On a sunny autumn afternoon in October, we visit the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175 foot tall ferris wheel located on Pier 57 in Seattle. The pier is also home to Miner’s Landing, a group of souvenir gift shops, tourist attractions, and seafood restaurants.
The wheel took 3 years to complete and opened on June 29, 2012. But the history of the wheel goes way back to 1980, when Hal Griffith, owner of Pier 57, envisioned a ferris wheel on Elliot Bay. The Great Wheel has 42 comfortable gondolas that can carry up to 8 passengers each. The ride takes about 12 minutes to complete.
There’s a big crowd on hand today to ride the Great Wheel as we get ready to board the gondolas.
As we rotate, we extend 40 feet out over Elliot Bay and the views of Puget Sound are breathtaking. It’s a gentle ride that glides smoothly along. Not too fast and not too slow. You have time to take in all the sights of downtown Seattle as you go about 4 revolutions on the Great Wheel.
Our time on the Great Wheel has come to an end and we get ready to disembark. We had a lot of fun on the Great Wheel and hope to try it again soon.