seattle space needle
No doubt, the Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognizable landmark. No other building is more closely associated with the city. One glance, and you know exactly where you are (or at least where the camera is pointing): 219 Fourth Ave N Seattle WA 98109 U S of A
The Seattle Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It’s also the oldest revolving restaurant still currently in use.
Tall. How tall? The Seattle Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) tall and 138 feet (42 m) across at its widest point. Its center of gravity is a mere 5 feet above the ground. The Needle was built in 367 days. and there are 24 lightening rods on top.
The elevator ride to the top takes 41 seconds. The observation deck is 520 feet tall. A gift shop and the SkyCity restaurant are 20 feet below the observation deck itself. There are 848 steps from the bottom of the basement to the top of the observation deck.
Trivia: only 3 people have jumped to their death off of the Space Needle. Six BASE jumpers have leapt off the Needle.
The Needle has 25 lightning rods; 24 plus the needle itself, in spite of the fact that the Pacific NW has the least amount of lightning in the country (in sharp contrast to FL).
The Space Needle hosts fireworks on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve as well as other occasions throughout the year. We can see them from our living and dining rooms and better yet from our roof deck! Watch a 2012 New Year’s fireworks video.
Did you know that the Space Needle has its web cam?