2 - 3 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Space Needle Tour
Embark on a walking tour of Seattle’s Space needle area, full of vibrant art, culture, and enchanting views. Visit the Museum of Pop Culture. Learn the story behind the Space Needle and take in exhilarating views. Observe diverse sculptures, stroll through lush gardens, and witness the impressive Mural Amphitheatre.
About the Tour
Your Space Needle tour begins at the Museum of Pop Culture.
From there, your journey takes you to the majestic Space Needle, a prominent symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair. Here, you’ll hear the story of how the city sought a memorable centerpiece for fairgoers and the struggle to find a place to build it! Next, you’ll come to the Chihuly Garden and Glass, featuring many glass sculptures that emulate the natural world. You’ll also uncover the story behind Chihuly’s unique processes in creating these works.
As you keep walking, you’ll see the Sonic Bloom, solar-powered floral sculptures that produce harmonic tones as you get close! Then see the Pacific Science Center, built for the World’s Fair. You’ll hear the tale of some fugitive monkeys as well! On a tamer note, you’ll head onto the Neototems Children’s Garden. Learn how many Native Americans saw whales as symbols of good luck, while observing the whimsical sculptures around you.
Your journey next takes you to the Mural Amphitheatre. Learn about the artist Paul Horiuchi, responsible for the mural before you. Step back in time and hear about the many struggles he experienced.
Then move past the Seattle Center and onto the International Fountain, another remnant from the World’s Fair. You’ll hear how it’s changed since, including the fact that it once had a jagged surface like the moon! If you’re lucky, you might even take in a water show, synced to diverse music like Beethoven and Northwestern bands.
Up next is another original structure from the fair, the Climate Pledge Arena. You’ll hear how the arena once housed the “World of Tomorrow” exhibit, complete with projected images of an imagined future! Head onto the Kobe Bell Meditation Garden and uncover the bonds between Seattle and Kobe, Japan, forged after World War II. You’ll also see the great bell, given by Kobe as a gesture of peace and friendship.
Your journey will take a few twists. Laugh at the April Fool’s prank involving the very fake collapse of the Space Needle. Become spellbound by the base jumpers who once leapt from the Space Needle’s observation platform, but with a few frightening twists!
Your walking tour ends at the Artists at Play Playground, designed around themes of sound and motion.
Where to start?
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
Preview The Tour
The tour begins at the Museum of Pop Culture.
Sonic Bloom are solar-powered floral sculptures that produce harmonic tones when approached closely, adding an auditory experience to your visit.
The garden features sculptures representing Native American views of whales as symbols of good luck, among other whimsical artworks.
The best time to visit is typically during the mild seasons of spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant for outdoor exploration.
On average, visitors spend about 2 to 3 hours exploring the Space Needle area and its attractions.
Some nearby dining options include the Space Needle’s SkyCity Restaurant, offering fine dining with a view, and various cafes and restaurants within the Seattle Center complex.
Sunset provides breathtaking views as the city lights up. However, visiting during the day allows for better observation of the surrounding attractions.
Check the local events calendar for festivals or events happening at the Seattle Center, as they can enhance your tour experience.
The Space Needle’s observation deck offers stunning panoramic views of the city, making it an excellent spot for photos.
Parking facilities are available in the vicinity, and fees may vary depending on the location and duration of your visit.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.