National Harbor Capital Wheel: Ferris Wheel Near DC

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    See Panoramic Views of Washington DC from the Capital Wheel

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    ••• Rendering of National Harbor Capital Wheel. Photo Courtesy of National Harbor

    The Capital Wheel is an observation ferris wheel at National Harbor that soars 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront providing spectacular views of the Washington DC area including visibility of the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and parklands throughout the region. Opened in May 2014, the Capital Wheel joined a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.

    The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views. The Capital Wheel  operates year-round and is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually. The family-friendly attraction hosts a variety of public, corporate and private...MORE events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck.

    Other Cities with Observation Wheels: Paris, London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.

    Price: $15 per adult, $11.25 per child ages 3 – 11, Free for children ages 2 and under,
    Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50, Tickets for the VIP gondola cost $50 each

    Hours of Operation:
    Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. 

    Kids Club at the Capital Wheel: For $17 + tax, children under 11 years old receive a Kids Club t-shirt and button, plus rides on both The Capital Wheel and The Carousel on the day they join. Kids can return on their birthday and ride both The Capital Wheel and The Carousel again for free.

    About National Harbor

    National Harbor is a 350-acre waterfront community set along the banks of the Potomac River just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, MD. National Harbor is a resort destination that includes the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center,  MGM Resort Casino, Tanger Outlets, thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of residential and office units, tree-lined promenades with dozens of shops and restaurants, and a marina.  Read more about National Harbor.

    See the following photos and get a glimpse of the Capital Wheel. The attraction is especially great to visit at sunset.

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    Capital Wheel at Sunset

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    ••• Capital Wheel at Sunset. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Capital Wheel is a beautiful place to watch the sunset and take in the scenic views of the Potomac River and the Washington DC area. 

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    Capital Wheel at Night

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    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    The Capital Wheel is lit up with a beautiful rainbow of lights at night. The attraction is fun for kids and makes a romantic and unforgettable memory. 

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    View of National Harbor From the Capital Wheel

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    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    From the Capital Wheel, visitors can take in some awesome views of National Harbor. The attraction offers a memorable experience for all ages.

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    Celebrate the Holidays at the Capital Wheel

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    ••• Capital Wheel and Santa. Photo © National Harbor

    During the holiday season, visitors can take photos with Santa at the Capital Wheel.