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Seattle Sights: The Great Wheel

There's a new experience literally situated on Seattle's horizon, and it's name is The Great Wheel.

RL5 Photography: Seattle Skyline during the August Blue Moon Night 2012

The concept for bringing a Ferris wheel to Seattle dates back 30 years, and finally in 2012 a dream becomes reality. At 175 feet tall, it is the largest observation wheel on the west coast. Maximum capacity is 300 passengers, with each gondola fitting 6-8 people.

Merging the water and land, the wheel extends approximately 40 feet off the end of the pier and features 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. The waiting area is covered so rainy Seattle weather is no excuse to skip this hot spot. Open year round and 7 days per week, just check the website for seasonal hours of operation.

With a glass floor VIP gondola featuring plush leather seating for your special occasion and intricate colorful light shows adorning the night sky and reflecting on the water below, this new kid on the block is certainly off to a great start.

Tips from Online Reviews

  • A fun diversion for casual date night.
  • Touristy spot even a local can love.
  • Seattle Aquarium & Pike Place Market nearby.
  • Less than 2 miles to Seattle Center and Space Needle.


* Photograph courtesy of RL5 Photography


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