• Photo by Michael Benton

    Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by Michael Benton

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    Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by Jay Dotson Photography

  • Photo by David (Safdave)

    Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by David (Safdave)

  • Photo by Mike Hogan

    Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by Mike Hogan



The Seattle Great Wheel



Winter Operating Hours effective September 30th 2013  through June 2014 :

Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday: 11am-Midnight

Saturday: 10am-Midnight

Sunday: 10am-10pm


Visit our FAQ page for ticket prices and other information to help you plan your visit!

Please visit www.downtownseattleparking.com for questions regarding parking

About the Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn't until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality.

The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

Here are some fun facts about the Seattle Great Wheel:

  • The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
  • The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults.  Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults.  In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
  • The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
  • The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can't stop the wheel from spinning!
  • The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
  • 550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.

Hours of Operation October through June:

Monday-Thursday      11 AM-10 PM

Friday                         11 AM-Midnight

Saturday                     10 AM-Midnight

Sunday                       10 AM-10 PM


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Monday-Thursday 11AM-10PM | Friday 11AM-Midnight | Saturday 10AM-Midnight | Sunday 10AM-10PM
Sorry, pets not allowed. Only trained dog guides and service animals welcome on board.