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Feel like taking a seaplane over Lake Union today? How about walking the Space Needle’s halo?

Well, you can.

The Space Needle has launched a free virtual reality app called Space Needle 360º that lets you take in some of the most amazing sites from the Needle and above.

Photo via YouTube/Space Needle 360
Photo via YouTube/Space Needle 360

Once you get the app, you can choose from three existing experiences: Take a cruise in a Seattle seaplane over the beautiful sailboats in Lake Union; dare to do the Halo Walk on the Space Needle; or get a bird’s-eye view from above the Needle.

PANOGS photographers Michael Franz and Gavin Farrell shot the incredible footage. They used robotic camera heads and 360-degree video cameras to capture the images, then compiled them into one spherical, 360-degree view, according to a Space Needle statement.

No matter where you look or how you move your smartphone, it gives the feeling that you are looking at the real thing — the scenery moves with you, so you can look straight down on that Halo Walk if you dare.

The app is on Google Play and Apple. They also suggest using a neat, old-school cardboard viewer, which you can get from the Space Needle.

Last summer, we reported on the Space Needle’s efforts to go digital in “More than a great view,” and the plan to use augmented reality and virtual reality to enhance the guest experience with technology. Next up? An augmented reality tour on the Needle’s first app.

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