Posted Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:57 PM | Contributed by Jeff
A new, 175-foot tall observation wheel opens this weekend on Seattle's waterfront, on Pier 57. The new wheel is next door to the Seattle Aquarium. Tickets are $13 for a ride in the enclosed gondolas.
Read more and see photos from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
I know some locals don't like the waterfront, complaining it's too touristy, but I've enjoyed myself thoroughly every time I went down there. Lots of solid restaurants, street musicians, and my favorite, the Argosy booze cruises. I think the wheel is a nice addition. Can't wait to see what it looks like down there after the viaduct comes down.
As much as I hate riding Ferris wheels, I love looking at them. I would like to see this in person someday, along with the rest of Seattle.
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
During the televised olympic trials held in Seattle they had shots of the city, including the waterfront, and the wheel was prominent. From what I could tell at a distance it looks great, nice and large. At first I thought it was a shot of the London Eye, then realized it was Seattle. We're planning to attend a convention there next memorial day weekend and I'll be sure to make the wheel a stop on the trip.
Having been out there just last summer, I can definitely say this will be a nice enhancement to the waterfront. Yes, they have the Space Needle, but this is something different and nice.
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