Space Needle Turns 50
Space Needle is the most popular landmark in Seattle, Washington. It is a tower that was built for the 1962 World's Fair. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Space Needle is a thing of beauty, and a must-see. Plan your trip and see it for yourself.
- What is Space Needle?
- Observation Deck
- SkyCity Restaurant
- I Made it to the Top
- Celebrating 50th Anniversary
What is Space Needle?
It is a needle or syringe-shaped tower located in Seattle Center in the state of Washington, USA. It is 605 feet tall at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point. It weighs 9,550 tons. Its construction was completed in 1962 for the World's Fair. It features an observation deck and a gift shop with a rotating restaurant called SkyCity. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle for only 43 seconds through an elevator that travels at 10 miles per hour. The tower was built to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour, and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude.
Check this out to see a brief video clip of Space Needle
From the Observation Deck at 520 feet, one can see see the stunning beauty of the downtown Seattle, the majestic Cascade Mountain, the snow-capped Mount Rainier, the magnificent Mount Baker, the splendid Elliot Bay, and all other surrounding islands.
There are complimentary Swarovski Telescopes that can be used and would magically take you to the beautiful sceneries around the area. You can even spot your car where it is parked, or someone buying a bag of popcorn in a concession stand.
If you're lucky enough, you'll get the chance to meet Sneedle, the very friendly Space Needle mascot and take a picture with him. Children and adults love him so much.
This is a rotating restaurant that revolves 360 degrees and allows you to see a guaranteed breath taking views of the city as you dine and enjoy your sumptuous meal. Everything is served fresh. Menus include salad, soup, sea food, meat, pasta, desserts, and other delectables. SkyCity's culinary team uses Northwest grown beef, fresh-caught seafood from the abundant waters of the Pacific Northwest, and produce from local farmers. Elevator ride and visit to the Observation Deck are complimentary when dining. My family and I got the opportunity to dine there a few years ago.
I Made it to the Top
I have been to Space Needle many times and I never get tired seeing it again and again. It is a wonderful experience to be able to see the beauty of Space Needle, which was designated as a historic landmark on April 19, 1999. If you are in Seattle, make sure you visit the place. There's always fun for children and adults.
Space Needle-themed souvenir items are available at the gift shop. There's a large selection of mementos: pens, magnets, mugs, shirts, caps, keychains, and other items you may want to keep for yourself or give away to friends.
Each time I visit Space Needle, I make sure I reach the top, the Observation Deck. In one of my visits, I was able to meet Sneedle, the mascot and had some souvenir photo shots with him, one of which is shown above. It was fun meeting him as he was very friendly.
Celebrating 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, on April 17, 1961, the ground breaking for the Space Needle project took place. The construction was completed within one year, in time for the opening of the April 1962 World's Fair.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Space Needle kicks off this April with so many things being planned. Everyone is invited to share some recollections and experiences from the first day Space Needle operated. Anyone can contribute stories and photos of special memories experienced at Space Needle. A website is being launched in hopes of creating the world's most complete Space Needle archive. If you have anything to share, visit www.spaceneedle50.com and contribute your stories, experiences, videos, or photos. Be part of Space Needle's history. Great prizes will be given away to the lucky few who can share their old memories.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Space Needle!
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