Pier 57's history stretches back to the late 1800's when it was an important part of Seattle's bristling economy. It acted as a terminal for some of its principal railway lines and provided jobs and prosperity for that part of the city. These days it is a privately owned tourist attraction with a giant Feris Wheel, plenty of food options, an arcade and other entertainment. All of this makes it a no-brainer for a family day out.
Things to Do
- While visiting Pier 57 you can take a trip on the Seattle Ferris Wheel. This 175 foot wheel was built in 2012 and since that time has become a popular city attraction. On a clear day you will be treated to a gorgeous view out over the Seattle skyline stretching out to the mountains. You will get a look over Puget Sound and in your glass floor gondola which extends 40 feet out over the water you can also watch all the people on Pier 57 below you!
- Although the wheel is the most exciting thing to do at the Pier there is still plenty more to enjoy here when you visit. Most of the other attractions are focused at the Miner's Landing. The name of this complex of shops and restaurants was inspired by the role the pier played during the great Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800's when many tons of gold landed there. These days you're unlikely to find your fortune at the Miner's Landing but you will surely find a restaurant to enjoy seeing as there is a great variety on offer here. Plus kids should love the games arcade!
Pier 57 Insider Tips
- If you want to really feel like you are stepping back into the Pier's history then you should have a ride on their early 20th century carousel which is charming and fun for the little ones.