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Our Favorite Ferris Wheels Around the World

June 17, 2016

Pacific Park at The Santa Monica Pier

The London Eye

Chicago's Navy Pier

The Seattle Great Wheel

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. is credited with inventing the first Observation Wheel for the World Columbia Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The 264-foot wheel gave riders a birds-eye view of the entire city and Lake Michigan.

 

As this quickly became one of Chicago’s most popular attractions, other cities took note and soon Ferris Wheels, named after their inventor, began popping up in other cities around the country and around the world!

 

U.S. Ferris Wheels

A completely new state-of-the-art 150-foot high Ferris Wheel is now located in Chicago at the Navy Pier. The latest version of the Ferris Wheel features gondolas that will carry up to ten people on padded seats. This is far different from the open hard wooden seats of the original model.

 

The 175-feet high Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 on the city's waterfront offers a breathtaking view of Puget Sound. Riders can see the majestic Olympic Mountains to the west and Mount Rainier to the south along with the islands dotting the sound.

 

The Santa Monica Pier features the world's only solar powered Ferris Wheel rising 130 feet over the water. This wheel offers a view of the Southern California coastline and even Santa Catalina Island on a clear day. It is part of the Pacific Park amusement area.

 

The High Roller on the Las Vegas strip is considered the highest observation wheel in the world. This wheel rises 550 feet over the desert with views of the strip and the mountains. The High Roller is open in the evenings for unparalleled views of the strip lights at night.

 

The Orlando Eye is one of the newest attractions in a land of amusement parks. This observation wheel rises 400 feet above the ground making it the tallest Ferris Wheel on the East Coast. The wheel opened in 2015 offering great views of Florida's lakes and other area attractions.

 

International Ferris Wheels

The Singapore Flyer is the second tallest Ferris Wheel in the world measuring 541 feet high. This attraction offers stunning views of the city, parks and the bay.

 

The Star of Nanchang in Jiangxi Province in China reaches 525 feet. This observation wheel is the country's highest with views of the city and countryside in Eastern China.

 

The famous London Eye opened in time for the Millennial 2000 celebration in London. It offers views of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and the bridges over the Thames. This Ferris Wheel is 443 feet tall. It is owned and operated by Cocoa Cola Corp.

 

Australia's Melbourne Star is 394 feet tall with views of the city and the river. It is located next to the city's Harbour Centre.

 

The Diamond Flower Ferris Wheel is located in Tokyo's Kaidai Rinkai Park. The 384-feet high wheel takes is name from a light show that gives the appearance of a sparkling flower.

 

Modern Ferris Wheels now carry passengers in gondolas or passenger cars instead of wooden seats with safety bars, and are located in many popular destinations across the globe. They are great attraction for any mystery trip traveler who wants to see great views of their destination’s surroundings.