Seattle Center is currently operating in a limited capacity according to restrictions mandated by Washington State and the City of Seattle. Event activities and official public gatherings are currently restricted on the grounds. Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Please consult our homepage, events calendar, and safety page for additional information.
* The International Fountain will be closed for major maintenance repairs over the next six weeks, starting Wednesday, December 9, 2020 and concluding Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
The International Fountain is a mainstay from the World’s Fair, but was completely replaced and expanded in a $6.5 million project in 1995. As the centerpiece of the broad open space and lawn, it has been transformed from its early days of hard iron nozzles and surrounding sharp-edged, white rock. Now children can play in the fountain bowl and venture right up to the smooth silver dome. By day the fountain is a favorite lounging area and delight for young and old.
On top of its attraction to the community, the Fountain also takes care of nature. All of the water is recycled and it’s probably the cleanest in the city, with three types of treatment before it ever reaches the public.
International Fountain Fast Facts
Built: Originally in 1961 for 1962 World’s Fair Replaced & rebuilt: 1995 Landscape Architect: Kenichi Nakano & Associates Mechanical Designer: WET Design Diameter of bowl: 220’ Height & width of dome: 10’ tall & 27’ wide Water Capacity: 9,000 gallons Water Shooters: 137 total mist nozzles, 77 fleur-de-lis', 56 microshooters, 4 Super Shooters Height reached by Super Shooters: 120’ Water in one Super Shooter: 66 gallons Air pressure in one Super Shooter shot: 120 psi Number of water programs synchronized to music: 5 Welcome to Seattle Center Show, Aaron Copeland’s ‘Billy the Kid,’ Duke Ellington, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and a mix from Northwest Rock ‘n Roll legends. Time of shows: up to 12 minutes
International Fountain Music Mix
Current and past mixes played at the International Fountain are available on Mixcloud