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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!
CASUAL ARTISAN FARE & NORTHWEST LIBATIONS,
WITH THE BEST VIEW IN SEATTLE!
Sky View Cafe offers seasonal and fresh menus, that include delicious wraps, inventive salads, and house-baked pastries. Even enjoy a glass of local draft beers & wine with a view that can’t be beat.
HAPPY HOUR 5 – 7 PM Monday – Friday — ENJOY $1 OFF BEERS & WINES
If you work in the Columbia Center, present your employee badge to the front desk and receive complimentary access to the Skyview Observatory and 10% off at Skyview Cafe (excluding Happy Hour items)!
Café Hours: 11am – 7pm Daily
Café Telephone: 206.623.7373
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Enjoy the sights from Sky View Observatory and Columbia Center every month of the year. The 2017 SVO/Columbia Center Wall Calendar features images shot by local photographers, as well as listing major holidays, moon phases and sunrise/sunset times. See more images and purchase information after the break.
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. (read more)
Watch Seattle’s best Fourth of July firework displays at the Sky View Observatory (SVO) on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center with 360° views.
• Food available: bottled beer, wine, fresh rosemary-infused lemonade, and light snacks such as chips, popcorn, and sweets. Items will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Space will be limited to 350 people and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Re-admittance stamps will be available, but do not guarantee a reserved space.
• Parking is available in the building off of Fifth Avenue & Columbia Street.
• No tripod of any kind and no outside food or beverage is allowed within the Sky View Observatory.
Sky View Observatory was featured as an Exhilarating Sky-High Meeting Venue by Successful Meetings. View the full story here.
All ages are invited to the Sky View Observatory (SVO) on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center for New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve at Sky View Observatory! The 360 degree observatory makes this a front row seat to watch the fireworks show atop of the Space Needle from one of the highest viewing points in the Pacific Northwest. For this day only (Dec 31st), the SVO will stay open until 1 AM. The SVO Café will offer champagne, wine, beer, and light bites for purchase from 8 PM to 12 AM. (read more)
July 30 – August 2: Located at Sky View Observatory
All Air Show Fans!
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. Specials include all day happy hour pricing on beer and wine at the Sky View Café.
Firework fanatics are invited to the Sky View Observatory (SVO) on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center for the Fourth of July!
Come get “sky high” at the tallest public observatory west of the Mississippi to witness Fourth of July festivities! All fireworks enthusiasts are invited to come up to the SVO to watch shows all over the Puget Sound. The 360 degree observation deck makes this a front row seat to watch thousands of fireworks, from one of the highest viewing points in the Pacific Northwest. Displays from Gasworks Park and Bellevue to Bainbridge, Vashon, and everything in between will be in view. The SVO will stay open until 11 p.m. Beer, wine, and special food items such as hot dogs, potato salad, and a $6 Kids Meal will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Space will be limited to 350 people and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Convenient parking is available in the building, with an entrance off of Columbia. (read more)