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“Pricey....but do it even if you are a WA resident!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
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Ranked #52 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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University Place
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Pricey....but do it even if you are a WA resident!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We picked a PICTURE PERFECT day to ride the Wheel. Line was short (Sunday before noon) - ride was comfortable. Air vents in the cabins, clean, overall just a gorgeous view. My 4 year old loved looking at the boats, water and birds. You can ride even in the rain! Pricey but worth the 20 minute ride (3.5 rotations at a very comfortable speed). Take a ride even if you are a WA resident! Hope they offer a military or WA resident discount in the future!

Visited March 2013
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fun Fun Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The best way to see the Seattle waterfront and Elliot Bay. These are nice clean comfortable little cars that hang off the wheel giving you a very smooth and exciting 360+ view. These run so smooth that we didn't even notice them stop or start. They are equiped with a good ventelation system heat and cool so you don't get stuffy. 3 times around took about 15 minutes. Lots of fun. They have a very fast way of loading and unloading 6 cars at once. Good Job!

Visited March 2013
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Anacortes, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Seattle's Great Wheel at Minor's Landing Pier 57”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I give this a high rating as it is perfect for all ages. My daughter, granddaughter and I rode the wheel Saturday, the 2nd of March knowing it would be cloudy and possibly showery. Had it been rainy I would have still enjoyed the ride.
The Wheel is indeed slow and smooth and has spectacular views of the Seattle skyline and Elliott's Bay. I purchased my tickets on-line, printed them out and brought them with us. The Gondolas are comfortable and we were free to move around both sides to enjoy all the views. The Great Wheel is a fabulous addition to the waterfront.

Visited March 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Clear Day - Great Views - No Wait!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Picked PICTURE PERFECT day to ride the Wheel. Queue was short (Sunday before noon) - ride was spectacular. Air vents in the cabins (nice touch for us claustraphobes). Gorgeous view. Pricey but worth the 20 minute ride (3.5 rotations at a very comfortable speed).

Visited March 2013
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Seattle Area
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19 attraction reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Very smooth ride on the wheel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The weather miraculously cleared to open a starry sky in March. We spontaneously walked to The Wheel to find no line for tickets. There were approximately 12 people who already had them waiting to board the wheel. My husband and I got a whole gondola to ourselves! It was beautiful at night. The ride is very smooth... almost too smooth. The gondola cars are so nice that it does not feel like you are riding on a wheel. It was odd to be up so high without having any fear of heights. If you worry about that, maybe this will reassure you. If you are the opposite, and prefer a little excitement, you may be surprised to find the ride very calm and not ride-like.

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