The Seattle Great Wheel opened June 29th, 2012. It is a permanent fixture on the vibrant Seattle waterfront at Pier 57. What can be seen from the Seattle Great Wheel? Views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, ferries, container ships, Mt. Rainier, the sports stadiums and Port of Seattle, cruise ships docked, downtown Seattle, the Space Needle (celebrating its 50th anniversary this Summer!), and more! The “Great Wheel” is close to restaurants, shopping, Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, and all that encompasses downtown Seattle.
A bit of information about this new Seattle attraction… The Seattle Great Wheel is 175 feet in diameter, extends out 40 feet over Elliott Bay, stands 200 feet above the pier, and is the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. It contains 42 fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, which holds approximately six passengers (give or take). There is no narration. The 12-minute ride will take you through three full revolutions. Save time for loading too!
A commemorative ticket can be purchased at $13 per person + tax (discounts for children and seniors). There is one VIP gondola (colored in black) with red leather seats and a glass floor. The VIP gondola costs $25 per person and comes with a special VIP t-shirt. My recommendation is to read the FAQs first, remember that it is a Ferris wheel, and be prepared to enjoy yourself! http://seattlegreatwheel.com/
Say Hi! to those waiting in line with you and have a chat with those sharing your gondola. A hint for a shorter wait in line? Buy your tickets online (and print out the ticket as you will need to provide it to the attendant). Currently the hours of operation are 12 pm – 1 am daily (check the site as hours may change/seasonal hours).
I will look forward to taking the ride again…giving it a try at sunset, late at night, and during the holidays. Here’s to the Seattle Great Wheel!