Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle

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At 53 m (175 ft) tall, Seattle Great Wheel draws visitors to view the city. One ride takes you around the giant Ferris wheel three times, giving you ample opportunity to spot Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound in the distance, and to enjoy the sights below. Each gondola seats up to eight people, but each group receives a private gondola. One luxury gondola sports leather seats, a stereo system, and a glass floor for all-around views. Using our online itinerary creator, Seattle attractions like Seattle Great Wheel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A fun stop just off the waterfront. Our wait (party of 6) was short - less than 10 minutes. The enclosed gondola-type cars were sturdy (i'm al little afraid of heights), air conditioned and clean. All...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    You travel 40 feet over he harbor and the view was excellent. The 12-13 time span was short but it was a worthwhile experience.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    So I am a little mixed about this contraption. I live north of the city and it took quite some time for me agree to get on the wheel for a ride. Mind you, it is very well built, has provided injury fr...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Of course as a tourist, one must stop at the great wheel on the Puget Sound in Seattle. The boardwalk is really cute, with shops and eateries along it. There is another attraction on the pier called "Wings over Washington" which is a lot like a California Adventure ride BUT to do both things, it costs an arm and a leg. If you have money to blow, it's worth it but otherwise I'd choose the Great Wheel. As you crest the top, you can see far out over the sound, while the wind gently rocks your carriage. Fully enclosed, comfortable and air conditioned. We only waited 10 minutes in lounge but we were there on a Monday, mid afternoon. I've heard that waiting for sunset is the time to go because of the colors in the water. Definitely worth checking out.
  • June 13, 2017
    We were visiting from Vancouver Island, BC and rode the Great Wheel Sunday evening. I left my cell phone on the ride. I noticed a block away and my husband phoned my phone and one of the young men working answered explaining that I left it and had it waiting for me. I was so relieved. The young men working were ALL super friendly and most helpful with returning my phone to me. Great experience- we will return time and time again!
  • June 18, 2017
    This place is good but I won't recommend taking Great Wheel ride. It's too expensive for just 3 rounds. Better views are available from Space Needle for almost similar price, if you can go before 10am. If someone doesn't want to spend any money on these places, Kerry Park also gives similar views for zero price. But don't just stay at Kerry Park. Go at least half a mile ahead to find better views.
  • May 26, 2017
    Great views of downtown Seattle. Cars are comfortable and neat. Seats​, clean windows. Staff is super friendly. We went after 9p. We got an exclusive car for us. Lines were relatively short. Worth the price.
  • May 16, 2017
    5/15/17 So as a tourist attraction, I think this is pretty great stop. You can at least say you rode the Great Wheel, and it's only $14 per adult. ($3 less than Wings Over Washington). However, I think a lot of other reviews are spot-on when they say it wouldn't take much to make the experience a little bit better: like some music, history (or any other narrative), or even just a free photo, rather than that overpriced one they take before you get on the ride. It was still pretty cool to check out, especially because you can see the Wheel from so many different places throughout the beautiful city.

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