Seattle Space Needle , Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Monorail to Westlake Center

Space Needle Seattle and Chihuly Garden and Glass are probably one of the biggest attractions in Seattle. However, we did only a “been there done that” as we were late for Chihuly Gardens that day and there was a queue for the restaurant at Space Needle. Nonetheless, this post will give you an idea of how a visit to these attractions would be like should you be visiting them in Seattle.

Seattle Space Needle

 The Seattle Space Needle
The Seattle Space Needle

The Seattle Space Needle is probably Seattle’s most significant landmark. As we drove towards Kerry Park Viewpoint, it was the most obvious sight as we took in the city skyline…

 Kerry Park for views of the Seattle Space Needle
Kerry Park for views of the Seattle Space Needle

 View of Seattle City Skyline and Space Needle from Kerry Park Viewpoint
View of Seattle City Skyline and Space Needle from Kerry Park Viewpoint


Video taken from Kerry Park Viewpoint

The observation deck, located 520 feet (158.5 metres) above ground, gives a splendid view of the city of Seattle. Tickets costs $11 (for general admission), $17 (for 2 visits within 24 hours) and $21 for both Chihuly Garden and Seattle Space Needle. The other way to visit the observation is through the Skycity Restaurant – though there is a minimum charge of $35 per pax. Opening hours for the observation deck and Skycity Restaurant is as follows

Observation Deck & SpaceBase Retail Store

Monday – Thursday 10am – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday 9:30am – 10:30pm
Sunday 9:30am – 9:30pm

*Ticket Booth closes 30 minutes prior to the above closing times.

SkyCity Restaurant

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 2:45pm

Lunch
Monday – Friday
11:30am – 2:00pm

Dinner
Sunday – Thursday
5:00pm – 8:45pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 9:45pm

 Close up view of Seattle Space Needle
Close up view of Seattle Space Needle

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass is founded by Dale Patrick Chihuly. He was born in Tacoma Washington in 1941 and is considered a master for glass sculptures, especially in the realm of HUGE glass sculptures.

 Huge glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass
Huge glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass

 Another view of Chihuly Gardens and its
Another view of Chihuly Gardens and its “greenhouse”

Chihuly’s influences are far and wide. Even in Singapore, there’s a restaurant named Chihuly Lounge at Ritz Carlton, seeking inspiration from his works.

To round up the evening, we took the mono rail from Space Needle (by the way the Space Needle and Chihuly Gardens are within walking distance of each other) to Westlake Center. There are only 2 stops on the monorail, one to the city center and the other at the Space Needle. A one-way ticket costs $2.25 while a return ticket costs $4.50. We took a one-way ticket to Westlake and had dinner at the food court…

 Monorail from Seattle Space Needle to Westlake Center (Downtown Station)
Monorail from Seattle Space Needle to Westlake Center (Downtown Station)

 Inside the Monorail where the cashier is and tickets can be issued
Inside the Monorail where the cashier is and tickets can be issued

 Not too man people taking the monorail eh?
Not too man people taking the monorail eh?

 Arriving at Downtown Station - the one and only stop
Arriving at Downtown Station – the one and only stop

 Food Court at Westlake after alighting from the monorail
Food Court at Westlake after alighting from the monorail

At the food court, we went to the noodles stall and ordered the hor fun with satay sauce. Sounds strange doesn’t it? But it was a surprisingly good combination. The hor fun had a springy texture while the satay sauce was quite close to the taste back home, slightly on the creamy nutty side. Shiok.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle

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