Seattle's Great Wheel finally opens to the public Friday, June 29 -- rain or shine.

The first rides will begin around 5:00 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony 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

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 forecast isn't looking great for such a big occasion in Seattle: highs will range in the upper 60s to low 70s with the threat of showers all day.

Viewers have been sending great photos of the Seattle skyline with the addition of the Great Wheel. Post your photos on our Facebook page or upload them on our Your News page. We'll add them to our gallery.

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