Smith Tower Observatory
506 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98104
Views, and History in the heart of Seattle.
Although your first thought will be to climb the Space Needle, the Smith Tower offers views, learning, and family fun. Built it 1914 this was the tallest building to be found west of the Mississippi River, at the time. The entire process of getting to the viewpoint on the top floor is an experience everyone can enjoy. After purchasing your ticket at the front door you'll wind your way through a museum. In this portion covering history of the last 100 years, you’re encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibits. Even the elevator is a ride with an escort by the operator, and a see through door. Once you make it to the top, you'll be greeted with some of the best views of the Seattle skyline, and surrounding mountains. If you’ve worked up an appetite on your way, there is also a full service spot with prohibition inspired drinks and food. Don't forget to grab a coffee, hot chocolate and pastry in the cafe located at the base of Smith Tower on your way out.