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Seattle Space Needle

Saturday, May 12, 2007

semi-overcast 0 °F

Well, we thought today was supposed to be sunny, so we had decided to go up to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle today; BUT the weatherman changed his forecast this morning and it will be cloudy by Noon. We decide to go to the top anyway, and we're glad we did.


Although we couldn't see Mt Rainier very well (in fact, barely at all since the snow blended in with the clouds), we had great views of Seattle and the surrounding area. Plus there was a festival going on at the docks, so we had fun watching the tugboats and fireboats parade. We were enjoying the view so much that we decided to get some coffee & snacks, and then watch the view for another hour from our chairs.

The view from our seats, where we spent a solid hour just watching the boats go by:

So after two hours on top of the Space Needle (about 1 1/2 hours more than we expected), we took the elevator back down (went over to see Sanjaya from American Idol signing autographs) and spent about two hours next door at the science center. I particularly liked their indoor butterfly garden....dozens of butterflies flying around us!

They boast the largest acoustical and electric guitars in the world:

We only had snacks on top of the Space Needle for lunch, so we had an early dinner at the food court in the Seattle Center House, next to the museum, and then headed "home".

One side note: We had originally planned to have lunch on top of the Space Needle in their restaurant, but after finding out it was going to cost $46 per person for brunch (plus tip), we said 'no thank you'. Our coffee and cinnamin rolls (Joe had soda and Miniature Reese Cups) in the lounge on the observation deck only cost us about $14 and was better than the revolving restaurant, since we could watch the activities in the bay instead of revolving around in the restaurant to the inland side of Seattle. In case you ever get to Seattle and also can't afford to spend $150 on a family meal :-)

Posted by jengelman 05:42 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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So I am checking in to see where the Engelmans will bring us today. Wow- the pictures are awesome, I could just sit and watch the boats all day myself, so I really enjoyed the pictures.! The weather here in Central PA is crazy, yesterday was so hot you could hardle stand it, today is very breezy and you need a sweatshirt, they are calling for 90 on Tuesday, and then Wednesday back to 60- crazy, crazy weather. As always, enjoy and safe travel!

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