Seattle Great Wheel

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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

Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,363 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Moore Theater and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,394 reviews)
"Good hotel, cheerful staff, great location"

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Warwick Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,478 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Pacific Place and Game Works are also within 5 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,596 reviews)
"Loved the window seat in the room. Excellent front desk staff."

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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,308 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District, Washington State Convention Center, and 5th Avenue Theater. Game Works ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,220 reviews)
"The property itself is very nice. We've stayed in Seattle quite often and always love it, but there is a lot of crime these days and there is a lot of evidence of it a few blocks away."

Reviewed on 2021/10/25

Sheraton Grand Seattle
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Great Wheel

Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,363 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Warwick Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,478 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,308 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,036 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Mediterranean Inn
W Seattle
W Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,531 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
W Seattle
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
5 out of 5
411 University St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$6,730 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,190 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
The Westin Seattle
The Westin Seattle
4 out of 5
1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,086 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
The Westin Seattle
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,752 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
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.