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The Seattle Great Wheel

1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington 98101 USA

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“Let's go for a spin”

The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn't until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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  • 343 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 3.0

I'm not going to say that the wheel is total waste of money, but I'll say this - it's a cheaper, better option for a great view than the Space Needle. Of course, this thing is located nowhere near downtown, so you really need to *want* to visit it in the first place.

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kerrigannnnnnnn

  • 33 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 13, 2018
Rated 4.0

This was cool but if your choosing the space needle or this do the space needle. It was nice to walk along the bay and they let you go around 3 times but we went around 5. By the fifth we were ready to get off. But still cool views.

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Desmand13

  • 9 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
January 15, 2018
Rated 4.0

It goes around three times. It is $14, so a little pricey. I think it is worth the experience. I went during the night, still a great view of the city. It does shake a little bit while at the top. Would do it again!

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Reviewed by
Cheryl

  • 39 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 17, 2017
Rated 4.0

Great ride on the wheel. $14 is kinda steep to pay for the ride you get, but hey, it's a touristy thing, so I expected it. Great views of the city, air conditioned too!

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Reviewed by
justdustee

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very awesome! The view was great. It's easy to find, the parking around it is cheap. If you're making a day of the seafront then this should definitely make your list.

A bit price for only getting to go around 3 times, but we found it worth the experience.

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Shannon O

  • 6 Reviews
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July 16, 2015
Rated 1.0

Was n ot impressed. Way too much money for a ticket and we were last on first off, so our ride was less than five minutes.

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The Seattle Great Wheel

1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington
98101 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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