The debate over what’s most fun about riding observation wheels can go round and round. But when it comes to which ones stand tallest, there’s no spinning the answer. These are four of the tallest observation wheels in the United States.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach, SC—187 feet tall
The focal point of the Grand Strand is the stunning Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. This Swiss-made observation wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people. At night, the more than 1 million LED lights adorning this magnificent wheel shine brightly and glimmer against the Atlantic Ocean to create stunning visual effects. One ride makes three revolutions and lasts 9 minutes.
Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN—200 feet tall
At the foot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park sits one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast—the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. This rotating behemoth found inside The Island in Pigeon Forge spins riders around in glass gondolas that provide comfort and unmatched views of the beautiful Smokies.
The Orlando Eye in Orlando, FL—400 feet tall
You can easily see the magic below from above in The Orlando Eye. This dazzling observation wheel offers 360-degree panoramic views of the skyline in downtown Orlando. On clear days, you can see all the way to the east coast and Cape Canaveral. Every capsule is quiet and comfortable to add serenity to the experience of being lifted up and away. At night, more than 64,000 LEDs light the sky with a rainbow of colors while using 92.7% less energy than ordinary light bulbs. Planning a party? You can plan ahead to create custom colors for holidays and special occasions.
High Roller in Las Vegas, NV—550 feet tall
Leave it to Las Vegas to do things bigger and more bombastic. Not only is the High Roller tops in the United States, it also holds the world record for tallest observation wheel. Located at the LINQ’s outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment promenade, this ride eclipses all other Ferris wheel rides. Riders can board on of 28 glass-enclosed pods that look like extraterrestrial spaceships. Be sure to bring your friends because each cabin can hold up to 40 people. In true Vegas style, you can bring your own drinks onboard to celebrate and toast the experience. It’s perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties or happy hours. Happy Hour cabins spin daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday; and noon to 1 a.m., Friday through Sunday.
A New King of the Observation Wheels will be Crowned in 2017
The New York Wheel is slated to roll in 2017. This awesome ride will be located on the banks of the Hudson River on Staten Island. When construction is completed, this king of all observations wheel will offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline along with great vistas of the city’s boroughs. Early estimates have the ride taking almost 40 minutes to complete one rotation. Developers are planning on having the capacity to allow 1,400 people to enjoy the ride at the same time.