The Capital Observation Ferris Wheel at National Harbor soars 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront providing spectacular views of the Washington DC area including visibility of the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and parklands throughout the region. Set to open just in time for Memorial Day weekend on May 23, 2014, the Capital Wheel joins a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.
The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views. The Capital Wheel will operate year-round and is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually. The family-friendly attraction will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck.
Other Cities with Observation Wheels: Paris, London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.
Price: $15 per adult, $11.25 per child ages 3 – 11, Free for children ages 2 and under,
Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50, Tickets for the VIP gondola cost $50 each
Hours of Operation:
From May 2014 - August 2014 The Capital Wheel is open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Beginning September 2014 the hours are: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. New Years Eve open until 1 a.m.
About National Harbor
National Harbor is a 350-acre waterfront community set along the banks of the Potomac River just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, MD. National Harbor is a resort destination that includes the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Tanger Outlets, National Children’s Museum, thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of residential and office units, tree-lined promenades with dozens of shops and restaurants, and a marina. Additionally, MGM Resorts International has plans to build a $925 million casino complex on 23 acres overlooking the Potomac River with an 18-story, 300-suite hotel. Read more about National Harbor.