Discover Space Needle wheelchair accessible attractions, things to do, tours and activities for disabled travelers. Read our informative review to learn if the Space Needle is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair friendly or if Wheelchair Jimmy recommends it should be avoided by travelers in wheelchairs.
Built in 1962, the Space Needle served as the symbol of that year’s World’s Fair. It has since become the symbol of Seattle, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. You just can’t hide from the view. Float planes land below you on sparkling Lake Union. Ferries, cruise lines and cargo ships cross Elliott Bay. The city streets are abuzz with activity. This is a major city opening up before your very eyes.
In May 1996, the Space Needle welcomed the Olympic Torch Relay with a special fireworks show as it passed through Seattle on its way to Atlanta for the Summer Games.
In 2000, the Space Needle completed a $20 million revitalization. The year-long project included construction of the Pavilion Level, SpaceBase retail store, SkyCity restaurant, O Deck overhaul, exterior lighting additions, Legacy Light installations, exterior painting and more.
Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
We’ve been here several times and it is very wheelchair friendly, all the way to the top of the Space Needle via large commercial elevators. I’ve always found it’s more convenient to valet park here as some of the other parking lots are more distant (and the accessible parking spaces are limited) and the one-way streets around the Seattle Center get confusing. This is especially true if it’s raining since there are no covered entrances at the Space Needle.
There are wheelchair accessible restrooms and the restaurant at the top of the Needle is very wheelchair accessible. It’s always crowded here so be prepared, but it’s a Must Visit if you’re in Seattle.