The Seattle Great Wheel (aka Ferris wheel)

So many family and friends have asked about the Seattle Great Wheel that I have created this blog post. Wikipedia sez, “The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington, United States. With an overall height of 175 feet (53.3 m), it became the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast of the United States when it opened on June 29, 2012.”

Seattle Ferris Wheel

Photo Credit: Joe Lourenco.

Yelp rates the attraction as a 3.5 out of 4 stars. Elite yelper Kate S. sez,

imageI had a friend visiting from out of town. He’s been to Seattle about 7 times now and when it comes to entertaining city activities it can sometimes be tricky to figure out what to do when someone has already “done it all.” Thank goodness the wheel just opened last month!

We got there 20 minutes before opening on a gloriously sunny day. 10 am rolled around and the gates were still closed. 10:05 nothing. 10:10 nothing. 10:15 and they finally get the line moving — my only serious complaint. Which doesn’t count for much because I would rather they take their time and make sure all the safety stuff is in working order before putting me in a large glass box that goes stupid high over the sound.

The “gondolas” are temperature controlled,  comfy, and a wee bit on the short side (I banged my head kind of fiercely when entering).  The views are great! When the weather is clear you can see a surprisingly good amount. The dip down towards Elliot Bay is slightly disconcerting the first time you go down. After 3 semi-slow revolutions they start unloading folks again — so 15-20 minutes total from start to finish. Totally worth the $13 price tag. I was happy enough with the experience that I’d gladly go again. The Seattle Great Wheel is seriously a lovely addition to the water front.

Suzy and I haven’t been yet, but I’m sure that we will with family and/or friends eventually.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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1 Response to The Seattle Great Wheel (aka Ferris wheel)

  1. Pingback: “The Wheel and The Ferry” – Art Print of the Week | thewallgalleryblog

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