Seattle's Great Wheel finally opened to the public Friday, June 29.
The first rides began around 5:00 p.m, preceded by a ribbon-cutting ceremony that started at 2:30 p.m. on Pier 57.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $8.50 for children 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the pier and online at www.seattlegreatwheel.com.
One ride is about 4 or 5 revolutions around the wheel. Forty-two gondolas will each carry between 6 and 8 people around the wheel, 200 feet above the ground. The gondolas will stay cool in summer and warm in winter with heating and air conditioning.
VIP gondolas have glass bottoms so riders can watch the view beneath their feet.
Friday's weather was mostly gloomy for such a big occasion: gray skies and cool temperatures.
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