Atop the Space Needle: Couples Share Intimate Moments While Gazing at Seattle’s Beautiful Skyline

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Atop the Space Needle: Couples Share Intimate Moments While Gazing at Seattle’s Beautiful Skyline

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 2/24/17

The Short Version: The Space Needle, an iconic 605-foot-tall building in Seattle, elevates dates in a unique and romantic setting. Visitors can escape the hustle and bustle on the ground and enjoy one another’s company surrounded by the breathtaking sights of Seattle’s coast, mountains, and city. Every year, more than 1 million visitors come to this popular attraction and make a lasting memory. The Space Needle tantalizes all the senses with gorgeous views and delectable foods. The SkyCity restaurant serves up flavorful culinary specialties while slowly rotating 360 degrees, so couples can see and taste the best of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you prefer wandering hand in hand on the Observation Deck or sharing an upscale meal in a rotating restaurant, the Space Needle encourages couples to enjoy themselves.

Serena and Michael spent their first date at the Space Needle Observation Deck, taking in the expansive view and making idle small talk as the wind fluttered through Serena’s dark hair. Their connection was undeniable. Two years later, on Valentine’s Day, the couple returned to this Seattle landmark to celebrate their nuptials. It was a lively affair, full of love and laughter.

“I have officiated several weddings on the Observation Deck, and it’s never a dull moment,” wrote MissElaine, their officiant, in a blog post. “If you have a Space Needle Observation Deck wedding, expect a lot of cheering from people you have never met before!”

Photo of Michael and Serena's wedding at the Space Needle

On February 14, 2015, Michael and Serena tied the knot on the Observation Deck of the Space Needle.

Behind them stretched the stunning Seattle landscape, but Serena and Michael had eyes only for each other during their wedding ceremony.

Its unparalleled views and unique spaces makes Seattle’s Space Needle a treasured romantic getaway for couples, like Serena and Michael, who want to elevate their dates, proposals, weddings, and other celebrations. If you’re looking for a diverting way to spend time with your date, the Space Needle’s Observation deck, restaurant, and banquet halls offer a wide range of romantic opportunities.

This is a must-see attraction for anyone in the Pacific Northwest. Each year, the Space Needle hosts over 1 million visitors in search of a new perspective, an incredible photo, a unique meal, and an all-around memorable experience over 500 feet up in the air. Daters feel on top of the world looking out over the vibrant city life and the natural wonders that make Seattle so beautiful.

At 520 Feet, the Observation Deck Impresses Visitors

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle’s Space Needle promised something truly special. The design combined the look of a flying saucer, a balloon on a string, and an hourglass and can withstand wind speeds of up to 200 mph. At the time of its construction, the Space Needle was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River at 605 feet.

Today, the Space Needle draws hundreds of people a day. It’s an excellent, laidback way to spend an afternoon with your partner. The tourist attraction offers free sky-high selfies on their Observation Deck (520 feet up) for anyone looking to make a memory. You can snap a cute photo with your loved one, and then download it for free as a fun memento of your date.

Photo of the Space Needle

The Space Needle is among Seattle’s most recognized and romantic tourist attractions.

According to the tourist destination’s official website, “As the pivot point for one of the world’s hubs for innovation, the Space Needle is heightening guests’ ability to discover Seattle in one-of-a-kind ways and share those interactions with the world.”

A concrete foundation that goes 30 feet underground protects Seattle’s most iconic building from earthquakes. You can learn more fun facts about the Space Needle here and wow your date on your visit with all your knowledge. Maybe if you mention that the tower sways about one inch for every 1o mph of wind, you can get your date to stick closer by your side!

SkyCity: The Famed Rotating Restaurant Serves a Great Date Night

The SkyCity Restaurant, originally named the Eye of the Needle, is a popular place to bring a date to celebrate an anniversary or pop the question. The restaurant’s main claim to fame: It spins while you eat! The Space Needle’s iconic restaurant “serves a 360-degree panorama at 500 feet to complement its spirits, wines, beverages, and samplings of all the tastes the Pacific Northwest has to offer.”

You can book your reservation online for parties up to four people. For larger groups or special events, contact the restaurant staff at (206) 905-2100.

Concept art for the original restaurant at the Space Needle

Originally designed in the 1960s, the SkyCity Restaurant completes one full rotation in 47 minutes.

The website makes an enticing appeal to visitors: “Soak in the sunset over the mountains. Enjoy the twinkling lights of downtown with SkyCity’s rotating panorama.” From your table, you can see Mount Rainier, Lake Union, and all of Seattle at a glance.

The food is also miles above the usual fare. Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield hand picks menu items that capture the local flavors of Seattle — from buttery comfort food to fresh seafood. Every few months, he overhauls the menu to keep visitors coming back to try something new. The SkyCity’s signature dishes tastefully upgrade any brunch, lunch, or dinner with that special someone.

Plus, along with your meal comes a free trip to the Observation Deck where you can cap your night off by looking out over downtown Seattle in the crisp mountain air.

Romantic Special Events: New Year’s Fireworks & Iconic Weddings

The Space Needle has played host to many private parties and special events throughout the years. Whether you’re hosting a rehearsal dinner, holiday celebration, or bachelorette party, the building’s three banquet halls (with a capacity of up to 300 guests) provide stunning views and delicious food for you and your guests. Their facilities sit about 10 stories up and offer an intimate setting for mixing and mingling.

On New Year’s Eve, the Space Needle dazzles Seattle with a celebratory fireworks show synchronized to popular music. The event is a time-honored tradition conducted every year since 1982. Crowds of about 20,000 people gather in the streets of downtown Seattle to ring in the New Year watching one of the world’s largest structure-launched fireworks displays.

Weddings are not uncommon in these banquet halls — of course, some opt for the fresh air of the Observation Deck. The building’s granite dance floor, indulgent hors d’oeuvres, and full bar give couples all they need to entertain hundreds of guests at the Space Needle.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or tying the knot, the Space Needle offers a memorable backdrop for all types of private events. When you book a reservation at this Seattle favorite, you’ll find romance and awe in an environment unlike any other.

“Any kind of event you throw at us, we can handle it!” the team boasts on the private events page. “With fabulous food, service, and views, sometimes the Space Needle is the kind of place you want for yourself.”

Enjoy Seattle’s Most Breathtaking View With Someone Special

Jutting proudly above the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle attracts any couple looking for a romantic spot to appreciate the beauty of the city. Visitors can’t help but be captivated by the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald City’s iconic building.

From their spacious banquet halls all the way up to the Observation Deck, the Space Needle gives daters a remarkable experience with every visit. Couples on a first date, like Michael and Serena all those years ago, often find themselves entranced by the romantic atmosphere atop the Space Needle. You can prolong the evening over drinks or a meal at the SkyCity restaurant, which slowly rotates to showcase Seattle from every angle, while over 500 feet in the air.

“The views are spectacular… all the pictures taken inside the Skyline level of the Space Needle look like our wedding was at an elegant location (which the Space Needle is).” — Carrie Aubrey, a bride reviewing the Space Needle on WeddingWire

Soaking in the vivid colors of the sun setting over Elliot Bay, couples linger in the open air of the Observation Deck and enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Space Needle.

“The Space Needle is truly an icon in Seattle,” said Robin Schauer, Sales Manager for the Space Needle. “What makes the space most unique is any time of day is amazing to be here. There’s never a bad view.”