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Tickets for children 0-2 and seniors (65+) only available at ticket booth. Not available online.
Youth (3-11)$9 Buy Tickets
Adults (12+)$14 Buy Tickets
Seniors (65+)*$12 Buy at Booth
Great Wheel VIP$50 Buy Tickets
- 1. The VIP gondola is our special luxury gondola with four leather bucket seats, a stereo system, and a glass floor. We do not take reservations for the VIP gondola.
- 2. The VIP gondola is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket booth on the pier.
- 3. Tickets are $50 per person and each ticket also includes a champagne toast at Fisherman's Restaurant, a special VIP t-shirt , photo booth photos, and you will be personally escorted to the front of the line to board the wheel ASAP!
- 4. The VIP is guaranteed to be private for your personal group of up to 4 people; we cannot guarantee a private cabin in the regular cabin.
- 5. If you purchase your VIP tickets online, please be sure to follow the VIP ticket holder instructions printed on your tickets and check in FIRST at the Ticket Booth Will Call window so we can provide the front of the line service that comes with your ticket.
On Alaskan Way
Hours & Directions
Take a ride on the iconic Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 and see the city of Seattle like never before. Each gondola can fit 8 people and provide an amazing ride that lights up the sky at night.
Hours of Operation
The Great Wheel Adventure
A Storybook of Adventure at the Great Wheel
The wondrous adventure of Gabe and Betty, two siblings who find themselves on a fun exploration of Seattle's most exciting spots. Beginning at The Seattle Great Wheel, the kids journey to the Aquarium, Elliot Bay, Seahawks' stadium, Mt. Rainer, Mariner's ballpark, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and much much more. This 36 page storybook is full of uplifting, colorful illustrations.
Authored by local entrepreneur Kyle Griffith and Illustrated by Ryan Hobson, this limited publication is a joyful read for all ages!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I redeem my photo digital download?
If you purchased your photo from our photo booth, your photo receipt provided with the photo has a digital code on the bottom of the receipt that you can enter into the Picsolve.com website to download your photo. Go here to download your photo: https://www.picsolve.com/seattlegreatwheel
Where can I buy tickets?
You can purchase them at our ticket booth on the pier or right here on our website! Just click on the Buy Tickets button below the type of ticket you wish to purchase. If you don’t want to wait in the ticket booth line, make sure to print out your tickets at home and have them in hand when you arrive on the pier. If you only have a confirmation code, you will have to wait in the ticket booth line to have your tickets printed. Tickets are general admission valid for any date or time that the wheel is open (excluding the by reservation only New Year's Eve Midnight Ride) and do not expire until used.
How long is the ride?
Ride time varies based on how large the crowd is and how many gondolas we are loading for each ride. During Summer operations with larger crowds, we typically have ride times between 12-20 minutes. During Winter operations with smaller crowds, we typically have ride times between 10-15 minutes. But as always, every ride is three full revolutions of the wheel.
Can I get a cabin for just two of us?
Yes, with the purchase of the VIP ticket! The VIP cabin is always private for just your group. The cabin features a glass bottom floor surrounded by 4 leather seats and a stereo system. You will receive front of the line service, souvenir t-shirts, souvenir photo booth photo's and a beverage from the Wheel bar to enjoy during your ride. If you choose an alcohol beverage, you can enjoy the drink inside the cabin during your ride ONLY IF everyone in the cabin is 21+. If there are minors present, you will not be able to have alcohol in the cabin with you. This cabin is also loaded on a first come first serve basis and we do not take reservations for it.
Can I get a private cabin that is not the VIP cabin?
Maybe. If we are not too busy, we will not group people up to have a minimum number of people per cabin. If we are very busy, we may require a minimum of 4 or 6 persons per cabin so that the line is not extraordinarily long. During times that we are grouping, you will not be able to get your own cabin and we suggest visiting us another time. Your other option would be to take advantage of the VIP cabin which is guaranteed private AND comes with front of the line service, t-shirts, photo's and a cocktail while you ride!
Can I upgrade my regular ticket to the VIP ticket?
Yes! If you purchase a regular ticket online or at the pier and decide later that you want the VIP experience, you can pay the difference in price to upgrade your ticket at the ticket booth on the pier.