Tuesday Travels #13 The Great Wheel of Seattle

Posted by admin on July 15, 2012

I am back to posting for Tuesday Travels. I have been busy lately and was not able to scan all our pictures from previous travels and also upload our pictures from the camera. For this week’s entry, I will be featuring our latest visit to Seattle and sampled a ride with the newly opened Seattle attraction, The Great Wheel.

The Great Wheel of Seattle is located at Pier 57 in Seattle Waterfront. This was built in less than a year and was opened on June 29th 2012. Through what I learned, the well-known businessman and waterfront developer of Seattle Hal Griffith has this idea to have a giant ferris wheel at the Seattle waterfront for almost 30 years. Now that idea came to fruition. Accordingly, this is the 3rd largest ferris wheel here in North America and the 1st to be built on the water. It ‘s height is 175 feet and has 42 climate-controlled gondolas.

Yesterday, we went there and have a taste of riding the giant ferris wheel. When I and hubby was in UK many years ago, we didn’t have the chance to ride on the London Eye. Maybe in time when we can go back there again. The operation of the Seattle great wheel started at 12 p.m. and closes at 1 a.m.  We got there around 4 p.m. The line was long, but in fairness the ticket counter goes pretty quick. I think we waited for a total of 30 minutes from waiting in line to buying the tickets then to waiting for the ride. You can purchase your ticket online at their website though to avoid the long wait. The cost to ride is $13 + tax for older, $11 + tax for seniors, $8.50 + tax  for kids (4-11 years old), and 3 below are free.   Below are some of the photos I took with my iPhone 4S and edited with instagram while riding the Great Wheel.

Some of the Seattle sky rise that you can see from the wheel. You can see the Space Needle too on this side.

On the other side is the view of the Safeco Field, Century Link Arena, and the Port of Seattle.

The view below the Great Wheel – The Seattle Aquarium.

We rode for about 15 to 20 minutes and that is three revolutions. There were some stops also especially if some of the riders are getting off. Inside the gondola also there is an emergency button that you can press and talk to the operator if there are any emergencies or you want to get off early. There are warning signs that they also posted for the public to read and follow, as well as some warning signs inside the gondolas that the riders should follow as well. It was a nice adventure for the family. Our girls were very excited and happy with the ride.

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