- New York
New York City, New York, offers plenty of opportunities to take in iconic views, but soon, visitors will have a whole new perspective to experience with the opening of the New York Wheel.
New York is expected to open the largest observation wheel in the world in 2018 to showcase the city’s internationally recognized skyline and other landmarks.
World’s Largest Wheel
At 192 meters tall, the New York Wheel will have 36 pods that can hold up to 40 people each. A ride around the wheel will be filled up to 80 km of breathtaking views.
It’ll quickly become one of the easiest ways to see the highlights of New York City: The historic New York harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and the most iconic sights of the New York skyline like the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building will all be visible from a ride around the wheel. A single rotation will last a total of 38 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take in the views.
Construction for the New York Wheel is part of the St. George redevelopment, which will also include New York City’s first premium outlet mall, hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Located on the north shore of Staten Island, the wheel is a short walk to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, which already sees millions of tourists each year.
Other attractions will include events and festivals, a family playground and a beer garden with dining and entertainment alongside the waterfront. The New York Wheel will also have resources available in many languages like guidebooks, audio tours and multi-lingual staff.
The New York Wheel
History of Ferris Wheels in the U.S.
The Ferris wheel was invented in the U.S., designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. A modern marvel, the original wheel stood at 80 meters tall with the ability to take more than 2,100 people for a ride.
Since then, nine big wheels have claimed the largest wheel in the world. Today, the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 167.6 meters and offers sweeping views of the city as well as the Las Vegas Strip. The big wheel is owned by Caesar’s Palace and originally opened in 2014.
The High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada
Other Larger-Than-Life Wheels
Don’t miss the Orlando Eye on your next trip to Orlando, Florida, which opened in 2015. High above, you’ll see stunning views of Central Florida, including the downtown skyline, theme parks, Florida’s unique lush landscape and even on a clear day, Cape Canaveral on the East Coast.
When attending the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, be sure to get your ticket for the Texas Star, which has been one of the most popular attractions at the fair since its opening in 1985. On a clear day, riders can see the downtown Fort Worth skyline, some 64 kilometers away.
If you’re looking for more thrills in the U.S., be sure to check out our guide to experience three Florida theme parks in three days.
The Texas Star in Dallas, Texas