Seattle Center
Seattle Center
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGardensFountains
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place, centered around the International Fountain, in the core of our region and the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.
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Neighborhood: Queen Anne
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  • Seattle Center • 2 min walk
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Landog
La Center, WA211 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This is really a nice touristy spot to visit! Lots of food options, endless sights to see. The city has done a great job of cleaning up the area and making it feel safe. Lots to see and do, from the Spaceneedle to Climate Change Arena! Just seems as if there are limitless things to keep you busy. The weather was great on this trip! Dry and warm for a winter night.
Written December 30, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Seattle Center is a wonderful area to see and do things, particularly for families with children. There are museums, fountains, shops, open spaces and a host of other things. The area was the site of the World Fair back in 1962. It’s certainly worth a visit.
Written November 19, 2023
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Laura W
Denver, CO41 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The central location of several to do’s like the Pacific Science Center (check the hours, I unfortunately missed it), the Chihuly Glass Gardens, the Space Needle, and MoPop. There was security out during the day, but I didn’t see any at sunset.
Written October 4, 2023
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Valleyblue
Sacramento, CA416 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
If you're visiting Seattle, and you should, you'll definitely want to spend some time at the Seattle Center. Aside from it just being a nice place to hang out, there's plenty to do there. Whether you just want to wander the grounds, visit the Space Needle, have some lunch, a snack, grab something to drink at the Armory, or check out a museum, it's there at Seattle Center. The Museum of Pop Culture is excellent, even if you're not into the types of pop culture featured, or you can go to the Chihuly Garden and Glass (not a must see, it's good but overpriced).

Seattle Center is a beautiful park with plenty to do and see.
Written October 1, 2023
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Bill B
Wentzville, MO199 contributions
Jul 2023
This a really cool place to hang out. We had lunch at the Armory, rode the monorail to town and back. Walked around enjoying the area. I wish we had more time.
Written August 8, 2023
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Mattkur
Chicago, IL130 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This is right next to the space needle and had some beautiful art outside. We were here for about 20 minutes walking around and taking pictures.
Written July 24, 2023
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BayRidgeGal
Brooklyn, NY232 contributions
Jun 2023
I enjoyed the Chihuly Gardens. The museum was closed. I skipped the touristy Space Needle when told that Mt Ranier is rarely visible even on a sunny day.
Written July 5, 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,077 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Didn’t realise all this area was there. We’d only gone to go up space needle
The fountain is fabulous. You can walk right round it just be prepared for a surprise and possibly to get wet!
Walked around the arena- home to the ice hockey team of Seattle. Shame you couldn’t get inside for a peak
The food hall had lots of choices and wasn’t too busy. You access the monorail from here too
Written May 1, 2023
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M H
Saint Paul, MN1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Family
As a Seattle-phile, I have always respected the character of this city’s residents—their genuine kindness, their intelligence, and their investment in their communities. Unfortunately, Seattle Center does a very poor job at representing the mindset of the average Seattle resident. I took my wife, 6 year old, and 11 year old child to the Chihuly Exhibit and the Space Needle. The average price for each of these sites is over $100 for a family of 4. It is expected that the experience created for the customer justify the lofty price. While we greatly enjoyed viewing Chihuly’s work and the spectacular vistas from the top of the Space Needle, we were dismayed at the behavior of the staff at these places toward children. At the Chihuly exhibit, my 6 year old was hungry, so my wife brought along a piece of banana bread. The closest thing to a cafeteria was a bar/lounge at the museum. My wife first inquired with the staff about whether it would be okay for us to sit down as a family and just order drinks. We were told by the waitress that this was okay. However, we were abruptly told that there was no outside food allowed in the space (even though we were the only customers). I asked for the check, and we took their drinks to go, only to be informed that there were no drinks allowed in the museum. My wife and 6 year old had to leave the museum entirely. By the end of it, he was so hypoglycemic and upset that my wife had to walk him back to the hotel, essentially ruining our family visit. I appreciate that restaurants may have their rules, but I would also hope that people could have a sense of decency and common sense, and let a hungry 6 year old just eat his banana bread. Our visit would have been a whole lot better if there was just a little compassion.

Subsequently, we made a visit to the Space Needle. My 6 and 11 year old boys loved the rotating glass floor. There was a lounge area where alcohol and soft drinks were served at a bar. Both of my boys were tired and wanted to sit down, drink a Pepsi, and watch the floor rotate. As I went to the bar to order, we were told by the bartender that there were no children allowed in the lounge, that it was a “bar.” Please note that to the eye this area is merely a fenced off region surrounded by tourists and has tables. Although it was $6 to buy a Pepsi, we were willing to do this (on top of paying the $80+ admission fee) because it seemed like a fun thing to do. The bartender did not apologize, just directed us upstairs, and I could not help but share with her the stupidity of these rules. The argument that kids are loud and may disrupt the customers does not apply, because there were lines of noisy tourists waiting to take the elevator back down to the gift shop. In addition, there was nothing suggestive or corrupting of the environment, and so it was difficult to understand why kids were not allowed. The final straw was when we went to gift shop, waiting in line, and was met by a gruff clerk who checked us out, not saying thank you and just handing off our purchased items.

Frankly, I am very disappointed in the way Seattle Center comports itself. It’s an expensive experience that attracts lots of tourists. However, that doesn’t mean that one cannot be respectful. Do better.
Written April 5, 2023
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Parker B
Tacoma, WA5 contributions
Jan 2023
So much to see. A little pricey for certain facilities though. We usually spend up to three hours even though we live in Tacoma.
Written February 14, 2023
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