Giant Ferris wheel coming to National Harbor on the Potomac River


This artist rendering shows the Capital Wheel at National Harbor, an observation wheel soaring 175 feet above the Potomac River with views of Washington, Maryland and Virginia. (National Harbor/Associated Press)

National Harbor plans to add a new attraction, a 175-foot Ferris wheel on the Potomac River, developers announced last week.

The 17-story Capital Wheel will open in May as a new attraction at the development in Oxon Hill, Maryland. It will be based at the end of a new pier overlooking the river with views of the Capitol, the Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, according to developer Peterson Companies.

The $15 million attraction will include 42 gondolas that seat eight people; each will have a sound system, heating and air conditioning. Tickets will cost $15 per ride. Planners said the Ferris wheel will operate year round, and they expect 600,000 to 800,000 visitors a year.

Several other cities, including Seattle, Washington, and Atlanta, Georgia, have recently constructed Ferris wheels. New York plans to open one on Staten Island in 2016. Unlike National Harbor’s project, New York’s is on a huge scale: 630 feet, or the size of a 60-story office building.

Associated Press

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