Height: 200 ft
Tons of concrete: 550 for the foundation alone
Weight: 280,300 lbs
Length of ride: 12 minutes
Tickets: $13 for adults, $8.50 for children
I’ve been walking down Alaskan Way for months as the ferris wheel slowly morphed from foundation to bones to a full fledged tourist attraction. At first, I was hesitant to embrace such a huge structure on the skyline, because it could block incredible views of 5pm sunsets (yup, that’s winter in Seattle for ya).
This may be the case, but I’ve been quickly converted. The fact is, the Seattle pier wouldn’t be a party without a giant ferris wheel. Not only is it extremely photogenic, the wheel actually looks like it was meant to be there—it adds a hint of nostalgia to an iconic area of the city.