Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by Michael Benton
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Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by David (Safdave)
Seattle Great WheelNOW OPEN!Photo by Mike Hogan
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The Seattle Great Wheel
Winter Operation Hours effective Monday Sept 29, 2014 through Sunday June 28, 2015 will be:Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pmFriday: 11am-12amSaturday: 10am-12amSunday: 10am-10pm 'Tis the Season for Holiday Hours! We will be open for regular operating hours on all holidays exept for the following days
Wednesday Dec 24th: 11am-8pm
Thursday Dec 25th: CLOSED
Wednesday Dec 31st: 11am-12:30am
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
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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.