The Ferris Wheel spun into popularity during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where the very first prototype was showcased as a landmark to all those in attendance. Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris wheel, there have been nine world’s tallest-ever Ferris Wheels. The current record holder is the 167.6-metre (550 ft) High Roller in Las Vegas, US, which opened to the public in March 2014. Is your head spinning yet? Read on to explore our favorite Ferris Wheels in the United States:
A trip to Walt Disney World shouldn’t be the only attraction on your list during your next visit to Orlando. Located in the heart of Florida, the 400-ft Coca-Cola Orlando Eye can hold over 400 people in one run. Each rotation takes about 20 minutes and provides a bird’s eye view of Orlando’s International Drive and Central Florida. A breathtaking sight!
What better way to see a national park than from the air? This 200-ft Ferris Wheel is located within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. At night, it sets off a spectacular array of lights that dazzle visiting tourists. For an extra fee, you can reserve a capsule with a glass floor.
Dangling 187 feet in the area, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel once earned the title of the tallest Ferris Wheel on the East Coast. Once in motion, guests will have the opportunity to capture breathtaking views of the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and the Grand Strand. Each ride includes three rotations, totaling about nine minutes in duration.
Feeling lucky? A high-flying attraction in Las Vegas, Nevada, the High Roller stands apart as the tallest in the entire world (…surpassing both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer in height!). Each capsule can hold up to forty people but can be reserved for private parties as well. Be sure to grab your camera to capture some of the most famous glimpses of Las Vegas Strip.
At the time of its opening, the Texas Star was the tallest wheel in North America, measuring an impressive 212 feet in height. Showcased annually during the Texas Annual State Fair, this ride is always the most popular attraction during the festivities. In true Texas fashion, the ride sparkles in red, white, and blue at night.
Also known as the Centennial Wheel, the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is located in Chicago, Illinois. It stands 200 feet tall and provides sweeping views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. A spin-off of the original Ferris Wheel that debuted at the Chicago World’s Fair, this high-flying beauty also features glass bottoms in the VIP capsules for exceptional viewing.
As one of the only Ferris Wheels to be built over water, the Seattle Great Wheel can hold about 300 people at one time. Its stature of 175-feet makes it the tallest wheel on the West Coast. Each revolution takes about 15 minutes and up to 8 guests can ride in a gondola at one time.
If you have yet to enjoy a ride on a Ferris wheel, then we highly recommend that you check it off your bucket list by experiencing one of the safe, family-friendly attractions featured above. Do you have one to add to our list? Share your favorite in the comment section below!