The Seattle Great Wheel
We went for the Wheel. The newest addition to Seattle’s waterfront is a 175 foot (53.3 meter) Ferris Wheel which ascends over the water at Pier 57.
The seven year old in our party was a little skeptical, a little afraid of heights. She was relieved to see that the gondola cars were completely glassed in. And I was relieved to learn that they were, as she predicted and I denied, air-conditioned.
It was a glorious day which made the trip truly worth while. Like going up the Space Needle, you will get more out your visit to the Seattle Great Wheel if you can manage to be there on a clear day when Mount Rainier shines in all her glory.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $8.50 for kids aged 4-11, and free for those under four. You can buy tickets online and print them in advance to avoid waiting in line.
Next the kids wanted to show me “the wall”. Behind Pike’s Place Market, just around the corner from the guys throwing fish, is a small ally which, depending on your perspective, is either an incredibly original piece of community art or a public health worker’s nightmare. The wall is covered with gum. Chewing gum. Used chewing gum.
Ride the Duck
How about going for a ride in an amphibious vehicle? Not a slick, James Bond-style sports car, but a vintage WWII amphibious landing craft. Sort of a truck-bus-boat thing. Coast-guard certified captains provide humorous and historical information as they drive around Seattle and into the lake. For a little extra you get a Quacker-kazoo (and everyone needs one of those) to take home. Check out Ride the Ducks of Seattle for more information.