Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel showing a bay or harbor, a skyscraper and modern architecture

Seattle Great Wheel

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Take in breathtaking views of Seattle as you are suspended above Puget Sound on one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.

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.

Top Hotels Close to Seattle Great Wheel

Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $216 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98104
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $189 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Great Wheel

Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
Executive Hotel Pacific
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $216 per night from May 29 to May 30
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is $189 per night from May 30 to May 31
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $169 per night from May 29 to May 30
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $159 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Mediterranean Inn
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $131 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Warwick Seattle
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $169 per night from May 30 to May 31
The Paramount Hotel
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $170 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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