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Seattle Great Wheel
Vacation Travel Guide

Seattle Great Wheel showing a bay or harbor, a skyscraper and modern architecture

Take in breathtaking views of Seattle as you are suspended above Puget Sound on one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.

The star attraction of Seattle’s waterfront precinct is this 175-foot (53-meter) Ferris wheel, among the tallest in the United States. The Seattle Great Wheel stands at the end of a pier in Elliott Bay and provides unrivaled views of Seattle and the Puget Sound. Enjoy three rotations as you take in the sights and experience the thrill of the height.

Regardless of the season, the wheel’s climate-controlled gondolas provide protection from the elements. A great family activity, the Ferris wheel caters to children of all ages and gondolas can carry up to eight passengers at one time, meaning even larger groups can travel together.

Despite being one of the most popular attractions in the city and generating long lines on weekends and holidays, a capacity of 300 people means that even on the busiest of days you can board the wheel soon enough. Bring a camera to capture the unparalleled views of Seattle’s downtown precinct, and of Bainbridge Island to the west.

Arrive at the Seattle Great Wheel at dusk to see the setting sun cast a golden glow over Seattle’s skyscrapers. An evening ride offers a beautiful view as the city’s lights weave a tapestry of color before you.

Equipped with a glass floor, this ride is not for those with vertigo, but is a fun experience for everyone else. You’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne at a waterfront restaurant after the ride.

The Seattle Great Wheel is located on Pier 57, directly next to Seattle’s Waterfront Park. A city bus services the pier and some parking is available in the area for a fee. The wheel is open daily and you have to pay to ride. You can buy a ticket online or from local travel agents before arriving to avoid having to line up for the wheel’s ticket booth.

Top Hotels Close to Seattle Great Wheel

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,465 reviews)
"Staff was really nice and gave us ideas of places to go try out.!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,918 per night from May 7 to May 8
Located in Pioneer Square, this hotel is steps from Smith Tower, Seattle Waterfront, and Pioneer Square. Seattle Central Business District and Columbia Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"The proximity to restaurants and coffee shops was excellent. However, Seattle is not immune to big city issues, there are some dangers of walking at night. A block away from tents and vagabond, most minded there own business but worth noting there was an unpleasant incident that occurred. This is ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/17

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Pacific Place, Seattle Paramount Theatre, and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,851 reviews)
"It was central to the Downtown and within walking distance for services that I needed. This was my first time staying in Seattle and I enjoyed my short visit."

Reviewed on 2021/4/15

The Paramount Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Great Wheel

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,918 per night from May 7 to May 8
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
The Paramount Hotel
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Warwick Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$6,092 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Thompson Seattle
Thompson Seattle
4.5 out of 5
110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,564 per night from May 2 to May 3
Thompson Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,372 per night from May 1 to May 2
Sheraton Grand Seattle
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
4 out of 5
1007 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,505 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle
W Seattle
W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,598 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
W Seattle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.