About the Seattle Great Wheel
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.
Here are some fun facts about the Seattle Great Wheel:
- The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
- The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults. Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults. In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
- The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
- The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
- The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can't stop the wheel from spinning!
- The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
- 550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.
|From the pier|
|From Pikes Place|