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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!
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Watch Seattle’s best Fourth of July firework displays at the Sky View Observatory (SVO) on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center with 360° views.
• Food available: bottled beer, wine, fresh rosemary-infused lemonade, and light snacks such as chips, popcorn, and sweets. Items will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Space will be limited to 350 people and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Re-admittance stamps will be available, but do not guarantee a reserved space.
• Parking is available in the building off of Fifth Avenue & Columbia Street.
• No tripod of any kind and no outside food or beverage is allowed within the Sky View Observatory.
Admission to SVO is free for children ages 5 & under, $9 for seniors (55+), military, students, and children (ages 6 to 12) and $14.75 for adults.
To purchase tickets or for more information about visiting the SVO, visit www.skyviewobservatory.com or call 206-386-5564.
Monday, July 4th, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sky View Observatory is located at 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center.
Visitors can access the SVO through the elevators in the main lobby of Columbia Center.
About Sky View Observatory (SVO):
Located on Floor 73 of Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory features 360 degree views of Seattle and the surrounding region. Affordably priced and open seven days a week, this observatory sits at a height of over 900 feet and is an outstanding value and venue for residents and visitors alike. Follow SVO on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please call 206-386-5564 for more information.