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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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August 4 – August 7: Located at Sky View Observatory
WHO: All Air Show Fans!
WHAT: The public is invited to experience the Boeing Seafair Air Show from the Sky View Observatory (SVO) at Seattle’s Columbia Center. The SVO offers a 900-foot high, 360 degree view of Seattle and the scenic Puget Sound region. Enjoy an extended beer and wine happy hour at the Sky View Café from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, August 5: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Practice)
Saturday, August 6: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Full Show)
Sunday, August 7: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Full Show)
Visit the following link for the full Boeing Air Show schedule. Boeing Seafair Air Show schedule.
Floor 73 of the Columbia Center
701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104 (corner of 5th and Columbia)
The SVO is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with onsite parking available via the Columbia Street entrance. Visitors can access the SVO through the elevators in the main lobby of Columbia Center. Admission is $14.75 for adults and $9 for seniors, students and military with identification, and children ages 6 to 12. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. For more information about visiting Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory, please call 206-386-5564 or visit http://www.skyviewobservatory.com.
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Use the hashtag #BluesEyeView during the Boeing Seafair Air Show to stay connected to all of the action!