The star attraction of Seattle’s waterfront precinct is this 175-foot (53-meter) Ferris wheel, among the tallest in the United States. The Seattle Great Wheel stands at the end of a pier in Elliott Bay and provides unrivaled views of Seattle and the Puget Sound. Enjoy three rotations as you take in the sights and experience the thrill of the height.
Regardless of the season, the wheel’s climate-controlled gondolas provide protection from the elements. A great family activity, the Ferris wheel caters to children of all ages and gondolas can carry up to eight passengers at one time, meaning even larger groups can travel together.
Despite being one of the most popular attractions in the city and generating long lines on weekends and holidays, a capacity of 300 people means that even on the busiest of days you can board the wheel soon enough. Bring a camera to capture the unparalleled views of Seattle’s downtown precinct, and of Bainbridge Island to the west.
Arrive at the Seattle Great Wheel at dusk to see the setting sun cast a golden glow over Seattle’s skyscrapers. An evening ride offers a beautiful view as the city’s lights weave a tapestry of color before you.
Equipped with a glass floor, this ride is not for those with vertigo, but is a fun experience for everyone else. You’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne at a waterfront restaurant after the ride.
The Seattle Great Wheel is located on Pier 57, directly next to Seattle’s Waterfront Park. A city bus services the pier and some parking is available in the area for a fee. The wheel is open daily and you have to pay to ride. You can buy a ticket online or from local travel agents before arriving to avoid having to line up for the wheel’s ticket booth.