Seattle Great Ferris Wheel
|Location||1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101|
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.
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. Each gondola seats up to eight people, meaning 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.
Directions: 1. Head north on Park Ave S toward 121st St S 180 ft 2. Take the 1st right onto 121st St S 0.2 mi 3. Take the 2nd left onto WA-7 N/Pacific Ave S 0.8 mi 4. Turn right onto 108th St S 410 ft 5. Merge onto WA-512 W via the ramp to I-5/Seattle/Portland 2.1 mi 6. Take the exit onto I-5 N toward Tacoma/Seattle 36.9 mi 7. Take exit 164B for Edgar Martinez Drive S 0.7 mi 8. Merge onto Edgar Martinez Dr S 0.2 mi 9. Turn right onto 1st Avenue South/Dave Niehaus Way S Continue to follow 1st Avenue South 0.4 mi 10. Slight left onto Railroad Way S 0.2 mi 11. Turn left onto S King St 52 ft 12. Take the 1st right onto Alaskan Way S 0.4 mi 13. Slight left at Madison St 200 ft 14. Slight right onto Alaskan Way Destination will be on the left