In light of the recent proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee to shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities, the Smith Tower Visitor Experience will temporarily suspend all operations, effective March 16, 2020. As soon as we have more information about our re-opening date, you'll be the first to know.

We'll be reaching out to guests who've pre-purchased admission tickets for a date in the future, as well as clients with confirmed event or group reservation bookings, to assist them in making alternative arrangements.

We look forward to welcoming our visitors and locals back as soon as possible.

Regards, David Lennon GM, Smith Tower Visitor Experience
Legends of Smith Tower


Save 10% by booking online! Pricing reflected during checkout.

On your way to the top of the tower, explore some of the stories, figures and moments that have made Smith Tower a cultural icon for more than one hundred years. Then, take a ride on the historic Otis elevators to the 35th floor where you'll be welcomed by stunning views and an exhilarating opportunity to take in 360-degrees of Seattle and Puget Sound from the open-air observation deck. Stay awhile and enjoy a craft cocktail or share a plate from our fun, locally-inspired menu. All sales are final. WA State sales tax and a $1.50 transaction fee apply.


  • All access is based on availability upon arrival. Sorry, no reservations.
  • During peak times, wait times ranging from 15 minutes - 1.5 hours may apply.
  • All-ages are welcome in the Observatory & Bar.
  • Online tickets are released one month at a time.
  • Admission is valid on the selected date only. Re-entry is permitted, with a valid ticket, for the selected date only. Re-entry is not guaranteed and is based on available capacity upon your return time. Not valid on blackout dates or when closed for private events. Please refer to the 'Hours of Operation' at http://www.smithtower.com/hours.php, for more information. If arriving before 9PM, please enter through the Observatory check-in, located two doors south of the Main Lobby entrance at 500 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

  • Locals (with valid Washington State ID): $12 (11am-6pm), $14 (after 6pm)
  • Happy Hour: $12 (Tues-Thurs, 4-6pm, through the Observatory check-in)
  • After-hours: $14 (after 9pm, through the Main Lobby)

Adult Ticket
From $20.00

Child Ticket (Ages 6-12)
From $16.00

Military with ID
From $16.00

Senior Ticket (Ages 65+)
From $16.00
Talking Tower Tour

Talking Tower Tour
Price: $29.00
The Talking Tower Tours provide an in-depth experience of Smith Tower and it's storied past which includes; connections to radio, rum-running, and a host of intersting characters and captivating stories for your enjoyment. Become an expert of all things Smith Tower and join us on our next guided Talking Tower Tour. 

Available every Friday at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM - Limited space available.

Talking Tower Tours Include:
  • 1 hour guided tour of the exhibits, elevators, 35th-floor Observatory, and main lobby
  • Postcard ticket with stamp
  • $10 retail credit
Service charge included. 
Rum-Runner's Card


Love the Observatory? Get a Rum Runner's card and enjoy exclusive benefits all year long, including:

  • Unlimited access to The Legends of Smith Tower Exhibits Observatory and Observatory Bar, year-round
  • A complimentary guest visit with each visit.
  • 20% off food & beverage (yes, this includes alcohol!) in the Observatory Bar.
  • 20% off all gifts and souvenirs in the Observatory Check-in.
  • One complimentary cocktail during your birthday month (non-alcoholic beverages are acceptable too!).

MAKE IT A DOUBLE - $160 FOR TWO CARDS (a 20% savings!)

All the same swanky benefits, but double the fun with Rum Runner's Cards for two!

  • That's TWO complimentary guests with each visit, and TWO birthday month cocktails, per cardholder.
  • 'Make it a Double' cards are valid for pairs in the same household and/or mailing address.

Rum Runner's cards are valid for one year from purchase date. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. Special events not included. All sales are final. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Smith Tower and its management reserve the right in their sole discretion to refuse service to any patron and/or to revoke the Rum-Runner's Card of any individual or company (without refund), due to inappropriate, disrespectful, violent, harassing or otherwise unacceptable behavior by the cardholder or by the cardholder's guests or companions.

Rum-Runner's Card
Price: $99.00
Rum-Runner's Card

Rum-Runner's - Make It a Double
Price: $160.00
Rum-Runner's Card

Rum-Runner's Company Card
Price: $500.00

For our favorite businesses looking for an iconic place to entertain clients, host unique company events, or have another "office", then this is the card for you. Our Rum Runner's Company Card is transferable among employees of the participating company and the card must be presented by an employee of the participating company when visiting the tower*. The Rum Runner's Company Card offers these exclusive benefits**:
  • Up to 12 people allowed per visit, in addition to the cardholder.
  • 20% off food & beverage in the Observatory Bar.
  • 20% off gifts & souvenirs in the Observatory Check-in.
  • 15% off total bill for private events
  • 15% off total bill for group reservations of 20 - 40 people
* We kindly request a current company list of all employees who will be using the card. Please bring a current company business card or valid ID for reference to your company list. Already a Company Cardholder? Please send any updated lists to info@smithtower.com to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information on file.

**Available Sunday through Thursday only. Presentation of Rum Runner's Company Card required for admission. Admission and seating are based on availability unless a Group Reservation has been made. Not valid for special events. Additional guest passes not included. Blackout dates apply.


500 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
info@smithtower.com | 206.624.0414