The “Great Wheel” opens today, June 29, 2012, in Seattle. The 175 foot Ferris wheel was built by pier 57, owner Hal Griffin who hopes it will provide a distraction from the dismantling of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and by creating a family-friendly designation for tourist and visitors in Seattle.
The Great Wheel will lift riders approximately 200 feet above the pier where they will be treated to spectacular views from one of 42 air-conditioned/heat controlled gondolas most of them will have glass bottom floors.
From this height the riders will be treated to some of the very best views of the picturesque Seattle skyline and to the west Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Hours of operation
Located on Pier 57 the Great Wheel will be open from 11 am to 8 pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 am to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices, adults can ride for $13.00 (age 12+) and children (aged under 12) can ride for $8.50.
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