedding, a cocktail party, or a corporate event, we will meet every event need. Seated events for up to 75 and stand-up, reception-style events for up to 100.


E-mail us today to plan your event:

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From Land to Sea to Sky, Enter to Win a Seattle All Around Experience

We’re celebrating Seattle’s best all around view, with an all around experience featuring Seattle’s hottest attractions and tours. We’re giving away an adventure that will take you from land to sea to sky. Every promotional partner involved is an attraction or destination that can be viewed from Sky View Observatory; or we just really love that destination. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience Kenmore Air’s Seattle scenic seaplane tour, a Lake Union Argosy Cruise, bites and beverages at Duke’s Chowder House, a one night stay at the quaint Inn at the Market, located in the heart of Pike Place Market, and two all-day passes to enjoy Sky View!

Visit Sky View Observatory on Facebook between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017 to enter to win an all around Seattle experience.

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Rules for Promotion: Entrants must tag someone on the promotional post on Facebook to qualify to enter to win. One winner will be selected by July 1, 2017 and notified via email. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, and must be 21+ to enter to win.

This giveaway promotion is not affiliated, associated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, entrants release Facebook from any association.
A special shoutout to 425 Magazine and South Sound Magazine for being great media partners!
View photo: Mike Reid | Aerial photo: Kenmore Air



For additional information, we may be reached at the following:
Tel: 206.386.5564 (press 5 to speak to a representative)
General Information:
Events & Rentals:
Media: tamaraw[at]
Managed by: Urban Renaissance Group LLC

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Events photography by Stephanie Cristalli. View photography by Mike Reid. For larger prints, please visit