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Located on the historic Pier 57, the Seattle Great Wheel opened in the summer of 2012 as the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast at 175 feet [1]. The wheel was constructed in less than one year, but had been planned by Hal Griffith, a Seattle businessman, for around 30 years. The parts were manufactured in Europe and the U.S., and assembled at the pier. The 42 enclosed gondolas offer 360 degree views of the city and Elliott Bay and can hold 8 passengers each. Ride times range from 10-20 minutes long. On special occasions and in the fall, the wheel is also featured in LED light shows [2].


  • Seattle Great Wheel during a full moon (image from RL5 Photography)
  • Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 (image from Hotspots Seattle)

Located on the historic Pier 57, the Seattle Great Wheel opened in the summer of 2012 as the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast at 175 feet [1]. The wheel was constructed in less than one year, but had been planned by Hal Griffith, a Seattle businessman, for around 30 years. The parts were manufactured in Europe and the U.S., and assembled at the pier. The 42 enclosed gondolas offer 360 degree views of the city and Elliott Bay and can hold 8 passengers each. Ride times range from 10-20 minutes long. On special occasions and in the fall, the wheel is also featured in LED light shows [2].


1. Hotspots Seattle. "Seattle Great Wheel." Accessed August 12, 2016. http://hotspotsseattle.com/place/seattle-great-wheel/. 2. Seattle Great Wheel. Official website. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://seattlegreatwheel.com.