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Seattle Sights

Seattle Great Wheel

  • 1301 Alaskan Way (Pier 56) Map It
  • Downtown
  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Updated 04/03/2013

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Wanna hitch a ride to fantastic Seattle views? Opened in the summer of 2012, in the waterfront area of Downtown and just steps from Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel is a 175-foot (about 17 stories tall) ferris wheel. As you round the top, enjoy views of Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Olympics (on a nice day of course). Rides are slow and smooth, lasting 15 to 20 minutes, with three revolutions total. Each gondola can hold six people (up to eight if some are children) and, generally speaking, parties get to stick together. Advance tickets are strongly recommended—you'll still have to wait in line, but the line is a lot shorter. For $50 per ticket, you can get to the front of the line and ride the VIP gondola, a special luxury ride complete with leather bucket seats, a glass floor, an iPod system, and a free T-shirt.

Sight Information


1301 Alaskan Way (Pier 56), Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $13; $50 for VIP Gondola
  • Sun.–Thurs. 10 am–11 pm., Fri and Sat. 10 am–midnight

Updated 04/03/2013


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