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Seattle Ferris Wheel

One of Seattle's Newest Attractions


17 story 'Great Wheel' at Pier 57, Seattle Waterfront, Seattle, WA, USA
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The Seattle Ferris wheel lights up Pier 57 and changed the Seattle waterfront forever. With fully heated or air conditioned gondolas and spectacular views, this Ferris wheel is a great attraction to dazzle out-of-town guests, but fun for locals, too.

Decked out in thousands of LED lights, the wheel can put on a spectacular light show. The lights have the ability to do a variety of things—swirl, flash, and other patterns, or even celebrate the team colors of the Mariners, Sonics, Seahawks, or other local teams.

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Facts about the Seattle Ferris Wheel

Diameter: 175 feet
Height: 200 feet
Number of gondolas: 42

Seattle Ferris Wheel Views

The wheel’s gondolas are enclosed and have heating and air conditioning so that riders can enjoy this ride all year round. The views are spectacular from all sides—the Puget Sound, Seattle skyline, and mountains will all be visible on clear days. At their farthest point, the gondolas are 40 feet out over the water. The gondolas have glass-bottomed floors, too, which makes dangling out over the Puget Sound a little more exciting.

How much does it cost to ride?

Adults and children 12+: $13
Children under 12: $8.50

What else can I do on Pier 57?

Pier 57 has an old-timey appeal to it, complete with a vintage carousel and a game arcade. There are a few stores here, including Pirates Plunder, Zongo Gifts, and The Sports Den, and a few restaurants as well.

When did the Seattle Ferris wheel open?

June 29, 2012.

Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, and downtown Seattle are also within walking distance (two to ten blocks).

How does Seattle’s Ferris wheel measure up to others around the world?

At approximately 200 feet high, the Seattle Ferris wheel is quite a bit shorter than some of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world. As of mid-2012, the tallest are: Singapore Flyer at 541 feet, Star of Nanchang at 525 feet, London Eye at 443 feet, Suzhou Ferris Wheel at 394 feet, and The Southern Star at 394 feet.

What is the largest Ferris wheel in the US?

The Texas Star Ferris Wheel in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, at 212 feet.

Other Famous Ferris Wheels:

London Eye
Santa Monica Pier
Navy Pier in Chicago
Singapore Flyer
Big-O Tokyo
Texas Star, Dallas
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island
Cosmo Clock, Yokohama
Tianjin Eye, China
Star of Nanchang, China
Daikanransha, Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Japan
Suzhou Ferris Wheel, China

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