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.
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.
I highly recommend the Segway tour. You see most of the waterfront, Seattle Center (the Space Needle area), Belltown, etc.
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