The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel which is situated in Seattle, Washington. At 53 meters tall, it was the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast of the United States when it opened in June 2012.
Built in 2012, the 175-foot tall, 170,000-pound Ferris wheel sits on the waterfront of Seattle's Puget Sound. It holds 42 heated, air conditioned gondolas that can hold up to 8 people each.
As you get lifted up in the air, you'll see the city, sound and mountains before listening to a private narration detailing Seattle waterfront history. This ride is unlike any other in that it's built over water.
The gondola provides an amazing view, due to the glass floors.
The ceremony and opening to the public were held on June 29, 2012.
In this opening ceremony, the U.S. Coast Guard performed music, Seattle mayor Michael McGinn delivered a speech and University of Washington cheerleaders, spirit team and marching band all made an appearance.
There was an overwhelming response to the first ride of our Ferris wheel. Approximately 200 people were there on opening day.
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The Seattle Wheel offers a fantastic view of the city. It is the third wheel design in North America and it joins Clifton Hill and Myrtle Beach as one of the best views in North America.
The Seattle wheel is the unique of the three, being built over water.
The Seattle Great Wheel has both climate controlled and unheated gondolas, which can fit up to 8 people. This gives it a maximum of 332 seats.
The 12-minute, 3-revolution ride extends 40 feet out over Elliott Bay.